Rhodes is the largest and the most important of the Dodecanese islands of Greece. It is also the historical capital of this group of islands with a variety of impressive monuments such as the impressive castle and the strong walls in the Old Town. The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes is one of the best-preserved Medieval Towns of Europe and it has been declared a World Heritage Site. The island is mostly famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Except for its historical importance, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its magnificent beaches and picturesque villages.
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When to Visit
March – April Probably the best time to visit Rhodes if you are looking for quiet vacations with satisfying temperatures.
May – August The busiest months for tourism. Prices for hotels and flights are higher but the weather is very comfortable. Many festivals take place, such as the Medieval Rose Festival and the Sound & Light Show that transport the visitors back into the medieval times in Rhodes.
September – November The least expensive season. Tourism is slow due to weather.
Rhodes medieval town, or “Old Town” as it is called by the locals, is one of the oldest and the largest inhabited medieval towns in Europe. Marked as an UNESCO world cultural heritage monument, it is a mosaic of different cultures and civilizations that hides a history of twenty-four centuries. Protected by a fortress which was built in the 14th century AD by the Knights, the Old Town includes the fascinating medieval fortress-like buildings, minarets, old houses, cobbled streets and Gothic towers that reveal its knightly past. Wander around the magnificent paved alleys and experience the genuine medieval atmosphere.
The highlight of the Old Town is undoubtedly the Palace of the Grand Master, or else “Castello”. It was originally a Byzantine fortress but in the early 14th century it was converted by the Knights of the Order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order. It is considered to be one of the greatest monuments erected in the Middle Ages and, nowadays, it has been turned into a museum. Visitors can admire the incredible architecture of the palace but also the collections of paintings, tombstones, statues, jewelry and mosaics projected here. The most important displays of the museum are the Trophy of Mithridatic Wars, the Statue of Laokoon, and the mosaic of the enigmatic Medusa.
Winter Tuesday-Sunday 08:00AM-03:00PM
Summer daily 08:00AM-08:00PM
Price: €9, reduced €5
Also located on the north part of the Fortress, the Street of the Knights is one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe. It stretches from the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights to the Hospital of the Knights, which houses the Archaeological Museum. Along the street you can admire imposing inns which were constructed in the early 16th century, representing the seven countries that the Knights of the Order of Saint John were originated from.
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights. The items on display come from various parts of Rhodes and the other islands of the Dodecanese. Some of the collections that it hosts are burial finds such as vases, jewelry and metal artifacts, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, mosaic floors of the Hellenistic and Early Christian period; however, some of its most important exhibits are Pyxis of the Fikellura type, two archaic kouroi from Kamiros and Kylix of the Vroulia type.
The southern part of the Medieval Town is also referred to as Chora. The Knights of Saint John also called this area as “Bourgo” and it used to be home of the people who worked and resided in the Medieval Town. One of the most important structures of the area is the Suleiman Mosque which was constructed in 1522 in order to celebrate the victory of the Ottoman Empire over the Knights of Saint John. Here you will also find the Muslim Library, the Turkish Baths, and the old market in the Socrates Street, where there are plenty of local shops and restaurants nowadays.
Located near the village of Monolithos at the summit of a 100 meters tall rock, Monolithos Castle is dominating the view. Built in 1480 by the Knights of Saint John, the Castle’s purpose was to protect the island from attacks. In fact, it was never conquered. Inside there is a small chapel dedicated to Saint Pantaleon (Agios Panteleimon). In order to access the castle, you have to use a staircase that is cut into the rock. Watch out because the steps can be quite slippery. Despite the fact that the Castle of Monolithos is ruined today, it offers great panoramic views of the sea.
Open: Daily 08:00AM-02:40PM
This wonderful water park is the biggest one in Europe! Do not miss the opportunity to visit Faliraki Waterpark and enjoy some unforgettable water games. It is ideal for families with children since there are experienced lifeguards and amenities for children. Kamikaze slides, a pirate ship and artificial waves are only some of the park’s facilities.
Open: Daily 09:30AM-07:00PM
Price: 1day ticket: adults €24/children €16
2day ticket: adults €22/children €14
3day tickets: adults €19/children €13
In order to get here you can take the bus from Rhodes town to Faliraki and back. In case you wish to arrive here by car, there is a huge parking space just outside the water park. For more information about the place please visit https://www.water-park.gr/.
On the western side of the island you will find one of the most attractive destinations on Rhodes island. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia (species Quadripunctaria Poda) swarm into the valley in order to reproduce. Known as Butterfly Valley, it is also the only natural forest of Liquidambar orientalis (Oriental Sweetgum trees) in Europe. It is an excellent place for families with children to walk through these peaceful paths of the green valley and rest on the wooden benches of the area.
Possibly the first landscaped park in the world, Rodini Park is an idyllic destination that consists of a vast garden of majestic natural beauty. Running water, waterfalls, bridges and pavilion in combination with beautiful ducks and other small sized animals, create an amazing area that is definitely worth visiting.
Tsambika beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Rhodes. Located 25 kilometers south of the capital, this long sandy beach and its turquoise waters create a beautiful beachscape, ideal for those who look for relaxation. Do not forget to visit the Monastery of Tsambika, which is situated on top of an imposing rock. The beach offers many facilities such as a beach sports center and a mini market.
Pefkos or Pefki is a popular beach resort located on the eastern coast of Rhodes. The beach is sandy and facilitates the visitors with a variety of water sports and other activities. The main streets of Pefkos, back from the shore, have everything you need: restaurants, cafés, bars, mini market. Pedalos, speed-boats and jet-skis are also available to rent on the beach.
Lindos, one of the most attractive villages of Rhodes, is located south of the capital. This pretty village includes whitewashed houses with pebble paved courtyards, car-free cobbled streets and buildings influenced by Byzantine, medieval and Arab architecture. It houses a variety of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a lively night.
Above the modern town rises the imposing Acropolis of Lindos, overlooking the picturesque bay. This archaeological site includes the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, dating from 300 BC, the Propylaea of the Sanctuary, the remains of a Roman temple and many more worth-seeing structures.
The village of Lindos is a popular tourist destination also due to its fine beaches. You can visit Pallas, a small sandy beach, mostly famous among the locals. It is equipped with sunbeds as well as with umbrellas and it offers a variety of water sports facilities. Another option is visiting the sandy Lindos Beach, ideal for families due to the many available facilities it offers. Close to the ancient acropolis of Lindos, lies the little bay of Agios Pavlos which owes its name to the chapel standing on the beach which is dedicated to Saint Paul. The right side of the beach offers sunbeds, food and music, while the left side offers solitude.
Situated on a cove, Agathi beach is a small sandy beach 38 kilometers south east of the capital of Rhodes and 10 kilometers north of Lindos village. This beautiful, sheltered beach offers some canteens where you can enjoy breakfast, sandwiches or even the Greek souvlaki. Camping is also possible here, so if you are an adventurer, do not forget to take your sleeping bag with you!
Situated on Faliraki Bay, on the northeastern coast, Faliraki is a seaside resort village and also a famous tourist destination. Providing sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports facilities, it is the most highly organized beach on Rhodes. There are also bars, restaurants, night clubs and places to shop. What mostly stands out is the Faliraki Water Park which is considered to be the biggest in Europe. Here you can enjoy water slides, a huge wave pool, an aqua-gym and many more. A part of it is especially designed for children.
Another place in Faliraki that is worth visiting is definitely the Astronomy Café, which offers a remarkable experience. The guest has the opportunity to live an experience of observational Astronomy with the instruments of "Hipparchus" observatory, observing the moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and many other astronomical objects of the starry sky. The place also offers a relaxing time accompanied with great drinks and refreshments.
This small beach is located on a beautiful bay 20 kilometers south of the capital and 2 kilometers from Faliraki village. Ladiko has recently become a very popular tourist destination, especially among Greek and Italian visitors. The beach features a tiny picturesque cove with small boats sailing near the shore. There are many beach facilities offered, such as umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and some taverns.
This sandy pebbled beach is located just south of the Faliraki resort and it lies around the natural bay. Afandou Beach is quite popular with the locals and you can easily find a place of your own here since it is almost 3 kilometers long. You can also find places to have a drink, a meal or to do a water sport! The water here is pristine, clear and sky blue.
Located just south of Faliraki, the beach is named after actor Anthony Quinn since he purchased this part of the island during the production of one of his films “The Guns of Navarone”. You can swim or dive into the deep emerald colored waters, or spend your time relaxing on the rock in the center of the beach. This rocky beach attracts a huge number of visitors each day, making it one of the most crowded beaches on the island.
About 30 kilometers away from the town of Rhodes, the Seven Springs or else referred to as Epta Piges, is marked as one of the most romantic sites on the island. Water flows out of seven sparkling springs all year round and form a small lake. In order to get to the lake you have to walk through a very narrow dark tunnel 186 meters long. Visitors like to drink the refreshing water of the springs and the area is suitable for walking.
Prasonisi is located on the most south part of Rhodes. Two sandy coves end in an island that you can reach on foot or by swimming – depending on the level of the water. During the winter time, water levels rise and Prasonisi becomes an island. On the southern tip of Prasonisi is the Prasonisi Lighthouse. This is an ideal place for surfers and kite-surfers, especially in July and August.