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Things to do in Rhodes

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Rhodes Attractions and things to do in Rhodes

The Greek island of Rhodes sits proud in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas just 20 miles from the Turkish mainland. Rhodes is one of the largest Greek islands and offers holidaymakers a wide variety of things to see and do. Golfers are tempted to stay in either Faliraki or Kolymbia so that they are close enough to the 18-hole golf course at Afandou. Windsurfers tend to stay in either Trianda or Ixia so that they are close to the beaches on the northern coastline which gets a gentle breeze.

Shopping

Lindos – Lindos has quite a few large supermarkets and of course the usual tourist shops, selling all the basic stuff keenly looked upon by tourists. Good buys include jewellery, leather sandals and traditional-style ceramics. Vliha, which is a small resort situated around Vliha Bay, has some basic shops near the hotels. Faliraki - Here, the tourist could get anything from toothbrushes to the beautiful local made handicrafts. Shops stay open until late night here in Faliraki. The shops at Faliraki Square are famous for its jewelry, ceramics, leather goods and carpets. For serious shoppers who love to bargain for their goods, Rhodes old town would be a great option.

Festivals

Amongst the most popular festival in Rhodes is the Easter Holy Week celebrations which are known for their colourful parades. Other popular festivals and events in Rhodes include the Corpus Christi festivities and Rhodes Music Festival each June, the International Jazz Festival in July, and Rhodes's International Kite Festival in November - which lasts for three days and attracts large crowds.

Head to the beach

Lindos – There are numerous beach and water based activities available in Lindos. Water Sports includes water-skiing, jet-skiing, paragliding and banana boats. Faliraki - The four-mile stretch of sandy beach, packed with umbrellas, deckchairs, and sun beds is what makes Faliraki famous. Faliraki is also known for the wide array of water based fun activities that it has to offer. It is also possible to make a trip by boat to other bays of Faliraki, such as Kathara Bay, which offers one of the most scenic views on the island. Kathara bay also has a nudist beach at one end.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Rhodes and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Water Park Rhodes The unique Rhodes Waterpark is situated on the east coast of the island near Faliraki, 12 Km. from Rhodes center. Easily reached, with spacious parking and free bus transfer from the city center and from the south of the island. Built amphitheatrically on an area of 100.000 sq. mts offers a big selection of slides for all ages. Extreme speed slides, open and closed slides, Twisters, Black Holes, Turbo, Free Fall and Kamikaze slides are just a few that can be experienced. A variety of family Mat racers, The Spacious Wave Pool, Rafting and Multi Slides spread over the hillside providing most enjoyable views together with top fun. The Lazy River on the highest level of the park with its many streams and beautiful surroundings offers relaxation and fantastic views of Faliraki bay. A massive children’s pool with a pirate ship to be explored, streams with amazing water fountains and four modified slides especially for children. The Water Park has been designed with all the latest facilities. Our high class rides and top quality service offer something for fun lovers of all ages. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Water Park Rhodes .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Rhodes Water Park simply use the search box above and enter “Faliraki” as the resort. Look out for the 4-star Louis Colossos Beach or the 5-star Mitsis Faliraki Beach Hotel which are both very popular.

Historical and cultural tour of Lindos and Rhodes Experience both Rhodes’ stunning natural beauty and fascinating history on this cultural and historic tour that brings together the very best highlights of the island. Explore both the small, historic village of Lindos and the city of Rhodes itself with its spectacular Old Town. Admire the acropolis and the picturesque white houses at Lindos before taking a guided tour through Rhodes’ Old Town. Wander the cobbled streets of this medieval quarter and pause to marvel at sites such as the Palace of the Grand Master, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights. The tour will also take in the stunning amphitheatre at Monte Smith and the classical stadium of Diagoras. Begin the tour with a trip to Lindos, the historic village perched between the foot of a mountain and the crystal blue sea. Explore its streets of “sugar cube” houses, white square buildings that flow down from its magnificent hill-top acropolis. Climb up to this ancient structure, an archaeological goldmine, and enjoy fantastic views out over the enticing St Paul’s Bay below. Then proceed to Rhodes itself to discover the Old Town, a Unesco World heritage Site since 1988. Learn about the city’s rich history as you are guided through its pretty cobbled streets, pausing to admire the Palace of the Grand Master, the Great Hospital, the Street of the Knights and much more. Compare the history and traditions of the Monte Smith amphitheatre with the modern day stadium of Diagoras and browse its abundance of markets, churches, mosques and windmills.


Chalki day tripThis trip combines two contrasting attractions: Rhodes’s ‘Butterfly Valley’ and the neighbouring island of Chalki. The valley is one of Rhodes’s most beautiful spots, made up of a river running through a narrow, leafy glen. Adding to its charms are wooden bridges and the famous butterfly population. Between mid-June and mid-September, thousands of callimorpha butterflies fill the air, attracted by the resin of the oriental sweetgum trees. Stroll along the shady footpaths and take photos before boarding the boat to Chalki. Largely untouched by tourism, coming to this sleepy island is like taking a step back in time. You’ll dock at its one and only harbour village, Emporio, where prettily painted houses cascade down the hillsides. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this remote outpost. It’s worth bringing your swimming gear, too.


Glass bottom boat excursion Jump aboard the ultra-modern Orca Boat for the opportunity to explore the wonders of life below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea. Gaze through the glass bottom of your vessel as you see Rhodes Island from a whole new perspective and admire the diverse and beautiful marine life that inhabit these waters. You will also be able to admire Rhodes’ best overwater highlights as the boat cruises past Mandraki harbour, Elli Beach, the Port of Rhodes, the Lighthouse and the Old Town. Don’t miss this chance to get to know Rhodes from all angles! Depart from Mandraki Harbour, the beautiful gateway to Rhodes and rumoured site of the famous Colossas of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Peer down through the clear blue water to the seabed and watch as schools of fish swim below you without a care in the world. Then head to the Lighthouse of Rhodes and witness the Old Town from a different perspective as you sail past it at sea. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the city and the Citadel of Rhodes in all its glory. Then cruise round to Elli Beach to find the very clearest waters around the island. This beautiful bay is the ideal spot to look down and observe the spectacular mix of fish, coral and sand that form Rhodes’ aquatic ecosystem.


Turkish Delights – Day boat trip Hugging a stunning bay and squeezed in between two lush mountains, sailing into Marmaris offers a truly scenic introduction to Turkey. Just a short distance from Rhodes, it is worlds away culturally. From the aromatic bazaars to the heaving nightlife, Marmaris is a sensual experience. Approaching it along its beautiful rugged coastline, you will sail into the port and feel the energy of a different land straight away, with the seafront choc-a-bloc with shops, bars and restaurants. The town is dominated by an imposing castle built five centuries ago by the Ottoman emperor Suleiman the Magnificent. He used it as a base from which to plot his conquest of Rhodes. The castle is now home to a museum and galleries and has a landscaped courtyard full of flowers. See the Hafza Sultan Caravanserai, a historic inn from the same period that is now abuzz with café culture and people watching. The Grand Bazaar was built at about the same time as the castle and is filled with the colours and scents of the East. This excursion is a great taster of a fascinating country, not just an opportunity to get another stamp on your passport.


Day trip to beautiful Symi Sail north from Rhodes to discover the stunningly beautiful island of Symi with its impossibly blue waters and delightful Venetian architecture. Onshore, climb up to the historic Old Town for fantastic views across the harbour and even the Turkish coast in the distance. Attend a fascinating workshop to learn how the sponges found in local seas are processed and cruise to the monastery of Panormitis in the south of the island to admire the Byzantine frescoes. Be sure to sample the legendary, fresh seafood in the many restaurants along the seafront before heading back to Rhodes. Take a two hour sailing trip through the clear Mediterranean waters that surround the Greek islands and arrive into the harbour at Symi. Be sure to pack your camera as you are sure to be enchanted by the beauty of this picturesque town with its pastel-coloured collection of Venetian houses, still waters and an abundance of greenery. Once you climb ashore you will head for a fascinating workshop where the techniques used in processing the sponges found in nearby waters are explained. You then have some time to explore the island on your own. Climb up to the Old Town and admire the stunning views over the island, shop for local sponges and spices at the waterfront stalls or head down to the beach to splash around in the warm waters that surround this island. A trip to Symi is not truly complete without tasting its famous seafood, freshly caught in the local seas. Then sail down the coastline to the Monastery of Panormitis to appreciate the Byzantine frescoes and an icon of St Michael before making the return journey to Rhodes.


Rhodes island cruise You know you’re on holiday when you find yourself sat on a boat, drenched in hot sunshine with a balmy sea breeze washing over you. Pretty relaxing eh? So come aboard this relaxing cruise around some of the highlights along Rhodes’ east coast. Visiting hidden bays, long stretches of golden beaches and pretty ports, make sure you keep your cameras ready. There’s plenty of time to swim and cool off in the crystal clear waters before jumping back on board and heading to your next stop And after all that swimming you’ll have worked up your appetite just in time for lunch. With plenty of swimming stops, time for sunbathing and spectacular scenery what more could you ask for? This is just one of the many cruises you will find available around Rhodes.


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