Hit the beach, take a seat in one of the city’s tantalising tavernas, or travel back in time with a visit to the Old Town of Rhodes, a fortified city-within-a-city that dates back to the medieval era. Whether you want a taste of Greece’s vibrant nightlife or a sense of the country’s incredible history, Rhodes has you covered.
People have fallen in love with Rhodes for hundreds of years, and it’s not hard to see why. From its position on the northern tip of the island of Rhodes, Rhodes Town finds itself straddling Europe, Africa, and the Middle East – resulting in a vibrant city with a rich cultural history and fascinating archaeological sites.
Surrounded by sparkling blue ocean, the beaches of Rhodes are legendary, and a parade of beachside bars and bistros are only too happy to help sun-worshipping visitors enjoy their stay.
And if you’re in the mood to explore, all it takes is a short walk through the city streets to feel like you’ve gone back in time. Make your way past the tavernas and charming shops that line the city’s winding streets to find the Fortifications of Rhodes, the ancient wall enclosing architectural marvels from Greece’s long history.
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When is a good time to visit Rhodes?
From April to November, the weather in Rhodes tends to be quite warm, with temperatures peaking in July and August at an average of 30°C, so dedicated beachgoers will want to plan for a summer visit. With that said, keep in mind that Rhodes is seen by many Greeks as a resort town, and hotel prices tend to be highest during July and August as well. Travellers may find that visits in the spring or autumn (March/April or September/October) will be both slightly less sweltering and more affordable to boot.
How can I get into the city from Rhodes airport?
Buses run regularly from Rhodes International Airport to the city’s eastern bus terminal, although hours are generally shorter on Sundays. It is also possible to take a taxi from the airport into the city, and taxis should abide by a standard fixed rate. Taxi drivers may, however, charge more if travellers have larger than normal amounts of luggage.
How do I get around Rhodes?
There are local buses that will transport travellers throughout the city, but visitors looking to explore more of the island of Rhodes or looking for greater convenience may want to rent a car or a motorcycle for the duration of their stay. As a tourist destination, there are many competing vendors offering vehicle rentals, so travellers are recommended to shop around for the best price. If you’re interested in a trip further afield, Rhodes offers excellent ferry service to the Turkish ports of Bodrum and Mamaris, as well as the nearby islands of the Dodecanese, such as Kos or Kalymnos.
Get a fresh taste of Rhodes’ ancient history
Nine different pyles, or main gates, offer access to the wonders of Rhodes’ Old Town, where architecture from the diverse eras of the city’s history are all on display. The Palace of the Grand Masters, for example, is often cited as one of the most impressive buildings in all of Greece, and holds breath-taking frescoes, sculptures, and mosaic floors, while the Avenue of the Knights offers a look into the lives of those once charged with protecting the majestic city, and still holds a humbling energy.
Culture of Rhodes
For a sense of other cultural influences exerted on Rhodes, sites such as the Hammam Turkish Baths or the Muslim Library will offer visitors an insight into how unique the history of Rhodes truly is. Automobiles are largely barred from entering the Old City, so walking is a pleasant and safe choice.
If you’re not a history buff – or if you’re in the mood for something more modern – don’t worry: Rhodes also offers shops, restaurants, and several different contemporary museums and attractions to boot. The multiple modern art museums provide an especially nice counterpoint to the ancient environs: the Museum of Modern Greek Art, for example, offers a selection of pieces from the 20th century and beyond for those interested in exploring more recent Greek art.
See the main sights or just wander through the winding streets and take it all in: the choice is yours.
- The Palace of the Grand Masters
- The ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite
- The Avenue of the Knights
- Hammam Turkish Baths
- The Muslim Library
- The Centre of Modern Art
- The Museum of Modern Greek Art
All this and more awaits on this sunny Greek island: book your flight from Zurich to Rhodes to discover it for yourself.
Find out what “filoxenia” means in Rhodes
Filoxenia, or hospitality, is taken seriously in Greece. The local cuisine of the island of Rhodes is fresh, flavourful, and steeped in centuries of tradition, and the locals are happy to help visitors experience their culture. Take the opportunity to sample dishes like kolokoudi (oven-baked pumpkin), spetzofai (baked sausage with peppers and onions), or mousaka (baked potatoes, aubergine, and bechamel) in order to get a sense of how the flavours of the island come together to create memorable meals, or try some of the island’s excellent seafood straight from the ocean.
Beach by day, bar by night
Rhodes has a reputation for nightlife that goes on into the early morning hours – so if you don’t find your perfect drink during the day, there’s always another opportunity. In fact, Greek wines and spirits might just become your new favourite tipple. Souma, for example, a spirit similar to ouzo made from grapes or figs, is a must-try. And if you’re interested in trying Greek wine, varietals such as Asyrtiko (with notes of citrus, honey, and crisp apple) or the sweeter Moschato (which features aromas of apple and pear) make perfect wines to sip in the sunshine.
Take more than a tan home with you
If it’s your first time visiting Rhodes, you may not want to leave – but when you do, you’ll want to take a piece of the beautiful island home with you. Some travellers may want to search out a perfect bottle of wine to take home; others will be more attracted to Rhodes’ many galleries that feature hand-made, artisan goods, including gold and silver jewellery, clothing, and ceramics. Even if you have something in mind, don’t be afraid to browse: the search is half the fun.
Zurich - RhodesFlight duration: 03:00 hrs total, Frequency: Fri,Sat
Departure ZurichTerminal: 1 / 3Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Airbus A320-214Height: 11.80 mLength: 37.60 mSeats: 136-168
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 4
Arrival RhodesDistance to city centre: 14 km