I recently spent 4 days in Rhodes, and as we were short on time we opted to spend 3 days by the pool and a day exploring the island.
I was feeling exhausted and was in desperate need for some time out. Having looked online, I managed to find a last minute deal with Tui for £260, at an all inclusive hotel on the island of Rhodes called The Rodos Star. What a find! It didn’t take long to convince my mum to join me and the next day we booked our trip.
To get around the island we hired a car directly from the hotel itself, which was a very easy and simple process. If you would prefer to have the car for the entirety of your trip, you can also hire a car from the airport.
Here are my favourite spots to visit in Rhodes in a day:
Lindos is known for its clifftop acropolis, whitewashed houses, ambling donkeys and car-free cobbled streets on the east coast of Rhodes. This pretty village has a preservation order on it which means nothing can disturb its authentic old-school Greekness.
Anthony Quinn Bay
The beach at Anthony Quinn bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Rhodes. The waters owe their deep emerald colour to the lush green vegetation which surrounds the beach and the crystal clear water and gorgeous underwater scenery also makes Anthony Quinn bay one of the best areas in Rhodes for snorkeling.
This beach was used for filming for the “Guns of Navarone” film, which featured the actor Antony Quinn, hence its name. When driving to Anthony Quinn Bay, it’s important to turn off at Ladiko Beach, which is the bay just opposite, as Anthony Quinn bay is not signposted.
There is also a lovely restaurant just up from the beach which serves freshly caught fish and delicious greek salads. I highly recommend grabbing a bit to eat here.
Because of it’s size, the beach can get fairly crowded during peak season, however there was plenty of sun loungers available the day we went in June. The sunbeds weren’t too expensive either at 10 euros for the day. You can also use the ticket for the sunbeds at the other beaches up the coastline in Faliraki.
Rhodes Old Town
As you enter the city, either from the commercial harbor through the Gate of Navarhou or from the new town through the gate of Eleftherias you see the remains of the 3rd century temple of Aphrodite, and behind it is the Lodge of the Knights of Aiberne, built in 1507.
The Old City of Rhodes, which incidentally is a World Heritage Site, is an impressive place to spend a day sightseeing. Wandering through the medieval city, whether it’s with crowds of tourists or in off-season, I can’t imagine someone visiting here and not wanting to return.
The most beautiful and interesting part of the Old City is the street of Knights, and the most important street of the medieval town. The street is completely restored and preserved beautifully, and is lined by the buildings where the holy warriors spent their time in prayer or military practice.
The old city is closed to automobile traffic and the narrow streets and cobblestones make it a lovely place to roam around. The main streets are full of shops and restaurants but the back streets are mostly residences. At night the main square is lit up with pretty lights, the restaurants serving delicious food and it’s the perfect setting to relax, kick back and enjoy each-other’s company.
Have you ever been to Greece?
What Island would you recommend to see next?