Just to stand within the walls of the Old Town is to instantly be transported to a world of medieval knights and chivalry, protected for the last 30 years as an UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Landmarks with the most imposing of names – the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights among them – are brought to life with cobblestones and coats of arms. Or perhaps you’re at Lindos, on the eastern coast, where a lofty acropolis offers circular views, not just of the Aegean but of a landscape spanning 2,400 years of ancient Greek, Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman history.
But so too can Rhodes propel you forward. Modern hotels and amenities are testament to its status as the largest of the Dodecanese islands, as are its facilities for onward travel. So it’s off to the airport or port we head.