By far the largest and historically the most important of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has plenty of beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you want to venture into history, enjoy some laid back beach time, buzzing nightlife, or dive into crystal-clear waters, Rhodes has it. The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that will take you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Further south, in the town of Lindos, capped by an ancient Acropolis, sugar-cube houses spill down to a turquoise bay. While both Lindos and Rhodes Old Town get very crowded in summer, Rhodes is large enough to allow plenty of room to breathe that pure Aegean air. I hope my Rhodes Greece Tourist Guide will help you make the best of your Greek Island holiday and if you have not yet decided to make Rhodes your destination I hope I can convince you.
Rhodes Weather (When to Visit)
The weather on Rhodes is one of the sunniest places in Europe with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. The temperatures on Rhodes range between 48 °F and 88 °F, although temperatures of up to 100 °F are possible, especially in between July and August. Summertime is the best time to vacation on Rhodes, but this is also the busiest time and hotels rates soar. July is one of the hottest months of the year while August is the most crowded. The average temperature is 90°F, which makes it perfect for beach activities. Look out for beach parties during the summer!
One of the best times to visit Rhodes is during the months of September and October. The weather is still pleasant and the crowds are far lesser than they are during the summer months. Also, cheaper accommodation makes it worthwhile. The average temperature is 84°F in September and goes down to 70°F in November. There is still plenty of sunshine with a sparse few days of rain.
Best Rhodes Beaches
Anthony Quinn Bay
This secluded bay is beautiful at any time of the day, and make sure to stay for the sunset. Anthony Quinn bay is brilliant for swimming and there are lots of beach chairs for rent. You can chill out on the rocks that jut out over the water. The only downside of the beach is that it gets very busy during high season so you’ll need to get there early to avoid the crowds, and it is not as child friendly as some of Rhodes best beaches due to the rocks surrounding the bay and in its waters.
St Paul’s Beach
St Paul’s is one of the best beaches in Rhodes. St Paul’s is a beautiful sandy beach and is great for relaxing, swimming and grabbing a drink at the beach front bar. The far end of Lindos Beach, known as Palace Beach, has shallow waters which are perfect for kids to paddle in.
Agathi Beach is great for families, swimming and warm waters with a view of Feraklos Castle. Due to the open strand, the waters are warm, calm and shallow.. While there are a few refreshment stands, you’ll need to take food and snacks as there are no restaurants close to the beach.
Tsambika Beach is a lovely sandy beach. It’s crystal clear waters are great for swimming. Tsambika boasts one of the most stunning shorelines in Rhodes. Tsambika beach is best for swimming and families, as well as sitting under the Tsambika Monastery.
Pefki Beach is a low key beach which draws a relaxed crowd. The beach is narrow with soft sand and pebbles and there are lots of rocky coves with shallow waters to swim in. It has a relaxed vibe with only a sprinkling of small hotels and holiday rentals nearby.
Recommended Rhodes Tours & Activities by Viator
Romantika All inclusive Day Cruise
Set sail on the Romantika, a classic 72-foot (22 meters) yacht. This full-day cruise includes stops in three scenic bays surrounding Rhodes. Visit Kallithea Springs, an ancient therapy spa; the Caves of Traganou at Afantou Beach, where you can snorkel inside the rock formations; and Anthony Quinn Bay, an old pirate shelter teeming with marine life. A Mediterranean-style buffet lunch with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks is included. Learn more about the Romantika All Inclusive Day Cruise.
Day Trip to Lindos with pickup from Rhodes, Ixia, Ialyssos, Kallithea, Faliraki
Discover the town of Lindos at your own pace on this independent tour from Rhodes Town, Ixia, and Ialyssos. Travel to this must-see whitewashed town by air-conditioned minivan or small coach, and stroll and sight see independently. Explore the cobbled lanes, visit the Acropolis, laze on the beach, and enjoy the shops and taverns at leisure. Return air-conditioned transport, with Ialyssos and Ixia hotel pickup and drop-off, and Rhodes Town hotel or port pickup and drop-off, is included. Learn more about the Day Trip to Lindos.
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialyssos, Ixia, and Kallithea
Experience Symi, one of the most striking islands in the Aegean, on an all-day cruise. Enjoy sightseeing at the St. Michael Panormitis monastery and exploring Symi village. This convenient, budget-friendly outing includes hotel pickup and drop off in Ialyssos and Ixia and offers plenty of free time for relaxing and swimming or shopping and dining. Learn more about the Symi Island Tour.
Boat Trip to Anthony Quinn, Kallithea & Traganou Bays w/Half Price Tours
Visit the most beautiful bays of Rhodes in one day! Take a swim in emerald waters of Anthony Quinn, Kallithea and Traganou bays or spend a leisure day simple sunbathing and enjoying the view. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. Learn more about the Boat Trip to Anthony Quinn.
Rhodes Full-Day Sea-Kayaking Adventure Including Lunch
Doing your own kayaking and snorkeling off Rhodes means arranging your own equipment and going without the instructions and safety of a guide. This full-day trip lays everything on, allowing you to focus on the experience and sights. Paddle a tried-and-tested and scenic route; visit beaches hard to access by land, snorkel in waters rich with fish, and hear detail on the scenery you’d miss alone. Plus, lunch is included. Learn more about the Rhodes Sea Kayaking Adventure.
Best Rhodes Restaurants
Paraga $11 – 30
This is the best place to taste all the original local recipes. Eating in Paraga, will give you all the traditional feels, as the environment is cozy and nostalgic: the food is served in earthenware and traditional wood-fired ovens are used for baking. Getting their ingredients straight from the Rhodian earth, they serve authentic local dishes, such as nanny goat stew, lamb stuffed with rice, their freshly baked homemade bread and yummy local cheeses. Telephone: 30 2246 091247 Web: Paraga
Noble $31 – 60
This luxurious restaurant is located inside Elysium Resort and Spa hotel and is known for its innovative cuisine. Awarded with a Toque d’Or and a Greek Cuisine Award, Noble restaurant combines traditional local flavors with modern elements. The result? Out of the ordinary gourmet dishes. Taste the local “pitaroudia”, “koukoumaria”, squid with rice and cod soup. Telephone: 30 2241 045700 Web: Noble
Masasoura $11 – 30
One of the most famous taverns in Rhodes. Masasoura attracts both locals and tourists with its yummy dishes. This tavern is located in Maritsa village, 19 km away from in a traditional 1932 building. Masasoura is known for its tasty traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, such as stuffed potatoes, feta cheese with honey and ouzo, homemade pies and desserts. Telephone: 30 2241 048109 Web: Masasoura
Stegna Kozas $11 – 30
This restaurant has a beautiful, ocean-inspired decoration: walls covered with shells, clay cooking pots and ornaments hanging from the roof. Despite being overcrowded, the owner and the staff of this restaurant are very friendly! Stegna Kozas is one of the best fish and seafood taverns of the island, serving fresh fish and local specialties with a sea view. Telephone: 30 693 874 3845 Web: Stegna Kozas
Best Rhodes Bars
Not all night spots are wild and crazy! If you’re looking for a quiet place to rest and have a drink, Socratous Garden is the place to be! Although you can certainly enjoy this place at night, it’s worth it to come while it’s still daylight so that you can enjoy the beautiful gardens while you eat and drink. Telephone: 30 2241 076955 Web: Socratous Garden
Zig Zag Cocktail Bar
If you’re looking for a thriving bar that serves delicious cocktails, the Zig Zag Cocktail Bar in Pefkos is the place to be! Pefkos is one of the most popular vacation spots on the island, and visitors especially love this bar for its friendly staff, great location, and excellent cocktail menu that appeals to an international crowd. Web: Zig Zag Cocktail Bar
The Courtyard Bar is perched in a beautiful setting that allows you to enjoy your drinks amidst some of the island’s famous scenery. It’s located at a high point in Lindos and it also has amazing views of the castle in the village. Telephone: 30 2244 031801 Web: Courtyard Bar
Lindos Ice Bar
Known for its “icy” atmosphere, the temperature of the bar is cool so you can enjoy your cold, frosty cocktails. You’re given items to keep you warm, such as gloves, when you enter. This is an especially festive choice on a hot day. Telephone: 30 2244 031491 Web: Lindos Ice Bar
Kelly’s Irish Bar
It may seem strange to visit an Irish bar while on a Greek island, but once you walk through its doors, you won’t regret. It was no doubt established to appeal to the island’s international visitors. One of the best bars in Faliraki, a village in Rhodes. Telephone: 30 693 693 1119 Web: Kelly's Irish Bar