Even the birds in the sky know that Rhodes is known for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s the first thing people think of when talking about this amazing island. This is already a reason enough for you to choose this destination for your summer vacation. As you may have already guessed from the title, we highly suggest you rent a car upon your arrival and drive around the island to see as many places as possible. Check this website for the rates, and variety of vehicles you can choose from, while in the rest of the article we suggest places you must visit.
The old city
Whichever place you decided to stay in, the city of Rhodes has to be on your must-visit list. The old part of the city has been under UNESCO protection since 1988. In addition to Greek culture, remnants of Italian and Turkish culture can be recognized here because it was under the occupation of the Turks, and later the Italians.
Looking even deeper into the history, it belonged to the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, and of course the Ottomans.
You enter the old part through the Gate of Freedom. It dates back to the medieval period and is protected by walls built in the 15th century. Medieval buildings, straight streets, minarets, old houses with balconies, fountains, and alleys under the shade of trees, all together affect the impression of the atmosphere of old times. You’ll be walking along the Street of the Knights, one of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe. At the end of the street is the Archaeological Museum.
Among the sights within the Old Town, it is worth visiting Suleiman’s Mosque, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Monastery of St. George, etc.
The new part is marked by 20th-century architecture. It is full of shops and taverns that tourists try to enjoy. Be sure to visit the Aquarium located near the center. The building, which houses animals representing the inhabitants of the Aegean Sea, dates from 1935.
Only a 3 km ride from the city center. Ideal place for nature lovers, filled with cypresses and pines, and also a small zoo with a children’s playground. If it was nice for the Romans, it will be nice for you.
At a distance of 27 kilometers is the nature reserve called the Butterfly valley. The Greek village of Theologos is located near the reserve. In addition to colorful butterflies flying around, the place is characterized by lush vegetation that creates natural shade. There are also refreshing waterfalls.
When you get tired of walking, it is enough to sit in one of the taverns with a view of the waterfalls.
Acropolis and stage of ancient Rhodes
On the green hill of St. Stephen (a hill also known as Monte Smith) are the ancient Acropolis and the stage where athletics competitions used to be held. The nature that surrounds this place is wonderful. Festivals in honor of the Helios the Sun-god were also held here.
Port of Mandraki
One species of deer lives here and is another symbol of the island. Mandraki is a small harbor at the entrance of which is a wooden statue of a deer. Yachts and colorful boats are dotted here during the summer. You can see traditional Greek windmills and the fortress of St. Nicholas here.
If you have children, be sure to visit the Toy Museum located in the village of Archipoli.
What about the beaches?
The island is known among tourists for the most beautiful beaches you can imagine. About 35 beaches are crowned with the prestigious Blue Flag. Whether you like fine sand, gravel, or hidden small coves, this island can meet your criteria.
The eastern part of the island is characterized by a calm sea and sandy beaches, and rough seas, pebbles, and rocks are reserved for the western part of the island.
Among tourists, the most famous beach in Faliraki is located 16 kilometers from the center of the capital. The beach is 5 kilometers long and sandy, while the sea is warm and safe for swimming. There are hotels near the beach, and along with them, you have international restaurants, taverns, and bars.
The beach is arranged, and you can rent umbrellas and deck chairs. Faliraki Water Park is also located on the beach.
If you want silence, then Kathara Bay is located for you, which is located near Faliraki.
Not far from Faliraki is a small beach Ladiko located in the bay. Very beautiful and full of tourists during the summer months. It is bordered by greenery.
At the very top of the most beautiful beaches list is Lindos beach. It is located next to the village of the same name, 49 kilometers from the city of Rhodes. It is sandy and the sea is turquoise and clean.
It is also urbanized, and you can also enjoy fish specialties in one of the taverns. Above the beach rises a green hill on top of which is the Acropolis. So, these two places can be visited on the same day.
At a distance of 85 kilometers and south of the capital is the sandy beach Prassonisi. Many consider it the most beautiful beach on the island. It is especially popular among surfers.
During July and August, dry wind blows from the Aegean Sea and creates an ideal atmosphere for surfing. Near the beach, there are apartments for rent and taverns where you can quench your hunger and thirst.
The long and sandy beach is located 25 kilometers from the city. It is ideal for water sports, but also for relaxing swimming, and sunbathing. At the end of the beach, next to the rocks, there is a part reserved for nudists.
Here, our list must end, since we’ve piled up enough places for you to visit for a seven-day stay. One thing is guaranteed, you’ll be making memories of your life on this beautiful island.