Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese and the fourth largest island in Greece - and it's a simply unmissable destination for anyone sailing around the Aegean Sea, or even up to Turkey. Due to its size, Rhodes offers up a wide variety of things to see and do that will make your stay on the island unforgettable - from historic towns and sites with a history spanning millennia, to secluded beaches, forests, and monasteries, Rhodes is truly a place to unwind, and relax your body and soul.

If the island's on your radar, check out our quick guide to Rhodes to make the most of your time on the island!

What to see in Rhodes - A Quick Guide


Rhodes Town

Let's start our island exploration with Rhodes Town, the largest on the island. This Medieval town has been considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, because of how well preserved it is, and of course, because of its beauty. One of the main attractions and probably the most beautiful street in the town is the Street of the Knights, once home to the Knights Hospitalier who ruled the island, and one of the best-preserved examples of Medieval architecture in the Greek Islands - even though it was heavily restored in the 1930s.

At the end of the Street of the Knights you will also get to see another of the main sights in Rhodes Town - the Palace of the Grandmaster. This is a truly unique building, considering it is one of the only examples of Gothic architecture in all of Greece. But what makes it even more interesting are the permanent archeological exhibitions that are housed on the ground floor.


Lindos

Another not-to-be-missed sight in Rhodes is Lindos, a quaint little town located along the eastern coast of the island which boasts a fascinating blend of Medieval Europe and ancient Greece. 

The main highlight of Lindos is its very own Acropolis. To reach the top of the Acropolis, follow a stone path through the town until you reach a set of stairs which leads you to the very top. The total trek time is approximately 15-20 minutes, and it is suitable for beginners - but be aware of the intense heat during the late morning and early afternoon. Once at the top, you can see several monuments, including the 14th-century Castle of the Knights of St. John. 

The views from atop the citadel are some of the best views on the island so be sure to take your camera along - don't forget to take a picture from the top of the Acropolis, looking down on St. Paul's Bay below.

The whitewashed village of Lindos is a beautiful sight to take in, especially while standing on the Acropolis. Besides lots of oh-so-Greek white houses, in the village you'll see sprawling 17th-century mansions, as well as some excellent places to dine. The main entrance gateways to the village are impressive, and you'll probably get lost in the maze of winding streets while visiting Lindos - but it's all part of the fun!


Prasonisi

The cape of Prasonisi is a peninsula located on the southern tip of Rhodes. The views from Prasonisi are really quite spectacular - what at first glance looks like a cape is actually an islet, connected by a strip of land at low tide, giving the impression of two seas almost touching. This destination is a great place for surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers, thanks to the reliable meltemi winds blowing in summer.

Remember to carry sunscreen, as summer temperatures can get quite hot and the wind can easily distract you from noticing that you're getting burnt.


Butterfly Valley

The interior of Rhodes reveals some great surprises. One of them is Petaloúdes, a nature reserve also known as Butterfly Valley because of the high number of Jersey tiger moths visiting, especially around late May, attracted by the scent of liquidambar trees dotted all over the valley. If you visit at the right time, you'll see thousands of butterflies resting on the tree trunks, a truly unique sight. 

However, Butterfly Valley is worth a visit all year round - it's a lush green valley with trees, a small stream that creates a waterfall and lots of shade, ideal to escape the heat when visiting Rhodes in summer. 


Agios Pavlos beach

Agios Pavlos beach is located not far from Lindos, and it is one of the best for couples and families to visit. The sandy hills and rocky shore are just a few of the many scenic characteristics that this beach has to offer, on top of clear turquoise waters. A section of the beach is set up with sunbeds and umbrellas, making it ideal for those who want to relax! If lying in the sun isn't your thing, then you can always bring your yoga mat along, and enjoy practicing in one of the most picturesque beaches on the island.


Monolithos castle

This castle dates as far back as the 15th century, and it is built next to the village of the same name. It is one of the few castles still standing from the time of the Knights Hospitalier, who resided in Rhodes and built several castles to protect residents from enemies and pirates. From the top of the castle, you can see the whole of Monolithos village, and enjoy a wonderful view of the western coast of Rhodes. While the steep walks and the narrow steps may be challenging to walk through, they will be worth it once you get to the top of the ruin.


Monastery of Tsambika

The old Monastery of Tsambika is located in the south of Rhodes Town on top of a hill, close to the beach of the same name, with amazing coastal views to enjoy. This monastery is known for being visited by women that are struggling to conceive. Hundreds of women visit every year, climb 292 steps and pray to the icon representing the Virgin Mary. Several of those who successfully concive name the girl after the monastery - Tsambika if it's a girl, and Tsambiko if it's a boy.

This monastery is one of the most interesting places in Rhodes, ideal for those looking for a quiet, secluded place, and also for lovers of quirky sights - pilgrims often bring wax figures of babies or knitted cardigans as an offering to the Virgin, which are kept in baskets next to the icon.


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