The beautiful Greek Island of Rhodes is ideal for relaxing in the sun, however, there is so much more to it than that! If, like us, you prefer to step off the beaten track whilst you’re on holiday, in between suitable amounts of sunbathing and margaritas, take a look at our guide to exploring Rhodes. Here are our favourite things to do in Rhodes:
Rhodes Old Town
Delve in to Greek history with a trip to the old city of Rhodes, famous for its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. The old city is one of the largest medieval towns in Europe and was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1988. Make sure you take a visit to the Street of the Knights, a charming road where the knights used to lodge in medieval times.
While visiting the old city of Rhodes you won’t be able to miss the magnificent Palace of the Grand Master which looks as you’d imagine it did when it was erected in the 14th century by the Knights of the Order of Saint John. In fact, the palace was largely destroyed in the 1850’s following an explosion and was re-built by the Italians in 1912, during the Italian occupation of Rhodes.
The ancient history of Rhodes is fascinating, but don’t forget to take some well needed time for relaxation during your trip! Kallithea Springs provides the ultimate hideaway with its beautiful gardens, pebble mosaics and thermal spa which dates back from the 7th century. While the spa is no longer in operation, Kallithea Springs is well worth a visit for its picturesque views and crystal clear water.
Visiting between June and September? Butterfly Valley is a must see! A unique nature reserve situated just 15km southwest of the city of Rhodes, Butterfly Valley is home to thousands of butterflies which are attracted by the scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees.
Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the Aegean Sea lies the delightful UNESCO village of Lindos, one of the most attractive and beautiful villages in Rhodes. Towering above the town is the fortress built by the Knights of St. John that encloses an ancient acropolis. Consisting of whitewashed houses with cobbled narrow alleys and courtyards, Lindos will cater for all ages.
This beach is situated at the southern tip of the island and is famous for its unique meeting of two seas - the calm Mediterranean and the livelier Aegean, causing a magnificent spectacle. Imagine being in two seas at once! During the summer months, when the water levels are low enough you can walk over to Prasonisi itself, whereas in the cooler months it becomes a standalone island. A trip here cannot go unmissed during your holiday to Rhodes!
Rhodes boasts fascinating ancient sites to soak up culture, spectacular beach views ideal for your Instagram feed and incredible natural life you can get close to, although we won’t judge you if you don’t leave your villa all holiday - promise!