So you have your tickets booked to Rhodes and the vacation time approved, and you are ready to go, but what are the things that you absolutely cannot miss? It can be overwhelming for sure, so we are here to help ensure that your trip is unforgettable, full of unique, once in a lifetime opportunities with memories that will last a lifetime. To make the most of your trip, we cannot recommend the below ideas for things to do in Rhodes highly enough.The island is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, and is known for beautiful beaches, ancient history, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. The following is a list of the most incredible do things to do in Rhodes.
Explore Historic Medieval Town at Dusk
This stop is one that truly cannot be missed, as evidenced as its site designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history is breathtaking, and as you visit you can feel the stories of generations past come alive. Starting in 1309 until 1523 Rhodes Island, the largest island of the Dodecanese, was under the control of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. These knights had lost their final stronghold in Acre, Palestine in 1291. The entire city was converted into a military fortress and was able to stand strong against several sieges, one in 1444 led by the Sultan of Egypt and one in 1480 led by Mehmet. The city finally fell in 1522 to Suleyman II. The town is enclosed by a wall that is four kilometers long, and is definitely a site not to be missed.
While you are visit the historic site, make sure to include a stop at Grand Master’s Palace. Also known as the Kastello, it is one of only a couple examples of Gothic Architecture in Greece. The Grand Master’s Palace is located where the even more ancient temple to Helios, the Sun-God, used to be. The Palace was built in the 7th century and is a Byzantine citadel. There are tours offered daily to share the stories of the palace, as well as seeing it up close and in detail.
Beach Hop around the Island
There are so many gorgeous beaches in Rhodes Island, it is impossible to just pick one to visit. You can easily spend several days hopping from one beach to another and never tire of the turquoise waters and clean, sandy beaches.
Anthony Quinn Bay, although narrow with rocky areas, is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the island. Many have noted that it is very calm at this beach, which was formerly called Vagies.
Agathi beach is a fan favorite, located 10 km north of Lindos is well known for their beautiful water, perfect sand and the amenities offered, including sun beds, three refreshment stands, showers and umbrellas.
Kallithea Beach is absolutely stunning with its teal ombre water and the pine and palm trees. Their used to be medicinal hot springs by the beach as well, but they are no longer in use. There are beautiful Arabic mosaics at the springs that are worth seeing!
Faliraki beach is always hopping! There are many things to do here, from water sports including wind surfing and water skiing to nightlife. There are many restaurants, bars and the beach offers umbrellas to use.
You can find our top 10 beaches in Rhodes post as well, for a more comprehensive list.
Visit Lindos Village and the Acropolis
Lindos is a small town along the coast that is known for cute beaches and an clifftop acropolis with breathtaking views of Vlycha Bay and the Mediterranean Sea. The clifftop area features a Temple Athena Lindia, and the lower level boasts a 14th century castle that the Knights of St. John constructed. A church in town has 15th century frescos that you do not want to miss the opportunity to see.
Check out Seven Springs
Epically romantic and known by locals as Epta Piges, Seven Springs is a stunning area with woodlands, springs, rivers, and even a lake. There are several walking trails in the area that beg for a stroll, and there is a secret tunnel hidden in the area as well! Even in the middle of summer there is plenty of water in the Seven Springs area. Make sure you discover the hidden tunnel and get ready for some wet feet…
Discover Prasonisi, in the South of Rhodes Island
South of Rhodes is the Prassonisi Peninsula, home to spectacular sunsets at the Prasonisi Lighthouse, and a plethora of water sports. Prasonisi is also home to world renown kite beaches, and windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular activities. The vistas and views overlook the Aegean Sea and many unique restaurants and bars showcase the not to be missed views. In nearby villages, there are remains of buildings that date from 650 to 550 BC.
Day Trip to the Island of the Dodecanese, Halki
Approximately six kilometers west of the Island of Rhodes lies Halki, and at 28 square kilometers, it is the smallest inhabited of the Dodecanese Islands. It is a perfect day trip, only 75 minutes from port to port. UNESCO has designated the island as the island of Peace and Friendship, and the island is known for rugged and colorful beauty. In addition to the classic Greek architecture and colorful style, the island boasts historical sites of interest as well, namely the Abandoned Village of Horio, which has been nominated as a World Heritage Site. We have partnered with Nissia Holidays for Halki accommodation.
Enjoy Rhodian Gastronomy and Gelato
Greek food is to be savored and enjoyed, the cuisine of Rhodes will leave you craving for more! There is a lesser known tasteful experience for you to explore. There are some amazing gelato places in Rhodes, where the ice-cream culture is on the rise. There are several well known gelato shops, with a mix of traditional and local flavors.
Palladion, located in Medieval Town, is consistently rated excellent on all travel platforms and is ranked number one in all desserts in the area.
Gelato Punto is located downtown, and is rated highly not only for their wide variety of flavors, but also their super fresh ingredients.
As you can see, there are many things to do in Rhodes, offering something for everyone. What will you do next?