Rhodes, Rhodes Island, Greece
Mountainous Rhodes is a classic destination in the truest sense. The sunniest spot in Europe offers 3,000 years of history. Part modern, part Medieval, and 100% Mediterranean, the city is adorned with graceful Italian architecture and lies nearby a wealth of archaeological sites. The Gate of Freedom leads through the towering city wall to the remains of the temple of Venus, the Street of Knights, and the Palace of the Grand Master. Folk dancing and nighttime partying are a given, and Socrates Street hops with freewheeling restaurants, cafes, and shops. Mosaics of colorful umbrellas decorate the popular, pebbled beaches.