The wings of thousands of butterflies sparkle above the waterfalls and river of Pelekanos. Head to the Valley of the Butterflies between June and September to witness the rarest and most breathtakingly beautiful sites, with all trees and rocks in the area are covered with golden-red butterflies. The mesmerising setting is laced with narrow rock-paved pathways and features rustic bridges, running waters, and waterfalls.
Golden beaches, beautiful bays, creeks covered with pine trees and world-famous spa baths lure countless visitors to Kallithea every year. Kallithea Spa was built in 1920 by the ruling Italians and it is said that the healing waters help with stomach troubles and aches and pains. The spa is situated in a beautiful bay and its domed pavilions and archways have undergone renovation.
The village of Lindos is one of the most famous in Rhodes for good reason. It boasts a stunning acropolis perched on a massive rock, traditional architecture, and picturesque harbours that cradle shimmering waters. Spend the day exploring its charming alleyways and take in panoramic views. Lindos does get very busy in the summer months though. So if you’re looking for a truly authentic taste of island life, take the time to veer off the beaten track and explore more unspoilt villages.
Despite the island being a true tourist hot spot, plenty of villages still have yet to be touched by time. The far-flung Apolakkia retains its traditional charm, but if you’re looking for something closer to Rhodes town, make your way to Kremasti, Paradisi, and Afandou. On your travels, stop off at Filerimos Hill and enjoy the view before exploring the ancient acropolis and temples of Zeus Polieus and Athea Polias, as well as a 15th-century monastery.
Rhodes is famed for its entertainment venues, geared towards travellers of all ages who love to have a good time. By night, plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs cater to every taste. By day, seaside activities add to the fun for all the family. Enjoy any kind of water sports your heart desires, including deep sea diving. You can even try your hand at golf or take the kids on a horse-riding adventure. Rhodes is also home to one of the largest casinos in Greece, located in Afandou.
If you love finding unique treasures during your travels, you can easily spend the day popping in and out of modern and traditional shops in Rhodes new and old town. You’ll find all sorts of trinkets, souvenirs, and leather goods. Many shops sell silver and gold jewellery, with some great antique reproduction pieces on offer. And if you want to enjoy a taste of Rhodes back home, stock up on some fine local honey or wine.
The old town of Rhodes, the island's capital, is Europe's largest inhabited medieval town. It is dominated by a medieval castle (the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights). It was originally built in the late 7th century as a Byzantine citadel and then rebuilt in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John. The town is a magnificent example of medieval architecture and is revered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While you’re exploring the area, be sure to ogle at the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world. Also, stop off at the Acropolis of Rhodes and its famous the Temple of Apollo, dating back to the 5th century BC.
Just a short drive from the Valley of the Butterflies, Filerimos Hill is home to the Monastery of Our Lady and the Filerimos Cross. Don’t miss the Ancient Acropolis of Lalyssos; one of three ancient cities on Rhodes. Last but not least, prepare for a real feel of ancient Greek culture at the summit of the Temple of Athena, overlooking Lindos village and the blue waters of St Paul’s Bay.
Beachside bliss awaits in Rhodes, with many sandy and pebbly beaches around the island to choose from. Most beaches are organised with plenty of amenities and water sports on offer, backed by taverns and eateries.
Some of the most popular beaches in Rhodes include the buzzing Faliraki, Kalithea, and Lindos Bay. Prassonissi is also a popular wide stretch of sand, regarded as a windsurfers' paradise, especially between July and August. For a more authentic Greek experience, head to Afandou Beach. You can also dip in the turquoise waters of Tsambika or Haraki (a true scuba diver's paradise).