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Why go to Rhodes

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.

Travel Information

Language

Greek

Currency

Euro (€)

Average flight time(from London)

3.5 hrs

Tips and advice

Is it safe to go to Rhodes?

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.

Do I need to have a visa to go to Rhodes?

No, the Dodecanese Islands are part of Greece, meaning travellers with a full British passport do not need a visa to go to Rhodes.

What vaccinations do I need to go to Rhodes?

There are specific no vaccinations required for travellers in the Dodecanese Islands.

How many days do I need in Rhodes?

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.

Are there any local customs I need to be aware of?

It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet – as well as the safety risks, you’ll get a fine.

Getting around Rhodes

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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