Three easy day trips from Rhodes

Three easy day trips

Whether you were vacationing in Rhodes for a whole week or headed for island hopping in the Greek archipelago, Rhodes is a good starting point for many trips. Along with Athens and Crete, it is the best place to go on a trip to the other islands.

You can go on a trip either with a private tour operator or on your own. Self-employed travelers should remember that boat trips can be surprisingly expensive – a two-hour boat trip can easily cost close to 50 euros during the holiday season. In this case, for example, a five-day Eurail ship pass may become cheaper.

If, in addition to Greece, you also want to see other countries, it is not a long journey from Rhodes to the neighboring country Turkey, whose nearest city Marmaris is only an hour’s ferry ride away.

Read three tips for day trips from Rhodes!

1. Symi of postcard landscapes

The island of Symi is suitable for a day trip for travelers looking for a peaceful holiday. When you arrive at the island from the sea, you are met with postcard landscapes and the easy way of life on a small island. The island also has pleasant pebble beaches and good routes for hiking or cycling.

ShutterstockSymi, Greece
The island of Symi, which belongs to Greece, is suitable for both beach vacations and hiking.

The island of Symi is located about an hour and a half by boat from Rhodes, and its most famous destination is the spectacular harbor. In addition to the capital of the island, it is also worth stopping in the sympathetic hillside village of Chorio or the monastery of Panormitis.

>> Read more: Here’s a great day trip destination from Rhodes: visit charming Sym during your vacation

2. Enchanting Rift

Halki is just over an hour’s ferry ride from Rhodes and is one of the smallest islands in the Dodokanesian group of islands.

The island is most famous for its monasteries, so on a day trip there you should definitely stop by a local monastery. For example, St. John’s Monastery can be reached by local bus connection, but you should check the bus schedule before the trip.

ShutterstockHalki, Greece
Halki is a cozy and peaceful island resort on Rhodes.

The capital of the island is also a fascinating destination, as its atmosphere is completely different from the cities of Rhodes.

The island’s beautiful architecture and beaches that are away from the biggest crowds of tourists make Halki an ideal day trip for those looking for peace during their vacation. Halki also has better opportunities to find its own, isolated beach than Rhodes.

For lovers of abandoned places, the island also has a deserted village with medieval castles. The village was abandoned when piracy became more common, and the inhabitants of the island thought it best to move to the vicinity of the port.

3. Castle and beach Marmaris

Called the most beautiful beach resort in Turkey, Marmaris has enough to do for several day trips. The city is known for its castle, which was built before the beginning of the era and got its current shape in the 16th century.

ShutterstockMarmaris, Turkey
On vacation in Greece, the easiest day trip to the Turkish side is to travel from Rhodes to Marmaris.

In addition to the castle, Marmaris is known for its beach, which stretches all the way to the neighboring town. The city combines both a beach holiday and a city holiday, and on a day trip from Rhodes you can also experience a touch of Turkish life with its bazaars.

The boat trip from Rhodes to Marmaris takes about an hour. In general, you should ask for travel tickets about a day before the trip, if you are on your way to Turkey. In this case, a passport must be included.

>> Read more tips for Rhodes in Rantapallo’s destination guide!

Text: Elina Venttola
Images: Shutterstock

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