The island of Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands, and an ever-popular destination for couples, families, and groups of mates looking for that perfect Greek holiday. Its fantastic beaches, rich history, and nightlife hotspots will keep everyone happy. Whether you’re looking for all-night parties or lazy days on the beach and great attractions for the whole family, this island really does have something for everyone.
Rhodes’ idyllic coastline is dotted with over 30 Blue Flag beaches, and there’s nowhere better to sit back and relax in the hot summer sun. Eager explorers will appreciate the tumbling cobbled streets of Rhodes Old Town and the ancient Acropolis at Lindos. Kids will adore the local aquarium, while night owls can make a beeline for Faliraki’s vibrant bars and clubs.
On the northeastern coast, Faliraki boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone can unwind and enjoy themselves. Perfect for those seeking non‐stop entertainment and fun, this lively location is packed full of exciting bars and clubs which promise a fantastic time for all. Whether you’re a party animal or just want to enjoy a drink or two, you’re sure to find a favourite spot.
Things to do
On your Rhodes holiday, you’ll have access to a wealth of beautiful beaches and turquoise shores. But there’s much more to explore beyond the shoreline; it all depends on the kind of holiday you want. Families will love the island’s Butterfly Valley. Or if you’d rather splash around instead, head to one of Europe’s biggest waterparks in Faliraki. It’s also in this resort that keen partygoers will find the island’s best nightlife hotspots, and unforgettable nights out await on the strip where the doors stay open until dawn. Elsewhere, you’ll discover fascinating historic sites in places like Rhodes old town and Lindos, just ready and waiting to be explored.
Rhodes is one of the sandiest Greek islands and is home to an abundance of picturesque shores. If you want to get into the specifics, it boasts an impressive 31 blue flag beaches dotted around its coast. The east coast is where you will find a whole host of excellent beaches and all the main holiday resorts. Each beach in Rhodes boasts a unique character and promises a combination of the island’s idyllic natural landscape and plenty to do. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to make cherished memories with the family or somewhere secluded to enjoy a little me‐time, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Suppose you’re staying in the Faliraki area and fancy venturing away from the large crowds. In that case, Kathara Beach is the place to relax and unwind. This quiet retreat is home to soft sands and crystal‐clear shallow waters, perfect for children to paddle and splash around. Elli Beach is a must-visit location for those who are keen to try their hand at watersports. Situated just outside of Rhodes Town, this dreamy hotspot offers various fun activities and beach sports such as diving, snorkeling, and volleyball. As one of Rhodes’ most frequented beaches, it’s ideal for anyone seeking a lively atmosphere.
History and culture
Much like the rest of Greece, Rhodes is certainly not lacking in history. Step back in time in Rhodes' ancient old town and imagine times gone by. Wander the narrow, cobbled streets and gaze in awe at the towering medieval castle. Visit the picturesque resort of Lindos where you can indulge in delicious, traditional Greek food at the many local tavernas. Then, once you’re suitably fueled, head up to the incredible Acropolis (and the ancient Olympic Stadium) and take in the stunning views around you. If you want to explore the greater area, inland you’ll find countless traditional villages to visit. Alternatively, jump in a boat and do some island hopping to nearby Symi or country hopping to Marmaris in Turkey.
Aside from its beautiful beaches and rich history, Rhodes is also famous for ensuring its visitors have an excellent night out. If you’re travelling as a couple or part of a group and you love to party, then Faliraki is the place to be. Rhodes Town offers a great night out too. But if you prefer things a bit quieter, Pefkos and Lindos’ beautiful resorts provide a much calmer retreat.
Faliraki nightlife is hard to beat. From all‐night karaoke bars to classic dance venues and much more, there’s something for every partygoer here. Start your evening down at Faliraki Beach where you can enjoy a drink at one of the bars situated along the shoreline, before heading into the village for a spectacular night ahead.
Most of the bustling clubbing venues are situated along two main streets in the middle of the village, making up the explosive epicentre of the nightlife scene. Popular hotspots include the renowned Q‐Club, DC Club, and Liquid Club, where drinks are cheap, and music plays until the early hours. Or for something a little different, head to Magnos Latin Bar where you can learn some salsa moves or simply sit back and watch the professionals whilst sipping on a drink.
Places to stay
Choose Lindos’ towering Acropolis and caramel-coloured sandy cove as the backdrop to your Rhodes holiday. It’s just perfect for a romantic getaway or a lively family holiday. Or head to Faliraki in the north-east for its party scene and easy access to the island’s capital. Here you can enjoy delicious Greek cocktails, put on your dancing shoes and boogie the night away amidst a backdrop of live music and colourful lights. If you want to discover the more traditional side to Rhodes, then you’ll meet friendly and welcoming locals in Pefkos, on the east coast. Its pine-tree-surrounded bay is perfect for an idyllic wedding ceremony as well as a romantic or family holiday.
Airports in Rhodes
Rhodes Airport (RHO), also known as Diagorasis, is the island’s only public airport. As one of the biggest in Greece as well as its fourth busiest, it’s the main exit and entry point for tourists and locals. The airport is located near the village of Paradisi and just 15kms west of Rhodes Town. From here, it’s around a 20-minute drive to popular resorts such as Faliraki and Ixia. The transfer time to the likes of Kolymbia, Lindos or Lardas is slightly longer, between 45 to 60 minutes.
More Travel Guides
We have travel guides available for more destinations, including Lindos | Pefkos | Rhodes Town