More than 600,000 Greeks and foreigners visit this place to admire the unique "show of the nature!", which takes place 26km away from the city centre. The butterflies gather in thousands from July to September, in search of coolness and humidity, and you will see hundreds of them clustered together on the branches in the mornings.
Faliraki is the area for sleepless days and nights, as it boasts many clubs, beach bars, big hotels, a huge water park, bungee jump, tennis courts and great beaches while having tourists nearly all year long. This is a totally different lifestyle, just 12 km away from Rhodes centre.
Take a walk at the Mandraki Harbour and enjoy the beautiful view. According to the legend, it was here where the famous Colossus of Rhodes – a bronze statue of the Greek sun-god Helios, made of bronze and reaching 34 meters high – was raised. It counted to the Seven Wonders of the World.
St Paul's Bay is a charming bay just in the South of Lindos on the south-eastern coast of Rhodes. Its two beaches invites you to sunbath on golden sand and to snorkel in crystal clear blue water, while – on the larger one – you will also find sun loungers, parasols, toilets and a cafe.
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is a medieval building which served as the Hospital of the Knights, completed in 1489 by Grand Master d’Aubusson and still in perfect condition. Here you can enjoy interesting finds dating back to all periods of the island’s history.
Cycling on Rhodes is very popular as to its various fine routes. The company RodosCycling offers bike excursions around the Rhodes Island, offering the chance to visit all the archaeological sites for learning more about the island's history. On the tour, you will also discover Greece's natural beauty and the taste of traditional delicacies, and the experienced tour guides will provide all the information and care for your safety.
This water park is located on the island´s most popular resort, Faliraki, and it is the biggest one of its kind in Europe. Designed with all the latest facilities, high class rides, unique splash pools and water slides, it offers top quality service, and – around the park – snack bars that provide food and drinks. This is a very fun place for the whole family!
The Afandou golf course on the edge of Afandou, on the east coast of the island, is 19 km away from Rhodes Town, and it is adjacent to one of the major and beautiful beaches of the island: Afandou beach. This course is designed by the famous golf course designer Charantin Donald, and it offers 18 holes and all the practical facilities you will need for a pleasant day of golfing.
The Museum of Modern Greek Art (MGA) presents extensive collections of paintings, numerous sculptures and drawings from the 20th century. The museum complex, spread over the Northern part of the city, consists of three buildings with different modern art, works by most renowned Greek artists like Maleas, Bouzianis, Kontoglou, Theofilos, Vassiliou and Hadzikyriakos-Gikas.
The Church of Panagia is located in the village of Lindos, right next to its main square. This beautiful 1300-century church is very popular among the tourists and a must see when visiting Rhodes, as the whitewashed walls, the tiled roof and the a small courtyard are just beautiful to see.
Restaurant Wonder is situated in the new town, and it can be quite difficult to find it but it is well worth the search. Opening in 2011, this restaurant received excellent reviews in the Alpha Guide, and you will understand why, as the delicious and well composed international menu with a mixture of Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and Asian food are just enchanting.
Stegna Kozas is famous among the locals as one of the best restaurants to eat fresh seafood, and it is beautifully located on the beach of Stegna, with amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea. The friendly staff serves only high quality food, and, thus, dishes like lobster spaghetti, fish soup, seafood risotto and souvlakia with scallops.
Since the restaurant opened its doors in 1994, it attained excellent reputation for its fine Greek cuisine, as the chef pays close attention to detail and prepares the food with only fresh ingredients. The food is served in a cosy terrace under the stars, among trees and flowers, so the atmosphere is very romantic!
This lush garden cafe is surrounded by flowers and tree, and it, thus, creates an enjoyable oasis of peace right in the middle of the most popular and bustling street of the Old Town. While soothing music and good coffee heightens the experience even further, the service will provide you with everything your heart might desire: with hot and cold drinks as well as with lunch and sweets.
Village Café is a delightful gem that you will pass on your way down to the beach, and taking in the smell of fresh baked bread, croissants, danish pastries and cakes of all kinds, you just have to come to a halt. As to its, additionally, large menu for snacks and lunch, every taste will get met, and properly served with a fresh smoothie and ice cream afterwards.
Western to Rhodes town but at the coast still, The Cake Box invites to savouring cakes of all shapes and all kinds. While its cheesecake (and cakes in general) might be best known among locals and tourists alike, it also offers a great variety of ice cream as well as special sweets depending on feasts and seasons.
Anakata is where art of all kinds happends, as paintings and drinks can be enjoyed quite all the same and all together. Right in the old town, in a 500 year old building with a beautiful garden, this cafe awaits you with a simple, yet cosy atmosphere, where you will love to experience handcrafted art and handmade food.
As ONO is open nearly all day long, and far into the night, this is the perfect location for starting the day and for entering the night. In their casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, ONO aspires to excite you as much as it wants to fulfill your deepest desires, starting with offering all kinds of drinks and different snacks.
The Amphitheatre Club is probably one of the most famous outdoor clubs on the island. The club has a capacity of about 2,000 people, every one of them savouring sizzling nights, refreshing drinks and good music. You will also enjoy one of the best views in Europe, as below is the historic whitewashed village of Lindos, surrounded by the sea and crowned by the ancient Acropolis.
Lindos Ice Bar opened in August 2011 and it is Greece’s first bar made exclusively out of ice! Designed and sculpted by ice artists from Canada, and constantly keeps a temperature of -6 degrees, guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail while looking out over the Lindos Acropolis.
Make sure to visit this bar at the beginning of your trip, as this is one of the places that you will want to come back to: Ecplise Bar is a exciting open air place with great drinks and interesting people where you can dance to everything from latest hits to good old classics and.
The Grapevine Cocktail Bar is a lovely little bar with a cosy outdoor seating that overlooks Lardos square, making it to the perfect spot for taking a break from hustle and bustle. You are greeted with warm smiles and drinks of every kind that will let your heart's desires become true.
This shop is the best spot for finding both souvenirs for yourself and gifts for friends and family back home. While offering every good – from clothes and jewellery to oil, wine and cheese, and also art – in typical Greek manners, they also run a small cafe that regularly hosts events, such as reading and discussions.
Savas Rhodes is a gallery of handmade treasures that are produced in such a detail work manner that each of them is unique. As the selection of carpets, lights and pottery is tremendous, you will find yourself spoilt for choice, but the friendly and always smiling staff for sure will help you out.
The international airport of Rhodes "Diagoras" is 16 km from the city centre, near the village Paradhissi. You can take the local bus to get to the town but the last bus leaves from the airport at 23:30. You can also get a taxi, and the cost will depend on the time, the traffic and the number of luggage pieces you are carrying.
The island has a well-established bus network connecting all the villages with the city, so it is not necessary to rent a car. There are two local bus transporation companies, serving on the whole island quite efficiently: RODA and KTEL, and the latter one also informs about its routes online. However, a motorbike will be better and faster.
There are many departments in the town, so you don’t need to go far, and you can find the main Post Office ELTA in Mandraki. However, there are other shops close by as well but be aware that most of the shops close down on midday: Faliraki Postal Agency Pseidonos, Faliraki, Rhodes +30 2241 086 995 ELTA Konstantinidi 2, Rhodes +30 2241 035 774
There are several pharmacies across town (and island), and a central one is "Ypsilantis Zacharias" in the Old Town. However, there are other shops as well, and each of them has a notice in the window stating pharmacies that are open out of hours and their addresses. Chatzimanolis Emmanouil Lindou National Road, Faliraki +30 224 100 2710 Papakazarou K. Kanada Street 80, Rhodes +30 2241 074 260