As the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Rhodes' biggest draw might be its miles of pristine beaches, but there's plenty to do on the island besides top up your suntan and learn to windsurf. From exploring the ancient cities of Rhodes to sipping wine in a traditional winery, here are some ideas for how to spend 3 days in Rhodes.
Day 1: Explore the medieval city
The city of Rhodes makes an obvious starting point for tours of the island and the medieval Old Town of Rhodes is the island’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the towering fortification walls where you can walk the legendary Avenue of the Knights to the hilltop Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, then stroll around the maze of cobblestone streets that make up Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited medieval city. Outside of the Old Town, go back even further in history with a visit to the remains of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes, where the restored Temple of Apollo offers spectacular views out to sea.
Day 2: Take a road trip
There’s more to Rhodes than just its capital, so take a day trip around the coast to explore some of the island’s many historic attractions. Discover the ruins of the ancient Doric cities of Lindos and Kamiros, take in the views from the grand medieval Kritinia Castle, or picnic by the banks of the shaded Seven Springs. Alternatively, head further down the coast, where you can clamber the rock-cut stairwell to the summit of the secluded Monolithos Castle and stop off along the way for wine-tasting at the traditional wine-making villages of Emponas and Siana.
Day 3: Hit the beach
You'll likely be exhausted from all that sightseeing, so make the most of your final day by soaking up the sun on one of Rhodes’ many beaches. Join the crowds at the Blue Flag Afandou Beach; stroll the cliff tops at the tranquil Anthony Quinn Bay or try your hand at kite boarding on the windswept Kremasti bay. Save time for a visit to the majestic Valley of the Butterflies too, which fills up with thousands of fluttering wings during the summer months.