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With a fascinating ancient history, endless sandy beaches, and a pumping nightlife, Rhodes draws in droves of tourists seeking sun and sea in a pretty Greek package. There’s a reason it’s one of the most popular islands in the Mediterranean.
An island of many stories, the past is never far from the surface on a holiday in Rhodes. Nowhere is this truer than Rhodes Town, a UNESCO-listed medieval city brimming with architectural treasures. In the Old Town, follow the Street of the Knights of Rhodes to the gothic Palace of the Grand Masters. Don’t miss the Archaeological Museum inside a former hospital for the Knights of St John.
Further south, in historic Lindos, you’ll find the island's crowning ancient site: the Acropolis of Lindos, capping a hill overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea. Like the medieval city of Rhodes, the Acropolis preserves buildings from successive civilisations, including Greek temples, Byzantine churches, and medieval fortifications. On the opposite coast is the dramatic ruin of Venetian Monolithos Castle.
Beaches are a huge draw for summer holidays in the Dodecanese Islands. Sandy beaches lie west of Rhodes City while the west coast attracts breezier weather. Most beach holidays unfold along Rhodes’ sheltered east coast. Inland from the Aegean Sea, you’ll find family fun at Seven Springs, a complex of freshwater lakes and tunnels, and the lush Valley of the Butterflies, where fluttering insects take to the air each May.
When the sun sets, party hotspots flicker to life. Faliraki is famous for nightlife, particularly among under 30s looking for late nights and loud music. Clink glasses at a beach bar and hit laser-lit night clubs where big-name DJs keep things rocking until dawn.
Whether you’re looking for an all-inclusive holiday in Rhodes, or a week of self-catering in the sun, this island won’t disappoint.
Holidays to Rhodes are generally safe, and there are no specific concerns for the Dodecanese Islands. For up-to-date travel advice for Greece, check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
No, the Dodecanese Islands are part of Greece, meaning travellers with a full British passport do not need a visa to go to Rhodes.
There are specific no vaccinations required for travellers in the Dodecanese Islands.
A long weekend is enough for the Acropolis of Lindos, Knights Quarter, Palace of the Grand Masters, Archaeological Museum, and beaches. A week is better for watersports and day trips to Symi and Monolithos Castle.
It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet – as well as the safety risks, you’ll get a fine.
Bus services allow easy excursions from Rhodes Town to Lindos or Faliraki but routes don’t thread across the island (most go through Rhodes Town). Taxis are everywhere, with fixed rates between destinations. Numerous competing operators mean cheap car hire options, and moderately fit travellers can use rental bikes. Boats link Rhodes to Dodecanese islands such as Symi.
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