Rhodes, the pearl of the Mediterranean region, is a cosmopolitan island that combines unique natural beauty and archaeological wealth with stunning beaches and intensive nightlife. This is a place for everyone: simultaneously youthful and family friendly, romantic and modern.
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Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, is not an ordinary holiday resort but a cosmopolitan place with an international reputation: the charming medieval town, the sophisticated Lindos, the irresistible valley of the butterflies, the high-quality lifestyle and the long golden sand beaches make the days and nights in the island unforgettable.
Rhodes is a combination of medieval tradition and modern style which impresses and fascinates visitors of all kinds. At the homonym capital of Rhodes, the romantic medieval Old Town holds amazing historical buildings, and the modern New Town also has its archaeological findings. Millions of tourists walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town every year, to visit the museums, the churches and the fortress walls, just following the steps of the knights.
Together with an intensive nightlife in Faliraki, crystal water and warm locals, the island makes for a great choice in holiday!
Do & See
Rhodes offers a variety of activities all year round: the island’s natural beauty, ancient monuments from its long and often turbulent history, and a wonderful atmosphere aided in no small part by the warm hospitality of the locals.
The Palace of the Grand Master
This palace and fortress, destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1939, dominates the Old Town. The floors are covered with ancient mosaics, while there is also an interesting collection of 16th and 17th-century Western furniture.
More than 600,000 Greeks and foreigners visit this place to admire the unique "natural show", which takes place 26km away from the city centre. The butterflies gather in thousands from July to September, in search of coolness and humidity, and you will see hundreds of them clustered together on the branches in the mornings.
Adresse: Epano Kalamonas, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 224 108 282 2
Lindos is a small town with ample character. Do not forget to visit Acropolis, one of the most important and impressive archaeological sites of the island.
Adresse: Lindos, Rhodes
Faliraki is a place for adventurers. Boasting many clubs, beach bars, big hotels, a huge water park, bungee jump, tennis courts and great beaches, this hive of activity is only 12km from Rhodes' centre.
Adresse: Faliraki, Rhodes
Mandraki Harbour - Colossus of Rhodes
Take a walk at the Mandraki Harbour and enjoy the beautiful view. According to the legend, it was here where the famous Colossus of Rhodes – a bronze statue of the Greek sun-god Helios, made of bronze and reaching 34 meters high – was raised.
Adresse: Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes
The Casino of Rhodes is a must see for people who love "lucky games!" If you are old enough (=23 years), you can try your luck in roulette and black jack.
Åpningstider: Slotes Machines: Mon-Sun 12pm-5am. Live Games: Mon-Thu 5pm-3am. Fri 5pm-4am. Sat 2pm-4am. Sun 12pm-3am
Wander the Old Town of Rhodes and lose yourself to a romantic, ancient age.
Adresse: Old Town, Rhodes
St Paul's Bay
St Paul's Bay is a charming bay on the south-eastern coast of Rhodes. Its two beaches invites you to sunbath on golden sand and to snorkel in crystal clear blue water, while – on the larger one – you will also find sun loungers, parasols, toilets and a cafe.
Adresse: St Pauls Bay, Rhodes
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is a medieval building which served as the Hospital of the Knights, completed in 1489 by Grand Master d’Aubusson and still in perfect condition. Here you can enjoy interesting finds dating back to all periods of the island’s history.
Cycling on Rhodes is very popular, thanks to its various well-established routes. The company RodosCycling offers bike excursions around the Rhodes Island, offering the chance to visit all the archaeological sites as well as areas of great natural beauty.
Overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, The 18-hole Afandou golf course is 19 km away from Rhodes Town and includes all the practical facilities you will need for a pleasant day of golfing.
Adresse: Afandou, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 224 105 145 1
Museum of Modern Greek Art
The Museum of Modern Greek Art (MGA) presents extensive collections of paintings, numerous sculptures and drawings from the 20th century. The museum complex, spread over the Northern part of the city, consists of three buildings with different modern art, works by most renowned Greek artists like Maleas, Bouzianis, Kontoglou, Theofilos, Vassiliou and Hadzikyriakos-Gikas.
Take an amazing day cruise and explore the most beautiful sites of Rhodes. Captain's Tours travel agency organises excursions, where you will enjoy the most famous tourist sights such as the coastline of Lindos, and also lazy day cruises to Rhodian Bays.
Adresse: Epsilon Shopping Centre, Faliraki, Rhodes
The Church of Panagia is located in the village of Lindos, right next to its main square. This beautiful 1300-century church is distinctly Greek, with its whitewashed walls, tiled roof and a beautiful courtyard.
Adresse: Lindos, Rhodes
Crystal waters, golden sand, sunny days and unforgettable beach-moments! The beach in front of the hotel Mediterranean in the city of Rhodes, is one of the best spots of the island.
Ixia is a surfer's paradise, so if you are looking for great waves in order to enjoy your hobby, you will here be absolutely in the right spot. It is located about 4 km from Rhodes, and it promises vast adventures.
Adresse: Ixia, Rhodes
The Kallithea Bay area is well-known for "trendy swimmers", as the elite of locals choose this beach for doing scuba diving, and also for enjoying summer time in general.
Adresse: Kallithea Bay, Rhodes
As Faliraki is really crowded with mostly young people from all over the word, the beach life is more of an all day party. Come here for having great adventures!
Adresse: Faliraki, Rhodes
This little beach is located right between the Corelli and Paradise hotel, and the sand is lovely white and soft, and surrounded by rocks. Buy a cooling drink or a snack at the cafe while enjoying the day under a parasol.
Adresse: Plakia Beach, Rhodes
Agathi Beach is hidden away by a sheltered bay with beautiful clear water. In addition, there are also good taverns around, and you can even stay in one of the caves here, so just bring a sleeping bag.
Adresse: Haraki, Rhodes
Rhodes offers restaurants for every taste, as from traditional Greek Taverns to international menus with fish, pizzas, and pastas, you can almost find everything. If you are looking for some typical experience, then go ahead and try the traditional dishes "Koulouria" or "matsi", which you may find mostly in the village taverns, as well as handmade pasta boiled in goat stock, browned in fresh butter and sprinkled with Parmesan.
Tamam is a very impressive place with a fantastic atmosphere, right in the Old Town. The restaurant serves in soothing private dining rooms, with a touch of oriental decor and delicious Greek and international dishes.
Adresse: Leontos Georgiou Street 1, Leontos, Rhodes
Alexis 4 Seasons is one of the most well-known fish restaurants on the island, and located right in the Old Town of Rhodes. The restaurant offers a wide choice of seafood-dishes and shellfish, and you do have to try the grilled octopus, cooked in its ink!
Vasilis is a well-known place among locals, and it already opened back in 1985. With its long tradition, spreading right in the heart of Old Town, this restaurant offers fast but home-cooked food and a great atmosphere.
Adresse: Sofokleous 16, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 029 968
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-1am
Do not be fooled by the somewhat simple look of the restaurant, as Kerasma is a very popular restaurant with outstanding Greek food, excellent service and nice atmosphere. Right next to the famous "bar street" in Rhodes, this is a great restaurant for starting into the night.
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 12pm-11:30pm. Sun 6pm-11:30pm
This rooftop restaurant at Melenos Lindos Hotel is a very nice and cosy location in the village of Lindos on Rhodes' Southeast coast – it has spectacular views over the bay, and it serves delicious Greek and international dishes, many with Italian touches.
Adresse: Melenos Lindos, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 22440 32222
Åpningstider: Daily 8am-11:30am and 12pm-4pm and 6:30pm-11pm
This popular restaurant has been serving food for many years, and they only and always use fresh ingredients for their menu, including fish, steaks and traditional Greek food. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and the owner himself is serving.
Adresse: George Leontos 8, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 073 557
Åpningstider: Daily 12pm-12am
Capricci is a family-owned restaurant serving Italian cuisine for many years now. The menu offers fresh and tasty dishes like typical Italian thin pizzas with wonderful toppings but also a wide variety of pasta dishes and other specialties.
Restaurant Wonder is situated in the new town, and it can be quite difficult to find it but it is well worth the search. Opening in 2011, this restaurant received excellent reviews in the Alpha Guide, and you will understand why, as the delicious and well composed international menu with a mixture of Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and Asian food are just enchanting.
Hellas Restaurant is located in the main square of Pefkos, and it has been popular among tourists and locals since 2001 already. Its typical Greek food is served in the warm and cosy garden that also provides a playground for the children.
Odyssey Restaurant is ideally located in the Old Town of Rhodes, and it serves delicious Greek cuisine like stuffed vine leaves, pork in a white wine sauce and marinated mussels. The staff is always friendly and, thus, create a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
Stegna Kozas is famous among the locals as one of the best restaurants to eat fresh seafood, and it is beautifully located on the beach of Stegna, with amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea. The friendly staff serves only high quality food, and, thus, dishes like lobster spaghetti, fish soup, seafood risotto and souvlakia with scallops.
Since the restaurant opened its doors in 1994, it attained excellent reputation for its fine Greek cuisine, as the chef pays close attention to detail and prepares the food with only fresh ingredients. The food is served in a cosy terrace under the stars, among trees and flowers, so the atmosphere is very romantic!
Cosy and friendly cafes are located throughout the whole island but some of the best can probably be found in Rhodes Town. What they all have in common is a broad menu of fresh juices, refreshments and excellent service but do, anyways, try to experience as many different, yet always cosy atmospheres as possible.
This lush garden cafe is surrounded by flowers and tree, and it, thus, creates an enjoyable oasis of peace right in the middle of the most popular and bustling street of the Old Town. While soothing music and good coffee heightens the experience even further, the service will provide you with everything your heart might desire: with hot and cold drinks as well as with lunch and sweets.
Village Café is a delightful gem that you will pass on your way down to the beach, and taking in the smell of fresh baked bread, croissants, danish pastries and cakes of all kinds, you just have to come to a halt. As to its, additionally, large menu for snacks and lunch, every taste will get met, and properly served with a fresh smoothie and ice cream afterwards.
Western to Rhodes town but at the coast still, The Cake Box invites to savouring cakes of all shapes and all kinds. While its cheesecake (and cakes in general) might be best known among locals and tourists alike, it also offers a great variety of ice cream as well as special sweets depending on feasts and seasons.
As ONO is open nearly all day long, and far into the night, this is the perfect location for starting the day and for entering the night. In their casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, ONO aspires to excite you as much as it wants to fulfill your deepest desires, starting with offering all kinds of drinks and different snacks.
The "bar street" in the Old town, the fashionable clubs in Ixia, the Greek style nights in Ialysos, and the sleepless days and nights at the beach bars in Faliraki and Lindos make the entertainment on the island unforgettable. While Miltiadou Street in the Old town and OrfanidouStreet in Niochori are the two main "nightlife streets" in the town of Rhodes, the whole city has quite much in offer.
The Amphitheatre Club is probably one of the most famous outdoor clubs on the island. The club has a capacity of about 2,000 people, every one of them savouring sizzling nights, refreshing drinks and good music. You will also enjoy one of the best views in Europe, as below is the historic whitewashed village of Lindos, surrounded by the sea and crowned by the ancient Acropolis.
Lindos Ice Bar opened in August 2011 and it is Greece’s first bar made exclusively out of ice! Designed and sculpted by ice artists from Canada, and constantly keeps a temperature of -6 degrees, guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail while looking out over the Lindos Acropolis.
Phillips Bar is one of the oldest bars in Rhodes, and the owner Phillip is still around, although his children are now running the bar. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, so it is a great place to come for drinks, snacks and a lot of laughter.
Adresse: El. Venizelou 19, Ialisos, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 090 366
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-10pm
Colorado Club has three different party sections and two dance floors for both entering the night and also dancing it away. The music varies on each floor, and the bartenders serve great tasting and cooling drinks all night long.
Adresse: Orfanidou Street 57, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 075 120
Åpningstider: Daily 10:30pm-4am
Ecplise Bar is a exciting open air place with great drinks and interesting people where you can dance to everything from latest hits to good old classics.
Adresse: Pefkos, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2244 048 335
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-late
Oasis Bar is a great place for having a good time with old friends while also meeting new ones. While quiz events and dance parties take place regularly, the cosy and relaxed atmosphere always invites to having a drink at the beach, and to taking a swim in the sea.
Adresse: Beach Road, Kallithea, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 694 817 445 9
The Grapevine bar is a lovely little bar with a cosy outdoor seating that overlooks Lardos square, making it to the perfect spot for taking a break from hustle and bustle. You are greeted with warm smiles and drinks of every kind that will let your heart's desires become true.
Adresse: Lardos Square, Lardos, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2244 044 517
The Courtyard Bar is said to be one of the friendliest bars in Lindos: Jack, the owner, is lovely, and on live music nights, you can see him play on a Greek Bouzouki, so why do not try to dance along after having some drinks?
Shopping in Rhodes can be a great and exciting experience, as the combination of traditional and modern markets offers an unique shopping experience. However, there are two different kinds of markets in the same town: the folklore market and the new market with all the familiar brand name stores, and even the opening hours of the two markets are different.
The shops in the Old Town stay open until late at night, as their target group is mostly tourists, and Aristotelous and Sokratous streets and all the streets around the Ippokratous square are the heart of shopping in the Old town. Colourful umbrellas, lots of souvenirs, jeweller's shops, crowds and many other gifts are set up in this area, creating the feeling of an all-day fair.
If you are looking for stylish and trendy clothes, you have to visit the New Market in Sofokli Venizelou Str and Kyprou Square. In Archangelos, in contrast, you will find pots and the traditional leather boots the old islanders used to wear.
As to jewellery, watches, ethnic wares, ceramics, trendy and expensive clothes from the most popular brand names, you can find almost anything you want just by walking the streets of the Old and the New town.
At Greca Natural Products, you can find all the natural products that you have been looking (and longing) for like forever. Take home a bit of Greece in your bag with olive oil, olives, pate, honey of different flavours, as well as Chios mastic products and homemade jams.
Every Wednesday and Saturday you are welcome to visit the people´s street market. Here you will find sun kissed fruit and vegetables, as well as many other typical tasty Greek treats that will perfect your Greece experience.
Adresse: Dimokratias, Rhodes
Åpningstider: Wed and Sat approx. 8am-2pm
Rodoscope Creative Gallery
This shop is the best spot for finding both souvenirs for yourself and gifts for friends and family back home. While offering every good – from clothes and jewellery to oil, wine and cheese, and also art – in typical Greek manners, they also run a small cafe that regularly hosts events, such as reading and discussions.
Adresse: Ippodamou 39, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 6972 202 138
Savas Rhodes is a gallery of handmade treasures that are produced in such a detail work manner that each of them is unique. As the selection of carpets, lights and pottery is tremendous, you will find yourself spoilt for choice, but the friendly and always smiling staff for sure will help you out.
Adresse: Omirou 45, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 400 126
Rhodes International Airport
The international airport of Rhodes "Diagoras" is 16 km from the city centre, near the village Paradhissi. You can take the local bus to get to the town but the last bus leaves from the airport at 23:30. You can also get a taxi, and the cost will depend on the time, the traffic and the number of luggage pieces you are carrying.
Greece can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Best Time to Visit
As Rhodes is one of the most southern islands in Greece, it has a milder climate and a long season of summer, lasting from the beginning of April until the end of November. However, all services and sights are open throughout the year, so there is still plenty to see and to do during winter from December until the end of March, and you do benefit from lower prices and less crowded places.
The island has a well-established bus network connecting all the villages with the city, so it is not necessary to rent a car. There are two local bus transporation companies, serving on the whole island quite efficiently: RODA and KTEL, and the latter one also informs about its routes online. However, a motorbike will be better and faster.
There are several taxi companies in Rhodes, serving across the island. One of them is Taxi Rhodes, which can be booked in advance but there are other ones serving well also:
Taxi de Rhodes
+30 6946 587 204
Rhodes Island Transfer Service
+30 2241 304 300
There are many departments in the town, so you don’t need to go far, and you can find the main Post Office ELTA in Mandraki. However, there are other shops close by as well but be aware that most of the shops close down on midday:
Faliraki Postal Agency
Pseidonos, Faliraki, Rhodes
+30 2241 086 995
Konstantinidi 2, Rhodes
+30 2241 035 774
Adresse: Eleftherias Square, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 022 212
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-2:30pm
There are several pharmacies across town (and island), and a central one is
"Ypsilantis Zacharias" in the Old Town. However, there are other shops as well, and each of them has a notice in the window stating pharmacies that are open out of hours and their addresses.
Lindou National Road, Faliraki
+30 224 100 2710
Kanada Street 80, Rhodes
+30 2241 074 260
Adresse: Agiou Fanouriou Street 60, Rhodes
Telefon: +30 2241 026 448
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and 4pm-7pm. Sat 9am-2pm
Country code: +30
Area code: 2241
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