Sun, fun and... run? The Rhodes Marathon is an annual event that passes by some of the island's most idyllic sights and brings a festive atmosphere to town.
The ancient Greeks used to compete in athletics to honour and please the gods. While we can't guarantee participating in the Rhodes Marathon will charm celestial beings, it's still a great way to explore this postcard-perfect Greek Island. Held each April, the event's been growing in size since it began in 2014 and attracts both local and international runners to this heavenly slice of Mediterranean paradise.
Starting and ending within the ancient walls of Rhodes Town, the marathon (just over 42 kilometres) follows a cyclical route. Along the way, runners pass by some of the island's most wonderful beachside scenes and sights, including panoramas of the Aegean Sea and the UNESCO listed buildings of the old town. If you’re keen to participate but don't fancy the whole thing, five and ten kilometre routes are also offered.
The cheering crowds give the event a festive atmosphere with stalls selling food and drinks while café-goers spill out into the cobbled streets. After you've finished, devote some time to visiting the island's most famous ancient site, the Colossus of Rhodes. Or alternatively enjoy a post race beer in the sun. Even better, to celebrate race day many locals throw parties worthy of the gods on the evening of the marathon. See you at the finish line.
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