Rhodes travel guide

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You're Going to Love Rhodes

The Greek island of Rhodes is famous for it's white sandy beaches, medieval town and many archaeological sites. It's easy to travel around the island and explore the many quaint Mediterranean villages due to its small size, affordable prices and welcoming local culture.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rhodes

1. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Visit the medieval castle with Gothic architecture in the historic Old Town, near to the Colossus and Acropolis.

2. Valley of Butterflies

Enjoy a stroll through Oriental Sweetgum trees filled with native butterflies on your way to the monastery at the top of the hill.

3. Kallithea Springs

Here you can relax in the natural thermal therapeutic springs just 9km outside of the city center.

4. Gennadi Beach

This relatively untouched strip of beach is a popular spot to visit for surfing visitors.

5. Climb Mt Attavyros

Hike the 2-3 hours needed to reach the summit of the nearly 1215 meter high mountain.

What to do in Rhodes

1. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes: The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, also known more simply as The Kastello, is a stunning medieval castle in the center of the city of Rhodes. The castle has dominated the skyline for many centuries, having been originally built as a Byzantine citadel in the 7th century. Throughout its tumultuous history, it has been home to the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller, the Ottoman Empire and even the Italian dictator Mussolini. Today you can visit the castle and see 24 of the most important rooms -- that are full of sculptures, mosaics and furnishings -- along with a fascinating exhibition of the history of ancient Rhodes.

2. Acropolis of Rhodes: For Ancient History and Not-to-be-Missed Views

The Acropolis of Rhodes dates from the 5th century BC and stands at the highest part of the city, giving fabulous views of Rhodes and the sea beyond. The site includes the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polias, with its soaring Doric columns and also the Nymphaeums. These man-made caves were cut out of the rock and used for worship, recreation and water storage. There is also an ancient stadium and theater at the site. The site is just two miles from the center of Rhodes city and is a rewarding visit, giving an amazing glimpse into the glorious past of Classical Greece.

3. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes: Ancient Wonders Await

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes occupies the fabulous building that was the hospital of the ancient order of the Knights of St John. It was built between 1440 and 1489. The museum houses one of the most important collections of ancient Greek artifacts outside of Athens. Wandering through the numerous museum rooms, you will be able to enjoy the stunning interior of the building while learning more about Greek history and the various occupations of the island of Rhodes throughout the centuries.

4. Rhodes Aquarium: Experience Underwater Worlds with the Family

The Rhodes Aquarium is found at the northern shore of the city, a pleasant walk along the seafront. The aquarium is housed in a striking building, created to feel like an undersea cave. This hydrobiological station is where you can learn all about the rich sea life in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The corridors inside the building are designed like underwater tunnels -- encrusted with sea shells and curving like eels. It is a unique experience, both educational and fun, with some very helpful staff on hand to help you understand the exhibits.

5. Valley of the Butterflies: It's as Beautiful as it Sounds!

The Valley of the Butterflies is around 15 miles from Rhodes city center. In this beautiful nature reserve, the Pelecanos River tumbles down the narrow valley into a lovely green pond. The valley is full of zitia trees, which excrete an aromatic sap that is said to attract the butterflies. Visitors in the summer months can witness an extraordinary sight, as millions of butterflies rest on the trees, sometimes covering the entire trunks. There is a small but interesting museum at the entrance to the valley and some absolutely stunning walking trails to discover.

1. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes: The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, also known more simply as The Kastello, is a stunning medieval castle in the center of the city of Rhodes. The castle has dominated the skyline for many centuries, having been originally built as a Byzantine citadel in the 7th century. Throughout its tumultuous history, it has been home to the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller, the Ottoman Empire and even the Italian dictator Mussolini. Today you can visit the castle and see 24 of the most important rooms -- that are full of sculptures, mosaics and furnishings -- along with a fascinating exhibition of the history of ancient Rhodes.

2. Acropolis of Rhodes: For Ancient History and Not-to-be-Missed Views

The Acropolis of Rhodes dates from the 5th century BC and stands at the highest part of the city, giving fabulous views of Rhodes and the sea beyond. The site includes the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polias, with its soaring Doric columns and also the Nymphaeums. These man-made caves were cut out of the rock and used for worship, recreation and water storage. There is also an ancient stadium and theater at the site. The site is just two miles from the center of Rhodes city and is a rewarding visit, giving an amazing glimpse into the glorious past of Classical Greece.

3. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes: Ancient Wonders Await

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes occupies the fabulous building that was the hospital of the ancient order of the Knights of St John. It was built between 1440 and 1489. The museum houses one of the most important collections of ancient Greek artifacts outside of Athens. Wandering through the numerous museum rooms, you will be able to enjoy the stunning interior of the building while learning more about Greek history and the various occupations of the island of Rhodes throughout the centuries.

4. Rhodes Aquarium: Experience Underwater Worlds with the Family

The Rhodes Aquarium is found at the northern shore of the city, a pleasant walk along the seafront. The aquarium is housed in a striking building, created to feel like an undersea cave. This hydrobiological station is where you can learn all about the rich sea life in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The corridors inside the building are designed like underwater tunnels -- encrusted with sea shells and curving like eels. It is a unique experience, both educational and fun, with some very helpful staff on hand to help you understand the exhibits.

5. Valley of the Butterflies: It's as Beautiful as it Sounds!

The Valley of the Butterflies is around 15 miles from Rhodes city center. In this beautiful nature reserve, the Pelecanos River tumbles down the narrow valley into a lovely green pond. The valley is full of zitia trees, which excrete an aromatic sap that is said to attract the butterflies. Visitors in the summer months can witness an extraordinary sight, as millions of butterflies rest on the trees, sometimes covering the entire trunks. There is a small but interesting museum at the entrance to the valley and some absolutely stunning walking trails to discover.

Where to Eat in Rhodes

Off the beaten track, Jivino offers a spread of Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Average meal prices amount to around 20 euros per person.

When to visit Rhodes

Rhodes in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 34
1 night at 3-star hotel
Rhodes in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 34
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Rhodes is in the summer months between June-September, when the island's cultural activities, outdoor performances and tourist excursions are in full swing.

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How to Get to Rhodes

Plane

Diagoras International Airport is located on the west side of the island 14km away from the capital of Rodos. One way flights from London to Rhodes are around 90 euros.

Ferry

There are many cruise lines and ferries with routes to Rhodes port from Turkey (Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum) and other Greek islands. Round-trip fares from Fethiye, Turkey cost approximately 33 euros.

Airports near Rhodes

Airlines serving Rhodes

Lufthansa
Good (2,103 reviews)
Air France
Good (392 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,399 reviews)
SWISS
Good (450 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (922 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (278 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (533 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (100 reviews)
Finnair
Good (683 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,647 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (435 reviews)
easyJet
Good (555 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (172 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (366 reviews)
Eurowings
Good (92 reviews)
airBaltic
Good (40 reviews)
Norwegian
Good (56 reviews)
FlexFlight
Excellent (1 reviews)
Luxair
Good (13 reviews)
Transavia France
Good (95 reviews)
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Where to stay in Rhodes

Old City - The historic medieval center surrounds the old Palace on the northern tip of the island.

Popular Neighborhoods in Rhodes

Prasonisi - Located on the southwest corner, this island peninsula in summer is popular for its sandy beaches and water sports activities.

Lindos - This trendy beach town has many bars and restaurants located along the bay front.

Where to stay in popular areas of Rhodes

Most booked hotels in Rhodes

Atrium Platinum Resort & Spa
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 948+
Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 121+
Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 238+
Best Western Plus Hotel Plaza
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 71+
Mitsis Grand Hotel Beach Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 126+
Eden Roc Resort Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 148+
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How to Get Around Rhodes

Public Transportation

There are many buses traveling the island from the main terminal at Neá Agorá. Tickets can be purchased upon boarding the bus, with a one way ticket costing 2.3 euros.

Taxi

Taxis are dark blue in color, with a starting tariff of 3.5 euros. A fixed minimum fare around Rodos downtown costs 4 euros.

Car

Pick up your rental vehicle from the airport, ship port or a downtown Rodos location. Daily rates start at 20 euros.

The Cost of Living in Rhodes

Shopping Streets

Ceramic bowls, folk art, locally made wine and handmade jewelry can be haggled over in the Old City from small shop owners.

Groceries and Other

The main food shopping markets in Rhodes are Ilisia, ABC and Carrefour supermarkets. A dozen eggs costs 3.5 euros.

Cheap meal
C$ 20.17
A pair of jeans
C$ 106.44
Single public transport ticket
C$ 3.44
Cappuccino
C$ 4.56
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