Those looking for an idyllic Greek island escape will be perfectly served by Rhodes holidays, exposing visitors to a long list of stunning sandy beaches, historical and cultural sites, exciting party vibes and some beautiful landscapes ready to explore. Located in the Dodecanese, this is one of Greece’s most revered islands, attracting families in search of the fulfilling beach lifestyle, and young crowds hunting down vibrant bars and clubs right by the sand.
Beyond the scenes of beach indulgence and drinking as the sun sets, you’ll discover an old world theme to much of Rhodes, particularly in its namesake, Rhodes Town. Meanwhile, charming and authentic villages punctuate the lush woodlands and rocky mountains that populate the inner reaches of the island, towering above the crystal clear water and soft sand, allowing for a diverse experience throughout your holidays to Rhodes. Tranquillity is never too far away despite the party vibes, Ialyssos is where you can really immerse yourself in traditional Greek culture along the coast, kicking back and indulging in some fantastic Greek cuisine.
Most popular hotels in Rhodes
Lindos Imperial Resort & Spa
Mitsis Rhodos Maris
Golden Days Hotel
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 15m
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Rhodes Town is a fascinating destination to explore, home to some wonderful examples of Byzantine architecture and boasting a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing, this is the place to come if you’re a history buff or culture vulture. The most iconic scene in the town is the famed Street of the Knights, leading down towards the striking Palace of the Grand Master – a sight that needs to be captured on your camera. In addition to these more renowned attractions, a medley of museums, charming cobbled streets and narrow, winding lanes characterise the quaint appeal of this medieval town. You can also discover historical significance in the beautiful Acropolis at Lindos, a stunning archaeological site boasting equally stunning sea views.
If you want to experience traditional Greece during your holidays to Rhodes, then there are plenty of avenues to explore across the island. For a lazy day along the sun-kissed coastline, look no further than Kalathos, home to cosy bars and welcoming tavernas, it’s a great place to team relaxation with a spot of culture. While you’re there, make sure you sample the delicious local dishes, sizzling souvlakia and tasty moussaka. Expect to finish off your meal with a shot of raki or ouzo – it’s a local tradition!
If you need to cool off after a day of exploring history and culture then head to the waterpark in Faliraki, boasting plenty of pools and slides to keep the young and young at heart entertained. Island hopping is another great way to explore; you can even head over to Turkey and visit bustling Bodrum as a cool day trip on your holidays in Rhodes, which is full of bazaars and great shopping opportunities.
Wine and Dine
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better example of Greece’s traditional cuisine than on this wonderful island of Rhodes. Heading to Rhodes Town will embellish your holiday with a variety of foods to gorge on as you seek a hearty meal to fuel your adventures among the many things to do in Rhodes. Thanks to an increase in tourism over the last few decades, Rhodes has been subject to an investment of diverse international cuisines, ranging from English and Italian to Mediterranean and Chinese dishes – so there’ll be no doubt everyone in the group will be well fed on the food they love.
Finding cultural activities is an easy task if you know where to look. Faliraki Water Park will host a day of entertainment which isn’t just suited to the kids, but the adults too! As well as having plenty of slides and rides, there are places to relax amid the chaos and parents will be well served when it comes to unwinding in a family-friendly environment. Rhodes things to do which are historically relevant but never boring, ideal for when the kids are in tow, is the Throne of Helios. Here you’ll find an exciting experience which will serenade the senses, while Rhodes’ Mystery is an enigmatic challenge for people of all ages.
Action and Adventure
If you’ve come to Rhodes for an adventure then the diversified landscapes will be more than rewarding as you make your way around the island. Glass-bottom boat tours will showcase the exotic marine life which surrounds the island, while hiring a bike or hiking through the vegetative scenery will open your eyes to a wonderful selection of tropical titillations and Rhodes attractions. Tour Lindos by minibus or, for a more indulgent excursion, go on a wine, olive oil and honey tasting tour as you parade through Butterfly Valley. If that’s not enough then take a ferry from Rhodes to Bodrum to add some Turkish flair to your holiday.
Life's a Beach
Beach breaks and party escapes are often the theme for those hitting the island of Rhodes, with a plethora of resorts exposing holidaymakers to sandy and sunny climes, while other more bustling destinations are packed with lively bars and pulsing clubs, ensuring visitors are engrossed before and after the sun goes down on each day of your Rhodes holidays. A popular place to stay is Kolymbia, which is home to a Blue Flag beach and a crystal clear bay. Kalathos is just as stunning, where you’ll be able to relax and unwind on banks of golden sand and cool off in the shimmering ocean – perfect for holidaying families with youngsters in tow. Pefkos is another fantastic base for families, boasting a quiet resort set up with much action and adventure to be had on the waves.
Perhaps the most standout feature when visiting this Greek island are the many luscious beaches which host an array of the best things to do in Rhodes. Sunbathing and topping up your tan in the Mediterranean climate is a given when strewn across the soft sands which envelop Rhodes, but for a more active break you’ll be happy to make your way around the conveyor belt of water sports that include surfing, water-skiing and jet skiing - Kalathos Beach and Pefkos providing a variety to appease the adrenaline enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Don’t forget to pack the flippers if you’re hoping to explore the world beneath the water’s surface, scuba diving being an experience to remember after having had the pleasure of witnessing Rhodes’ colourful corals.
If you’re one of many who come to Rhodes to sample the scintillating nightlife then take a non-stop trip to the thriving Faliraki. As the sun sets on the cultural captivations which litter the island, Faliraki becomes the beating heart within a neon-glazed cacophony of dance music and air-shattering tunes. If you prefer something a little quieter where you can see the evening in without a fuss, Kremasti is full of traditional pubs ingrained with casual live music and a cosy ambience in which to sip on the local tipple.
If you want to stay near the party, basing yourself in Faliraki will see you having fun in party central. Boasting a wealth of late-night bars, clubs and its very own beach, it’s the perfect place for those who want to hop from deckchair to dance floor; expect DJs that play until dawn, colourful cocktails and a very lively party atmosphere. Shopaholics will love the quaint street markets in Lindos or the shopping quarter in the island’s capital, Rhodes Town, ensuring ample opportunity to pick up some great souvenirs from your holidays in Rhodes to take back to the family and friends back home.
It is surprisingly easy to lose the crowds on Rhodes and find a quiet place where you can walk alone with your partner and enjoy some of the spectacular scenery in this part of the world. There are remote beaches with only the sound of the waves lapping on the shore and the stunning sky and surroundings around you. The coastline is chock full of wildlife and flowers and the old towns are romantic to walk around or find a restaurant with sea views for a perfect meal to remember.
Whenever in Greece, you can be sure of an assemblage of ancient ruins and artefacts, the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and the Municipal Art Gallery being fantastic ways to immerse yourself among Rhodes’ vibrant culture. The Medieval City is another mainstay which you’ll have to make time to visit, surrounded by veritable fortifications this old part of Rhodes will transport you back in time with a host of historically significant attractions within the weathered stone walls – top of the list of things to do in Rhodes without a doubt.