Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece and is famous for its contrasting landscapes – there’s everything from secluded beaches, archaeological ruins, abandoned medieval towns and lush rolling countryside. It’s also one of the most popular destinations in Greece, largely due to its reliably sunny weather and friendly locals.
Top Resorts and Hotels
The capital of Rhodes Town has the best of both worlds – one side is a beautifully preserved medieval town while the other is decidedly more modern with designer boutiques and trendy restaurants.
Lindos is one of the island’s main villages and is overlooked by an ancient acropolis. Donkeys are on hand to take you around the car-free streets as you wander around the 16th century houses – make sure you stop off for an authentic Greek lunch! Discover lots more about this fantastic village in our Lindos destination guide.
On the east coast, Pefkos offers a slice of heaven with its pine tree-clad beach. A former fishing village, Pefkos has managed to retain its old-world charm with traditional tavernas lining the beachfront.
If you’re after something a little fast-paced, head to Faliraki, home to beautiful beaches, water sports and a plethora of bars and clubs.
Attractions and Things to Do
Rhodes Old Town has plenty of things to see and do. Take a walk down the Street of Kings, a medieval thoroughfare that once housed the inns of the Order of the Knights of St John. There is also the Palace of the Grand Masters nearby, built by the Knights in 1309.
The Valley of Butterflies is a magical experience that all visitors need to see. Between July and September, millions of the rare Jersey Tiger Moths fly down to this serene gorge, attracted by the native storax trees.
For the best view of the whole island, you can’t go past the Lindos Acropolis. Once you’ve walked up the steep ascent – or taken a donkey ride – you’ll be able to see archaeological remains from 342BC, as well as stunning panoramic views of the city below and St Paul’s Bay.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
The best times to visit Rhodes are in either spring or autumn. The peak season is summer, with temperatures regularly exceeding 30C. The island experiences over 300 days of sunshine every year, with rain extremely rare in the warmer months.
For a more in depth look, visit our destination guide for Rhodes.