WHERE TO STAY IN RHODES
As this is among the most popular Greek destinations, hotels in Rhodes are spread in many parts of the island. The most tourist developed is the northern part of Rhodes, between Rhodes Town and the airport from one side and Rhodes Town and Lindos on the other. The southern part of the island is less developed.
- Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel
Featuring free WiFi, Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Rhodes Town, 500 m from Mandraki Port. Guests can enjoy a drink at the snack bar. Most of the rooms have a shower with hydro-massage and chromotherapy, while all rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. They also have bedding products, slippers and pillows by Coco-Mat, and a 5-pillow menu to choose from. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. Extras include free toiletries, hair dryer and beverages. Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel offers a turndown service, preparing your room for a comfortable sleep. There is a shared lounge at the property. The hotel offers free use of bicycles. Clock Tower is 500 m from Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel, while Grand Master's Palace is 850 m away. Elli Beach is 800 m away and Diagoras International Airport is 14 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site, subject to availability.
Island Boutique Hotel is located just across Elli Beach in Rhodes Town, 700 m from Mandraki Port. Fine Mediterranean and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant. Refreshing cocktails are served at the property's bar. Modern and highly aesthetic, the rooms at Island Boutique Hotel open to a balcony with panoramic Aegean Sea and Rhodes views. Each is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room includes a private bathroom. Island Boutique Hotel features free WiFi. A handy smartphone for unlimited calls and unlimited mobile date is offered to guests for free. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. The Street of Knights is 1 km from Island Boutique Hotel, while Grand Master's Palace is 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 13 km from Island Boutique Hotel.
- Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel
Housed in a restored, historical Italian building and fitted with medieval and oriental elements, Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel is situated in the Medieval Rhodes Old Town, just 20 m from the Grand Master’s Palace and the Street of Knights. Decorated by the famous fashion designers Nikos and Takis, all rooms have ecological Cocomat mattresses, a private bathroom with hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, satellite LCD TV and coffee maker. They open out to a balcony overlooking the Grand Master’s Palace, the Aegean Sea and the Medieval Town. A homemade breakfast prepared with fresh local ingredients can be enjoyed daily. Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property. Bike hire and car hire can be arranged. Taxi transfer from the airport can be arranged on request and upon charge. The property offers electric bicycle rental and tours with electric bicycles upon extra charge. A welcome drink is offered to guests upon arrival. Please note, the entrance of the property is only accessible by stairs. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including diving, cycling and horse riding. The famous Deer Statues are 500 m away and Mandraki is 300 m away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 13 km from the property.
Conveniently set in the centre of Rhodes Town, Trinity Boutique Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a garden. All rooms feature a kitchenette, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom. The property is close to popular attractions like Park of Saint Fragkiskos, Synagogue Kahal Shalom and Yeni Hammam. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Trinity Boutique Hotel. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Elli Beach, Clock Tower and Mandraki Port. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 14 km from Trinity Boutique Hotel.
- Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel
Situated in the Rhodes Medieval city district in Rhodes Town, 650 m from Clock Tower. Free WiFi is available throughout. Decorated in soft white tones, Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel features modern furniture and decor. Every room has a flat-screen TV. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. You will find babysitting service at the property. The hotel also offers car hire. Grand Master's Palace is 1 km away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 15 km from Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel.
Located in Faliraki, 1 km from Faliraki Beach, Madison Boutique provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with an outdoor pool. Every room is equipped with a balcony with garden views and free WiFi. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Madison Boutique each room is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Madison Boutique offers a terrace. Kathara Beach is 1.2 km from the hotel, while Mandomata Beach is 1.7 km away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 17 km from Madison Boutique.
Situated in Rhodes Town and within 1.1 km of Elli Beach, D'Argento Boutique Rooms has a restaurant, allergy-free rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to Clock Tower, Deer Statues and Yeni Hammam. The accommodation features a concierge service, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near D'Argento Boutique Rooms include Mandraki Port, Grand Master's Palace and The Street of Knights. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
- Sunrise luxury apartments
Situated on the beachfront in Rhodes Town and boasting a shared lounge, Sunrise luxury apartments Rhodes has free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel has a fax machine and photocopier and an ATM machine that guests can use. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near Sunrise luxury apartments Rhodes include Elli Beach, Clock Tower and Grand Master's Palace. The nearest airport is Rhodes International, 14 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Set on a green hill with panoramic sea views, 5-star Esperos Village Resort is situated in the popular Faliraki. It features spacious rooms with Mediterranean Sea views, and offers 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. The modern rooms have cool tiled floors and wooden furniture. Each is en suite with bathtub, and equipped with a satellite TV, CD player, hairdryer and coffee maker. Breakfast and dinner buffets are served at the sea-view Panorama Restaurant. The poolside restaurant serves à la carte Mediterranean dishes. Drinks are available at pool bar. Esperos Village Resort features a fitness centre with sauna and hot tub. A daily light animation program for fitness and jogging is provided, and water sports are available on the beach. Free shuttle bus service is offered to and from the various quarters of the complex, as well as to the restaurants, entertainment venues and the beach. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Only 2.5 km from Faliraki centre, Esperos Village Resort is 12 km from Rhodes Town and 15 km from Rhodes International Airport. Car parking lots have been provided for in the various quarters of the resort.
Al Mare Villas offers elegant studios and villas with captivating views of the Mediterranean Sea and villas with private pools. It is strategically located on the coast of Kiotari Beach. Al Mare Villas bedrooms vary from traditional hand-built king sized units to canopy top queen beds with non allergenic pillos together with custom-made mattresses. In-room comforts include flat-screen TVs and kitchen facilities.
- Casa Cook Rhodes (Adults Only)
Set in Kolymbia in the Rhodes Region, 1.7 km from Tsambika Beach, Casa Cook Rhodes boasts a large outdoor pool, an a la carte restaurant and a fully equipped fitness room. The minimally decorated rooms come with a satellite flat-screen TV. Rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower. For your comfort, you will also find bathrobes and slippers. Certain rooms include a seating area for your convenience. You can enjoy local and international dishes at the on-site restaurant, while there is also a bar with comfortable lounge area by the pool. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Diagoras International Airport is 19 km from Casa Cook Rhodes. Free WiFi is available throughout and free private, on-site parking is possible.
PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN RHODES
Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese and the fourth largest Greek island. It is a highly preferred summer destination, as it combines a rich history, an interesting culture and a dynamic nightlife that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. The picturesque villages, the well maintained monuments and the archaeological sites, the medieval castles and the wonderful beaches are just some of the reasons to visit it, again and again!
The old city of Rhodes is the largest medieval city in the whole European continent. It is considered as one of the most important monuments of cultural heritage on an international level and therefore was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1988. The narrow streets, the classical architecture, the medieval churches and the bridges shape the unique atmosphere of the old city that is reminiscent of a different era that you’ll love at first sight.
Lindos is an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, about 50 kilometers southeast of the island’s center. It is one of the most picturesque parts of the island, with charming houses and narrow street. The Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient temple and the towers, is a magnificent archaeological site and, for good reason, one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece.
Just 15 kilometers southwest of the city of Rhodes you will find a place of incomparable natural beauty, surrounded by hills, with countless trees and streamlets. From June until September, the Butterfly Valley is full of colorful butterflies that select this location to leave their eggs and reproduce. It is an ideal location to find peace and relaxation during the hot summer days, with a restaurant and a gift shop. Just try to be quiet, in order not to disturb the butterflies during their special days.
Seven Springs is located 30 kilometers southeast of the island’s capital, in a wonderful location with many pine and palm trees. The natural shade offered by those trees create a cool atmosphere, which is priceless during the summer heat. The lake is composed of seven springs, where you will see geese, ducks and peacocks. If you come by, you should enjoy a meal in the nearby restaurant, which – except for excellent tastes – also provides of a panoramic view of the mountains.
- Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
Located in the city of Rhodes, the Archaelogical Museum of the island hosts objects dated back to the Archaic, the Roman, the Mycenaean and the Hellenistic period, which include vases, sculptures, statues, ceramics and more. The archaeological findings of the museum come from the island of Rhodes and other islands of the Dodecanese, giving the visitor the opportunity to get familiarized with the local cultural production through the ages, under the influence of other populations and civilizations.
- Museum of Modern Greek Art
The Museum of Modern Greek Art is located in the entrance of the medieval city of Rhodes, on Symi square. The philosophy of the museum is based on the promotion of the unique cultural identity of Greece, not in a nationalistic way, but through a universal aspect that approaches each culture and country as a part of the whole. The museum hosts rich collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and documents from the 20th century and attempts to present a narration of the contemporary Greece through the works of contemporary Greek artists.
Rodoni Park is a true heaven on earth, just three kilometers away from the city of Rhodes, along the Rhodes-Lindos highway. It is the most ancient park of the world and is famous for its dense vegetation. The idyllic landscape created by the small bridges, the water lilies spread across the lake’s surface and the traditional narrow paths is definitely worth a visit.
Ladiko is a small bay close to Faliraki with amazing sand, small rocks and turquoise waters. After enjoying your swim, you can try a local meal in the nearby small tavern. Note that it does become crowded, especially in August, due to its unique landscape and the great waters.
One of the most beautiful beaches of Rhodes, located on the east shore of the island. Agathi is a wonderfully preserved virgin beach, without large crowds and noisy beach bars. The only signs of the ‘touristy civilization’ you will find here are some ‘canteens’ providing some necessities like sun beds and umbrellas. The beach is recommended for free camping and is a great place to spend a night or two with good friends.
Prasonisi (Greek for ‘green island’) is located on the southernmost point of the island, 92 kilometers away from the city of Rhodes. It’s the ultimate destination for the lovers of water sports, especially kite surfing and windsurfing, as well as for the bathers who want to enjoy moments of relaxation, away from the crowded touristy beaches.
WHERE TO EAT IN RHODES
Though the Greek island Rhodes has much to offers its tourists, one of its best assets is the food. To get a taste of the tastiest offering, here are 10 best restaurants on the island.
The Marco Polo Café is situated in the Marco Polo Mansion, a lavish hotel in the heart of the old Turkish Quarter of Rhodes Town. The building itself dates from the 15th century, when the Ottoman Empire was in its prime and the Mansion aims to recreate the richness of this cultural and historical moment with its interior décor. From India to Turkey to the Aegean, there are carpets and drapes here that recall something of imperial glory. The exotic garden features a range of fruit trees, from apricot to banana, alongside beautiful flowering plants. It opens its doors to the public in the evenings giving anyone the opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner overlooking the Old Town.
There is nowhere better than Kyma Beach Restaurant for those who wish to enjoy their evening meal with an unparalleled view of an Aegean sunset. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting, located on the beach itself with uninterrupted vistas over the vast water. As if that weren’t enough, the food here is superb. It has traditional Greek dishes and a large range of drinks so that visitors can unwind with cocktails or a cool beer while watching the sun go down.
Set at the base of the acropolis at Lindos, Melenos Lindos Hotel has been constructed with an eye to the island’s diverse cultural inheritance. From the villas constructed in the 17th-century style to the rooftop restaurant which draws inspiration from the medieval period with its tented roof and mosaic floor, the hotel is rich with history. The restaurant itself offers stunning views over the Aegean and the two natural harbors at Lindos. Above the restaurant the fortified acropolis is lit up at night.
Located in the main square in Lindos, Mavrikos is one of the oldest restaurants in the area and is still run by the Mavrikos family. It regularly wins prizes among Greek restaurants and has become something of an institution over the years. Chef Dimitris Mavrikos is renowned for the elegance and simplicity of his flavors, which have earned him a reputation as Rhodes’s most famous chef. The restaurant itself is designed with a shaded courtyard in the front and further indoor seating. Although among the pricier restaurants on the island, this is the natural result of its popularity.
Hatzikelis is a world-class seafood restaurant that has won a number of awards and is frequented by celebrity clientele. Their signature dishes use classic Greek flavors to enliven traditional seafood recipes, whether it is mussels with tomato sauce and feta cheese or shrimps in ouzo sauce. There is a beautiful outdoor courtyard with views onto the ruined Church of the Virgin, but don’t let that distract you from the quality of the cuisine. Whether served grilled whole or in a smaller helping, the fish is fantastic and it is this alone that has made Hatzikelis arguably the best seafood restaurant in Rhodes.
This modern restaurant only opened in 2010 but has gained in popularity every year. Keresma prides itself on offering local twists on traditional recipes, infusing each of its dishes with the taste of Rhodes. ‘The Acid Octopus’ is an octopus dish served in a homemade sauce of vinegar and honey, while the salmon is marinated in Raki, the Greek aperitif, and juniper berries. There is fresh grilled fillet of shi drum and Greek chicken, which is crusted with peppers and vegetables and complemented by a feta cheese sauce. For dessert there is a tiramisu made with Greek coffee. Chef Moschonas Antonis, who has visited other European countries to advocate for Grecian ingredients, aims to create a modern experience of traditional Greek cuisine with unusual flavors and subtle tastes that will impress the more adventurous traveller.
Arhontiko is set in a house which dates from 1605 and is the preserved house of a ship’s captain. The décor is therefore unusual, making room for an old sea chest and seating guests on cushions as often as seats. The floor is pebbled and the walls whitewashed, leaving the bare stone arches exposed. It is a wonderful taster of the island when it was a thriving port and trading post. As you might expect from a restaurant set in the house of a sea captain, Arhontiko serves fantastic seafood and has won a number of awards. It is locally run by Dimitris and Flora, who are more than welcoming hosts. There is also an outdoor terrace offering views over the acropolis.
Specializing in sweets and pastries, Mosaic is a cosy cafe-bar beautifully situated in Lindos town. It serves all manner of treats, from Greek doughnuts baked fresh every day, to traditional pastry sweets such as baklava and ravani. Mosaic is also known for its frozen yoghurt, which comes with a various toppings or with a choice of dessert, and its coffee. It is charmingly small, so guests can escape the hustle and bustle of Rhodes. There is further seating upstairs offering marvelous views over the fortified acropolis at Lindos. Mosaic does serve savory food, but it would be a waste to go here without sampling the traditional, sugar-syrup desserts of Greece.
Nireas is best known as a fish restaurant, although it in fact serves a whole host of dishes. The fish here, however, is among the best in all Rhodes. Nireas is located in the old Jewish Quarter of Rhodes Town, not far from the waterfront. It is tucked away and covered by a leafy canopy of greenery which shades visitors from the midday sun. The variety of fish ranges from shrimp to squid to seared tuna with sesame seeds. Nireas is highly recommended for its Old Town location, its friendly staff and, most importantly, the quality of its food.
Akti Ixia is a combination of cuisines, offering everything from American burgers to lighter tapas to a new sushi bar. It is not only a restaurant but also a poolside bar located directly on the sea. It is open at all times of day, but particularly beautiful at night when guests can enjoy an evening dip before dinner against the backdrop of an ocean sunset. There is also a wonderful cocktail menu to complement the array of food choices. Akti Ixia is a marvelous location for families as the pool naturally keeps children entertained. For the adults, it is also a sophisticated and secluded seaside restaurant.
WHERE TO SHOP IN RHODES
Easily connected to the Greek mainland and several European cities, Rhodes, located in the Dodecanese, is a major Greek island destination. And once you’ve spent a vacation there, you’ll want to remember it with some amazing souvenirs. Make sure you’re not caught out by tourist traps or overpriced trinkets by visiting these places to buy the most unique souvenirs in Rhodes.
Established in Rhodes in 2014, When In Greece is not your average souvenir shop. Forget magnets, clichéd slogan T-shirts and tote bags. Here, you will find the latest generation of souvenirs, the kind that won’t gather dust on a shelf. Ranging from homeware, fashion items and accessories, stationery and beachwear, When In Greece’s collection includes products created by a team of designers, suppliers and small craftsmen from all over Greece so you can be certain your holiday reminder is truly authentic.
A stroll around Rhodes Old Town will take you through countless souvenir shops and stalls. But if you happen to walk on Polidorou Street, the little shop at number 42, My Greek Me, will quickly turn into one of your favourites. This shop showcases the extent of Greek craftsmanship and talent through its unique, cool and modern souvenirs. From jewellery, fashion items, home décor and local products and delicacies, you’ll definitely find something you’ll just have to bring home with you.
As with the culinary offerings in every region and island around Greece, Rhodian Cuisine is a great example of Mediterranean gastronomy, yet it retains a few local specialities. A great way to bring the taste of Rhodes home with you is to visit the Women’s Agrotourism Cooperative Oi Apolloniatises. There, you’ll discover traditional recipes and ingredients while members promote local products. These include treats such as melekouni, the traditional sweet of the island made of sesame seeds and honey, liquors, wine, spoon sweets (sweet preserves served in a spoon), as well as herbs from the nearby mountains. Why not improvise a night of cooking with these ingredients once you’re home so you can share a typical meal with your friends and family?
A few streets away from the busy corner of Rhodes Old Town, you will find OhDeer.Me, a simple yet colourful souvenir shop with limited edition souvenirs. Focusing on presenting the Greek savoir - faire to foreign audiences, OhDeer.Me offers a wide range of mementos from cool printed tees to small trinkets and accessories that represent aspects of Greek culture and history. Choose between an array of T-shirts for adults and children, enamel mugs (perfect as they won’t break during the trip back), bags and accessories to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones or yourself.
- Rodoscope Creative Gallery
For those who hate souvenir shopping, Rodoscope Creative Gallery is a must. This gallery/store features items created by Rhodian artists. You’ll spend hours strolling around the displays of jewellery, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, clothing and even food items. However, if all the shopping is too much for you, take advantage of the outdoor courtyard, where you can sit and enjoy some refreshments under the shade of the citrus trees – sometimes these relaxing memories are the best souvenirs of all.
Eclectia may not be a traditional souvenir shop, but once you see what’s inside this little store, it’ll win you over. A Greek fashion brand founded in 1997, Eclectia is a boutique located in the Old Town of Rhodes where you can find stylish clothes. Characterized by a minimalist style, comfortable design and airy lines, Eclectia focuses on producing clothes in Greece that are made with 100% natural fabrics – because not all souvenirs were meant to be on your shelf.
Want to bring back holiday gifts that you and your friends and family will actually like? Then head to Olive Corner. This little shop is all about handmade souvenirs and goods made from olive wood and terracotta, with an extensive selection of cookware, crockery and wooden products. Bring your mom a beautifully carved platter or even put your favourite holiday picture in an olive wood frame, making your stay in Rhodes even more memorable.