Top 10 most important attractions in Rhodes

1. The old town of Rhodes

Located inside the thick 12-meter walls, the old town of Rhodes is a historical place to visit, which has three parts: Kollakio, or the quarters of the kings, Hora, or the quarters of the Turks, and the Jewish quarters.

The areas are somewhat different from each other, and different blocks have their own, interesting places to visit. Kollakio is home to most of the city’s historical Greek attractions and plenty of art galleries and museums, but also temples and palaces.

Hora, on the other hand, has mosques typical of Turkish culture and of course also a Turkish hamam spa. The area is also the most important restaurant and shopping center in the old town. The Jewish quarter has, among other things, a synagogue and a Jewish museum.

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Inside the walls of the old town of Rhodes there is a lot of interesting things to see, including the hospital built by the Knights of St. John, which is now an archaeological museum.

The old town of Rhodes, built mostly between the 14th and 16th centuries, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Historical Lindos

Located on the east coast of Rhodes, ancient Lindos was founded 2,000 years before the beginning of time, and the historic site still has original remains from four millennia ago. The city founded by the Dorians has been a particularly important port during its history.

The most significant attraction of Lindos is the Lindos acropolis, which offers visitors not only old historical sites but also a memorable view towards the sea. It has been said to be the most picturesque destinations on the entire island of Rhodes.

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Ancient Lindos is one of the most popular attractions in Rhodes.

The Acropolis is well preserved, but it has also been diligently renovated. The most important places to visit are, for example, the Byzantine-era Agios Ioannis Church and the Temple of Athena.

3. Magical Butterfly Valley

The Butterfly Valley of Petaloúdes, which is located in the northern part of the island about 26 kilometers from the city of Rhodes, brings variety to the historical sights of Rhodes. The green nature park is especially popular with families with children, as the good walking routes guarantee easy passage around the park.

The name Perhoslaakso is not taken from the wind: there are plenty of butterflies in the valley, but only at a certain time of the year. The best time to admire the colorful wings is in June and July, when the butterflies hatch from their shells. At other times there are hardly any butterflies, but then the visitor can enjoy the green scenery.

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In the butterfly valley of Rhodes, you can see many different species of butterflies.

In addition to good walking trails, the nature park has forest paths, streams and small waterfalls. There is also a monastery and a natural history museum in the area.

4. Tzambika beach and monastery

Located on the east coast of Rhodes, Tsambika Monastery is easily accessible by taking a bus from Rhodes town to Tsambika beach. The journey takes less than an hour, and one of the most beautiful beaches of Rhodes and the monastery of Tsambika, located on a hill, are waiting for you.

Getting to the monastery requires climbing about 300 steps, which is why it’s worth getting up there in the morning during the summer heat. At the top of the hill, however, there is a small Byzantine church of the Virgin Mary that is worth the effort.

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On Tsambika beach you can both relax and be active: in the morning you should climb to admire the wonderful scenery from Tsambika monastery and in the afternoon focus on lounging in the sun on Tsambika beach.

According to an old story, childless women should ask for child luck by going up to the church barefoot and praying to the Virgin Mary for a child. This is why there are many boys named Tsambikos and girls named Tsambika on the island.

5. Monolithos fortress

On the west side of the island rises a hill, on top of which are the ruins of a 15th-century fortress. In the past, the fortress was considered one of the strongest in Rhodes, but today only the outer walls and two 15th-century chapels remain.

However, the best attraction of the fortress is the view from the top of the hill. Getting to the top requires a bit of effort, because to get to the fortress you have to drive to the foot of the hill and climb up the narrow stairs.

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Monolithos Fortress is located on an impressive hill with unparalleled views.

Monolithos hill is located near Fourni beach. Fourni is a small, quiet beach, where you can easily combine a visit with a visit to the Monolithos fortress. The easiest way to get to both attractions is by rental car.

6. Popular Ialyssos

Ialyssos is one of the three big cities of old Rhodes, and it is known today as a particularly popular resort. On the beach of Ialyssos you can surf, kiteboard and sail, and in the city you can also find churches and monasteries and the ruins of the old Acropolis.

In Ialyssos, you can also walk the Via Cruxis road to a large cross, from which you also have a great view of the Ialyssos bay.

7. Prasonisi of two bays

Prasonisi is a popular beach on the southern tip of Rhodes, where two seas meet. A cove opens up on both sides of the sand strip, and there are restaurants on its shore.

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Prasonis beach is located on the southern tip of Rhodes.

Windy Prasonisi is also popular with windsurfers, and you can walk from the beach to a nearby small island if the water conditions permit.

8. Epta Piges of the Seven Springs

Epta Piges, or the area of ​​seven springs, is located near the small village of Archipolis. Located in a wooded area, Epta Piges is one of the most famous natural attractions of Rhodes and, according to legend, the source of love or youth.

The area’s numerous springs together form a small lake, the most mysterious of which Kolkka is an underground tunnel: when you wade through a dark tunnel about 200 meters long, according to the story, you will soon either fall in love or get younger. At the end of the dark tunnel, a spherical pond glistens in the reflecting light.

9. Anthony Quinn Bay

Anthony Quinn Bay is named after the Mexican-American movie star Anthony Quinnin by. Quinn, who had acted in films on the Greek islands, had fallen in love with Rhodes after shooting a film there Navarone cannons.

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Anthony Quinn Bay is named after the popular actor.

The cove is located near the popular resort of Faliraki and is so popular that the cove gets crowded during the busiest summer months. The best time to visit the cove is in the morning.

>> Read more: There is one beach on Rhodes whose name raises questions – there is a secret story behind it

10. Faliraki Water Park

Those in need of speed should head to the Faliraki water park. A water park is located a good ten kilometers from the city center of Rhodes, which is a sure favorite destination for children and child-loving adults.

The park area is clean and well-maintained, and there are things to do for both wild-minded and calmer swimmers. The wildest slides require a minimum height from the skier.

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

Text: Inka Khanji, Jenna Lehkonen and Elina Venttola
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