Among many points of interest and things to do Rhodes island in Greece has to offer, here are just a few suggestions
from our top list. Rhodes has more to offer than sea and sand, and the following places to visit and activities to
engage in will surely give something extra to remember from your vacation.
Top 10 activities and things to do on Rhodes
1. Water sports
This is probably the most obvious, since the island is well known for its beach activities after all!! However, what if you try out something, like windsurfing or water ski even if you have never done it before? You will find many instructors at the various sports centers all over the island, so just give it a go!
2. Hiking and trekking
If you, like so many others who visit the island, have a love for nature, you will find that Rhodes is a little paradise. With the weather being perfect during almost all year, trekking and hiking through the island is a pleasure one can enjoy at any time of the year. With its stunning landscape diversity and incredible views along the coastline, the island of Rhodes just offers the perfect conditions. And if you get tired along the way, worry not. You may find fresh and clean spring waters available in many places, and walking through some of the traditional villages not yet taken over by tourists will allow you to explore Rhodes in a way you would otherwise to be able to.
Bicycles can be rented almost anywhere on Rhodes island nowadays, and this is an excellent opportunity to discover the island taking any route you wish at your own pace and time, combining your trip with some sporty activity. While the beachfront offers excellent routes for road biking and plenty of blue water to gaze at, there are also some really interesting mountain biking routes. There is also the option to join one of the a guided tours that will take you through the forest areas and nearby tourist resorts.
4. A daily excursion to a nearby island
Rhodes offers an excellent opportunity to discover the surrounding islands of the Dodecanese island complex. There are ferries leaving daily for all of them, and the closest ones are just a couple of hours away, making those ideal for a daily excursion.
The beautiful scheduled monument settlement Symi attracts thousands of visitors year after year with its classicist houses, ornate churches and the well-known monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.
Chalki, with its charming houses and picturesque port, where you can enjoy excellent fresh fish.
Kastelorizo, also called Megisti, the easternmost island of Greece with a particularly eventful history. The settlement, with its beautiful neoclassical mansions, testifies to the island's former prosperity, whose port is considered the safest natural harbor in the eastern Mediterranean.
Or Tilos, a dreamy island, with the best way to get to know it is to walk through it. The Agios Panteleimonas monastery with its magnificent murals and the popular church fair on 25-27 July is particularly worth seeing.
5. Visiting a beach bar
How does gazing at a dreamy beach and the endless blue of the Aegean with a cold, refreshing cocktail in hand sound? Life at it's easiest, and that is probably an understatement. Make yourself comfortable in one of the many beach bars around the island. Some will even allow you to place a chair directly in the water of that crystal blue sea you are gazing at, if you don't prefer relaxing on those wide comfy loungers. At beach bars on Rhodes you can feel the good vibes everywhere.
6. Tasting the local cuisine
A main characteristic of the typical table set on Rhodes is the variety of dishes served. There are, for example, a lot of "meze" selections. Vegetables and greens, legumes and mainly broad beans and horse beans, fresh fish and seafood from the Greek seas, juicy fruit, high-quality meat, cheeses, the refreshing Greek yogurt and dense and aromatic thyme or multi-flower honey, all of which are products of Rhodes and are ample on the island with the Mediterranean climate and fertile land. Combined with some excellent Rhodian wine, or some ouzo if you prefer something stronger, it will for sure be culinary experience you will remember. Of course, one of the best ways to do that is at a sea side taverna or restaurant, but you will find many excellent restaurants all over the island, in Rhodes town and at the many villages.
7. Enjoying a magical sunset
Rhodes has some of the best sunsets in the Mediterranean to offer. There are numerous spots all over the east coast, offering you the opportunity to enjoy nature's magnificent play. Some to note are, the Rhodes Acropolis, Kritinia Castle, Monolithos Castle, as well as many spots on the road while driving along the southern west coast.
8. Scuba diving
Diving tourism and the experience of diving during the holiday combine an ecological way of recreation.
Underwater Rhodes is the perfect place for divers. Combining beautiful
dive sites, perfect visibility, very good water temperatures and very
well organized beaches, Rhodes is in the top ten diving destinations in
the Mediterranean. An extensive biodiversity and impressive underwater geological formations, lush ecosystems and
shipwrecks resting on the sea bottom are in themselves a pole of attraction for scuba divers.
There are some excellent scuba diving schools to be found on Rhodes. Pick one, and combine your your stay on Rhodes with an unforgettable experience.
9. Experiencing history in 9D
3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire, and even smells appeal to the senses and form great entertainments. Throne of Helios experience offers a fantastic journey in the mythology and the history of Rhodes. It’s one of the best activities you can choose on your vacation in the island. It’s a unique combination of historical tradition and high technology in the historic building of the old cinema of«St. George » – the first cinema ever established in Rhodes by the Italians in 1927.
10. Yachting and boat excursion experiences
Dreaming of a sailing
holiday in the Aegean sea? You can hire a small yacht or a cabin and choose between sailing
boats and motor yachts, boat excursions, bare-boat or with a skipper. Of course all boats are well maintained and
equipped with necessary safety equipment. A daily yacht trip offers a nice touch to your holiday. Of course, you can
also rent a small sailing or motor yacht for your entire vacation, and to some island hopping in the Dodecanese, which is a fantastic experience by itself. Whatever you
choice, this is an experience you will not soon forget, and you can always come back and cruise the other parts of
the Grecian Islands on your next visit.
Top 10 locations and places to visit on Rhodes
1. Valley of butterflies
2. Filerimos and the ancient city of Ialysos
3. Seven Springs
4. The Marine Aquarium (Hydrobiological Station) of Rhodes
The Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes (Aquarium) is located in the northern tip of the island and was constructed during 1934-1396, initiating its activities in 1937. In 1945 it was incorporated as a peripheral station of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research under the supervision of the Athens Academy. Is has been operating as an Aquarium-museum and research unit since 1963.
5. The monastery of Tsambika
6. Lindos and Lindos Acropolis
7. The Medieval City of Rhodes
8. Ancient Kamiros
9. Profitis Ilias and the Elaphos hotel
10. The village of Monolithos and the castle of Monolithos
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