Picture perfect views, outstanding history and that beautiful Mediterranean weather all wrapped up in one incredible island.
Holidays to Rhodes
The largest and most popular of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes truly has something for everyone. 300 days of sunshine per year, beaches to die for, some of the best windsurfing in the Med, history and culture that is literally bursting from the ground, one of the best-preserved Medieval Towns in Europe, picturesque villages, the list goes on…
Famous for its beaches and nightlife, this island will not disappoint anyone wanting a relaxing or action-packed holiday by the sea, but the beauty of the natural landscape, the truly magnificent Old Town, and the picture-perfect towns scattering the island make Rhodes far more than just a beach destination.
With a typical Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters with just a little rainfall, Rhodes is a perfect destination if you want to guarantee some great weather.
August is the hottest month, where temperatures tend to peak at about 33°C but average a more enjoyable 27°C. January and February are the coldest months, with an average of just 13°C. The real draw however, is the enviable 300 days of sunshine they enjoy every year, and the beautifully warm sea temperatures – both big factors in making it the popular destination it has become.
Things to do on holiday in Rhodes
Whether looking for culture, relaxation or action-packed fun, here are some of the many ways you can make the most of this island.
History & sightseeing
Top of the list for sightseeing is without a doubt the beautiful and atmospheric Old Town. One of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and justly deserving of its UNESCO world heritage status, the Old Town is a fascinating combination of a staggering twenty-four centuries of history. There are countless things to explore within the walls, but the Palace of the Grand Master, the Street of the Knights, the old port of Mandraki and Hippocrates Square are definitely some of the highlights. It’s also possible to walk the walls at certain times of the day, which is highly recommended – not least of all for the views.
Outside of the Old Town, there are the three ancient cities of Rhodes to explore – Ialysos, Kamiros, and of course Lindos, perhaps the most famous thanks to its Acropolis (which is also a platform for some impressive views!) and its stunning beach, making it a great option for a whole days excursion. The Monastery of Filerimos and Tsampika are both another worthwhile stop, as are the castles of Kritinia and Monolithos – again both with the added benefit of magnificent views, but head anywhere on this island and you will stumble across picturesque villages, stunning churches, and endless vistas that will keep you reaching for your camera.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, countless picturesque beaches and beautiful crystal clear water, it’s no surprise that Rhodes is as popular for its beaches as anything else.
There are many spectacular beaches and sandy coves to be found across the island, and there is the perfect beach for all type of holiday-goers. Many beaches across the island are surrounded by hotels, tavernas, shops and watersports centres, so you needn’t go too far if you’re planning a week of uninterrupted sun, sea and sand. There are also a few quieter and more secluded spots to be found however.
The east of the island tends to have the sandier beaches, whilst the west is more pebbled. The winds also come in from the west, so those wanting to sample Rhodes’ famously good wind- or kite-surfing will enjoy the rougher waters on the south and west coasts. Prassonisi is the best spot for this, and a particularly beautiful one, but Theologos, Ialyssos, Ixia and Paradisi are also ideal for the wind and water related activities. For those wanting a slightly calmer beach experience, the east has lovely calm waters and almost entirely sandy beaches, and don’t fret – there are plenty of watersports to be found on this side of the island as well.
The Valley of Butterflies is one of the prettiest spots on the island, and as the name suggests, the valley is overwhelmed by butterflies who head here to reproduce each August. Even if visiting during the rest of the year however, the beauty of this valley makes it well worth the journey.
Another great option if you fancy a day away from the beaches is to head to the Seven Springs. A maze of footpaths leading to the source of each of the seven springs makes for a great walk, and peacocks even wander alongside. There is a great taverna sitting in the shade by one of the springs, which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a fabulous meal.
If the kids fancy a change of scenery from the beach then head to the Rhodes Water Park – rides for all ages, wave pools and of course plenty of facilities to make it a full day of enjoyment. Another great outing is the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes – an aquarium, museum and scientific station all rolled into one.
Rhodes landscape lends itself to all kinds of different walking, whether the more challenging mountain hikes, a cool walk through a forest, or of course the scenic coastal walks. For the more experienced hiker, Mt Attavyros is a good climb which leads to a beautiful village. Those looking for a more relaxing stroll will find plenty of options however, and you will never have any trouble finding a local taverna to finish up in.
Keen golfers will be pleased to hear that Rhodes has one of the best courses in Greece, and with that endless sunshine what better place to treat yourself to 18 holes. The Afandou Golf course on the north-east coast of the island was designed by the famous Donald Harradine, and is extremely reasonably priced.
Shopping in Rhodes is surprisingly good, and there is a good mix of traditional and modern depending on what you fancy. The shops in the Old Town stay open until late, and are a perfect place to find souvenirs, jewellery and other gifts. The New Market is the place to go if you fancy clothes shopping, and Archangelos for the more traditional items such as leathers and pots. There are also various street markets that take place weekly, but the best and biggest is at the Taxiarxhis cemetery on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 3pm.
Rhodes is famous for its nightlife so there will be no shortage of places to go, whatever your mood. From peaceful tavernas and al fresco bars in the Old Town, to superclubs with international DJs, there is plenty of everything.
The Old Town is one of the most popular places to spend an evening, and the appropriately named Bar Street by the seafront is one of the best places to head. You’ll stumble across many a tempting drinking spot in both the old and new Rhodes town however, whether one of those dotted along their streets, or along the scenic harbour. The infamous Falaraki is still the best place to head if you’re in the mood for some serious partying. Generally a younger crowd, and a lot of alcohol, you’re guaranteed a wild night! For a more relaxing and perhaps romantic atmosphere, make your way to Lindos where you’ll find many charming lounge bars and beautiful rooftop bars where you can soak up those magnificent sea views.