Ever popular with tourists and as one of the largest Greek islands, Rhodes is a dream destination for every type of holiday, offering gorgeous landscapes as well as bustling towns and cities. From couples looking for a rural and romantic setting, to families wanting to be close to the beach, or groups searching for a lively location in the heart of the action, you can discover the island your way with Rhodes holiday villas.
With many different areas to explore and rich Grecian heritage to uncover, this is an island that people return to year after year. Choose from villas in Rhodes Town to wander through the cobbled Street of Knights and marvel at the city’s medieval walls. Alternatively, opt for Pekfos, a traditional village that offers total tranquillity. Or select properties in Lardos that will allow you to become fully immersed in Greek culture. Those who love being active can take the opportunity to dive some of Greece’s best spots including caves and shipwrecks, hike through mountain trails and forest routes, or visit some of the islands that are popular with water sports enthusiasts. Private villas in Rhodes are also ideal for those who prefer to stay put, allowing you to dine alfresco and chill by the pool in serene surroundings.
A jewel in Rhodes’ crown, Lindos is quite possibly the prettiest resort on the island. The picture postcard streets lined with white-hued buildings give you a real sense of what life was like on the island a hundred years ago. Home to Rhodes’ most famous monument, the ancient acropolis, there are no shortage of cultural attractions in Lindos. Plenty of bars and restaurants give the town a buzz and with two scenic sandy beaches, it’s easy to understand why Lindos has become the island’s premier resort.
Kolymbia is located on the east coast, half way between Rhodes Town and Lindos. Sitting between the sea and mountains with a great beach for watersports, there is a laid-back vibe and a small selection of shops. A long tree lined avenue, dotted with cafes and tavernas, leads to the Blue Flag beach. It's also very close to Seven Springs, an area of natural beauty well worth visiting.
Haraki is a charming fishing village located on the East coast of Rhodes. The half moon bay with a pebble beach has a great selection of tavernas, restaurants and bars on the seafront. From the top of Castle Hill, you can enjoy amazing views of the village. The sandy beach of Agathi and the delightful village of Lindos are just a 15 minute drive away.
Located in the north of the island, Rhodes Town has 2 distinct faces. This magnificent medieval town is the cultural hub of Rhodes, with its cobbled alleyways and historic touches wherever you look. You’re best exploring this captivating place on foot, exploring the delights within the walls. By contrast, the new town is a bustling haven of shops with bars and restaurants on every corner where you can enjoy a quick pick me up or relaxing meal. Rhodes Town is also a great location for windsurfers, thanks to the Aegean breeze making plenty of waves.
With its golden sandy beaches sloping gently into the Aegean Sea, it’s easy to see why the resort of Pefkos is such a popular holiday destination. Pefkos laid back way of life gives this resort a relaxed ambience but is also nearby the livelier resorts of Lindos and Lardos. Home to a variety of tavernas, shops and eateries, there is plenty to eat, sea and do in Pefkos.
Located in the north west part of the island, Ialyssos - also known as Trianda – is just a short transfer from the airport and just 5 miles from Rhodes Town. It’s one of the three ancient cities of the island. The shoreline is very much the same wherever you may stay and stretches from Kremasti to Ixia. Hotels, cafes and restaurants line the waterfront whilst the villages are traditional with the local way of life much unchanged.
Set in a peaceful coastal location with the Mediterranean Sea to one side and rolling hills on the other, Kalathos is a scenic, idyllic destination. The beach spans Kalathos itself and has clear waters, perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. With beach bars and a handful of seaside tavernas, Kalathos is well stocked to cater for all your holiday needs. The lively town of Lindos is just a few minutes’ drive along the coast.
Receiving some of the best weather on this already sunshine soaked island, the small, friendly village of Lardos is a great holiday destination. Lardos attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to its stunning scenery, so a holiday here is sure to give you a real taste of Greece. This scenic resort is perfect for a relaxing holiday and Lindos is a short drive down the road with a large selection of shops and tavernas as well the famous acropolis.
The magnificent Acropolis dates back to the 6th century BC. Perched on a cliff above Lindos, it can be visited by foot, or even by 'Lindian Taxi' (a donkey)! See the remains of the Temple to Athena Lindia and the ancient columns that stand tall and proud. The views out to sea are also spectacular.
Set in an idyllic location surrounded by hills, trees and streams, this beautiful valley offers a treat for visitors. Colourful butterflies fill the valley from June to September each year. You can stand and admire this natural phenomenon and if you stay still enough, a butterfly may even land on you!
If you want to explore Rhodes independently, why not pack a picnic and be the skipper of your own boat? For example, Pefkos is all about boats, and you can hire a variety of vessels there. There's even a glass bottom boat option. This is a brilliant way to explore the beautiful coastline all the way to Lardos and Kiotari and escape the crowds! If fishing has you hooked, you could hire a boat fully equipped with fishing rods and bait, and start preparing your story about the one that got away!
This peaceful park sits on the outskirts of Rhodes Town. Cool and shady, it offers a tranquil atmosphere to relax in - ideal after a busy day exploring. A short walk through the woodland border with Cypress and Pine Trees will lead to a small playground and a mini zoo home to the park's resident peacocks. It's a lovely spot for adults and children alike.
The water park is the largest in Europe located on the Kallithea road just outside the popular resort of Faliraki. With a designated area just for kids, little ones can enjoy the wet bubble, tipping bucket, pirates ship, funny bridge, Tarzan pool and much more! For the rest of us there are thrilling rides or take it easy in the wave pool or lazy river - great fun for all the family!
Located on the west side of the island is an opportunity to get closer to a variety of creatures. From ostriches and llamas to camels and kangaroos, there are plenty of furry and feathered friends to see. You can feed the animals and even hold the baby ostriches. There is also a botanic garden and a souvenir shop where you can buy products made on the farm.
At Rhodes Aquarium, you can admire various different species while imagining being underwater. Located in Rhodes Town, the Aquarium has been designed to look and feel like a sea cave. Get acquainted with the marine life of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean and see turtles, octopus, reefs, sea flowers, clams to name a few!
Lindos' popularity is partly thanks to its pristine beaches. Both bays have fine golden sand and clear shallow waters with sunbeds and changing facilities. Enjoy a spot of lunch at a local tavena or watch the sunset with a glass of wine in the evening. You can easily walk down to the beach, however, the ascent back up towards the town may be too steep for some beachgoers.
Actor Anthony Quinn was gifted this bay after filming The Guns of Navarone. The beach is considered one of Rhodes most beautiful bays – no mean feat on this Greek island. Made up of sand, pebbles and rocks in some places, the scenery here is spectacular. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire and there is a restaurant on hand ready to provide you with refreshments. The emerald water owes its colour to the lush scenery that surrounds the bay and the crystal clear waters make this a great snorkelling spot.
Elli Beach is in Rhodes Town at the northern tip of the island located between the area of Mandraki and the Rhodes aquarium. The beach is a mix of sand and pebbles. Out to sea is a 5 metre high diving platform where you can dive into the turquoise sea. Along the beach front there are parking spaces and restaurants. Sunbeds and umbrellas are also available to hire.
Situated in the sleepy fishing village, Haraki Beach is a half moon bay perfect for lazy days by the sea. The mix of sand and shingle has sun loungers and parasols available for hire. Several restaurants flank the beach promenade selling freshly caught fish – the perfect place to unwind in the evenings and watch the sun drop below the horizon. If you swim across to one end of the beach you will have a great view of Frekalos Castle.
Regarded as one of the very best surf spots on the island, this is the place to be for any avid surfer. A reliable wind blows towards the beach all day long providing ideal conditions for beginners and seasoned pros alike. Along this pebbly bay, you’ll find surf schools, snack bars plus sunbeds and parasols to hire.
Ixia is an extremely cosmopolitan resort in the north with a series of adjacent beaches. Made up of part sand and part pebble, the bay is very popular with windsurfers. There are plenty of watersports on offer including jet skiing and surfing. Luxury hotels are aplenty here, so you’ll find private sections of the beach offering sunbed and parasol hire. The adjacent promenade also has many fine restaurants popular with locals and holiday makers alike.
Kalathos Beach is a 20 minute walk from the village. Rarely crowded, this beautiful tranquil beach is some 2 ½ miles long with a mixture of sand, fine shingle and pebbles. Along the shore are a couple of restaurants for you to enjoy lunch, as well as the impressive Ostria Beach bar, which offers up delicious drinks well into the evening. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire or if you prefer you can find your own secluded spot.
Luxury hotels line Navarone Bay thanks to its secluded and exclusive feel. This beach's beauty means that it is a popular stop off point for cruises exploring this section of coastline. The bay was the setting for the film ‘The Guns of Navarone Bay’ – see for yourself why this beach is iconic of Rhodes. Turquoise waters meet dramatic rocky cliffs providing some of the best scenery on this already spectacular island.
Located between Rhodes Town and Lindos, this mostly sandy beach enjoys a calm, uncrowded atmosphere. It spans from the impressive Tsambika mountain all the way to the small harbour in Kolymbia village. Popular with families, little ones can enjoy pedaloes and banana boat rides.
A picturesque bay with dramatic rocky coastline either side, Ladiko Beach is a hidden strip of sand and pebble. Sunbeds are available for hire along this beach and even on some of the rocky sections, where allowed. The best time to visit is during the morning when sun shines directly onto this stretch of coastline. Visitors are well catered for thanks to a small taverna supplying refreshments. An interesting fact about this bay is that the nearby cliffs were used in the filming of ‘The Guns of Navarone’.
The picture-perfect St Paul's Bay is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Rhodes. With its deep blue water, rocky cliffs and sandy beach, this natural bay captures Rhodes' pristine beauty and is iconic to the island. There are sun loungers on the sand – perfect for kicking back in this Aegean oasis. The crystal-clear waters and rocky topography make this beach a great place for snorkelling.
A must for water sports enthusiasts, Prassonissi Beach is perfect for windsurfing and kite surfing thanks to the constant wind it receives all year round. A truly unique setting at the southern tip of the island, this strip of sand connects Rhodes to Prassonissi. You’ll be sure to find a section of this beach that you can claim all for yourself as this vast expanse of sand stretches for a whole kilometre. It's a great place for a day trip with plenty of tavernas and restaurants providing refreshments all day.
The Blue Flag beach of Lardos is one of the main reasons why visitors keep returning to this fantastic resort. A mixture of sand and shingle that gently shelves into the water, this bay is popular for diving, water sports and snorkelling and extends all the way to Lotharika. If you’d rather kick back and relax, grab a snack or an iced coffee from one of the beach tavernas in the Lotharika area.
Another one of Rhodes' many Blue Flag beaches, Lee Beach is the main beach in Pefkos resort. It's a fine sandy bay which gradually slopes into the sea. Ideal for swimming and sun bathing, there are plenty of sun beds and parasols for hire as well as restaurants, snack bars and shops on hand. Boat hire is available from here, making it easy for you to explore more of this pristine coastline.
A long broad stretch of fine golden sand, Tsambika Beach offers something for everyone. With a water sports centre and various eateries and bars dotted along this long stretch of sand, plenty of sun loungers and parasols – what more could you want? At the north end of the beach at the top of a cliff overlooking the bay is the church of Panagia Tsambika. Sets of stairs will get you up to the shrine where there are spectacular views across the coastline.
With clear blue waters and soft golden sand, it’s no wonder that Kiotari Beach has become such a popular place to holiday. Visitors are well catered for thanks to the luxury hotels that overlook the beach. It's also home to one of the largest watersports centres on the island, with jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing and plenty more on offer. There are many shops selling handmade trinkets and tavernas serving delicious refreshments along the beach front.
Glystra Beach is the next bay along from Lardos. It's a sheltered bay, backed by pine trees and olive groves. Beautiful fine sand and shallow waters make it ideal for snorkelling and is perfect for families with children. Sunbeds, umbrellas and peddle boats are available to hire. There's also a beach bar offering light refreshments.
Pallas Beach sits in a deep sweeping cove, just south of Lindos. Walk down to the beach and you'll pass a great selection of places to eat and drink. On the beach itself you’ll find sun loungers, parasol, peddle boats and canoes. A family favourite, this beach has soft golden sand with calm shallow waters.
Stretching along the coast from Pefkos towards Lardos, this fine sandy bay is great for soaking up the sun on one of the loungers available for hire. The calm clear waters are great for swimming and snorkellingand quickly deepen away from the shore. There is a beach bar serving refreshments meaning you’ll be well catered for throughout the day.
A family favourite, Stegna Beach is a great mixture of sand and pebble dipping into gently sloping crystal-clear waters. Located near Archangelos, the beach is well equipped with tavernas and shops meaning you be well looked after on this stretch of coast. If you’re looking for excitement, the watersports centre is the best place to get your heart racing and you can also hire boats from here.
Perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, St Thomas Beach in Pefkos is a sandy haven for holiday makers. Watch the fishermen moor their boats in the bay and bring in the daily catch. With rock pools at one end, kids will love the variety of marine life visible at this bay. Bring your own refreshments though as the secluded nature of this beach means there are no catering facilities. Drive or walk down to the beach, but be prepared to go back up the steep hill on the way back.
This idyllic sandy beach is the perfect place to unwind in Rhodes. This bay has sun loungers, parasols, a water sports centre and a beach bar – everything you could possibly need to enhance your island experience. Hotels and self-catering apartments add to this beach's list of catering amenities. With calm, clear waters, this beach is a great choice for those who want to be near Lindos but away from all the hustle and bustle.
Rhodes is perfectly equipped to make sure that your family holiday is a special one. Pefkos has a children’s water park with its own taxi service and a burger and beverage included in the ticket. Children will love butterfly valley which is loaded with a spectacular array of different colourful species during the summer months. Lardos beach is ideal for water sports enthusiasts from beginners to experts, cat sailing, water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing are catered for.
Drenched in sunshine almost all year round, you can rest assured that you’ll be most likely topping up your tan throughout your stay between the months of April and October. At the height of summer, Rhodes has around 13 hours of sunshine each day with an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius in August and temperatures frequently soar into the thirties. Visit Rhodes in late Spring and early Autumn and take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures by spending more time wandering around the islands cultural attractions with smaller crowds.
Due to Rhodes' strategic position in the Aegean Sea, the island has come under many different occupations throughout history, reflected in the island's architecture. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and the Ottomans have all left their imprint. The famous acropolis overlooking Lindos, the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo and the ancient stadium in Rhodes Town are all fascinating sites and evidence of Rhodes' flamboyant past.
Most of the island’s museums and castles are in Rhodes Town while there are many cloisters dotted around the island such as Tsambika Monastery and St. Pamteleimonas Church in Monolithos Castle. Visiting these holy monuments will give you an insight into Rhodes' vibrant culture.
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