Nestled in amongst the many Greek islands between Crete and Turkey in the Aegean ocean, is Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands. There are so many things to do in Rhodes and a huge variety of entertainment, beautiful scenery, tropical climate and crystal clear turquoise waters await visitors. The more sun-starved amongst you will be pleased to note that there is wall-to-wall sunshine – over 300 days of sun per year so a tan is practically guaranteed! An impressive mix of hotels and guesthouses to suit every budget and easy travel links around the island, coupled with the islanders’ famously friendly hospitality and the wide range of activities suitable for young and the young at heart, will ensure a holiday to Rhodes is a holiday to remember. Many would argue that a trip to Rhodes is one of the more memorable Greece holidays.
The Old Town
No visit to Rhodes would be complete without a visit to the Old Town of the City of Rhodes, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, and thoroughly deserves its UNESCO World Heritage site status. Stunning stone architecture aside, the Old Town is packed with many museums and monuments. Grab a map and go off exploring to the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Decorative Art or the Palace of the Grand Master, or simply while away the hours people-watching in the sunshine at one of the many quaint streetside cafes.
The Waterpark, Faliraki
It is often hard to keep your kids entertained when all you want to do is chill out and relax, but The Waterpark (12km from Rhodes’ centre) promises to keep the whole family happy. Faliraki itself is a party town that divides opinion, but The Waterpark is set on a quiet hillside, offering a great selection of slides and rides suitable for all ages, so you can alternate between sunbathing and splashing around in the wave pool, rafting or just enjoying the spectacular view of Faliraki Bay. The free bus transfer from the city centre and the south of the island is a big plus making this one of the best things to do in Rhodes for families. Just don’t forget the waterproof suncream!
Rhodes is ideally located as it is possible to take a day trip to the nearby islands of Leros, Kos and Patmos (to name just a few). There are daily boat trips from the harbour, so ensure you don’t miss out on visiting the neighbours!
If you can bear to peel yourself from the beach, it is possible to drive to Lindos for the day, or take a boat from Rhodes harbour. See the ancient temples, statues and the picturesque ruins of the Castle of the Knights of St John, or shop for souvenirs, enjoy walking around the maze of narrow streets or enjoy the busy nightlife. The small town is visited by many tourists so our tip is to get there early to beat the crowds!
For those who would like to get the adrenaline pumping, or just fancy a quieter day on a beach, Prasonisi beach at the very south of the island offers both a calm, sheltered cove on the left and windswept paradise for surfers on the right. Whether you want a lazy day flying a kite with the kids of try your hand at windsurfing, the beauty of the beaches will take your breath away. Wetsuits, surfboards and sun umbrellas can all be hired onsite. Pack a picnic for lunch or you can eat delicious Greek cuisine at the resorts towards the east of the beach.
Scuba diving off Kalithea
The beach of Kalithea is surrounded by idyllic scenery – interesting rock formations (perfect for rockpooling!) and exquisite emerald water. This provides an excellent habitat for corals and in turn, an abundance of tropical fish. The water in the summer is 30 degrees and scuba diving is available every day during the peak season. You can take a PADI diving course, or simply buy an inexpensive snorkeling set and watch the fantastic marine life swim past.