Rhodes is the island of abundance, a place for fun holidays and relaxing breaks; it is a heaven for vacations for all types of travelers: families, couples, friends, you will all find whatever you need here. Lovers of culture and sightseeing will be impressed by the countless marvels of the island while those seeking beach fun and nightlife will be struck by the numerous options in beaches, dining, bars, and clubs.
Its vast area of almost 2000m2, its coastline that counts 200km, and its multifaced personality make Rhodes resemble a separate small country within Greece. Luxurious, super-organized resorts and some of the world’s leading hotel chains, like the ones in the cosmopolitan Ialyssos, harmonically co-exist with the island’s traditional villages and precious ancient monuments. Its Medieval Old Town, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is nestled within the borders of the modern city of Rhodes and, upon entering its walls, the visitor is taken into a whole dimension of time travel.
Take a walk through the city’s streets and admire the neoclassical aura of its buildings, visit the Aquarium and dedicate at least a few hours to exploring the Old Town and have a wine in one of the area’s restored buildings. Head to the graphic old Acropolis of Lindos and stroll around the marvels of antiquity. Plan a day’s tour to the wonderful Valley of the Butterflies for a stroll through its untouched natural beauty with running waters, small wooden bridges, and the unique Oriental Sweetgum trees and admire the Jersey Tiger moths resting on the tree trunks and the moss-covered rocks. Make sure to tour the traditional villages of the island, namely Emponas, known for its wine-related customs, Afandou with its weaving tradition, Salakos and its natural wells, Psinthos, where you will walk through the largest squares in the Dodecanese and Koskinou with its houses with bright colors and pebble-paved yards.
BEST BEACHES IN RHODES
Kallithea A stunning landscape of rocky creeks surrounded by pine trees right at the foot of the renowned homonymous Spa Baths site offering a rich seabed for diving explorations.
Prasonissi At the southernmost spot of the island, Prasonissi is a heaven for windsurf lovers as here winds never cease to blow.
Anthony Quinn Rocky outlets with sunbeds and umbrellas, a narrow sandy coast and emerald-green waters under the shade of the pine trees.
Tsambika Mostly organized, the coast is sandy and surrounded by high cliffs while its waters are crystal clear. Perfect for families and water sports’ lovers.
Lindos At the foot of the island’s ancient Acropolis this is a popular coast ideal for families as it features soft sand and shallow, clean waters.
Afandou one of the island’s most popular beaches especially among locals, Afandou is sandy with pebbles at parts and deep, refreshing waters.
Glystra A hidden treasure, Glystra is a sandy and pebbled beach with shallow waters, partially organized and surrounded by trees.
Traganou Less busy than its neighbouring Afandou, Traganou is a pebbly coast, partially organized, ideal for snorkelling as it features a small cave at one part.
Jordan One of the coves near Kallithea Springs, Jordan is a place carved by sea and winds featuring a rocky surface but crystal-clear waters. Ideal for plunging and sun lounging.
Ladiko Near the graphic Anthony Quinn beach, Ladiko is a small cove offering a sandy coast and shiny turquoise waters ideal for snorkelling, but it can get crowded during peak season.
St. Paul’s Bay Stunning views to the Aegean Sea and The Acropolis of Lindos, emerald waters ideal for snorkelling and a sandy coast with sunbeds and umbrellas.
Agathi Fine sand, shallow waters, a few taverns serving Greek food and a long wide coast make Agathi ideal for families.
Ixia Popular among water sports and windsurfing aficionados, Ixia beach is very near the city of Rhodes and offers a sandy coast, many activities for children and several restaurants and bars.
Faliraki Perfect for parting, with a cosmopolitan flair, Faliraki is among the most popular and crowded coasts on the island fully organized, offerings many water sports options.
Elli Maybe the busiest coast on the island as one can walk there from the city, Elli is at the northernmost tip of the island and features beautiful waters and a heavily organized coast
Pefkos Powder-like, soft golden sand, shallow waters and an organized narrow coast that can get quite crowded during high season.
Kalathos Hardly ever crowded even in peak season, Kalathos is half sandy – half pebbled with beautiful waters, sunbeds and umbrellas and it is ideal for families and youngsters.
Kokkini Ammos Located at the south-eastern part of Rhodes, Kokkini Ammos is a hidden gem accessible only by boat, mostly preferred by locals due to its natural beauty: fine thin sand, shallow waters and caves
Haraki Perfect for water sports and scuba diving, Haraki is a lovely, quiet settlement with a small harbour, pebbled coast, sunbeds and umbrellas.