How to Visit Kallithea Springs: Fun Beach & Ancient Thermal Spa

Kalithea Springs

Just a quick drive from the bustling city of Rhodes is the stunning Kallithea Springs. This is an area that has deep historical roots, and also a beautiful place to swim! Join us for a morning adventure to Kallithea Springs as we soak in the clear blue water, stroll through the Rotunda, and explore this special beach on Rhodes Island. 

Planning a Visit to Kallithea Springs

Location: Leof. Kallitheas 80, Rodos 851 00
Hours: 8am-6pm Daily 
Cost: Adults – 5 Euros – Under 12 years old – Free
Bring: Bathing Suit, towel, sunscreen, camera, and water shoes. 

Kallithea springs is a popular swimming spot and it’s best to plan out your visit beforehand. In the busy summer months try to arrive early if you want to claim a prime beach chair.

Ask an attendant for the cost and menu if you’d like to order drinks. Also, make sure to take time to explore the area and learn about its historical importance. There is a small onsite cafe if you get hungry as well!

Visit to Kallithea Springs

How to Get From Rhodes Town to Kallithea Springs

Kallithea Springs is located just 8 km (5 miles) from Rhodes Old Town. This makes it a convenient day trip and a lovely place to spend the afternoon. There are 3 options to get from Rhodes town to Kallithea Springs which we’ve listed below. 

Car: If you’re driving to Kallithea Springs Rhodes it should only take you 15 minutes or less. There is a large parking lot with plenty of room when you arrive overlooking the beautiful rocks at Jordan Beach. 

Bus: The bus from Rhodes to Kallithea Springs leaves every half hour from the Central Bus Station just outside the gates of Old Town. 

Taxi: At the time of writing this the taxi is a fixed price of 10 Euros to get from Rhodes to Kallithea Springs. The way back was slightly more at 14 Euros. All taxi prices on the island are clearly listed on signs at the taxi stands.

→ 5 Helpful Tips for Renting a Car in Rhodes & Why You Should!

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History of Kallithea Springs Rhodes

Legend has it that people have been coming to Kallithea Springs since 7th century B.C. to experience the water’s therapeutic properties. While the island was under Italian occupation in the early 1900’s they brought more attention to the area.

They built the Rotunda and surrounded it with pebble mosaics. In 1930, over 200 scientific specialists and doctors even came to visit Kallithea Springs in Rhodes to study the medicinal effects for themselves!

Unfortunately, during World War II the Germans turned Kallithea Springs into a prison. Shortly after, it experienced a resurgence once Rhodes became part of Greece and was featured in several international and Hollywood films.

However, it wasn’t until the last 10 years that Kallithea Springs Rhodes was renovated and restored to its former greatness. All of this history and more can be seen inside the stunning Kallithea Springs Rotunda!

Today the area no longer offers thermal attributes, but it’s still a great place to see history and the beauty of Rhodes. It’s surrounded by two five-star hotels and is now a popular place for weddings and other events.

Rhodes Old Thermal Springs

A Stroll Through the Kallithea Springs Rotunda 

You may think that the gorgeous clear waters are the only thing that attracts people to Kallithea Springs… But guess again! The unreal scenery extends from outside and into the halls of the Rotunda. The way it blends perfectly with the colors and nature of Rhodes is remarkable.

Stroll through the white-washed walls and take in the old pictures to experience what it was like many years before. We couldn’t believe what it looked like back then! After visiting the Kallithea Springs Rotunda, it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to this special place. 

Kallithea Springs Rhodes

Kallithea Springs Rotunda

Swimming at Kallithea Springs Beach

Now for the best part! Kallithea Springs is not the white sandy beach you might be used to, but instead a colorful collection of pebbles and rocks that lead into the water. We knew we would be spending hours here from our very first glimpse of the ocean at Kallithea Springs!

The long slender enclave of water is surrounded by rocks with ladders that lead down to the ocean. Above these rocks are sets of lounge chairs, a cafe, beach bar, and endless spots to lay out in the sun. Simply put, Kallithea Springs beach is paradise! 

We recommend packing a snorkel as the water is crystal clear. If you’re lucky you can see everything from schools of fish to other sea creatures. Pick up goggles at any of the beach shops on the island or even the local supermarkets. 

Swimming at Kallithea Springs

Kallithea Springs Beach

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Have any questions about visiting Kallithea Springs or your own tips to share with future travelers? Let us know in the comments below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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Where to Stay in Rhodes Greece

Old Town Luxury – 10GR Hotel & Wine Bar – Set inside the historic walls of Old Town, this hotel doubles as the best wine bar on the island. The luxury rooms built inside caves give you a one of a kind escape from the city center. 

Old Town Budget– Mascot Garden Rooms & Mascot Boutique Hotel – These sister hotels are unique and fun places to stay just outside of Rhodes Old Town.  They are beautifully designed and a simple, but charming place to sleep after exploring all day. 

Old Town Hostel – Stay Hostel Rhodes – What separates Stay Hostel from others in town is that it offers a kitchen, multiple lounges, games room, gym, and home cinema! It’s also a great place to meet other travelers from around the globe. 

LindosMelenos Art Boutique Hotel – At Melenos, luxury mixes perfectly with a special design that includes historical artifacts from around Rhodes. Enjoy stunning ocean views while being just a quick walk from the Lindos Acropolis and town.

Monolithos Limeri Traditional Guesthouse – At Limeri you’ll find a traditional design equipped with modern amenities. Each room has a nice view from the balcony, and some even have a private jacuzzi! 

For more places to stay in Rhodes Greece you can explore the latest prices here!

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Rhodes Travel Inspiration

Greece Travel Planning 

 Packing Lists: Find all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists. Including electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials!

When island hopping use FerriesinGreece to compare different routes, prices, and companies. 

 Flights: We always check Skyscanner and Kayak to search for cheap flights. That’s how we got from Crete to Athens for under $50 USD!

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as Booking.com and Agoda! Also,  Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

 Rental Car: You can book a rental car for around $20 a day in Greece! We use Discover Cars to explore the larger islands with a vehicle.

 Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities in Rhodes Greece. You can find everything from a boat cruise with snorkeling and lunch, to a hop on hop off bus, and sunset dinner cruise

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without protection. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

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4 Comments

  1. Dori
    August 29, 2023 / 8:01 am

    Is there an area where you can lay on the beach on your own towels or booking a beach chair is necessary?
    Thank you.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      August 29, 2023 / 8:57 am

      Yes! You can lay your towel down but it’s mostly concrete around the water. We just did that and spent most of our time swimming (-:

  2. February 25, 2023 / 8:25 am

    so… no thermal water?

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      February 25, 2023 / 9:28 am

      Not anymore! Still, a beautiful place to visit and swim though (-:

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