Rhodes holidays

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.

Excellent beaches

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.

Vibrant nightlife

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.

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Beach lovers: You’ll find all the main beach resorts over on the east coast, including like Lindos and Faliraki. And then there’s the peaceful Blue Flag beach at Peskos, and tranquil coves in Kalithea and Kolymbia.

History buffs: Rhodes Town’s historic old town is well worth exploring, and you won’t want to miss the fascinating acropolis that towers over Lindos town. There’s no shortage of sights to see on this island.

Clubbers: Rhodes, Greece, is where you’ll find the famous party resort of Faliraki. Find Bar Street and Club Street and you’ll know you’re in the heart of the action. And you can relax on the beach when the morning comes around.

Fast facts for Rhodes

Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken across the main tourist regions. Further into the island it may be useful to have a phrasebook or our handy Greek language app to help you with the basics like ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and asking for directions.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: Rhodes is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Rhodes International Airport. The transfer time to Lindos and Pefkos is 1.5 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Rhodes is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Find out more at https://www.greeka.com/dodecanese/rhodes/ before you travel.

Visa / health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visas and health recommendations and advice.

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Getting around Rhodes

By hire car or scooter: With a massive 220km coastline to explore, a hire car is a great way to make the most of your Rhodes holiday. Or you can enjoy an open-air ride on a scooter.

By bus: An inexpensive way to get around the island, and they tend to run quite late. If you’re travelling in peak season, you’ll be pleased to hear that air conditioning keeps the buses nice and cool.

By boat: Fancy seeing Rhodes from a different angle? Head offshore by hopping aboard one of the tours departing from Mandraki harbour in the north-eastern tip of the island.

Events in Rhodes

Medieval Rhodes Festival: Held in late May or early June, this is one of the biggest events in the island’s calendar. Within the beautifully preserved medieval town in the city of Rhodes, you’ll find locals participating with costumes, performances and re-enactments; think jugglers, jesters and fire eaters.

Rhodes Rock: Every June, Lindos hosts the island’s favourite rock festival. The biggest rock tribute and cover bands take over the ancient amphitheatre for three nights, playing famous tracks from Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.

World Tourism Day: Since the 1980s, towns and cities across Rhodes have joined in with this cultural celebration in September. It’s all about promoting and celebrating the tourism industry, through music, dancing, food and drink.

Rhodes weather

Temperature: Peaks in the high 30s (°C) in July and August.

Best time to visit Rhodes: May and June, when it’s warm but not too hot.

Rhodes, Greece, is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, so warm weather is pretty much guaranteed whenever you book your Rhodes holidays for. Sea temperatures remain in the 20s (°C) in November. Even in December, you can expect sunny days and temperatures as high as 23°C. In the peak of summer, coastal areas stay comfortably cool from the scorching heat, thanks to the Meltemi wind that blows in from the north.

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