This sensational sun-soaked island has a little something for everyone. Beaches? Check. History? Definitely. Romance? Oodles of it...
Depending on how you want to spend your holiday, Rhodes hotels can be enjoyed throughout the year. In the summer, temperatures can hit the mid-30s so if you prefer it a little cooler then spring and autumn are good times to explore the island. Through the winter you can catch the odd shower and the average temperature is around 15C.
The Greeks are renowned for their love of festivals and celebrations and the inhabitants of Rhodes are no exception. The Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations are extensive or you could take a trip back in time during the Medieval Rose Festival in May. Why not visit in February and see the International Cycling Tour or marvel at the displays in the Rhodes Flower Parade in May?
If you want to try out some water sports then there's a great range to choose from, especially on the windier west coast. Kalithea is excellent for scuba diving, the waves of Prasonisi offer great facilities for surfers and there's plenty of opportunity to water-ski or jet-ski around the island.
Heading inland you'll find mountains and dense forests, offering the perfect opportunity to explore away from the buzz of the resorts. Other attractions on the island include the Marine Aquarium, the landscaped Rodini Park, the Seven Springs, Tsambika Monastery and the Valley of Butterflies.
If you're looking for hotels in Rhodes then there are plenty to choose from, with everything from budget hostels to five-star resorts...
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and it has a great choice of resorts, including Faliraki, Lindos, Kremasti, Haraki, Pefkos, Archangelos, Ixia, Trianda, Lardos, Kamiras and Petaloudes. Many hotels within the resorts are run by the major tour operators, with self-catering, full-board and all-inclusive options, but you can find small hostel-style accommodation as well.
If you're looking for a traditional Greek town with a clean sandy beach then Lindos hotels are a good choice. There's the fifth-century BC acropolis, which is at the top of a hill where you can see across 40 miles of coastline. For the party animals who want to dance the night away and then relax by the hotel pool, Faliraki is the place.
Rhodes Town is the oldest medieval town in Europe and is encircled by an ancient wall, which is now classed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the cultural tourist there's the Acropolis of Rhodes and shoppers will be delighted by the great August sales. If you're looking for nightlife then you'll find plenty of traditional tavernas dishing up hearty moussaka and kleftiko. You’ll find a range of hotels in Rhodes Town to suit all tastes and budgets.
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It’s worth putting down that riveting read and peeling yourself away from the sun lounger during your break in Rhodes...
There’s much to see and do around the island. Use public buses, flag taxis, or book car hire in Rhodes to get around easily and discover these top tourism highlights.
Top five attractions
It’s a pleasure simply to get lost in the maze of medieval lanes in the Old Town of the island’s main urban area. You can shop for holiday trinkets, sip cool drinks in the shadows of history or simply wander around, capturing the best bits on camera.
Take a trip to the white-washed hillside town of Lindos, which is crowned by an ancient acropolis.
Valley of Butterflies
Also known as Petaloudes Valley, this beauty spot is home to thousands of butterflies and moths during the balmy summer months. There’s a trail around the area to enable visitors to get closer to the creatures.
Take another walk amid the stunning natural scenery of Rhodes and explore this area, where seven natural springs emerge from the ground. It’s a wonderful place to take respite from the heat of the summer sun.
More than 2,000 years of human civilisation make this site worth seeing, as well as the magnificent views of nearby islands across those dazzling waters.
Find out what’s on when in Rhodes with our handy guide to the island’s calendar of events...
Flower Festival; May: Festooned with glorious blooms, a parade of floats snakes through Rhodes Town and Mandraki harbour. Food and wine are also in abundance.
Medieval Rose Festival; May-June: Journey back to medieval times during this enchanting annual event, which takes place in Rhodes Town. Don’t miss the Witches and Fairies Dance and watch out for the fire-eaters!
Sound and Light Show; spring-autumn: Visit the Municipal Gardens in Rhodes Town to see the history of the island told in a delightfully colourful and entertaining way. The show usually runs on selected dates during the warmer months between April and October.