It would be impossible to sum up Rhodes in only a few sentences. But we hope to give you a little taste of this big island that has such diverse things to discover. Explore the sites in your travel guide and then keep going - either strolling a few streets away from the souvenir shops, or driving down a road to a tiny village. That’s where you’ll find a side of Rhodes where you can still delve into the life that locals live.
Coloured by centuries and with the friendliest people, you’ll come upon everything from a taverna where mama still cooks, a row of bars where people dance in the street, fishermen selling their catch off a boat, or high winding roads with weather-beaten signs pointing to a cliff-enclosed bay.
In the north, you’ll find the main port, the enchanting and culturally-rich Old Town of Rhodes, as well as its buzzing new town counterpart. Both are alive with ancient or modern culture and so it’s no wonder that this is the epicentre from which tourism has developed over decades.
Further down the eastern coast is lovely Lindos – a village of stacked white houses spilling into the sea and topped by a fortress. This too, is one of Rhodes’ most visited spots, so be warned you won’t be alone in wandering its maze of tiny streets. Its beauty shines brightest in the morning or evening, so take our advice and go early or late.
The farther south or inland you go, the farther you’ll leave the crowds behind. The eastern coastline is known for its beaches – long strips of sand or pebbles brimming with bars, or remote spots where it’s just a handful of people enjoying nature. Intact villages are dotted throughout, where you’ll be warmly greeted by curious locals.
The windswept western coast has a rougher edge, with winding roads descending to small and stunning craggy coves. Take a detour through the peaceful, mountainous interior, careful of roaming sheep and goats on the way. In addition to spectacular scenery, you’ll find vestiges of the island’s history and residential areas where traditions still mix with modern life. Whether you’re a foodie, a hiker, a dreamer or dancer – or simply a sun-hungry urbanite, we’ll help you shape your perfect escape.
Drink up the local culture. It is a beautiful and natural source of inspiration.