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Welcome to Rhodes

Rhodes, the biggest of the Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, offers beaches, history-laden streets, and plenty of Mediterranean cuisine and nightlife. The ancient acropolis of Lindos and the surrounding medieval castle elevates what’s already a picturesque village. Several other sites grace the island, such as the three-level ruins at Kamiros, the Filerimos Monastery, and the castles of Kastello and Monolitho. In Rhodes town, the Colossus of Rhodes—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—is long gone, but the Old Town is nevertheless a beautiful UNESCO-listed area, and it can be seen by a Segway, walking, or bus tour. The Palace of the Grand Master (Kastello) is both a tribute to Byzantine architecture and the history of the Christian Knights that built it and gave the island its nickname, the Island of the Knights. Of course, the island’s near year-round mild, sunny weather make Rhodes an ideal beach getaway, and guided water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming are a great way to take it all in. Private tours can also take visitors over to the islands of Symi or the Turkish Marmaris by boat. For an only-in-Rhodes experience, plan a trip to see the summer gathering of colorful tiger moths in the 600-acre (243-hectare) nature park, the Valley of Butterflies; attractions there include a kid-friendly train that leads to a monastery and a museum.

Top 15 attractions in Rhodes

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Acropolis of Lindos

Acropolis of Lindos

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An important site in ancient Greece, the Acropolis of Lindos is one of the most important historical monuments on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese Islands. Parts of the site were built more than 2,500 years ago, and this remarkably well-preserved ruin draws tourists from all over the world.More
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Anthony Quinn Bay

Anthony Quinn Bay

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Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the actor who filmed The Guns of Navarone on Rhodes in 1961, is one of the most popular spots on the island for sun seekers. The picturesque pebble beach features shallow emerald green water—perfect for swimming—framed by dramatic coastal rocks that form underwater reefs teeming with fish.More
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Tsambika Beach

Tsambika Beach

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Hemmed in by a crescent of jagged rocks, Tsambika Beach is an idyllic stretch of golden sand and crystalline water that is considered one of Rhodes’ most beautiful beaches. A popular stop for boat cruises around the island, the beach is well-served by beach bars and eateries—but with no town nearby, the focus is firmly on the sun and sea.More
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Symi Island

Symi Island

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Hailed as one of Greece’s prettiest islands, Symi is characterized by pastel-colored town houses and a quaint harbor full of wooden fishing boats. Restaurants serving fresh seafood and Greek delicacies line the seafront, while the heavily forested inland offers an abundance of walking and cycling trails.More
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Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of Rhodes

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Keeping watch over the northeastern tip of the island, the remains of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes dominate the Dodecanese capital's skyline from atop Monte Smith hill. Highlights of the active archaeological complex include the exquisitely restored and partially reconstructed Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Pythian Apollo.More
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Waterpark Rhodes

Waterpark Rhodes

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With almost 25 acres (10 hectares of water slides, swimming pools, and a lazy river, Waterpark Rhodes is the largest of its kind in Greece and an ideal spot for family-friendly fun. Shoot down the extreme water slides or gently bob in the wave pool—there’s something for everyone from thrill-seekers to tiny tots at his vast water park.More
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Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)

Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)

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Each summer, thousands of colorful butterflies congregate in the humid Petaloudes Valley, earning it the nickname Valley of the Butterflies. It’s one of the island’s most remarkable natural attractions, where you’ll find several species of the winged beauties, as well as the only natural Oriental Sweetgum forest in Europe.More
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Medieval City of Rhodes

Medieval City of Rhodes

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The beautifully preserved walled old town, the historic core of Rhodes, is the oldest continuously inhabited medieval city in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The medieval center is still encircled by its original fourteenth century fortification walls, which took more than 200 years to construct.More
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Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

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Though originally constructed in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John, the current Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a Mussolini-era reconstruction built after the original was destroyed by a 19th-century explosion. The lavish palace now serves as a museum displaying furniture, statues, and ancient mosaics.More
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Afandou Beach

Afandou Beach

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Claiming the title of Rhodes’ longest stretch of sand is sun-soaked Afandou Beach, which stretches for 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) along the northeast coast. One of the island’s most popular beaches, the Blue Flag–awarded Afandou features a sand-and-pebble beach, calm shallow waters, and shaded alcoves lined with palm trees.More
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Mandraki Harbour

Mandraki Harbour

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Mandraki Harbour has been in use since ancient times and was formerly the military port of Rhodes; it was protected from attack by gigantic chains across its narrow mouth and later by the impregnable bulk of the Fort of St Nicholas, built in 1467 and still watching over the marina. Over the centuries the harbor was also a successful and rich trading port but these days its role in Rhodes life is entirely peaceful; a fetching clutch of billionaires’ super-yachts bob in the marina alongside traditional fishing boats and a multitude of tour boats, which depart every day in summer to visit islands off the coast of Rhodes – including Symi and Nisyros – as well as ferrying visitors to local beaches and on diving trips.The harbor mouth, reputedly bridged by the Colossus of Rhodes in classical times, is now guarded by bronze statues of Elafos and Elafina – the deer that symbolize the island – atop slender stone columns; little remains of Mandraki’s commercial past except three corn mills lined up along the breakwater, where merchant ships once offloaded grain. Nowadays the quays are packed with late-night bars and cafés and floating restaurants have taken the place of cargo ships; a new addition to the Mandraki landscape is the Nea Agora (New Market), built in ornate style by the Italians in the 1930s.More
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Seven Springs (Epta Piges)

Seven Springs (Epta Piges)

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One of Rhodes’ most tranquil spots, the Seven Springs (Epta Piges) comprises seven natural springs that feed into a small man-made lake, built by the island’s Italian occupants to provide water to the nearby villages. The springs offer a welcome relief from the Mediterranean heat, as well as a habitat for a surprising variety of wildlife.More
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Profitis Ilias

Profitis Ilias

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Standing at 2,619 feet (798 meters, the pine-clad peak of Profitis Ilias is one of the highest on Rhodes and offers sweeping views over the island's Aegean coastline. Head to the top to admire the scenery and explore the hiking trails, drink from the Koskinsiti spring, and visit the Monastery of Fountoukli’s historic St. Nikolaos Chapel.More
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St. Paul's Bay

St. Paul's Bay

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A minuscule cove protected by cliffs, St. Paul’s Bay is reputedly the spot where the Apostle Paul first set foot on Rhodes in AD 51. One of three beaches in Lindos, the water here stays warm as late as October, and the bay is both shallow and protected from winds, which makes it ideal for swimming.More
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Nisyros Volcano (Nisiros)

Nisyros Volcano (Nisiros)

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The volcanic island of Nisyros (Nisiros, a craggy and fertile speck in the Aegean Sea, lies north of Rhodes and is part of the Dodecanese Islands, along with Kos and Tilos. An unspoiled treasure that has avoided the onslaught of mass tourism, Nisyros offers hot springs, fishing towns, Byzantine chapels, and ancient ruins to explore.More

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Top activities in Rhodes

Day Trip to Lindos with pickup from Rhodes, Ixia, Ialyssos, Kallithea, Faliraki
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Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour

Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour

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Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour
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Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour

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Lindos Day Cruise from Rhodes Town with Swimming stops and Hotel Transfers
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Private Full-Day Cruise in Greece with Lunch
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Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
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4x4 Buggy Adventures - Off-road Polaris Experience
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(Full day)Scuba Diving in Rhodes

(Full day)Scuba Diving in Rhodes

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The Classic Rhodes Sightseeing Tour - 6.5 Hours Private Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Rhodes

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Scooter Tour of Rhodes
VSadowski, Aug 2022
Explore the Medieval city of Rhodes on scooters - 2 hours
This was a fun way to see the highlights of Rhodes.
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Perfect for those on a short Rhodes trip
Charlotte_S, Jul 2022
Sun & Sea 6 Hour All Inclusive Swimming Cruise with Greek BBQ & Unlimited Drinks
You get to see some beautiful parts of Rhodes in only 3 hours, while listening to music and drinking with friends old and new.
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Exactly what we hoped for.
Simon_C, Jul 2022
RHODES BEST INTRODUCTION - FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS - HALF DAY - Up to 4 People
The half day tour was perfect to see the main highlights of the island and help us decide what to do with our holiday time.
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Nice trip
Arna_d, Jun 2022
Filerimos Hill & Valley of Butterflies
Do not expect to see a lot of butterflies…….
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Such a fun day
Megan_W, Jun 2022
Explore the Medieval city of Rhodes on scooters - 2 hours
I would 100% recommend this if you are wanting to see the history of Rhodes.
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Great Day in Rhodes, you’ll see it all!
Joy_C, Jun 2022
Rhodes Easy & Lazy Private Tour
Panos was a terrific Driver and Guide for our day in Rhodes… we were picked up on time and driven all over Rhodes to see the sights, explore on foot and stop for lots of pictures and fun.
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The tour allowed us to...
John_B, Jun 2022
Full-Day Rhodes Island Tour with Wine Tasting Experience
The tour allowed us to see many parts of the island of Rhodes.
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The tour guide was really...
Brigita_Z, Jun 2022
1 Day Rhodes Island Tour with Olive Oil, Honey, Wine Tasting Experience & Lunch
Would have loved to spend a bit more time in Lindos & Seven Springs.
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Luxury tour of Rhodes
Jasmine_B, May 2022
RHODES BEST INTRODUCTION - FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS - HALF DAY - Up to 4 People
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to see more of Rhodes!
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Excellent Tour with Amazing Tour Guide!
Linda_D, Aug 2022
Shore Excursion Rhodes, Acropolis of Lindos, Medieval Town, Filerimos Hill
The views were amazing and I was surprised to see so many peacocks!
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a magnificent and amusing way of visiting Rhodes
Barbara_S, Aug 2022
Rhodes: Discover the Medieval city on a Segway
We took the 2 hours option and it was totally enough to see what needs to be seen.
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Fantastic Tour!
Jessica_C, Jul 2022
The Classic Rhodes Sightseeing Tour - 6.5 Hours Private Tour
The pace was great and we got to see so much.
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Amazing Ancients
Sandra_K, Jul 2022
Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour
We were happy to be able to see the Acropolis in Rhodes and Lindas from the car, much preferring that to a long, hot, very dry walk up a mountain!
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WONDERFUL TOUR WITH ROULA......(ask for her)
sheri_s, Jul 2022
Rhodes Old Town Walking Tour (Small Group)
so much more to see and enjoy
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Great Rhodes Island all day tour
LAURA_K, Jun 2022
Private Full Day Rhodes Island Tour with Wine Tasting Experience
Included visit to Lindos and the Acropolis, Lunch looking over Monolithos Castle, Superb wine Tasting in Emponas and finishing with visit to the 7 springs including a walk through the tunnel to apparently cleanse our sins.
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Holiday highlight!
Nigel_S, May 2022
Sunset cruise
Both great with kids and the adults!
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Great guide, great tour, great day!
Estelle_G, May 2022
Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour
Thank you Nikos, and we hope to see you again.
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Wonderful experience
Nick_B, May 2022
Full Rhodes Island Shore Excursion Including Wine Tasting and Lunch
All in all it was a wonderful experience and we have removed one more thing from our family bucket list, though we hope to visit Rhodes again.
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Amazing Experience on Romantika ❤️
Peter_S, May 2022
Romantika All inclusive Day Cruise
The staff are very helpful, polite and friendly and speak excellent English.
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Our delightful excursion
Megan_K, Apr 2022
Full-Day Сomprehensive Tour of Rhodes including Wine Tasting & Lunch
The we visited these truly remarkable Rhodes sights: Seven Springs, Lindos, Monolithos, Embona, Kritinia In addition to the fabulous touring we did during the day, we were privileged to enjoy wine tasting in cosy Embona village.
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What is Rhodes best known for?

Aside from constant summer sunshine, Rhodes is famed for UNESCO-listed Rhodes Old Town: Europe’s oldest inhabited medieval city and home to the pristine Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes. The island also boasts the whitewashed, Acropolis-crowned village of Lindos, beautiful beaches, lush valleys, and pine-coated hills.

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How long do you need in Rhodes?

You need a minimum of a week. This allows time to experience Rhodes’ best bits, with tours of history-steeped Rhodes Old Town and picturesque Lindos; and outings to wineries, classical ruins, and spots like the verdant Valley of the Butterflies. Stay longer to enjoy Rhodes’ other star turn—its sun-baked beaches.

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Who built Rhodes Old Town?

Rhodes Old Town was largely the work of the Knights of St. John, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523. They constructed the city from what was a fortified Byzantine settlement, protecting it with robust walls and building its imposing Palace of the Grand Master and inn-lined Street of the Knights.

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What is the nicest part of Rhodes?

Many consider Lindos to be Rhodes’ prettiest spot, thanks to its shimmering, bougainvillea-festooned houses, paved lanes, and timeworn Acropolis. Others cite Rhodes Old Town, with its cobblestoned lanes, sturdy walls, and crenelated Grand Palace. Close behind is rural Rhodes, where pine forests, wineries, red-roofed villages, and silvery olive groves reign.

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Which is the best sandy beach in Rhodes?

For looks, it’s hard to beat St. Paul’s Bay. This gorgeous half-moon of sands is washed by teal-blue waters and overlooks Lindos Acropolis but can get busy. Other beauties include Tsambika; the soft, picturesque, and often crammed Pefkos; and, for spectacle, sandy Prasonisi, which is harder to access and quieter.

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Is Rhodes cheap or expensive?

It can be cheap or expensive, depending on your plans. Generally, Rhodes is cheaper than trendy Greek islands like Santorini, but pricier than others like Crete. Accommodation and food costs mirror those across the Mediterranean, but you can go glam with luxe hotels and activities. There are numerous budget-friendly resorts, too, like Faliraki.

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