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Rhodes is the fourth largest of all the Greek islands after Crete, Evia and Lesvos so you'll probably want to hire a car or motorbike to explore its 1,400 square kilometres. There are regular buses from Rhodes Town to the most popular east coast beaches and some of the main places of interest on the island. But with your own set of wheels you'll be free to tour the island's unspoilt villages and mountain monasteries, its many fine beaches and fascinating ancient sites at leisure.

The capital's New Town is awash with car and motorbike rental firms and competition is fierce so it's worth shopping around for a good bargain. You'll find the major international firms such as Hertz and Avis represented here along with many local car hire companies which tend to be cheaper. But check exactly what you're getting for your money especially in terms of insurance cover and back up in the event of an accident.

The island is peppered with many inviting unpaved tracks but most local firms don't cover you for going off road (unless you're renting a 4x4). And if you're planning to rent a motorbike or moped check that your own medical insurance covers you for motorbike accidents because many policies don't. You can hire good quality aluminium mountain bikes from Moto Pilot in the New Town or treat yourself to a day out on a Harley Davidson from Rent a Harley in Odos Octobriou.

Places of interest to visit include the abandoned thermal spa baths of Thermes Kalithea, a short drive south east along the coast from the capital. The mineral rich spring water was extolled by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in the 2nd century BC as having curative properties for various ailments including liver, kidney and rheumatic complaints. The spring has long since dried up but you can still see the once grandiose spa commissioned by the Italian dictator Mussolini in 1929.

The acropolis and ancient ruins above the delightful town of Lindos half way down the east coast are the island's second star attraction after the magnificent medieval citadel of Rhodes Town. The ruins of the island's other two major ancient cities Ialysos (just outside the capital) and Kamiros (on the west coast) will also be of interest to history and archaeology buffs.

Another top tourist spot is the Valley of the Butterflies at Petaloudes, a seven kilometre drive inland from the coastal road between Paradisi and Theologos. The "butterflies" are actually brightly coloured tiger moths which swarm all over this valley attracted by the resin from the local styrax trees.

Head inland from the eastern coastal road at Kolymbia for four kilometres and you'll find the lovely Epta Piges (Seven Springs) a fresh water oasis reached via a 150 metre tunnel. You can also get to it by a woodland trail if you don't fancy splashing your way through the tunnel. Peacocks strut beside the streams and waterfalls which feed the central reservoir, originally built by the Italians for irrigation purposes.