23 Epic Things to Do in Rhodes Greece

Best Things to Do in Rhodes

Rhodes is a stunning Greek Island filled with so many unique and fun activities. From endless beaches to beautiful coastal roads and castles, Rhodes truly has something for everyone. While every visit should combine swimming and the history of the island, there is much more that keeps travelers coming back year after year. Here are the 23 best things to do in Rhodes Greece! 

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Rhodes Travel Inspiration

1. Explore Rhodes Old Town 

Did you know Rhodes is home to the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe? That’s right! There’s no better way to start off our best things to do in Rhodes list than by exploring the incredible old town.

Get lost in the backstreets and eat plenty of traditional Greek meals. Make sure not to miss out on the Palace of the Grand Master, the famous Street of the Knights, and the Archaeological Museum. 

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

Best things to do in Rhodes Greece

2. Watch the Sunset Over Turkey

One of the best things to do in Rhodes actually involves another country! It’s so amazing that you can see Turkey from the shores.

On our very first night in Rhodes, we watched the sunset over the mountains and it was magical. If you’re adventurous enough you can even take a boat across and be in a new country in just one hour!

Sunset Over Turkey

3. Jump Off the Trampoline at Elli Beach

As soon as you get to the Rhodes town beach you’ll see a large concrete diving board sitting out in the middle of the ocean. Everyone from kids to adults climb the stairs and make the jump off the platform all day long.

Just beware, it’s much higher than it looks! When you’re not jumping off the Elli Beach Trampoline enjoy one of the many beach bars, and layout and relax on the chairs.

7 Reasons to Love Elli Beach in Rhodes Town

Elli Beach Trampoline

4. Eat Local Seafood Specialties  

When looking for what to do in Rhodes don’t forget about the food! As the largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes has a great mix of traditional Greek dishes and amazing seafood. The fish is fresh and dishes like octopus and squid can be found in abundance. 

While we had many great meals during our time on the island, the best seafood was at Nikos Fish. The quick walk outside the walls of Rhodes Old Town was well worth it! We highly recommend the feta stuffed squid and shrimp giouvetsi here. 

Shrimp Giouvetsi

5. Hop on a Boat Tour

The best things to do in Rhodes aren’t all on the mainland. You can hop on a boat tour from Rhodes city, or just about any of the major coastal towns. This is a great way to see all the fantastic beaches of Rhodes if you don’t want to rent a car.   

Rhodes Boat Tour

6. Relax at Kallithea Springs

Just a quick drive from Rhodes Town is the legendary Kallithea Springs. This once ancient thermal spa is now a popular swimming spot! Walk around the Rotonda to see the history of the area before swimming in the crystal clear blue water.

→ Kallithea Springs: Visiting the Ancient Thermal Spa and Beach of Rhodes

Things to do in Rhodes Greece

7. Enjoy the Endless Beaches 

It should be no surprise that many of the best things to do in Rhodes involve the beaches! People travel from far and wide to get to the stunning sands of Lindos and to float in Anthony Quinn Bay.

The most awesome part about the beaches in Rhodes Greece is how diverse they are. You’ll find everything from colorful pebbly coves to long sandy beaches on this magical island.  

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

What to Do in Rhodes Greece Beaches

8. Hike to the Lindos Acropolis

Lindos should be a place high on your list to visit in Rhodes, and for good reason! The Acropolis of Lindos features ruins from over 2,000 years ago.

Get there right when it opens so you can be the first inside the castle walls. From the top, you’ll also have one-of-a-kind views of Lindos beaches and the gorgeous Rhodes coastline. 

→ Lindos Acropolis: Fun Guide to the Iconic Monument of Rhodes Greece

Rhodes Greece Lindos Acropolis

9. Swim in the Lindos Ocean Caves  

We knew that Lindos was known as one of the most romantic villages on the island… But sea caves, too? Around the corner from Pallas Beach, you can climb on the rocks until you find a small passageway on the cliffside. If you dare, jump into the water and swim into the massive sea caves to see a different side of Lindos. 

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

10. Walk the City Walls of Old Town

While strolling through Rhodes Old Town is a highlight for all travelers, there is nothing like getting a view above the city! Monday to Friday you can walk around Old Town on the historic city walls. This birds-eye view lets you see it in a completely different way and was one of our favorite things to do in Rhodes. 

Best things to do in Rhodes

11. Watch the Kitesurfers at Prasonisi Beach

One of the most unique beaches to see in Rhodes Greece is located on its most Southern tip. Prasonisi Beach is the best place for kitesurfing on the island, and you’ll see exactly why when you get there! It was so fun to watch what felt like hundreds of kitesurfers fly around on the water in front of us. 

Prasonisi Beach Rhodes Greece

12. Escape to a Mountain Village

Ready to get into the mountains? Rhodes has many traditional villages to see and explore. We loved our visit to Monolithos for its epic castle and local flavor. There are even 3 amazing beaches to see in this mountain town, too!

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

Monolithos Castle Greece

13. Sample Souma in Siana

Just a few minutes from Monolithos you’ll find the small town of Siana. Here they’re known for their honey, but also a liquor called Souma. Souma is similar to ouzo or the Italian spirit Grappa, but don’t tell someone from Rhodes that! Enjoy a taste of the local products at any of the shops in town such as Ladomilos Olive Oil Factory

Souma Rhodes Greece

14. Taste Wine in Embonas

Still thirsty? Well, we hope you’re ready to taste some wine! The restaurants in this mountain village offer the most delicious wine produced in Rhodes.

Go in for an official tasting and try some whites, reds, and even rosé. Usually, they’ll even serve you some yummy traditional snacks with your tasting!  

Rhodes Greece Wine

15. Adventure to Kritinia Castle

Rhodes Greece has an insane amount of castles, and Kritinia is definitely not one to miss! This Venetian-style castle was built in the 16th century high above the town.

Its position was strategic for the Knights of St. John as they were able to spot pirates and other enemies from afar. You can even see the nearby island of Halki from here. 

Kritinia Castle Rhodes

16. Paddle Boat to the Sunken Church of Rhodes 

Apolakkia Dam is an interesting area that is unique to other places on the island. From Rhodescape Adventure Park you can rent a paddleboard and cruise the lake to the sunken church. The church was flooded when the manmade lake was created, and the water levels now fluctuate with the season. 

Sunken Church of Rhodes

17. Horseback Ride Around Lake Apolakkia 

Also at Rhodescape, you can go on a guided horseback ride along the lake. This was completely different from other activities we did in Rhodes. I mean horseback riding around a lake in the middle of a Greek Island? How cool is that! They even have ziplining, bike riding, and plenty of other fun outdoor things to enjoy around the lake.

Rhodes Greece Horseback Riding

18. Visit the Ruins of Ancient Kamiros

Kamiros was the smallest of the three ancient cities of Rhodes and is such a great place to learn the history of the island. These ruins date back to 5th Century B.C. if you can believe it! Take a trip back in time at Kamiros to imagine how people lived over 2,500 years ago in Greece. 

Best Things to Do Rhodes

19. Find Magic in the Valley of the Butterflies 

From late June to mid-August the Valley of Butterflies explode with the fluttering wings of this colorful insect. The forest has a long nature walk including many bridges and streams. If you go at the right time of year it’s easily one of the best things to do in Rhodes Greece!

Valley of the Butterflies Rhodes

20. Explore the Traganou Beach Caves

Traganou is an alluring beach with small white stones and clear blue water. It is also where you can find some truly amazing caves! Head inside these massive caves and make sure to get some epic vacation photos.

21. Crawl Through a 186 Meter Tunnel at Seven Springs 

Seven Springs is a fun place for both thrill-seekers and nature lovers! If you choose, walk through the slender tunnel to the lake on the other side. It was built in 1931 by the Italians and is mind-blowing 610 feet long. Honestly, we didn’t think we were claustrophobic until we did this!

Rhodes Greece Seven Springs

22. Have a Drink on the Steps of Hippocrates Square 

When searching for what to do in Rhodes you can’t leave out wine or Old Town… So why not combine the best of both worlds at this special bar? Order your drink at the Cellar of Knights and then take it up to the stairs above for a seat. From here you’ll have a one-of-a-kind view of the busy Hippocrates Square.

The Cellar of Knights

23. Soak in Golden Hour From Monolithos Castle

The small village of Monolithos is home to one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever seen. The 15th century Monolithos Castle sits 300 feet atop a rock and is the perfect place to end your day. As the sun is setting make the quick climb up and watch the colors change and light up the island sky. 

Sunset Castle of Monolithos

Have any questions about this article or want to share your own epic things to do in Rhodes Greece? 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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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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8 Comments

  1. Chelsea
    April 5, 2022 / 1:05 pm

    Hello,
    Great blog, thank you!
    Would love to do the climb up to Monolithos castle at sunset.
    I’m not the most stable person on my feet..
    how is the climb? I’m reading in other blogs and they mention it’s quite unstable?

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      April 6, 2022 / 6:09 am

      It’s very short but steep. There are some loose rocks. I’m sure if you go slow and take your time you’ll be fine! However, if you get there and you’re not comfortable with it you can also see the sunset from the road. There are nice pull-offs up by the castle to watch from (-:

  2. Ela
    August 24, 2021 / 4:03 pm

    You write about windsurfing but the picture is with kitesurfing, which one is it? I would be interested in the second but not the first

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      August 24, 2021 / 5:04 pm

      Hi Ela! Sorry about that. It’s definitely a kitesurfing beach! And the best place to do so on the island (-:

  3. Kathleen D'Haeseleer
    August 6, 2021 / 9:39 am

    Hi. Your article is very helpful. We are going to Rhodes this month for a family vacation. I am including now your tips on what we should do during our stay there. You have mentioned going to Turkey from Rhodes for an hour ferry ride. It is possible? We are thinking of other daytrip to do during our one week stay in Rhodes. Thanks!

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      August 6, 2021 / 12:35 pm

      Hi Kathleen thanks for reading! When we were there in June the boats to Turkey were closed due to covid. You could only fly to Turkey from Greece at this time. They may be open now, but you’ll have to check with the official ferry companies for more info. Hope you have a great time in Rhodes!

  4. Acmij
    July 20, 2021 / 10:47 am

    We were at Rhodes a couple of times, and stayed at the Kalithea Domaine and visited most of the island, but not to the west, due to the fact it is not easily accessible. We recommend the place while you visit old towns, roman history and many things more. The food is typical Mediterranean with lots of oil of course and fresh vegetables.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      Author
      July 20, 2021 / 11:06 am

      Yes! Such a great island to visit

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