If you’re planning a trip to Rhodes or just fancy a bit of inspiration, here’s a list of ten things to do in Rhodes Greece – packed with sightseeing and culture… and a little bit of relaxation thrown in too!
Last summer I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. I absolutely love the sun, summer and anywhere hot with a beach (I’m definitely a summer baby!) and so I was super excited to be jetting off for a well deserved vacay in the sun!
I hadn’t been to Rhodes before… well not properly – many years ago, when I went on holiday to Turkey with my family, we took the ferry across to Rhodes for the day to explore, but as we only had a few hours there we didn’t see everything. So the chance to explore the whole island was definitely to look forward to!
My boyfriend and I booked the holiday for August as this was the best time to fit a holiday in… and in August it’s pretty much guaranteed sunshine alllllll day every day! That’s what I’m talking about!
And sunshine was what we had for the whole holiday… it was lush! But so incredibly hot! I think it takes a few days for anyone to get used to the heat but even towards the end of the holiday there were days when it was so hot, I was literally downing bottle after bottle of water and fanning myself like some Greek goddess (no, seriously, I was walking round with a fan)…
It was the most jam packed holiday, filled with exploring, relaxing and culture, and I’m going to share with you ten things to do in Rhodes, which we definitely recommend!
1. Rhodes Old Town
We stayed in Afantou which is about halfway down the East coast of the island and so it was a little bit of a drive to get to Rhodes Town, but it was so stunning with so much to do there, we went several times!
Rhodes Old Town was unique in that it really was old… it was surrounded by a castle wall, complete with turrets! I’m a little bit of a geek when it comes to history and so I was in my element, snapping away on my camera!
You could walk through the castle wall into Rhodes Old Town for no charge and wander through the cobbled streets filled with shops, bars and restaurants. There were that many little roads and turn offs inside that you could easily visit the town several times and find new shops or cafes each time!
The cafes and restaurants towards the centre of the town were a little more pricey as can be expected, and if you visit one of the rooftop bars or restaurants, you can expect to pay even more for the view. We paid €7 for two small cans of fizzy drink in a cafe in the square and €12 for two in a rooftop cafe. But, the view was incredible, we could see the Palace, the Port, and across the rooftops of the town!
We visited the Old Town three or four times whilst we were in Rhodes, we loved it so much!
2. Rhodes Town Port
The port is right next to the Old Town and you definitely won’t miss the huge cruise ships and flash yachts parked up in there along with the cute little fishing boats.
You can walk right around the port, from one end to the other and there is a tiny beach in between. The beach was sooo small and it was always super busy whenever we saw it. The main road is literally at the back of it – the port directly in front. It might not be the best spot for a bit of sunbathing but if you fancy cooling your feet off after walking through the town, it’s lush!
3. The Palace of the Knights
This is the really big Palace that you can see as you approach Rhodes Town…it’s huge, you can’t miss it! You can enter the Palace and grounds from the top of the Old Town, or by walking through the Old Town from the bottom. We walked through the Old Town of course because it was another excuse to look at the cute shops and restaurants in there! If you go this way, it’s a bit of a climb as the town is on a slight hill, so if it’s super hot, you’re probably best making a couple of stops in the cute little cafes for a drink on the way up!
You need a ticket to enter the Palace and grounds but it costs only a few euros each and you can buy a ticket which covers the Palace and another historical attraction too if you want to make a day of it. If you get there at the same time as a guided tour then it’ll be pretty busy – we managed to dodge a couple of big groups and just get in before them!
The Palace was beautiful! You could walk around the building and could go into a lot of the rooms. Some rooms with furnishings were cordoned off but you could still peek around the door to take a snap!
On the ground floor there was a small museum where you could view old artefacts and ruins that have been discovered. It’s fascinating to see how we used to live… and incredible to realise how far we have come!
I would definitely recommend a visit if you have the time!
We hired a car whilst in Rhodes and so we were lucky enough to visit a few of the beaches around the island. As with any holiday destination, some beaches close to hotels and bars were super busy and so we tried to avoid these ones.
The beach in Rhodes town borders the very tip of the island and it’s pretty big. It was super busy in August though as there were lots of massive hotels right next to it, and a busy town centre. We didn’t actually go onto the beach but we drove past to have a look!
There were lots of batches of sun loungers which looked like they were owned by different bars but then also free space further around to lay towels if you don’t want to pay for sunbeds.
The picture above was taken after we had driven past the beach and quite a bit further down on the coast road – it was so busy at the top there was nowhere to stop to even take a picture!
This was the sandiest beach we came across, it was SO soft! It was also incredibly busy – definitely not the beach for peace and quiet… but definitely for the view and gorgeous sand!
This was by far our favourite beach purely because it was HUGE! It was one of those beaches that’s tucked away and unless you’re looking for the sandy bits on Google maps (like I was), then you probably won’t come across it. The beach itself wasn’t sandy, but was made of tiny pebbles and rocks. They were so small though, they didn’t hurt when they dived into my flip flop while I walked to the shore. The water was SO clear as well and had tiny fishes!
The day we visited this beach had to be the hottest day of the year… well it probably wasn’t but it felt like I was frying (and I’m usually pretty good in the heat!). We parked the car under a tree at the edge of the beach (so picturesque!) and planted our towels down near the shore. There were sunbeds further down but again most of these belonged to hotels or bars so it’s probably not worth paying for one if you’re only staying a couple of hours.
The water was pretty deep and there was a big drop as you walk into the sea but it was so clear and pretty quiet too.
5. Lindos Acropolis
I love history and all things ancient and so when I found out I could actually go into the Acropolis I was so excited!
(The picture above is the view from the main road going into Lindos. There was a little viewing spot we stopped in and the little white town you can see there is Lindos – the Acropolis is right on top of the hill!)
We asked around and discovered that the climb up to the Acropolis (which is built very very high up) is unbearable in the midday sun and even those used to the Greek heat had to stop for a drink and a rest. We decided to have an early start and go first thing one morning to be there for shortly after it opened at 8am (and when it was way cooler!).
Instead of walking up to the Acropolis, (or dragging yourself up in the heat) you could climb on the back of a donkey and let a local, guide your donkey through the winding cobbled streets and up the hill to the entrance. I didn’t really fancy a donkey ride and I thought it was pretty cruel so we decided to walk. Now, if you don’t know where you’re going, the streets can literally be a maze and we got lost a couple of times! But we found the donkey trail and followed a couple of donkey riders up to the top.
Admission to the Acropolis was €12 when we went, although I was free because I had my student card with me (winning!) and tickets were checked at the gates. We were then free to explore the Acropolis for as long as we wanted.
We spent a good few hours in there exploring and taking pictures. (There’s just something so fascinating about columns!). Some areas were cordoned off due to the structure being unstable but we could walk round pretty much all of it! It was also pretty quiet at that time but by the time we were leaving a few hours later, a couple of coaches had turned up and so it was getting really busy! And when you want to take pictures of the Acropolis, people standing at the end of your lens is not what you need.
There was wall on the far side of the Acropolis which had a massive drop on the other side of it into the sea and a view across the whole of the bay, so of course that was the perfect opportunity for an Instagram picture and I dangled my legs over there like I had no fear. (I was shaking so bad!)… But look how amazing the view was!
The Acropolis was beautiful and detail that went into building all of the walls and columns was just incredible. I’ll definitely be visiting again when I go back to Rhodes!
6. Lindos Town
A beautiful little Greek town with cobbled streets, and bougainvillea covered cafes, restaurants and shops, Lindos was beautiful! I only got a quick look at the town itself when we walked through it to the Acropolis but it looked so gorgeous.
We did visit a rooftop restaurant in Lindos town one night and this was such a beautiful atmosphere. We could see across the rooftops where several restaurants were and each of them were beautifully lit. The Acropolis was illuminated too, it was so pretty! (I didn’t get any decent pictures though because the lighting was so dim and my phone camera wasn’t great!). These pictures also don’t do it justice!
7. Hire A Boat
Yep, you read that right! Hire a boat for a couple of hours! There are a few places on the island where you could hire a boat but we hired a little speed boat from the beach in Pefkos. It cost us around €80 which was a bit more expensive than I have seen on holiday before but it was definitely worth it. We explored the coast and then threw the anchor down for a while and dived in! The clear waters, sun beaming down and the sound of the waves…ahhh lush.
8. Try the Local Beer
I’m sure this is on everyone’s list when they visit somewhere new on holiday! One of the local beers in Rhodes was Mythos. One of my favourite ever beers… in fact yeah it’s my favourite! I’ve enjoyed a cold Mythos on a few of the Greek Islands I’ve visited so I was so happy when I found it here too! (Oh my I sound like an alcoholic! I’m really not, I promise!).
9. Ktima – by Day and Night
The last few days of the holiday I had this great idea that we should find an infinity pool. I’d never been in one before and so I thought it would be a nice way to spend an afternoon sunbathing and relaxing in the pool (hopefully with an amazing view)! So we hopped on Trip Advisor and had a gander for infinity pools in Rhodes and found Ktima.
Ktima was a beautiful bar and restaurant situated fairly high up overlooking the coast, just before Lindos. It’s infinity pool was pretty big and was free to use as long as you either paid to use a sun lounger or bought food and drink in the restaurant. We did both!
Ktima isn’t the cheapest place to sunbathe and eat and drink but the price is definitely worth it! The food was incredible! We both chose a burger which was sooo tasty, and they even checked all the ingredients so ensure they could accomodate my food allergies.
Of course, we made the most of the quiet time when the restaurant hadn’t been opened long and took several (…hundred) photos in the infinity pool.
We went back to Ktima one evening for a drink when it was going dark and the sun had just set. The pool was illuminated and there were little fairy lights and candles all over the restaurant. The atmosphere was so lush.
There is so much to do in Rhodes and although we did quite a lot of stuff (and I came home needing a holiday to recover!), there’s so much we didn’t get to do and so we definitely need to return at some point soon!
…and yes I found a Sephora in Rhodes Town!
This should have given you a little taster of some of the things you can do in Rhodes. I’ve only listed 10 things but you’ll find so so so many more things to do whilst you’re there. We found it helpful talking to the bar/hotel owners who lived out there – they were often able to provide us with information on bars, restaurants and beaches (and even directions to Sephora in Rhodes Town!).