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Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations Travel Guide: Decide where to stay in Rhodes and which are the best towns and beaches to stay at. Also, the top attractions & places to visit in Rhodes Greece, plus our top 12 picks for what to do in Rhodes including fun activities, tours, and boat trips. Everything in this article, and a lot more, including restaurants and other points of interest, are featured on our interactive Rhodes Greece Map for tourists which you’ll find at the bottom of the page (Map of Rhodes in English).

Come and explore the sunshine, fun and ancient history of The Aegean and discover the best Rhodes destinations for you in our Rhodes travel guide.

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations Travel Guide – Table Of Contents

Brief Historical Introduction To Rhodes Greece

Rhodes Destinations – Where To Stay In Rhodes Travel Guide

Places To Visit In Rhodes – Top Historical & Natural Attractions

What To Do In Rhodes – Our Top 12 Picks For Activities

Rhodes Greece Map – 80+ Points Of Interest (Map of Rhodes in English)

Rhodes Old Town (Walled City) – Attractions & Food Guide (Opens In New Tab)

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Brief Historical Introduction To Rhodes

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations | What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Lindos Acropolis

Lindos Acropolis – One of the oldest surviving settlements in Rhodes Greece

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece, and one of the most popular Greek Islands to visit. In Rhodes, you’ll find many beaches, historic sites, fantastic seafood, nightlife and many perfect days of blue skies and sunshine all summer long. If you explore a little deeper, you’ll discover rural villages and traditions away from the busy Rhodes destinations of Rhodes Old Town, Faliraki and Lindos.

Rhodes has held an important location for trade for thousands of years as a midpoint between the eastern Mediterranean (Israel, Lebanon, Egypt) and Athens/Istanbul.

The history of Rhodes is lengthy, so here is just a very brief overview:

  • Rhodes Island has been inhabited since the neolithic period.
  • The first civilization to invade the island was the Minoans (from Crete) in the 16th century BC. The Mycenaean Greeks arrived in the 15th century BC
  • In the 12th Century BC, Rhodes was involved in the Trojan wars.
  • From the 8th century BC, the Dorians took hold of the island and build the settlements of Lindos, Ialyssos, and Kamiros.
  • Rhodes Town was established in 408 BC.
  • The colossus of Rhodes stood across Mandraki Harbour and was completed in 282 BC and became an ancient wonder of the world. It collapsed due to an earthquake in 226 BC.
  • In 164 BC, Rhodes became part of the Roman Empire. It continued as part of the Byzantine empire as Rome moved its capital to Constantinople (Istanbul).
  • In 1307, as the Byzantine empire faded, The Knights Hospitallers (Knights of Saint John) took power in Rhodes. For two centuries, the Knights fortified the medieval city making it one of the strongest in the whole Christian world.
  • The Ottomans attacked Rhodes in 1480 but suffered a massive defeat. They returned in 1522, under the leadership of Suleiman The Magnificent. After a lengthy siege, the Knights of Saint John agreed to leave Rhodes but to take their gold with them, and only if local inhabitants would be spared and be allowed to continue practicing Christianity. The Knights left Jan 1st, 1523.
  • About 400 years of Ottoman rule saw Greeks sent away from the walled city to the suburbs. Mosques and hammams (bathhouses) replaced churches. The architecture was updated to incorporate Islamic design.
  • By 1912, as the Ottoman Empire declined, the Italians seized Rhodes and the other Dodecanese islands. The Italians removed Ottoman architecture and reconstructed many medieval buildings of the Knights to their former states.
  • After World War II, Rhodes was returned to Greece and Rhodes town rapidly grew into a popular tourist destination through the 1960s tourist boom.

 

Rhodes Destinations Map – Where To Stay In Rhodes Travel Guide

Our simple Rhodes Destinations Map shows you where to stay in Rhodes, including some essential transport and accommodation info. Our Full Rhodes Greece Map – with attractions, restaurants and much more, is at the bottom of this article (Map of Rhodes in English).

Rhodes Destinations List: Where You Should Stay

More details and accommodation info for all of the best Rhodes Destinations you may want to stay in.

Rhodes Old Town – Within The Walls

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations | What To Do In Rhodes Greece: The Street Of The Knights, Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Destinations: The Street Of The Knights, Rhodes Old Town

The historic walled city of Rhodes. First established in 408 BC and then built into one of the most fortified walled cities in the Christian world during the reign of the Knights of Saint John (14th to 16th Century AD).

One of the most popular places to stay and visit on the island of Rhodes, you’ll find well preserved history, the palace of the Knights and lots of restaurants and bars.

The most essential of all the Rhodes Destinations.

Stay In Rhodes Old Town If: You want to soak in the ancient history and be in the heart of it all.

Cons: No vehicle access

Zacosta Villa Hotel

Zacosta Villa Hotel

Top Pick For Accommodation in Rhodes Old Town:

Zacosta Villa Hotel: Hotels Combined  |  Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor (Zacosta Villa provides pickup in a golf buggy, so they can drive you through the old town, right to their door.)

Or, Browse all accommodation in Rhodes Old Town:

Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com

 

Rhodes Destinations: Rhodes New Town / Mandraki

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations | What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Rhodes City Nea Agora (New Market)

Rhodes Destinations: Rhodes City Nea Agora (New Market)

Surrounding the old walled city you’ll find the newer parts of Rhodes City. Including:

  • Mandraki Harbour & The Nea Agora to the North East.
  • Orfanidou Bar Street, full of nightlife and restaurants, to the North West.
  • Elli Beach and the aquarium to the North.
  • Residential areas around Ancient Rhodes (including the Acropolis and Odeon) to the West.
  • And residential areas and the new Marina to The south.

Stay in Rhodes New Town If: You want to be close to the history but in a newer neighbourhood and nearer the beach.

Cons: Less history and atmosphere than Rhodes Old Town

Top Pick For Accommodation in Rhodes New Town:

Efchi 1904 Boutique Hotel: Hotels Combined  | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor

Or, Browse all accommodation in Rhodes City:

Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com

Rhodes Destinations: Kalithea

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Kalithea

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Kalithea

Kalithea Spa (Springs) was built by the Italians in the 1920s. It takes advantage of the natural springs that have been popular for their healing properties with locals since at least the 5th century BC. Aside from the Kalithea spa, you’ll find a beautiful rocky coastline where you can step right into the turquoise waters.

Stay in Kalithea if: You want a relaxing and sophisticate break

Cons: The beach is all rocks. Everything else is a taxi ride away.

Top Pick For Accommodation Near Kalithea:

Elysium Resort & Spa: Hotels Combined  | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor

Or, Browse all accommodation near Kalithea:

Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com

 

Rhodes Destinations: Faliraki

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Faliraki

Faliraki at Night. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hansel5569/29165119353/ CC2.0 – non-comm

Faliraki is a popular tourist town next to a long strip of beach on the East coast of Rhodes. Famed for its late nightlife, definitely the right place to stay to party. Every type of tourist activity is bookable from Faliraki as the town is purposefully set up for Tourist entertainment. You’ll also find Anthony Quinn Bay, one of the most beautiful bays of Rhodes, just south of Faliraki.

Stay in Faliraki For: Active nightlife right by the beach

Cons: The least sophisticated tourist zone

Top Pick For Accommodation In Faliraki:

Sentido Apollo Blue (5 Star): Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor

Or, Browse all accommodation In Faliraki:

Hotels Combined | Booking.com | Hotels.com

Rhodes Destinations: Lindos

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Lindos

Rhodes Destinations: Lindos

The white-washed walls of Lindos sit looking out over the beach and bay below. Above the town, the ancient Lindos Acropolis. Lindos was originally founded around the 8th century BC, making it one of the oldest continuously lived-in Rhodes destinations. You can get yourself lost in all the little alleys, beneath creeping plants and flowers. Stumbleupon secret rooftop bars, and small side street cafes.

Lindos is perfect for those looking for somewhere with real history but with a little less hustle and bustle than the old walled city of Rhodes.

Stay in Lindos for: Quaint and peaceful town atmosphere and history, right by the beach.

Cons: Too laid back if you want to party

Top Pick For Accommodation In Lindos:

Mitsis Lindos Memories Resort & Spa (5 Star – Adults Only): Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor

Or, Browse all accommodation In Lindos:

Hotels Combined | Booking.com | Hotels.com | Agoda |

Rhodes Destinations: Ialyssos (Beach Resorts Zone)

Ialyssos (Beach Resorts Zone). Atrium Platinum Resort & Spa

Ialyssos is a small town at the south end of a long strip of beach on the North West coast of Rhodes. The length of the beach has a wide selection of different resorts all the way along. If you are looking to get away from it all and just relax, then a resort trip, many of which are all inclusive, is the most stress-free option. Though there are resorts in different locations all over Rhodes, Ialyssos has a high concentration of them and is very close to the airport.

Stay in Ialyssos for: Convenience and modernity with high quality resorts

Cons: Lacking in soul, not the best beach

Top Pick For Accommodation In Ialyssos:

Atrium Platinum Resort & Spa: Hotels Combined | Agoda | Booking.com | Hotels.com | See Reviews On TripAdvisor

Or, Browse all accommodation In Ialyssos:

Hotels Combined | Booking.com | Hotels.com | Agoda |

Rhodes Destinations: Small Beach Towns

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Stegna Beach

Rhodes Destinations: Stegna Beach

Aside from the major beach destinations above, Rhodes Island has some good minor beach destinations where you’ll find a more laid back vibe. Though you can search out many tiny Rhodes Destinations by the sea, my 2 top picks are:

Stegna Beach (Pictured) – A relaxed, family friendly beach. You’ll find a peaceful village atmosphere, right on the water with a decent selection of local restaurants. Partly sandy and pebbles in some parts.

Agathi Beach & Charaki Village –  Agathi beach is one of the few sandy beaches in the area with finer sand. Most of the accommodation is about 1 KM away in the coastal village of Charaki.

Rhodes Destinations: The Rural Villages

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: Embonas

Embonas – The Small Rural Villages of Rhodes. Photo Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/46785534@N06/8071365316/ CC2.0 – non-comm, non-deriv

Most tourists don’t make it much further than the beach and main archaeological sites. But if you venture into the hills of central Rhodes, and down towards the southwest of the island, you’ll find a whole new land. Rural tradition, a quieter pace of life, cute villages, vineyards and much more. If you are seeking a warm summer destination, without swarms of tourists, the inland villages are your perfect countryside escape.

There are many villages to choose from. Here are some of our top picks for rural Rhodes destinations:

Embonas – Village of vineyards. Embonas has plenty of cellar doors to discover the wine of Rhodes.

Apollona – This hillside village is famous for its olive trees as well as it’s female only cooperative bakery.

Monolithos – A whitewashed village with coastal views and the Monolithos castle (fortress) set high on a cliff above the sea. Stay at Limeri Traditional Guesthouse & Restaurant

Asklipio – A pretty village inland from Lindos. The centre of the old village features a Byzantine church built in 1060.

Salakos – A village of 600 inhabitants. The natural spring around the village helps feed the area’s excellent agriculture. Once famous for making wooden chairs, today tourists, you can relax inside the village square, shaded by fig trees. Check out Salakos Villas for beautiful accommodation just outside the village, with a pool.

Transport / Arrival

Visit More Rhodes Destinations: Rent A Car

Visit More Rhodes Destinations: Rent A Car

Arrival by Air

Rhodes International Airport “Diagoras”, is to the northeast of the island, 30 minutes by car from Rhodes old town. Regular flights arrive direct from cities all over Europe, including many budget carriers like Easyjet & Ryanair. If you don’t have a direct flight from a city near to your home, Aegean/Olympic air operate regular flights between Athens & Rhodes. They also operate connections to other Greek islands.

From the airport you can get to Rhodes town or other Rhodes destinations:

  • Via private transfer – Book Now On Kiwi Taxi. Be met at arrivals and taken right to your door.
  • Via taxi at the airport. Find the taxi rank outside and line up to get a taxi. This can be busy if a lot of flights arrive at a similar time.
  • By public bus. Rickety but functional local buses go between the airport & Rhodes town or Faliraki/Lindos. More info.

Arrival By Ferry

All major car and passenger ferries arrive and depart from Kolona port, very close to the Rhodes Old Town.

Compare ferry prices and route options.

Cruise ships mostly dock at Acandia Harbour, also a short walk from Rhodes Old Town.

View Cruise Deals Here

Getting Around Rhodes

Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, options to explore the island:

  • Rent a Car – The easiest way to have complete flexibility to get to all the best places to visit in Rhodes, as well as saving you money on airport transfers, is just to rent a car for the duration of your visit. We rented with Speedway Rent a car (pictured) – a local independent provider. Or you can book with more generic international brands through a comparison website like Auto-Europe.
  • Take a tour – There are many tours through the island or by boat along the coast or to the nearby island of Symi. Browse Tours here. Or book a custom tour with Rhode Trip.
  • Taxis – There is currently no Uber or taxi app in Rhodes. So you can use the dark ages (1990’s) way of booking via the phone or asking your hotel/restaurant to call one for you. Or find a taxi rank. Approx price guidelines here – but all taxis run on the meter (if not, get out of the cab!).
  • Buses – There are regular buses during the day between most major towns. Check out some schedules: More info here.

 

Places To Visit In Rhodes – Top 10 Historical & Natural Attractions

Palace Of The Knights Of St. John

Rhodes Map & Rhodes Destinations: What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Palace Of The Knights Of St. John

What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Palace Of The Knights Of St. John

Rhodes’ number 1 essential historic attraction has to be the Palace Of The Knights Of St. John. Built in the 14th century on top of the previous Byzantine citadel. This huge fortress was the stronghold of the Knights for some 200 years.

During Ottoman rule, it was also used as a fortress. In 1856 a large munitions explosion caused extensive damage to the lower floors. Repairs to this and other renovations were carried out in the 1930s by Italian architect Vittorio Mesturino. Today it’s one of the most important Rhodes Old Town Attractions, you can walk the old stone halls of the knights, mosaic floors, as well as explore the updated rooms and furnishings from the Italian era.

OPEN: Mon (9:00 AM – 3:45 PM), Tue – Fri (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM), Sat (9:00 AM – 3:45 PM)

I recommend buying the multi-attraction pass that gets you into some of the other essential attractions. If you plan to visit the palace and the archeological museum, you are already saving money.

Rhodes Old Town & Mandraki Harbour

Rhodes Destinations | What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Rhodes Old Town

Walk the walls along the moat & visit Rhodes old town and Mandraki harbour

The Palace Of The Knights Of St. John may be one of the best places to visit in Rhodes, but there is plenty more history to explore nearby. From walking the walls along the old moat to exploring the cobbled streets of the old town or strolling around Mandraki harbour, where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood.

Because there are so many things to do In Rhodes Old Town, we’ve provided a separate guide to learn about it all. See our complete guide to what to do in Rhodes Old Town.

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Anthony Quinn Bay

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Anthony Quinn Bay

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Anthony Quinn Bay

Probably the most picturesque bay in Rhodes. Just south of Faliraki you’ll find Anthony Quinn Bay. Apparently the beach was renamed after Anthony Quinn, star of Zorba The Greek. Though the bay was named after he filmed The Guns of Navarone in Rhodes. It’s said he loved the bay so much, he wanted to buy it. Instead, they just changed the name. Which is lucky, because now it’s a public beach that everyone can enjoy.

Historic Village & Acropolis Of Lindos

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Lindos

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Lindos

Lindos was one of the first towns of Rhodes, founded in the 8th century BC. As well as being a great destination to get accommodation, it is also one of the best places to visit in Rhodes for a day or a few hours. Walk through the narrow lanes of the white, flat roofed buildings of the old town. Make your way up to the Acropolis at the top of the hill for incredible views down to St. Paul’s Bay (South) or back towards Lindo beach (north).

Monolithos Fortress

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Monolithos Fortress

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Monolithos Fortress

Perched high on a rocky outcrop, just south of Monolithos village, you’ll find Monolithos fortress with an excellent view west into the Aegean. This fortress was completed in 1480 by the Knights of Saint John, in order to guard the southwest of Rhodes.

In the village, visit Limeri Traditional Guesthouse & Restaurant for excellent traditional food. Call and book ahead for special dishes like kapama (baked goat stuffed with rice).

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kalithea Springs

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kalithea Springs & Spa

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kalithea Springs & Spa

As we mentioned in the Rhodes Destinations section above, Kalithea Spa (Springs) was built by the Italians in the 1920s taking advantage of the natural springs which locals have enjoyed since at least the 5th century. Even if you are not staying in this area, a half day trip to visit the spa complex or a visit to the beach area, is a great choice.

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kamiros Ancient City

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kamiros Ancient Ruined City

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Kamiros Ancient Ruined City

Kamiros was one of the ancient cities of Rhodes. Founded by the Dorians in the 8th century, at the same time as Lindos. The old city was destroyed by the same earthquake that toppled the Colossus in 226 BC. They re-built in the more classical Greek style, with the city on 3 levels. The acropolis on the top level, the main habitation on the middle level, and the agora (market) and temple on the lowest level. Today, you’ll find extensive ruins with views down to the sea.

Odeon & Stadium + Temple Of Apollo (Rhodes Acropolis)

Rhodes Destinations | Places To Visit In Rhodes: Odeon & Stadium + Temple Of Apollo (Rhodes Acropolis)

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Rhodes Acropolis

When Rhodes City was originally founded in 408 BC, it was to the west of the current Rhodes walled city, at the highest point of the area, that the locals decided to build their Acropolis.

Here you’ll find all the classic Greek buildings that would have made up a part of everyday life for the inhabitants – temples, the odeon (theatre) and the stadium for sporting events.

Tsambika Monastery (Tsampika monastery)

Rhodes Destinations | Places To Visit In Rhodes: Tsambika Monastery.

Tsambika Monastery. Photo Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rufuskahler/5673870528/ CC2.0

The Tsambika monastery is 240m above the beaches of Tsambika, to the south, and Kolymbia, to the north. At the top of 350 steps, you’ll find incredible views as well as a small byzantine church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Locals used to come here to pray for fertility and the old tradition is that they should name their subsequent child after the church (Tsambikos for a boy, Tsampika for a girl).

Campochiaro (Eleousa)

Rhodes Destinations | Places To Visit In Rhodes: Campochiaro (Eleousa)

Rhodes Destinations: Campochiaro (Eleousa)

The village of Campochiaro was purpose built by Italian settlers in the mid-1930s. It is sometimes known by its newer Greek name, Eleousa. The primary purpose of the settlement was for logging in the surrounding forests, but also to maintain a sustainable logging tradition and provide some opportunity for early tourism to the region.

The old abandoned Sanatorium (pictured) in the centre of the village is open for you to poke around.

 

What To Do In Rhodes – Our Top 12 Picks For Activities

Rhodes may have some pretty spectacular views and historical activities, but if you want to get out and do things (and eat things too!) rather than just see things, then our list of activities will keep all your senses entertained.

Explore Traditional Rhodion Cuisine In The Villages

You can discover regional cuisine, home cooked in small tavernas across the hills of western Rhodes. Take a trip away from the Greek standards like gyros and moussaka, and discover local Rhodion specialities.

Paranga Restaurant, Apollona

What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Paranga Restaurant, Apollona

What To Do In Rhodes: Pitaroudia (Chickpea/zucchini fritters) @ Paranga Restaurant, Apollona

Though there are many tavernas in the countryside, we headed to Apollona, home of Paranga Restaurant, where Chef Giannis Eftathiou is working very hard to re-discover and create dishes that reflect the history and local produce of Rhodes. As well as using meat and produce from the village and surrounding area, Parranga has its own garden areas for herbs and fruits, right next to the main terrace.

Chef Giannis Eftathiou

Baking Stifado in the “manatsouki”

Stews, slow baked in the wood oven, are a typical favourite. Some made in clay pots (manatsouki), sealed with bread dough to keep in the moisture. Some sealed in fresh clay, that the restaurant produces itself, which then encases the whole dish. The clay bakes and keeps all the air and liquid inside. Once the clay is fully hard, and the food has been slow cooked inside for hours, you can break it open with a hammer and then serve.

Learn More About Paranga Restaurant

Apollona Women’s Agritourist Cooperative

Katerina @ The Co-op in Apollona

What To Do In Rhodes: Making Melekouni

Making Melekouni

At the Apollona Women’s Agritourist Cooperative, a group of women from Apollona village teamed up to build a bakery making traditional products from local ingredients and a focus on organic produce.

One of the owners, Katerina, introduced us to many of their sweet treats and baked goods. Melekouni made with sesame seeds and honey (pictured) Is something that is essential for every wedding in the town, though it gets eaten at other times too. They make a traditional rusk – horiatiko paximadi – and Koulouria portokaliou, which look like tiny little dried out bagels. 

Plus, lots of other new foods to try.

The Apollona Women’s Agritourist Cooperative website is in Greek. But you’ll find them on our Rhodes Map below.

Take A Guided Tour Around Rhodes

Rhode Trip: Rhodes Tours

Our Small Group With Rhode Trip Private Tours

Vasilis & Vasia from Rhode Trip host multi & single day private tours around the island, with the option to customize your experience based on your personal interests.

Not surprisingly, as culinary travel bloggers, we requested a custom tour to explore the lesser known cuisine and culinary traditions of Rhodes. To discover this, we had to head into the rural areas of the island, where winemaking, olive oil production and many other forms of agriculture make use of the warm climate to create wonderful local produce.

I can’t vouch enough for the importance of having a guide when you travel to a new destination. A great guide is not simply about having someone who can show you how to get somewhere. The real value to me is always their wealth of knowledge and their ability to create a cohesive experience from start to finish. Having the logistics organised seamlessly so you get the very best experience. And of course, being able to tailor an experience to each client, and even make tweaks to the experience on the fly based on client requests.

Vasilis & Vasia made us feel very welcome from the start and were excited to answer all our questions and introduce us to some excellent local foodie spots, as well as guide us on the right itinerary for us.

I mentioned Apollona Women’s Agritourist Cooperative & Paranga Restaurant above, which were a part of our tour. But Rhode Trip also showed us some other unique places, kept us informed and entertained throughout the day and provided us with local recommendations for the rest of our time in Rhodes.

We visited the hills of west Rhodes in search of food. But Rhode Trip also offers custom tours like hiking and cultural/historical discovery. Or some pre-made tours you can find on their website.

If you want a well organised private tour, take a look at Rhode Trip

What To Do In Rhodes: Boat Trip To Symi Island

What To Do In Rhodes: Take A Boat Trip To Symi Island

What To Do In Rhodes: Take A Boat Trip To Symi Island

Symi island is less than 2 hours from Rhodes by boat. Symi has one of the most colourful harbours in Greece and was actually built by the Italians, so it offers a completely different aesthetic to every other small island harbour.

You can take a day trip which includes plenty of free time to explore the old buildings, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques of Symi harbour, as well as making a second stop at the Panormitis monastery at the south end of Symi Island. This monastery was popular with sailors who would come from all over Greece to stop in and pray for good fortune on the seas for all their future voyages.

Also, the trip takes you past the scenic Bay of St. George.

Learn More About Booking A Day Trip To Symi Island From Rhodes.

Wine / Olive Oil Production & Tasting

What To Do In Rhodes: Visit Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate and drink wine

Wines @ Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate

Rhodes is believed to have some of the oldest winemaking traditions of the Greek Islands, and wine may have been produced there since 4,000 BC. By 700 BC, Rhodes is believed to have been one of the biggest exporters of wine in the Eastern Mediterranean due to their advanced maritime tradition.

Today, you can visit modern vineyards who are making use of the same terroir as the ancient inhabitants and also producing wines from local grapes. Rhodes has a PDO status for wines made from Amorgiano (Red) and Athiri (White). You can also find wines made from Moschato Aspro and Mandilaria, grapes endemic to the Aegean islands.

We visited the family run Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate where we tried Moschato Aspro, Mandilaria and Athiri varieties. My favourite was their semi-dry Athiri – named Taxideftis. Here you can also taste locally produced olive oil. The winery cellar door, on the main road next to the estate, is just 30 minutes drive from Rhodes Old Town. Their small-batch wines are mostly sold direct from the vineyard and not exported.

For more wine tasting, see our entry on Embonas below.

What To Do In Rhodes: Day Cruise With Snorkelling

Jump aboard Romantika and sail down the east coast from Rhodes Old Town harbour. The first stop is Kalithea Springs, the ancient therapy spa. Next, you can snorkel and see rock formations inside the Caves of Traganou at Afandou Beach. The 3rd stop is the picturesque Anthony Quinn Bay, once a pirate shelter, now a perfect place to observe underwater life.

Included on board is the lunch buffet of Mediterranean, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Plus, keep your glass filled with chilled wine, cold beer or juice throughout the trip.

Learn More & Book A Day Cruise With Snorkelling

A Day At The Beach – Best Beaches In Rhodes

Places To Visit in Rhodes: St. Paul's Bay | Rhodes Destinations

Places To Visit in Rhodes: St. Paul’s Bay

There are a lot of beaches in Rhodes. Here are some of our top picks.

St Paul’s Bay – Just south of Lindos. The beach area itself is tiny, but the bay is beautiful and nowhere near as commercial as the main Lindos beach.

Agathi – A fine golden sand beach. One of the few in Rhodes with that nice soft sand. Small, with just a few restaurants and no hotels.

Anthony Quinn – A fine pebble beach in one of the most stunning bays on Rhodes. More info was above in the places to visit in Rhodes section.

Prasonisi – This beach is at the very southern end of Rhodes. It’s formed like an hourglass with water on both sides. A strip of sand reaching out to a small headland. It gets windy here and this is a popular spot for kitesurfing.

Lindos Beach – A coarse sand beach below the picturesque white walls of Lindos and the Acropolis. This is a well developed beach with bars/restaurants and a lot of sun loungers. Still water in the naturally protected bay.

Elli Beach – A fine pebble beach at the northern tip of Rhodes island. It’s proximity to Rhodes town makes it a convenient choice. It’s very developed, with hotels and restaurants all the way around the coastline and plenty of loungers (Normally about 5 Euros to rent).

Tsambika Beach – A moderately developed coarse sand beach part way between Faliraki and Lindos. A few restaurants and loungers, but still plenty of open beach space.

What To Do In Rhodes: Sea Kayaking Down The East Coast

What To Do IN Rhodes: Sea Kayaking Down The East Coast

What To Do IN Rhodes: Sea Kayaking Down The East Coast

Take a Sea Kayaking Adventure down the east coast of Rhodes. You get picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kathara Beach, where your adventure will begin. You’ll paddle past secluded beaches and rock formations, stop for a picnic a Traounou Beach and eventually arrive at Anthony Quinn Bay.

Explore the Rhodes coastline from a different perspective, and burn off the food and wine calories from all the amazing restaurants around the island (See Our Rhodes Greece Map below For restaurant suggestions)

Learn More & Book Your Sea Kayaking Adventure

Embonas – Village Of Wineries

Embonas, Village Of Wineries. Photo Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/46785534@N06/8071365316/ CC2.0 – non-comm, non-deriv

Embonas is the village of vineyards. It’s the most important area of Rhodes for grape production and you’ll find at least 5 cellar doors representing different wineries from that little micro-zone. Easily find each of the cellar doors in Embonas with our map of Rhodes in English below.

What To Do In Rhodes: Helios 9D Experience

What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Helios 9D experience

What To Do In Rhodes Greece: Helios 9D experience

Rhode’s first and only “9D” movie experience is a spectacular 3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire, and smell. Which actually adds up to 10! The various movie presentations take you on a full engaging journey through the history and mythology of Rhodes.

Ancient gods, the colossus of Rhodes collapsing in the earthquake of 226 BC, and the knights of Saint John, come to life in this family friendly activity.

Book Tickets In Advance For A Guaranteed Seat.

Explore The Valley Of The Butterflies

Places To Visit In Rhodes: Valley Of The Butterflies | Rhodes Destinations

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Walk into one of Rhode’s shady inland valley’s and explore. From Late July to late September, millions of butterflies spread colour through the valley.

There is a bus tour available which also visits Filerimos Monastery on the way:

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What To Do In Rhodes: Take An Off Road (ATV) Adventure

What to do in Rhodes: Take An Off Road (ATV) Adventure

Starting near the village of Theologos, take an ATV through the hills and valleys of North Rhodes. Drive out away from the tourists and enjoy nature and views across the island.

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Take A Multi Day Greek Island Hopping Voyage From Rhodes

Our number 1 vacation experience ever (we’ve done it twice now!) is taking a full 7 day island hopping trip with SunFunYou. Visit small coves and harbours, dive off the side of the boat right into azure waters. Enjoy home style meals, cooked by the Captain, who trained to be a chef in Vienna.

As well as eating seafood that is caught by the crew… You’ll find an onboard yoga/fitness instructor, and a focus on balance – with great food, hiking, swimming, and yoga as well as fun activities, all inclusive beer and wine and a great family spirit with the new guests you’ll meet on every voyage.

And my description still doesn’t do it justice. Check out my full Greek Island Hopping article and podcast to get a stronger feel for why you should take this transformative adventure. 

 

Rhodes Greece Map – 80+ Points Of Interest

Our Rhodes Greece Map for tourists is an easy way to locate all of the attractions & activities we’ve discussed above, as well as many more Rhodes points of interest, restaurants, transport locations, accommodation and much more! (Below: Map of Rhodes in English). Find places to visit in Rhodes as well as all the best beaches in Rhodes.

Bookmark this page so you can easily come back and make use of our Rhodes map from any device while traveling through Rhodes Island.

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