Bursting with beautiful beaches, fascinating ancient and medieval sites, and sublime natural landscapes, Rhodes is deservedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. But with so much on offer, it can be overwhelming trying to plan your trip to the Island of the Sun.
To help you out, we’ve gathered together the top 10 things to do in Rhodes.
1. Soak Up History in Rhodes Old Town
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the Medieval Old Town of Rhodes is bursting with impressive architecture and atmospheric cobblestone streets. Journey back in time with a Rhodes Old Town tour to learn its fascinating history, and see attractions like the Palace of the Grand Master and Street of the Knights.
2. Explore Picture-Perfect Lindos
The magical hillside town of Lindos is undoubtedly one of the top 10 things to do in Rhodes – and with good reason. Tiny sugar-cube houses tumble down the hillside to beautiful bays lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. Above, the ancient acropolis whispers secrets of the island’s past and offers breath-taking views.
3. Relax on the Beach
Whether you like organised tourist beaches or prefer wild, windswept coastline, you’re sure to find your perfect beach on Rhodes. The Island of the Sun is circled by spectacular beaches, so there are plenty of options for soaking up some rays, cooling off in the water, getting active with watersports, or taking a sunset stroll along the shoreline.
4. Feast on Rhodes’s Delicious Cuisine
Greece is renowned for its delicious food – and visitors to Rhodes will experience Greek cuisine with a twist, thanks to influences from the island’s colourful history. Whether you want a delicious introduction to Rhodian cuisine, prefer a more in-depth Rhodes food tour, or want to find your own favourite taverna, you’re certain to enjoy some memorable meals.
5. Sail Around the Island’s Gorgeous Coastline
From secluded bays and inlets to long sandy shorelines, the coastline of Rhodes is truly mesmerising. And one of the best ways to experience it is on the water. Spend a day exploring beautiful beaches, swimming and snorkelling on a Rhodes sailing trip. If you fancy something a little different, become a Greek fisherman for the day on a Rhodes fishing trip.
6. Sample Local Wines
One of the first Greek islands to cultivate grapevines, Rhodes has a long and storied history of wine dating back to ancient times. As word gets out, Rhodes wine tours are becoming increasingly popular. Sniff, swirl and sip your way through Rhodian and other Greek wines on a wine tasting tour, so you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
7. Hike Rhodes’s Verdant Interior
With an abundance of walking trails covering forests, mountains, coastline, vineyards, ancient settlements and areas of outstanding natural beauty, Rhodes is a walker’s paradise. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to lace up your walking boots, with popular routes including the Valley of the Butterflies, Seven Springs and Monolithos Castle.
8. Delve into the Island’s Traditions and Customs
Rhodes is well known for its fascinating ancient and medieval history, but scratch a little deeper and you’ll discover an array of intriguing local customs and traditions. Learn about the importance of religion, the development of local arts and crafts, and explore the traditional way of life for islanders away from the tourist resorts on a Rhodes culture and traditions tour.
9. Get Active with Watersports
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, paragliding and an abundance of fun water games await visitors to Rhodes. So if you fancy getting active in the water, you’ll love it here. Tourist beaches offer the usual array of activities, while the seriously active head to Prasonisi at the southern tip of the island for first-class windsurfing and kitesurfing.
10. See It All on an Island Tour
As the largest Dodecanese island, it can be overwhelming trying to organise how you’re going to fit in everything you want to do on Rhodes. See the island’s main sites and discover places you want to return to at leisure on a full-day Rhodes island tour. It’s the perfect introduction to this remarkable island.
Our list of the top 10 things to do in Rhodes merely scratches the surface of this captivating island. To find out more about any of our Rhodes private tours and shore excursions or to book a tour, contact Rhodes Experience. We’re ready to help you plan your dream Rhodes Experience.