Rhodes Island: 10 + 1 things to do!
If Faliraki is as far as your knowledge of Rhodes goes, you’re missing out on the qualities that have made it a favourite destination between writers, artists and film directors: its spectacular ancient citioes, luxurious private villas and stretches of deserted coastline. According to travel and leisure “The largest of the Dodecanese islands has the best of Old and New Greece: historic architecture meets a thriving café and restaurant scene. Anchored by Rhodes Town, the popular destination is also beloved for its outlying villages, such as labyrinthine Lindos. Add powdery beaches, hidden coves, and remnants of an Islamic and Jewish past, and you get a taste of the entire Mediterranean on a single isle.”
Read our online guide and find out 10 + 1 things to do in Rhodes.
1. Old Town
Walk through the medieval town with countless shops and cafes. Walking on Knights Street you will find yourself in the imposing palace of the Grand Master. Outside the palace there is the road of the painters. You can also get off the ditch surrounding the Medieval city.
At the northernmost end of the island is the aquarium with many species of the marine world. The walk at the beach of Elli can start from there and end up at Mandraki, the old harbor of the island.
There are the administrative buildings of the Italians, the church of Evangelismos, the fortress of Ag. Nicholas and the famous deer, in the place of the mythical Colossus.
It is the “island on the island”. Entering the settlement of Lindos you can enjoy the narrow streets with the shops. Then you can take the donkeys and climb up the ancient acropolis of Lindos.
5. Butterfly Valley
For lovers of nature a visit to the Butterfly Valley is required. It is a beautiful biotope with ponds, trees and bridges. At the end of your walk you will find the monastery and the Natural History Museum.
6. Daily cruises
From the Mandraki harbor you can take daily cruises to various beaches on the island. You can also travel to nearby islands like Symi and Halki.
7. Ancient Kamiros
Visit the ancient city of Kamiros, built by the Dorians. It was the first Rhodian city that cut its own currency.
At the southernmost tip of the island is Prasonisi. The winds there never stop and is the ideal beach for wind-surfing. There you can also see the last lighthouse that worked with a guardian.
9. Koukos – traditional coffee
In the center of the city, Niohori, there is a traditional café-guesthouse “Koukos”. Enjoy the traditional bakery and Greek coffee on the cake.
10. Nightlife in the old city
The Medieval city of Rhodes has countless bars for all ages. There are also hookahs and many taverns. Finally, enjoy a cocktail on the beautiful panoramic terraces of the city.
11. Faliraki and Orphanides – Bar Street
For endless party it is worth visiting the 2 most tourist zones of the island. Faliraki is located a few kilometers outside the city, while Orfanidou is located in Psaropoula, in the center of the city.