Things to do in Rhodes
From visiting ancient sites to hitting all-night clubs, there’s no shortage of things to do on the Greek island of Rhodes. And with so many sights and sounds to explore, you’ll find something different for every day of your holiday, wherever you’re staying on the island.
If you want to get a flavour for the island’s history, you’ll want to pay a visit to Rhodes Town and Lindos; one is home to a UNESCO-protected Old Town, while the other boasts a towering acropolis dating back to the 6th century. Alternatively, you can take a trip offshore to see the picturesque island of Symi. Or how about heading to another country altogether? Marmaris in Turkey is just a boat ride away.
1. Monastery Tsambika
Discover panoramic views and listen to local legends as you make your way up to the stunning Monastery Tsambika, 25km south of Rhodes Town. You’ll reach this small, Byzantine church via 350 steps, and when you reach the top you’ll adore the breath-taking views over Lindos, Kolymbia, Tsambika beach and even Rhodes Town.
2. Visit picturesque Lindos
Lindos, with its famous acropolis at the top of the hill, is one of the most popular villages in Rhodes. Boasting whitewashed houses, quaint cobbled streets, and a sandy beach, it’s impossible not to fall in love with its traditional Greek charm. And don’t forget to visit the rooftop bars if you want a tipple with a view.
3. Check out St Pauls Bay
Hire a car or take a boat trip and you can discover one of the most picturesque beaches anywhere on the island of Rhodes: St Paul’s Bay. When you arrive, you’ll be blown away by its natural beauty, turquoise waters and rocky cliffs. It’s a great place to try out snorkelling if you want to see what colourful marine life lies beneath.
4. Explore Rhodes Old Town
In the island capital, you’ll find plenty of traditional Greek tavernas and inns within the Medieval walls. There’s nowhere better to watch the world go by while enjoying a refreshing drink and a bite to eat. You won’t want to sit down for long, though; there’s far too much to explore in this UNESCO-protected spot.
5. Travel around the island
Hiring a car will give you the freedom to explore Rhodes at your leisure, and it’s a great chance to discover off-the-beaten-track coves and hidden gems. With so much to do and see, it’s the best way to make the most of your holiday to Rhodes. And you won’t have to hang around for a bus, but be warned that many spots in Rhodes town are either incredibly narrow or car-free, and parking in the high season can be a bit of a struggle!
6. Pop to another country
You may be on holiday in Greece, but did you know that another country is within easy reach? You could enjoy a boat, or ferry, trip over to Marmaris in Turkey; it’s easy to reach via a boat ride and you can easily do a round trip in a day, with plenty of time to explore in between.
7. Sample Faliraki’s nightlife
The resort of Faliraki is the liveliest resort on the island of Rhodes, and it’s most famous for its nightlife. From bustling bars to late-night clubs, it’s got everything you could want from a party holiday. And when you’re ready to take it easy, you can head down to the beach and soak up the sunshine.