Ditch modern-day comforts and experience unique old-fashioned entertainment at the Rhodes Medieval Rose Festival.
- When? 26th - 28th May 2017
- Where? Rhodes
- Price: free
They say fashion always comes back around, and with the The Medieval Rose Festival you'll see this even rings true for trends that were last in 500 years ago. For a couple of weekends, Rhodes Town is turned into a huge medieval event with various forms of entertainment and energetic displays inspired by the Middle Ages.
Since 2006, this one-of-a-kind event has become somewhat of a unique tradition on the Greek island of Rhodes. A medieval vibe sweeps Rhodes Town which has a surrounding wall and moat to add to its ancient buildings, making it a perfect venue for a festival depicting the Middle Ages. The event kicks off with a walk from the castle along the Streets of the Knights led by a medieval entourage before the festivities really get under way.
Various cultural events accompany traditional competitions such as archery and chess contests which all encourage visitors to get involved, where as fantastic spectacles can be enjoyed from horse-riders, dancers, musicians, jugglers, jesters, fire-eaters and more. Wooden stalls are set up selling handicrafts and popular snacks from the Middle Ages. And for those that are a little hungrier, the town puts on several huge banquets fit for a king.
The Medieval Rose Festival is put together by a non-profit organisation who work to create an atmosphere imitating Greece during the Middle Ages by providing a fun event that also gives a great history lesson on this historic town's past. This year will mark the festival's 10th birthday and usually falls on two running weekends at the end of May or during June.
If you want to truly embrace the medieval spirit, maybe you should ditch the skinny jeans and dig out the robes.
- Get there: Diagoras International Airport is around 25 minutes from Rhodes Town.
- Stay: Find a hotel in Rhodes town so you're in the middle of the action.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!