Outside the medieval walls of Rhodes is the relatively newer sections of the city built by the Italians. Over the years Rhodes has been occupied by the Greeks, Romans, the Templars, the Ottoman Empire and Italy, to name a few. Rhodes did not officially become a part of Greece until 1948. Two of the must see’s here are the Aquarium, which is the center of Greece’s marine research, and beautiful Rodini Park where you can relax amongst the oleander, cypress and pine with your reverie of walking in the footsteps of Caesar, Mark Antony and Cicero broken by the sight of an occasional peacock spreading its tail.
If you have time and venture outside the city of Rhodes, there are many colorful and quaint towns, gorgeous sandy beaches for swimming ( Lindos has a famous one), and ancient ruins of temples. If you are the active sort of tourist, there is sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, cycling and hiking activities to participate in to name a few. But, if you are in Rhodes for only a short time, make sure you visit the Palace of the Grand Master – it is the ultimate must see of the island. No doubt, you will make yourself a promise to return – and stay longer – on the island of Rhodes in the future.