Once-thriving Greek island offers 'free' accommodation to thousands of tourists

View of St. Paul bay with acropolis of Lindos in background (Rhodes, Greece)
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Rhodes, once a bustling hub of tourism in the Greek Isles, is now calling out for visitors as it struggles to reclaim its former glory. Despite its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, the island has seen a decline in tourists, particularly from the UK, who now favour other popular Greek destinations.

In a bid to revive its tourism sector, the Greek tourism ministry has launched an innovative programme aimed at drawing visitors back to the island. The initiative promises to cover the cost of six nights on Rhodes this spring or autumn for those who had to cut short their holidays due to the devastating fires in 2023.

This gesture is part of a broader effort to showcase the island's resilience and renewal after a challenging period, reports the Express. The 2023 fires caused significant disruption and damage, but the spirit of the community has been nothing short of inspiring.

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Over the past 10 months, locals have worked tirelessly to rejuvenate their beloved island, ensuring that it remains an attractive destination for travellers. This renewed energy is seen in the island's vibrant towns, restored historical sites and landscapes.

New and returning visitors are being encouraged to explore Rhodes. The island boasts a rich tapestry of history, with sites like the ancient city of Kamiros, the Acropolis of Lindos, and the medieval Old Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Narrow street in Lindos town on Rhodes island
Narrow street in Lindos town on Rhodes island -Credit:(Image: Getty)

From lush valleys and rolling hills to sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the island has it all. The Valley of the Butterflies and the Seven Springs are popular spots that offer unique natural experiences, showcasing the island's breathtaking scenery.

For those interested in culture, they can dive into local traditions and contemporary Greek life. Rhodes' culinary scene is a blend of traditional Greek tastes and modern gastronomy.

Local markets and seaside tavernas serve fresh seafood, locally sourced produce, and the island's renowned honey and olive oil.