Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese. It’s a cosmopolitan destination with amazing nature and many attractions. Read about holidays in Rhodes and see tips about the best beaches, sights, entertainment and food on the island. Find all ferry routes to Rhodes and book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper.
The magnificent deer statues at the harbor of Mandraki
Holidays in Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is the fourth largest in Greece and it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Rhodes boasts a rich history and modern amenities, combining cultural tourism with an amazing nightlife, as well as shopping, gastronomy and entertainment options.
You can visit impressive ancient and medieval sites, swim in exceptional beaches, eat delicious seafood, stroll in the Old Town and try water sports. There are interesting sights and cute villages all over the island and once night falls, that’s when the real fun starts!
How to get to Rhodes
You can easily travel by ferry from mainland Greece to Rhodes throughout the year. There are daily ferry routes from the port of Piraeus in Athens and the journey duration is 15 hours on average. There are also ferries from Greek islands of the Aegean Sea, as well as the coast of Turkey. Find more information on how to get to Rhodes from Athens below.
What to do in Rhodes
In Rhodes you will enjoy beaches with plenty of visitor amenities, as well as secluded coasts perfect for relaxation. You can try water sports, explore sea caves and have fun at a beach bar all day and night long. As for cultural sightseeing, there are numerous monuments and archaeological sites of great historical interest. You can hike to medieval castles and walk through lush forests by the sea. At night you can choose to dance your heart out, enjoy cocktails at loud clubs and lounge bars or listen to traditional Greek music at a local restaurant. Don’t forget to try some of the staples of the local cuisine at one of the tavernas.
Beaches in Rhodes
The charming beaches of Rhodes are some of the best in Greece. Most of the popular beaches are on the east and south coasts of the island. There are remote beaches, as well as popular spots with umbrellas and sun loungers. Here are 11 great beaches in Rhodes:
- Vlycha: It’s a sandy beach with crystal-clear waters. The beach is popular with families as there are umbrellas, sun loungers and a food truck.
- Glistra: Glistra is a beach with thin sand, umbrellas, sun loungers and a food truck.
- Elli: This sandy beach with blue waters is in the town of Rhodes. It’s considered one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean Sea, making it one of the most popular on the island. There are umbrellas, sun loungers and a beach bar.
- Afandou: It is a large pebble beach with crystal-clear waters. There are some umbrellas, sun loungers and food trucks, as well as beach volleyball and beach soccer courts.
- Anthony Quinn Bay: This beach is named after the famous actor Anthony Quinn who starred in the movie Guns of Navarone that was filmed there. The quaint bay is great for diving and exploration, as it has crystal-clear waters and a beautiful seabed.
- Ialysos: The large beach of Ialysos stretches across Iraklidon Street, where some of the largest hotel units in Rhodes are located. The beach is covered with sand and pebbles, and there are plenty of visitor amenities. It’s great for surfing enthusiasts, as there are frequent strong winds.
- Traganou: Traganou is a beautiful beach with pebbles and clear emerald waters. It’s known for the impressive caves.
- Fourni: It is a small untamed beach with pebbles, sand and emerald green waters. There are no visitor amenities, so make sure you bring an umbrella, some snacks and water.
- Ladiko: Ladiko is a peaceful sandy cove with emerald waters surrounded by rocks. There are umbrellas and sun loungers on the beach.
- Saint Paul’s: Saint Paul’s is a beautiful sandy bay surrounded by tall rocks and shrubs. There are visitor amenities such as umbrellas, sun loungers, tavernas and easy parking.
- Prasonisi: Prasonisi is a magical rocky islet at the southern tip of Rhodes. It’s connected with the island of Rhodes with a sandy strip of land, creating two beaches of exceptional beauty. The islet is a great destination for windsurfing, as there are strong winds in the area.
Tip: The beaches of Rhodes are great for water sports and outdoor activities! Prasonisi is the ultimate destination for surfing and windsurfing, Afandou is the place to be for beach volleyball, as well as beach soccer and golf, Traganou is a fantastic place for underwater cave exploration, while in Kiotari you can try kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing.
Beautiful rock formations at Saint Paul’s Beach in Rhodes
Activities and sightseeing in Rhodes
The grand past of Rhodes is visible in its many monuments from the Medieval era and ancient times. If you’re in the mood for an adventure, you can explore the historical wealth of the island by hiking on amazing trails. Here are some of the best attractions in Rhodes:
- The Old Medieval Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Street of the Knights and the town fortifications
- The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
- The legendary site of the Colossus of Rhodes with the deer statues
- The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights
- The Acropolis of Lindos
- The archaeological site of Necropolis in Korakonero
- The casino of Rhodes, housed in the magnificent hotel Grande Albergo delle Rose built in 1927
- The Holy Monastery of Panagia Tsambika
If you’re in the mood for more outdoor exploration, you can also visit the following amazing sites in Rhodes:
- Valley of the Butterflies: amazing natural site with lush vegetation and hiking trails, where butterflies stay during the summer
- Epta Piges: an oasis with springs, tall trees, hidden trails and a lake
- Monte Smith Hill: perfect spot for an early evening walk with amazing views
- Kallithea Springs: thermal baths known for their healing properties since ancient times
- Profitis Ilias: quaint village with amazing hiking trails and historical buildings such as Elafos Hotel and Villa de Vecchi
- Monastery of Panagia Filerimos: monastery built on a hill, home to wild peacocks
- Lake of Apolakkia: home to the Rhodescape Adventure Park, where you can try outdoor sports and admire a half-sunken chapel emerging from the lake
Tip: Don’t forget to visit the beach of the town of Rhodes, where you can dive into the blue sea from the diving platform at Elli Beach and take photos with the beautiful windmills at Mandraki Harbor.
The impressive Acropolis of Lindos by the sea
Nightlife in Rhodes
Is Rhodes good for nightlife? You bet! The island is famous for its intense nightlife, as well as many entertainment and food options. There are many clubs and bars for dancing and drinking till morning, as well as lounge bars, where you can enjoy a laid-back night with a glass of wine in hand.
Most clubs and bars are in the town of Rhodes, Faliraki, Lindos and the Old Town. You can try the bars at Hippocrates Square in the town of Rhodes, as well as all major beach resorts on the island. For a 24/7 party atmosphere, Faliraki is the top choice. It’s particularly popular with young travelers and it’s the perfect place for drinks and dance.
In Rhodes, you can find many restaurants and tavernas too. Both the traditional and modern restaurants are great for families and friends, serving amazing food.
Tip: For an easy-going night out to try delicious dishes in peace with a beautiful view, we recommend that you try the hippie kafeneio at the Castle of Kritinia!
Food in Rhodes
There are many local delicacies to try in Rhodes. The island produces amazing ingredients of superb quality, combining a handful of culinary traditions. Ferryhopper suggests you try the following delicious dishes and products:
- Pitaroudia: deep-fried chickpea balls
- Symiako garidaki: fried shrimp from Symi
- Lakani: goat and chickpea stew
- Ladopita: thin pitta bread with olive oil used for wraps and souvlaki
- Giaprakia: vine leaves stuffed with rice or minced meat
- Koulouria: traditional pasta
- Tahinopita: sweet tahini pie
- Melekouni: honey, sesame and almonds brittle
- Souma: strong alcoholic drink
- Cuttlefish ink risotto
- Olive oil and wine
- Sodas and beers by VAP
Villages in Rhodes
Rhodes is a large island with more than 40 villages. If you want to experience the traditional lifestyle and discover hidden gems away from the crowds, then visiting some of the villages is a must! Here are some of the most picturesque villages in Rhodes:
Tip: From the castle at the village of Monolithos, you can enjoy the best sunset in Rhodes! Wander around the quaint alleys of the village and taste local delicacies.
Picturesque medieval alley at the Old Town of Rhodes
Useful information for Rhodes
Rhodes is a large modern island, where you can enjoy comfortable holidays with all necessary amenities. There are small and large hotels, all-inclusive resorts and villas. You can find visitor amenities at the town of Rhodes and most of the eastern coast of the island. There are ATMs, shops, pharmacies, super markets, gas stations and regional medical centers. There’s also a hospital in the town of Rhodes. If you want to fly there, there’s an international airport on the northern part of the island.
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Rhodes
Here are some useful phone numbers for your vacation in Rhodes:
- Port Authority of Rhodes: +302241028666, +302241028888
- General Hospital of Rhodes: +302241360000
- International Airport of Rhodes: +302241088700
- Police Station: +302241023849
- Citizen Service Center (KEP): +302241043707
- Municipality of Rhodes: +302241361200
- Public bus service of Rhodes (KTEL): +302241027706
Transportation in Rhodes
You can easily get around Rhodes, as there are public buses and taxis on the island. As it’s a large island, the best way to explore it is with your own vehicle. You can bring your car or motorcycle on the ferry to Rhodes or rent there. The public bus station is located 20 minutes on foot from the port of Rhodes. You can catch a bus to the major villages, attractions and beaches on the island.
Good to know: Bear in mind that taxis are kind of pricey, so if you’re visiting Rhodes on a budget, your best option is to use public transport.
Ports in Rhodes
The port of Rhodes (known as Rhodes Tourist Port) is by the Old Town and you can get there on foot. The majority of ferries depart from the 3 docks of the main port of Rhodes. There, you can find tourist information offices, parking lots, bus stations, restaurants, cafés, car rentals, hotels and other traveler amenities. There are also cute beaches and interesting monuments you can visit while waiting for the ferry.
Good to know: There’s also a small port at Kamiros Skala, connecting Rhodes with Chalki. Boats to Chalki from Kamiros Skala are seasonal and there are no standard route schedules.
Island hopping from Rhodes
Rhodes is a great island-hopping destination! There are regular ferry routes from Rhodes to more islands in the Dodecanese all year round. During summer months, there are also ferries to the Cyclades, Crete and the coast of Turkey. From Rhodes you can travel by ferry directly to the the following ports:
Not sure how to plan your island-hopping trip in the Aegean Sea? On Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, you can discover all ferry routes from Rhodes and find info about fares and schedules. Choose your destinations and easily book island-hopping tickets!
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights
Rhodes ferry: schedules and tickets
There are daily ferry routes from Athens to Rhodes. Ferries depart from the port of Piraeus throughout the year and normally travel overnight. The Piraeus - Rhodes crossing lasts around 15 hours. We recommend that you book a cabin or a numbered seat for maximum comfort and privacy during the long trip.
Note: Are you thinking of visiting Rhodes in 2021? Find all travel info on our relevant Ferryhopper article!
Where to book ferry tickets online to Rhodes
Do you want to see the medieval castles of Rhodes? Are you excited about dancing in Faliraki? Maybe you’re hungry for fresh seafood! Whatever the occasion, you can book cheap ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper. Find all the information you need about ferry routes and schedules to Rhodes, compare prices and ferry companies and book in just 4 clicks!