Romantic Rhodes awaits: its beaches, history, museums, and more!

With a history that stretches back some 2,400 years, Rhodes City manages to combine a modern cosmopolitan feel with some of the finest ancient ruins in all of Greece. Explore its famous civilizations and fascinating past while relaxing in luxury hotels and sampling its stylish restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Rhodes was founded in 407 B.C. and quickly developed into one of the most important trading ports in the Mediterranean. It was occupied by the Knights of St. John, the Ottoman Turks and the fascist Italian regime before becoming a part of Greece in 1948 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

Start by wandering about the atmospheric Old Town. Enter through the Gate of Freedom, walk along the cobbled Street of the Knights and pass beneath archways and between stone buildings. Look for domed Turkish mosques, turreted walls, bastions, old houses and fountains. Museum Square is the place to go to learn more about the history. The Hospital of the Knights houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and, across the road, the Church of Our Lady of the Castle is home to the Byzantine Museum.

Don’t miss the imposing Byzantine Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, perhaps the most significant structure in the Old Town. Erected in the seventh century, this fortress became the headquarters for the administration of the Knights of the Grand Order.

Venture outside the Old Town to find Venetian and neoclassical buildings, such as the Evangelismos Church (Annunciation Church), Town Hall, Central Post Office, Government House and the Rhodes National Theatre. For a taste of local food, browse the stalls at the New Market, then meander along the nearby Mandraki Port and Murat Reis Mosque. Cruises depart from the harbor and offer views of medieval city skyline in which steeples and domed Turkish mosques stand side by side.

Walk among the trees in Rodini Park, where famous Romans such as Brutus, Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar studied. On St. Stefanos Hill are the remains of the Temple of Apollo and other significant Hellenistic ruins.

Rhodes City is an archaeological treasure trove. To get here, fly into the international airport or take the ferry from Piraeus.

Known for

Beaches, Family-Friendly and Historical Buildings

Where to stay in Rhodes

Rhodes Old Town
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Rhodes Old Town

Historical Buildings, Monuments, Museums

One of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in all of Greece, this UNESCO-listed city is crammed with historic architecture and ruins.

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Top Hotels in Rhodes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Rodos Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Trianton Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
3.9/5Good! (99 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Hellenistic Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Acropolis of Rhodes and Temple of Apollo. ...

3.9/5Good! (99 reviews)

"The hotel is huge and their facilities are very good. However, the amount of lifts it has aren't sufficient for the numbers of people using it as the whole time we were there, we have to wait for lifts going to breakfast as well as dinner. It's not too bad if you're on a lower floor cause you can ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Rodos Palace Hotel
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Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults only
5 out of 5
Kallithea Avenue, Faliraki, Rhodes
$153/night
Sep 18 - Sep 19
4.7/5Exceptional! (233 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Water Park Faliraki and Kallithea Beach. Kallithea Springs is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (233 reviews)

"It is a quite elegant and well kept property spread on a steep hillside with a secluded swimming pool for each level and 2 main swimming pools in the central block. Also some rooms come with a private pool but its privacy is hugely limited by its being in the open sight of the guests of the above ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults only
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Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness
5 out of 5
P. O. Box 180, Kallithea, Rhodes, Rhodes
$151/night
Sep 16 - Sep 17
4.5/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Water Park Faliraki and Kallithea Springs. Anthony Quinn Bay and Afandou Golf Course are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)

"Nice. B"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Rodos Palladium Leisure & Wellness

Popular things to do in Rhodes

Seven Springs
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Seven Springs

Stroll along forest trails, swim in a freshwater lake and follow the routes taken by natural springs at this scenic spot close to the island’s east coast.

Pefkos Beach
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Pefkos Beach

Scenic beauty, shallow sea, watersports and traditional Greek food attract visitors to this laid-back resort in the southern half of Rhodes. 

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
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Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Admire the towers, gates and courtyard of this striking looking medieval building, then tour rooms filled with art and antiques.

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
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Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

Step inside a magnificent medieval building to see a collection of ancient artifacts from Rhodes and its neighboring Dodecanese Islands.

Acropolis of Lindos
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Acropolis of Lindos

Investigate the remains of temples and fortifications at the ancient hilltop fortress that stood watch over Lindos for more than 2,000 years.

Lindos Beach
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Lindos Beach

Travel to the east coast of Rhodes for delightful beaches, stunning views and the temple ruins of an ancient acropolis.

Top activities in Rhodes

Sailing & Bay Hopping full day trip (with lunch)
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Sailing & Bay Hopping full day trip (with lunch)

$123

Sailing during Greek summer in the Aegean sea is hard to describe in words. The least one can say is that the sounds, the smells and the ambience of the Aegean Islands make it a real escape from daily routine.

Rhodes by Night Tour with Dinner & Cruise
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Rhodes by Night Tour with Dinner & Cruise

$74

Combine a walking tour with dinner and a mini-cruise around Rhodes' fabulous harbor on this evening to remember in Greece. Enjoy free time to wander the fortifications, peruse local shops, or just soak in the relaxed atmosphere of the island.

Symi Island, Panormitis Monastery & Yialos Village Cruise
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Symi Island, Panormitis Monastery & Yialos Village Cruise

$60

Visit one of the most picturesque islands of the Dodecanese during your holidays in Rhodes with this cruise to the tiny island of Symi. Admire the calm atmosphere and fabulous architecture that amazes visitors to the island, along with one of the most impressive ports in Greece.

Full-Day Highlights of Rhodes Tour
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Full-Day Highlights of Rhodes Tour

$56

Make the most of your time on the island of Rhodes during a guided tour to an array of iconic destinations. A local guide ushers you to sites like the Kallithea Thermes, Mandraki Harbor, the Monastery of Filerimos, and the Seven Springs, with pauses to soak up the local vibe along the way.

Lindos village & 7 springs
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Lindos village & 7 springs

$34

Seven Springsoffers a cool, magical landscape, a real oasis, swamped in greenery. Waters come out from the springs all year around, which end up in a small lake. You get to the lake walking through a narrow tunnel of 186m.

SMALL GROUP ISLAND TOUR with Half Price Tours
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SMALL GROUP ISLAND TOUR with Half Price Tours

$90

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Filerimos Monastery, Filerimos 851 01 Greece We will start with Filerimos monastery, which in addition to the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, is an important archaeological site.