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Welcome to Rhodes

Rhodes, the biggest of the Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, offers beaches, history-laden streets, and plenty of Mediterranean cuisine and nightlife. The ancient acropolis of Lindos and the surrounding medieval castle elevates what’s already a picturesque village. Several other sites grace the island, such as the three-level ruins at Kamiros, the Filerimos Monastery, and the castles of Kastello and Monolitho. In Rhodes town, the Colossus of Rhodes—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—is long gone, but the Old Town is nevertheless a beautiful UNESCO-listed area, and it can be seen by a Segway, walking, or bus tour. The Palace of the Grand Master (Kastello) is both a tribute to Byzantine architecture and the history of the Christian Knights that built it and gave the island its nickname, the Island of the Knights. Of course, the island’s near year-round mild, sunny weather make Rhodes an ideal beach getaway, and guided water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming are a great way to take it all in. Private tours can also take visitors over to the islands of Symi or the Turkish Marmaris by boat. For an only-in-Rhodes experience, plan a trip to see the summer gathering of colorful tiger moths in the 600-acre (243-hectare) nature park, the Valley of Butterflies; attractions there include a kid-friendly train that leads to a monastery and a museum.

Top 15 attractions in Rhodes

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Symi Island

Symi Island

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Hailed as one of Greece’s prettiest islands, Symi is characterized by pastel-colored town houses and a quaint harbor full of wooden fishing boats. Restaurants serving fresh seafood and Greek delicacies line the seafront, while the heavily forested inland offers an abundance of walking and cycling trails.More
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Acropolis of Lindos

Acropolis of Lindos

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An important site in ancient Greece, the Acropolis of Lindos is one of the most important historical monuments on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese Islands. Parts of the site were built more than 2,500 years ago, and this remarkably well-preserved ruin draws tourists from all over the world.More
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Anthony Quinn Bay

Anthony Quinn Bay

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Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the actor who filmed The Guns of Navarone on Rhodes in 1961, is one of the most popular spots on the island for sun seekers. The picturesque pebble beach features shallow emerald green water—perfect for swimming—framed by dramatic coastal rocks that form underwater reefs teeming with fish.More
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Tsambika Beach

Tsambika Beach

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Hemmed in by a crescent of jagged rocks, Tsambika Beach is an idyllic stretch of golden sand and crystalline water that is considered one of Rhodes’ most beautiful beaches. A popular stop for boat cruises around the island, the beach is well-served by beach bars and eateries—but with no town nearby, the focus is firmly on the sun and sea.More
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Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of Rhodes

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Keeping watch over the northeastern tip of the island, the remains of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes dominate the Dodecanese capital's skyline from atop Monte Smith hill. Highlights of the active archaeological complex include the exquisitely restored and partially reconstructed Temple of Apollo and the Temple of Pythian Apollo.More
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Medieval City of Rhodes

Medieval City of Rhodes

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The beautifully preserved walled old town, the historic core of Rhodes, is the oldest continuously inhabited medieval city in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The medieval center is still encircled by its original fourteenth century fortification walls, which took more than 200 years to construct.More
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Waterpark Rhodes

Waterpark Rhodes

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With almost 25 acres (10 hectares of water slides, swimming pools, and a lazy river, Waterpark Rhodes is the largest of its kind in Greece and an ideal spot for family-friendly fun. Shoot down the extreme water slides or gently bob in the wave pool—there’s something for everyone from thrill-seekers to tiny tots at his vast water park.More
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Profitis Ilias

Profitis Ilias

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Standing at 2,619 feet (798 meters, the pine-clad peak of Profitis Ilias is one of the highest on Rhodes and offers sweeping views over the island's Aegean coastline. Head to the top to admire the scenery and explore the hiking trails, drink from the Koskinsiti spring, and visit the Monastery of Fountoukli’s historic St. Nikolaos Chapel.More
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St. Paul's Bay

St. Paul's Bay

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A minuscule cove protected by cliffs, St. Paul’s Bay is reputedly the spot where the Apostle Paul first set foot on Rhodes in AD 51. One of three beaches in Lindos, the water here stays warm as late as October, and the bay is both shallow and protected from winds, which makes it ideal for swimming.More
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Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

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Though originally constructed in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John, the current Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a Mussolini-era reconstruction built after the original was destroyed by a 19th-century explosion. The lavish palace now serves as a museum displaying furniture, statues, and ancient mosaics.More
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Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)

Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)

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Each summer, thousands of colorful butterflies congregate in the humid Petaloudes Valley, earning it the nickname Valley of the Butterflies. It’s one of the island’s most remarkable natural attractions, where you’ll find several species of the winged beauties, as well as the only natural Oriental Sweetgum forest in Europe.More
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Seven Springs (Epta Piges)

Seven Springs (Epta Piges)

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One of Rhodes’ most tranquil spots, the Seven Springs (Epta Piges) comprises seven natural springs that feed into a small man-made lake, built by the island’s Italian occupants to provide water to the nearby villages. The springs offer a welcome relief from the Mediterranean heat, as well as a habitat for a surprising variety of wildlife.More
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Kritinia Castle

Kritinia Castle

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Overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Halki, the crumbling stone shell of Kritinia Castle crowns a 430-foot (131-meter) hill above the village of Kritinia. Originally built in the 15th century by the Knights of St. John, the castle features a ruined chapel and the coats of arms of Grand Masters.More
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Mandraki Harbour

Mandraki Harbour

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Mandraki Harbour has been in use since ancient times and was formerly the military port of Rhodes; it was protected from attack by gigantic chains across its narrow mouth and later by the impregnable bulk of the Fort of St Nicholas, built in 1467 and still watching over the marina. Over the centuries the harbor was also a successful and rich trading port but these days its role in Rhodes life is entirely peaceful; a fetching clutch of billionaires’ super-yachts bob in the marina alongside traditional fishing boats and a multitude of tour boats, which depart every day in summer to visit islands off the coast of Rhodes – including Symi and Nisyros – as well as ferrying visitors to local beaches and on diving trips.The harbor mouth, reputedly bridged by the Colossus of Rhodes in classical times, is now guarded by bronze statues of Elafos and Elafina – the deer that symbolize the island – atop slender stone columns; little remains of Mandraki’s commercial past except three corn mills lined up along the breakwater, where merchant ships once offloaded grain. Nowadays the quays are packed with late-night bars and cafés and floating restaurants have taken the place of cargo ships; a new addition to the Mandraki landscape is the Nea Agora (New Market), built in ornate style by the Italians in the 1930s.More
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Nisyros Volcano (Nisiros)

Nisyros Volcano (Nisiros)

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The volcanic island of Nisyros (Nisiros, a craggy and fertile speck in the Aegean Sea, lies north of Rhodes and is part of the Dodecanese Islands, along with Kos and Tilos. An unspoiled treasure that has avoided the onslaught of mass tourism, Nisyros offers hot springs, fishing towns, Byzantine chapels, and ancient ruins to explore.More

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Top activities in Rhodes

Day Trip to Lindos with pickup from Rhodes, Ixia, Ialyssos, Kallithea, Faliraki
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Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialyssos, Ixia, and Kallithea
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4x4 Buggy Adventures - Off-road Polaris Experience
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The Classic Rhodes Sightseeing Tour - 6.5 Hours Private Tour
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Private CATAMARAN daytrip - Lindos / Rhodes with lunch
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Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour

Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour

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Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rhodes

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Luxury tour of Rhodes
Jasmine_B, May 2022
RHODES BEST INTRODUCTION - FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS - HALF DAY - Up to 4 People
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to see more of Rhodes!
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Excellent tour
Glenn_M, Apr 2022
Explore the Medieval city of Rhodes on scooters - 2 hours
This tour lasted about 2 hours and we got to see main attractions in that time, stopping to get our pictures etc.
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Great guide, great tour, great day!
Estelle_G, May 2022
Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour
Thank you Nikos, and we hope to see you again.
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Wonderful experience
Nick_B, May 2022
Full Rhodes Island Shore Excursion Including Wine Tasting and Lunch
All in all it was a wonderful experience and we have removed one more thing from our family bucket list, though we hope to visit Rhodes again.
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Amazing Experience on Romantika ❤️
Peter_S, May 2022
Romantika All inclusive Day Cruise
The staff are very helpful, polite and friendly and speak excellent English.
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Our delightful excursion
Megan_K, Apr 2022
Full-Day Сomprehensive Tour of Rhodes including Wine Tasting & Lunch
The we visited these truly remarkable Rhodes sights: Seven Springs, Lindos, Monolithos, Embona, Kritinia In addition to the fabulous touring we did during the day, we were privileged to enjoy wine tasting in cosy Embona village.
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Saw it all
Suzanne_L, Nov 2021
Rhodes: Grand Segway Tour
Rhodes was absolutely stunning and we were so thankful to see so much in our one day stop there.
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Perfect tour of Rhodes
Nosa_U, Oct 2021
RHODES BEST INTRODUCTION - FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS - HALF DAY - Up to 4 People
He also accommodated a small change to stop at kalithea springs which was just beautiful.
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Well worth a visit.
Chris_K, Oct 2021
Filerimos Hill & Valley of Butterflies
Two very beautiful places to visit at any time of the year.
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Wonderful way to see the beauty of Rhodes Old Town
Andrea_Y, Oct 2021
Segway Tour in Rhodes Old City
Fabulous way to see the beautiful Rhodes old town.
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Amazing
Matthijs_M, Aug 2021
Boat Trip to Anthony Quinn, Kallithea & Traganou Bays
You get to see the beautiful scenes reachable by water on Rhodes.
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Great experience
Nikolai_K, Aug 2021
Explore the new town and the medieval town of Rhodes on scooters - 3 hours
Can only recommend it if you want to see Rhodes in special way
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Rhodes Segway tour
Claus_H, Jul 2021
Rhodes: Grand Segway Tour
We have done many Segway tours it's the way to see the city and highly recommend it.
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Cost effective pure nature and folklore
Dimitrios_S, Jul 2021
Boat Trip to Symi Island with swimming stop at St George Bay
it is worth + super price (the same cost to visit 2-3 beaches on the Rhodes and it is 2 hours away)
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Symi Island and Swimming in St George Bay/
IonPaul_P, Sep 2020
Boat Trip to Symi Island with swimming stop at St George Bay
Best day trip from Mandraki Harbour/Rhodes Town Symi Island,what a beautiful place to visit Highly recommended
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Rhodes Segway
Andrew_G, Oct 2019
Segway Tour in Rhodes Old City
Anyone wanting to see Rhodes by Segway should use this company.
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Our tour of Rhodes could not have been better
Alla_P, Nov 2021
Private Full Rhodes Island Tour with Wine Tasting Experience
More than that, he changed the tour route because we wanted to see Kiss of Two Seas - Mediterranean and Aegean, amazingly beautiful place!
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A really enjoyable tour.
Larissa_W, Oct 2021
Best of RHODES & LINDOS Private Tour
It would be especially good for first time visitors, as there is plenty to see and learn in just 5 hours.
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The best way to get from Lindos from Rhodes
Joseph_W, Sep 2021
High Speed Boat to Lindos
Lindos is nice - it's hard to recommend going up to the Lindos Acropolis in the heat of the Rhodes summer though as there's little to see in the ruin itself - probably better to enjoy the water of the bay or wander round the town.
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Awesome Tour of Rhodes & Great Photo Memories!
Meredith_A, Sep 2021
Retro E-Bike Photo stop tour
We were able to see so much of Rhodes easily while getting some exercise, but not exhausting ourselves.
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