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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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.
Lindos – Melenos 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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