Whether you want to trek through wooded valleys, soak up the Mediterranean sunshine on the beach or explore ancient towns, you'll never be short of things to do in Rhodes. During the day, you can hit all the major sights and attractions including ancient towns and pristine golden beaches. At night, music rings through the town as the local pubs and clubs come alive and welcome you to the party. But, with so much to see and do, it's difficult to know how to spend your time during your stay, which is why we've come up with this handy guide to help you make the most out of your holiday to Rhodes.
Things to do
One of the first things you should do when you visit Rhodes is to explore the island and get a taste of what you want to do during your stay. You can hire a car and go offthebeatentrack to uncover hidden coves and places where the crowds have yet to explore. You could even hop on a boat and sail to neighbouring destinations such as Marmaris in Turkey or the picturesque island of Symi. If you're a night owl, you'll feel right at home over at the Faliraki resort, which is known for its lively nightlife scene. Hit all the best bars and clubs and dance the night away following a relaxing day soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine on the beach. In Rhodes, things to do will depend on your personal taste. If partying isn't your thing, you'll probably prefer a quiet meal in one of the many Greek restaurants on the island or even indulge in a romantic picnic over at St Paul's Bay. Here, you can snorkel and explore the colourful marine life and practice windsurfing along the coast. Or, simply sit back, relax and marvel at the stunning views boasting rocky cliffs, turquoise waters and golden sands.
Places to visit
Grab your camera and prepare to snap lots of panoramic shots as you journey to the Monastery Tsambika, which offers breathtaking views over the coast of Tsambika and Kolymbia. You'll have to climb 350 steps to reach the Byzantine church, which lies 25km south of Rhodes Town. Some more great places to visit in Rhodes include the Archaeological Museum, which is home to ancient treasures spanning 7000 years. Explore what was once a Knight's Hospital in the 15th century and discover marble statues, historical artefacts and more during your visit. While you're in Rhodes Town, stop by the 7th century Roloi Clock Tower and enjoy a refreshing beverage overlooking the surrounding buildings.
You'll find most of the main attractions in Rhodes over at the Knights' Quarter, which is where the Knights of St John called home in the 14th century. Make your way through the Street of the Knights and head to the Palace of the Grand Master, which is a historical building established by the Knights Hospitaller. Explore inside its mystical chambers and check out the different exhibits and artwork on display inside the castle. Another must-see attraction in Rhodes is the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of Helios, an ancient Greek sun-god. The statue is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and you can view what remains during your visit. While in Rhodes, make sure you don't miss the opportunity to climb to the top of the Acropolis of Lindos. Meander through ancient white columns and explore the historical remains of the Temple of Athena Lindia. Before you leave, spend some time exploring the cobbled streets of Lindos, which is a traditional Greek village known for its historical buildings, glorious sandy beaches, and romantic charm.
Places to see
There's a lot of amazing places to see in Rhodes but one that's often overlooked is Petaloudes, a spectacular forest over on the western part of the island. It's also known as the Valley of the Butterflies, and if you visit in summer, you'll get to see hundreds of them fluttering around the forest. Take the forest path and let it guide you through tranquil streams and peaceful pools as you take in the beautiful views and enjoy the warm sunshine on your skin. Escape the tourists over in Filerimos, a small town coated with pine and cedar trees, epic views of the Aegean Sea and home to a medieval monastery overlooking the bay. To reach the Monastery of Filerimos, take the winding road to the top of the hill. From there, you can begin your exploration of the early Christian basilica and the smaller Byzantine church, which offers a peek into the history of the area.