One Week Rhodes Itinerary: Best Route, Hotels & Travel Tips

Rhodes Greece Itinerary

Ready for an epic adventure on one of the best islands in the Mediterranean? Our one week Rhodes Greece itinerary will take you from the historic Old Town to castles, popular beaches, and even small mountain villages! So join us for a small taste of what the Rhodes has to offer… We’re certain that after one week you’ll be dreaming of more!

One Week Rhodes Greece Itinerary Tips

Rent a Car: If only have one week in Rhodes renting a car is a must to fully experience the island! Not only will this allow you to see as much as possible in a short period of time, but you’ll have the freedom to come and go as you please. The island is not as massive as Crete, but know that it’s still the largest in the Dodecanese Archipelago.

Eat Like a Local: One major draw to Rhodes is its delicious food! Do your best to sample at least one local product or enjoy a local meal in each place you visit. From the souma liquor drink to fresh squid stuffed with feta cheese, we promise the food on Rhodes does not disappoint!  

Take in the History: Did you know Rhodes is one of the best places to see history in all of Greece? With its strategic position just off the shores of Turkey, this island has seen a lot over the years! I mean, the entire Old Town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Take in as many castles and museums as possible while learning about the great history of the Knights of St. John. 

Relaxation Time: Although it may feel like there is an overwhelming amount of sites to see on Rhodes, make sure to mix in some relaxation time. Remember you’re on vacation! And for as hectic as a one week Rhodes itinerary may seem you need to enjoy it. Spend as much time swimming and chilling at the beaches as you need.

Need more help creating your perfect island vacation? Check out Planning a Trip to Rhodes: 10 Step Easy Travel Guide!

Arriving in Rhodes Greece

This one week Rhodes itinerary will start by getting to your hotel. If you arrive by ferry into the main Rhodes port you’ll be close to Old Town and already in the action. However, if you are traveling by flight it’s a 20-minute ride to the city center from the airport.

Taxi rates are fixed from the airport to the city, but it’s best to always confirm the price. We highly recommend staying inside the walls of Old Town especially if you only have limited time there.

Arriving in Rhodes Greece

One Week in Rhodes Greece Itinerary 

Day 1: Explore Inside Old Town 

Your first day should be dedicated to discovering everything inside the ancient city walls. They were first built by the Knights of St. John after their arrival in 1309. Now centuries later more than 6,000 people still live and work in Rhodes Old Town.

This makes it the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe! So just remember when walking the winding streets that you’re exploring a piece of history. Make sure to eat a traditional Greek meal in town, and end your day with a glass of wine at the Cellar of the Knights on the steps of Hippocrates Square.

→ Rhodes Old Town Guide: Exploring the Medieval Island City in Greece

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Palace of the Grand Master Rhodes

Day 2: Epic History and Sunsets

Spend the morning soaking in the sites and anything you may have missed the night before in Rhodes Old Town. This includes walking atop the city walls and up the Street of the Knights if you didn’t the day before! 

There are many great museums in Old Town, but a must-visit is the Palace of the Grand Master. Besides this magnificent castle also stop into the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of history, it’s time for a swim at Elli Beach! Also, no visit to Rhodes would be complete without jumping off the Rhodes Trampoline into the ocean. 

After Elli Beach find your way to the far end of the Rhodes town to watch the sunset over Turkey in the distance. The sunsets are amazing in Rhodes and not to be missed if you’re on the west-facing side of the island.

7 Reasons to Love Elli Beach in Rhodes Town

Where to Stay in Rhodes Old Town

Set inside the historic walls of Old Town, 10GR Hotel & Wine Bar also doubles as the best place to grab a drink on the island. The luxury rooms offer a cave-like atmosphere yet with modern amenities.

At the bar, 10GR Hotel has wines from 250 vineyards from all over Greece. The best part is you’ll be steps away from the Palace of the Grand Master, Hippocrates Square, and so much more!

Book 10GR Hotel & Wine Bar 

Rhodes Sunset

Day Three: Rhodes Beach Hopping

On the third day of your one week in Rhodes, it’s time to pick up your rental car and see more of the island. If you’ve been to Greece before it should be no surprise that this Rhodes itinerary is filled with beaches!

For one night we recommend basing yourself at one of the towns between Rhodes Town and Lindos such as Kolymbia Beach or Archangelos. This will be a jam-packed day with beach hopping and plenty of swimming. 

Some places not to miss along this magical stretch of coast is Anthony Quinn Bay, Ladiko Beach, Traganou Beach & Caves, Tsambika Beach, and Red Sand Beach!

11 Best Beaches on Rhodes: Anthony Quinn to St. Paul’s Bay

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Anthony Quinn Bay

Day Four: Lindos Greece and Rooftop Dinner

On your way to Lindos, swing by any beaches along the coast that you haven’t visited yet. Once you catch your first glimpse of the Lindos Acropolis you’ll be glad you included Lindos in your Rhodes Greece itinerary!

The only way to truly experience this stunning Greek village is to leave your car parked and walk the town on foot. Which realistically you will have to do as it is a maze of walking streets. Spend the day taking in the sites of the town and then grab dinner at one of the many rooftop restaurants with a view of the Acropolis. 

Where to Stay in Lindos 

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.

Book Melenos Art Boutique Hotel 

Rooftop Dinner Lindos

Day Five: Lindos Acropolis and St. Pauls Bay

Your second day in Lindos should be filled with a mix of history, adventure, and relaxation. Wake up early and head to the Lindos Acropolis right when it opens at 8am. From there you’ll be able to look down upon the beautiful Rhodes Coastline and St. Paul’s Bay. 

After spending time at one of the most important historical sites in Rhodes, head straight down to St. Paul’s Bay. By arriving early you should be able to get a beach chair if you wish.

Up for more beaches and fun? Head to the other side to Lindos Beach for a refreshing drink and some lunch! Also, don’t miss swimming in the Lindos sea caves around the corner from the bars.

On one of the two nights we highly recommend getting dinner at Mavrikos restaurant in the town square. This is not only considered the best restaurant in Lindos, but all of Rhodes Island! 

→ Lindos Rhodes: Guide to One of Greece’s Most Beautiful & Historic Villages

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One Week Rhodes Greece

Day Six: Mountain Village of Monolithos

Get an early start from Lindos and drive south to Prasonisi Beach. This is the Southern most point of Rhodes, and also the best place for windsurfing! The coastal road is very pretty and you will see a more remote part of the island this way.

En route to Monolithos stop by the small town of Siana for some Souma tasting. Once you make it to the mountain village and check into your hotel, head down the three beaches. The road is windy, yet the beaches are gorgeous and more secluded than other parts of Rhodes.

End the day watching the sunset from the stunning Monolithos Castle. This 15th century castle is known as the most incredible place to watch the sunset in Rhodes!

→ Monolithos Rhodes: Fun Beach Guide & Sunset at a 15 Century Castle

Where to Stay in Monolithos

At Limeri you’ll find a traditional design equipped with modern amenities. Each room has a nice view from balcony, and ours even had a jacuzzi! 

Even if you’re not staying at Limeri Traditional Guesthouse make sure to stop in for a meal at the restaurant. They slow cook pork and goat for 12 hours and it was one of the best dinners we had on our one week in Rhodes!

Book Limeri Traditional Guesthouse

One week Rhodes Itinerary

Day Seven: Back to Old Town 

Unfortunately, your Rhodes Greece itinerary is coming to an end. Yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventurous last day! Stop at Kritinia Castle, the ancient city of Kamiros, visit the Valley of the Butterflies, or even go wine tasting in Embonas.

Spend your last night in Rhodes Old Town soaking in the history and life of the city. Most importantly, have a Mythos and relax… You’re on holiday after all! 

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Rhodes Old Town Gate

More Than One Week in Rhodes

If you have more than a week for your Rhodes itinerary we recommend visiting some of the nearby islands. Both Symi and Halki are just a short ferry ride away, and totally worth seeing.

In fact, they’re so close to Rhodes that some travelers even go for a day trip! Rhodes is large enough where you could spend many more days relaxing to take in the beaches, history, and outdoor activities. 

Rhodes to Symi Ferry Guide: Exactly What You NEED to Know!

Have any questions about our one week Rhodes Greece itinerary or want to share your own experiences on this amazing island? Leave us a comment below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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 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. marlenepeoples@yahoo.com
    October 2, 2022 / 2:00 am

    I did not see snorkeling or diving included in your itinerary. We are visiting in October….are snorkeling/diving sites good on Rhodes or would a different island be better?

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      October 3, 2022 / 12:04 am

      Great question! Snorkeling is very popular and many of the boats make swim and snorkel day trips from Rhodes Town. October is swing season but you still should be able to find some boats running. I don’t know about diving but the nearby island of Karpathos is famous for its clear water and diving! Have fun!

  2. Astrid
    February 10, 2022 / 3:42 pm

    In which month did you visit the island? Was the sea water warm enough for swimming at that time? Your itinerary is amazing! I am currently considering a trip for the end of May. This post makes me want to leave already.
    Greetings,
    Astrid

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      February 10, 2022 / 9:59 pm

      Hi Astrid,

      We were in Rhodes in early June and that’s definitely our favorite month to visit Greece! May is great as well and the water should be plenty warm to swim. Enjoy your trip!!

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