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Rhodes travel guide

You can’t keep me away from the Greek Islands when the summer months arrive, and remarkable Rhodes is one of my all-time favourites to visit.

I feel it’s somewhat overshadowed by the popular kids like Santorini and Mykonos, but believe me when I say that Rhodes offers so much. From luxury resorts and beautiful beaches to rich history and delectable dining, I know you’re going to love this gem of an island too.

About the author

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, will charm you with its rich history, magnificent beaches, and vibrant culture. This sun-soaked island offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for visitors. Expect to be entranced by ancient ruins, crystal-clear waters, and a lively atmosphere catering to a wide range of interests.

I love that each region of Rhodes has its unique flavour and attractions. The mediaeval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of narrow streets filled with boutique shops, tavernas, museums, and the iconic Palace of the Grand Master. While the cosmopolitan area of Lindos boasts glistening sandy beaches, the ancient Acropolis, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

With so much to see and do, this Rhodes travel guide aims to help you create a memorable holiday experience. Discover the top sights, best local cuisine, and hidden gems that make Rhodes just as enchanting today as it was in the time of the ancient Greeks.


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How to get to Rhodes

Travelling to Rhodes is quite simple, with various options available for you. This beautiful Greek island is well-connected by air and sea, making it an easily accessible destination for travellers.

By air: Rhodes International Airport (RHO) is the main gateway to the island, located in the northwestern part of the island, near the town of Paradisi.

Major airlines offer direct flights from several European cities during the peak season, while during the rest of the year, connecting flights are available through Athens.

Some of the UK-based airlines operating in Rhodes include British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and TUI.

Rhodes Old Town Restaurant
Atrium Prestige Hotel in Rhodes

By boat: If you prefer a more scenic journey, there are numerous ferry services linking Rhodes to other Greek islands and mainland ports.

The main port in Rhodes is located in Rhodes Town, with frequent connections to ports like Piraeus, Athens, and Crete.

There are also routes connecting Rhodes with neighbouring islands such as Kos, Symi, and Leros. Some of the popular ferry operators are Blue Star Ferries, Dodekanisos Seaways and Anek Lines.

I’d advise to check the ferry schedules before planning your trip, as they may change depending on the season.

Once you’ve arrived in Rhodes, there are several transport options to explore the island, including local buses, taxis, and car rentals.


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How to get around Rhodes

When exploring Rhodes, you’ve got several transport options to pick from.

By bus: Public buses operate frequently in Rhodes, connecting the island’s major destinations such as Lindos, Faliraki, and the town of Rhodes.

You can easily find bus schedules and routes at the local bus stations. Keep in mind that public transport becomes less frequent in the evenings and off-season months.

By car: If you prefer more flexibility, I’d suggest hiring a car as an excellent option. Numerous car rental agencies are available at the airport and in the main towns.

Driving in Rhodes is relatively straightforward, with well-signposted roads. Remember to bring your valid driving licence and always follow the local traffic rules.

Jessie in Rhodes Old Town

By taxi: Taxis provide a more comfortable and quicker mode of transport, though they tend to be more expensive.

You can find taxi ranks in highly populated areas or book one through a local taxi service. Uber has been available in Rhodes since April 2023.

By bike or scooter: For shorter distances, bicycles or scooters can be rented from various shops across the island.

They offer a great way to explore Rhodes at your own pace and are an eco-friendly alternative. Ensure that you wear a helmet and follow safety guidelines.

Best time to visit Rhodes

As I’m sure you’d expect, peak season to visit Rhodes is the summer months when the weather is warm and the water temperature just perfect. But Rhodes can be explored in other seasons too.


I think spring is an excellent time to visit Rhodes, as the weather starts to warm up and the island becomes more vibrant. You can expect milder temperatures, ranging from 15°C to 25°C, making it comfortable for exploring the ancient sites and towns.

The landscape is in full bloom, with wildflowers and greenery covering the island, providing beautiful photo opportunities. Keep in mind that, during this time, sea temperatures may still be a bit cool for swimming.


Summer is the peak season in Rhodes, and for good reason. The weather is warm, with average temperatures between 25°C and 30°C, and there’s plenty of sunshine, perfect for enjoying the island’s beautiful beaches.

With the calm sea waters, this is an ideal time for water sports such as snorkelling, diving, and sailing. However, be prepared for larger crowds at popular tourist spots, as well as higher prices for accommodation and amenities.


I consider autumn to be another fantastic time to visit Rhodes, especially if you’re seeking fewer crowds and still enjoy pleasant weather. In this season, temperatures range from 20°C to 28°C, and you can still enjoy swimming in the sea, as the water remains warm from the summer months.

The landscape starts to transform into beautiful shades of orange and gold, creating a picturesque atmosphere for strolling through mediaeval Rhodes Old Town or hiking in the nearby hills.


Although winter is the least popular season for travelling to Rhodes, it can be a great time to explore the island’s historical sites and cultural attractions without the crowds. Expect cooler temperatures, ranging from 10°C to 15°C, and occasional rain.

Take advantage of off-peak prices and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle by visiting traditional taverns, attending cultural events, and discovering the island’s rich history. Keep in mind that some tourist facilities may be closed during the winter months.

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Frequently asked questions

How long to spend in Rhodes?

The ideal duration to spend in Rhodes depends on your preferences and interests. The island can be explored on a long weekend but most travellers choose to stay for 5-10 days to enjoy a more relaxed pace.

With so many incredible luxury hotels with gorgeous spas and things to do in Rhodes, I’m sure you won’t want to leave!

Is Rhodes good for solo travellers?

While known as a destination for couples and families, I think Rhodes is a fantastic destination for solo travellers. The island is generally safe, easy to navigate, and offers various activities, such as sightseeing, beach-hopping, and enjoying local food and nightlife.

Additionally, the friendly locals and numerous fellow travellers mean you’ll have ample opportunities to meet new people and make friends during your stay.

Is Rhodes expensive?

I’d say Rhodes is one of the midrange Greek Islands in terms of price. It’s certainly not as expensive as the likes of Mykonos and Santorini, but it’s still more pricey than some of the smaller islands.

Of course you can determine the price by choosing when to travel and also in your choice of hotels and activities.

How many Michelin-star restaurants in Rhodes?

Rhodes does not currently have any Michelin-star restaurants. However, the island is known for its exceptional local cuisine and has many highly-rated and unique dining experiences to offer.

My personal recommendations are Rattan in Faliraki and Thalatta Fine Dining Restaurant at the Lindos Grand Hotel & Spa.

Rhodes highlights

Rhodes Old Town

When you visit Rhodes, exploring the Old Town is a must. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest and best-preserved mediaeval towns in Europe.

Dive into history as you wander through its narrow, cobblestone streets and marvel at the mediaeval architecture.

Key sites include the Palace of the Grand Master and Street of the Knights. Don’t miss the chance to stroll along the fortified walls for amazing views.

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Wine Shop in Rhodes Old Town


The picturesque village of Lindos is another highlight of Rhodes. Famous for its majestic Acropolis, I’d definitely recommend hiking up to this ancient site.

Gaze upon the breathtaking views of the coastline and, while you’re there, explore the ruins of the Lindos Sanctuary and the Temple of Athena Lindia.

The village itself boasts charming whitewashed houses, lively tavernas, and pristine beaches for you to unwind after sightseeing.

Read my guide to visiting Lindos.

Pretty Corner of Lindos
Pillars at Lindos Acropolis

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A visit to the Kallithea Springs promises a rejuvenating experience. This historic spa complex is renowned for its therapeutic waters, elegant architecture, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Unwind in the stunning environment as you immerse yourself in the rejuvenating waters, or indulge in the cafe and sunbathe by the picturesque coastline.

With its blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty, a visit to Kallithea Springs is one of the best things to do in Rhodes.

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