Sandy beaches, lush forests, medieval towns, buzzing nightlife – Rhodes offers all this and more on one picturesque island.
Rhodes has been blessed with more than its fair share of beaches, many of them covered in golden sands. If you’re looking for sun loungers and restaurant-lined promenades, head to the northwest coast around Rhodes Town or the southeast coast around Lindos. For something a bit more secluded, strike out and explore some of the island’s many hidden coves.
Rhodes has a long and fascinating history, which you can still see traces of today. The island’s most ancient ruins date back to the Trojan War, and the old walled part of Rhodes Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, complete with a medieval castle.
Club-lovers flock to Faliraki for the 24-hour nightlife, but you’ll find a more cosmopolitan party scene in Rhodes Town, with plenty of clubs, cocktail bars and live music venues to keep you out after dark.
Cosmopolitan Ixia Beach is the place to go if you want a picturesque setting with hotels, shops and restaurants nearby. Lardos Beach is a little more laid-back and a good choice for families. Plimiri Beach is an unspoiled gem, while Prasonisi Beach is a top spot for windsurfing.
Medieval Rhodes Town is a must-visit during your stay. Lose yourself in the boutique-lined cobbled streets, walk along the historic walls and explore the imposing fortress that was originally home to the Knights of St John and later became a holiday house for Mussolini.
Rhodes is paradise for walkers. It comes with terrains to suit all tastes, from coastal paths to rolling hills and pine-blanketed forests. Plus you’ll discover quaint little villages, hidden coves and ancient ruins along the way.
Rhodes prides itself on its top-quality local produce, from plump red tomatoes to succulent lamb dishes and fish fresh from the Med. The best way to try a bit of everything is to order a selection of meze – Greek-style tapas. Ouzo is the local tipple and you’ll find it flowing freely in the tavernas.
It may be a small island, but Rhodes is surprisingly diverse when it comes to shopping. In Rhodes Town you’ll find everything from designer fashion stores to Marks & Spencer, and the summer sales are legendary. For a more traditional shopping experience, head to the local street markets where you can get great bargains on shoes, clothes, food and more.
Faliraki is the place to party hard. It’s the perfect spot for an all-night club crawl before watching the sun rise over the beach. Rhodes Town is calmer but still has its fair share of after-dark fun, with cocktail bars and clubs playing everything from jazz to dance music. The hottest night spot on the island is the open-air Paradiso Beach Club.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Although it belongs to Greece, it actually sits just off the south-west coast of Turkey.
Time differenceGMT +2 hours
Beerfrom €3 a bottle
3 course mealfrom around €20