Holidaying in Rhodes is the perfect mix of beach and culture. We stayed just a five minute walk from Rhodes Town and it was the perfect destination for mooching, eating and taking little excursions around the island!
You could easily walk around aimlessly for hours and never tire in Rhodes, Greece. There is so much to see and do and it really does cater for everyone. But if like me, you’re obsessed with getting the most out of every place you visit, then this list is the perfect place to start your holiday!
Here are the best things to do in Rhodes…
1. Explore the Ruins of Rhodes
Wherever you’re staying in Rhodes, there’s no doubt you’ll accidentally stumble into the ruins of a once sacred castle, or unknowingly walk on the same path the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem did thousands of years ago.
The bewitching stone caucuses of the medieval monuments instantly transport you to the Ancient World, making you feel like a mere mortal and leaving you blown away and itching to find out more about the history of the island!
If you walk towards the harbour and follow the stone all the way round, not only do you get a taste of the enriching history, but you also have the amazing views of the sea and Harbour to take in. Take a moment to envision the Colossus of Rhodes towering over the Harbour – it really feels hard to believe something so spectacular could crumble and disappear, and there are SO many theories as to how it disappeared. From an earthquake which shattered it to the ground, to a battle of two cultures in which Rhodes was defeated and the Colossus was sold off…which ever you decide to believe, it feels like it really deserved its place within the Wonders of the Ancient World!
2. Explore, Shop & Eat in Rhodes Old Town
Oozing with history – Rhodes Old Town is the perfect place for a spot of lunch, shopping and exploring. The endless cobble streets mixed with restaurants and ice cream parlours means you can spend all day there and never get bored.
The price and quality of food and drinks is really dependent on the actual place and its location. We found the Old Town to be a lot more expensive than if you were to eat just outside the walls of the town. A sit down meal for two could easily cost you €80 but there are also lots of little cafès and takeaways which offer the locals favourite – €3 gyros!
3. Valley Of Butterflies
We went to the Butterfly Valley in June which is said to be the start of breeding season. When we arrived, there honestly wasn’t that many to make the trip worthwhile. However, we were reassured that if we come again in August, there will be hundreds and so much more to see!
Although, it is also said that since human interference and more tourists in the valley, it has severely affected the amount of butterflies which actually habitat there.
Tip: Entry into the valley was €2.50 each and there are hundreds of steps and paths to walk, so make sure you pack your trainers!
4. Symi Island Excursion
We booked our Symi Island Excursion via one of the many huts which you will see all lined up on the harbour everyday. We did some shopping around and found the cheapest deal of €20 person with two children free!
The over all excursion was 5 hours and included an opportunity to explore the Panormitis Monastery. It’s said that the Monastery is where women from all over the globe travel to, to pray for children. We then got dropped off at Symi Island where we had 2 hours to walk around, explore and grab some lunch. There is also a quant little beach in Symi, so if you have the time and fancy a little beach getaway, be sure to pack your towel!
Tip: Don’t be afraid to haggle and shop around for the deal and excursion you want. There are so many stalls and they are all in competition with each other, so try not to jump at the first one you see!
5. Boat Fishing with BBQ on board
This fishing trip includes 3 hours of fishing and then a BBQ on the boat where you can cook the fish you have caught…it doesn’t get any fresher than that! The perfect way to do an activity and a traditional greek BBQ at the same time…oh and the added extra of being at sea!
The cost of this was €80 pp so it is a little pricey, but definitely worth it for all you adrenaline and food junkies. I mean, this is as close you’ll get to Bear Grylls: The Island.
Tip: Makarounas Fishing Trip Rhodes – is one of the first stalls as you walk to the harbour and it is the only one like it on that road, so they don’t really budge on the price.
6. Lindos Excursion
There are lots of Lindos excursions available to buy via the harbour huts or online. When we did a bit of shopping around we found the actual foot time you got in Lindos wasn’t enough for what we wanted to get out of the trip. With this in mind, we decided to book a private taxi. We got a minibus for 7 people which cost €70 each way. We were also quoted €40 for a private 4 seater taxi – this worked out around the same price as a boat excursion and gave us the flexibility to plan our own day.
Lindos itself is such a beautiful quaint town, with Lindos Beach just a 5 minute walk and a St Paul’s Bay a 10 minute walk in the opposite direction, you could easily spend days here just beach hopping. It’s also full of rooftop restaurants and cute lunch spots, so be prepared to eat and drink till your heart’s content!
The price of food and drink in Lindos is similar to that of Rhodes but some places are more pricier than others due to the location, but you easily suss this out as most restaurants have their menus hanging up outside.
One of the first things you will notice in Lindos is the hundreds of donkeys and the locals trying to sell them as a taxi service. This was actually made illegal by the government, so using their services could get you into trouble. Also, so many of the donkeys were wailing and squealing from being tied up and forced to carry huge amounts of weight!
7. Beach Days
The beach in Rhodes is generally very rocky and windy, we were advised by a local to walk to the beach closer to harbour for a quieter & much calmer sea – and they were right! The sand is also very pebbly, so I would definitely recommend some toggle shoes or flip flops for the walk to and from the sea.
Tip: Sunbeds are €10 each but if you arrive in the afternoon they cut the price down considerably!
Did you know? Rhodes Island is most famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, which once stood for 56 years towering the entrance of Mandraki Harbour as a symbol of Rhodes’ victory when their neighbouring island unsuccessfully attempted to take over!
8. Shopping in Rhodes Town
Whether you’re looking to pick up some fashion pieces you can’t get in the UK or cheap souvenirs, I would definitely recommend shopping in Rhodes Town rather than the old Town. They have lots of little €1 shops where you can pick up all of your Rhodes themed gifts, including Olive Soap and Natural Sea Sponges (which by the way, make amazing face exfoliators). There’s also lots of clothes shops so if you use a universal debit card like Monzo which gives you the best exchange rate (and pay in Euros) you can get it cheaper than if you were to get it in the U.K!
9. Amsterdam Street
Finally, although Rhodes is best known for partying in Faliraki, Rhodes Town actually has it’s own version just a couple minutes walk from the centre. Filled with cheap booze, dodgy kebabs and lots of drinking…Amsterdam street is not for the faint hearted! We went for a couple of drinks on our last night as we walked past it every day and it always looked so busy. When we did, I turned around to find my poor old dad being pestered by young women to come into the stripe club (LOL) and adolescents running about everywhere! There are some quieter places on the street where you can sit and have a few drinks but they do water down the cocktails!
We found the night overall quite entertaining, watching people stumble out the clubs and just generally letting loose and enjoying themselves. If you’re looking for a nice romantic drink spot or a quiet place with the kids then I would definitely avoid, but if you’re up for a laugh and a bit of entertainment then I would say give it a try and see where the night takes you!
Wherever you decide to get lost in Rhodes, I hope you have just as much of an amazing time exploring as we did.
And for all of you foodies out there I have compiled a list of all the best restaurants and must eat places in Rhodes, Greece!