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10 Best things to see & do in Rhodes

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Campochiaro

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Ruins on a street in deserted town of Campochiaro in rhodes

Experience

This Italian 1930s ghost town in the centre of the island is an out-of-the-way curiosity. Built from scratch for Italian settlers in the mid-1930s, the piazza laid out like a hippodrome and garishly arcaded administration buildings are a bizarre blot on the landscape.

Good for age: 18+

Porto Antico Taverna

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Octopus dish served up at Portico-Antico taverna on rhodes

Experience

This convivial family taverna opened its doors to the public in 1960 and has stuck to its tried-and-tested formula of no-frills traditional Greek fare and fresh seafood ever since. Its location at the tip of a sandy beach and just 800m from the archaeological site of Kameiros, is also unbeatable.

Good for age: 18+

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Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

Experience

A 600-care nature reserve where Jersey tiger moths congregate between June and September to mate (and subsequently starve themselves to death). They nestle in droves on branches of the indigenous gum tree forest and fly about in their black- and orange-tinted wings creating a surrealistic spectacle.

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 4 months

When: Jun-Sept

Freq: annually

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Stegna Kozas

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Table for lunch by waterside in a greek tavern of Stegna Kozas on Rhodes

Experience

For an authentic Greek tavern experience, try the Kozas’ family taverna at the outskirts of Stegna, on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. It’s renowned for its fish, and no wonder, for its network of eleven fishing vessels ensures that the place is well-stocked for seafood, especially lobster.

Good for age: 18+

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Lindos village

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Lindos village

Experience

Whitewashed, donkey-ridden and narrow-laned, this Rhodian village could have just been plucked out of the Cyclades and magically transported below the acropolis. Dignified mansions overlook the streets and finely frescoed churches crown the cul-de-sacs, for trading Lindians survived passing invaders and prospered throughout their history.

Good for age: 18+

Acropolis of Lindos

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Acropolis of Lindos

Experience

Rising in a dramatic setting, up a 116m high clifftop and a stiff climb from Lindos village, the Lindos Acropolis dedicated to the goddess Athena is the best-preserved archaeological site in the Dodecanese.

Good for age: 18+

Agios Pavlos Beach

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Agios Pavlos Beach

Experience

Maybe the most picturesque of bays on the island, this is the cove that St. Paul was shipwrecked on during his proselytising voyages. Up towards the Acropolis you can discern the Cave Of The Virgin that served as a secret Christian place of worship, complete with 3rd-century inscriptions.

Good for age: 4+

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

A UNESCO World Heritage site and the best walled medieval town in Greece, Rhodes Old Town is pock-marked by monuments built by the Knights of St. John who ruled the island for 200 years after the Crusades.

Good for age: 18+

Palace of the Grand Master

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

Palace of the Grand Master

Experience

The headquarters of the Grand Masters of the Order of St. John is an exceptional fortress-cum-palace, mainly because of the daring Italian facelift in the 1930s. The makeover was criticised by historians, but for many art lovers, the final gothic/art-deco fusion works surprisingly well.

Adult price: 5

Good for age: 18+

Rhodes Archaeological Museum

  • Rhodes, Greek Islands, Greece

view across internal courtyard of Archaeological Museum in Rhodes

Experience

This small, compact museum – the best in Rhodes – is well laid out and full of interesting exhibits. Don’t miss the dainty statue of Bathing Aphrodite – so modern, it could’ve been fashioned by Bernini – and the head of God Helios that served as a prototype for busts of Alexander the Great.

Adult price: 7

Good for age: 18+