Rhodes and the surrounding area
Rhodes Island has plenty to explore. Wander through the charming towns, visit the many historical buildings and ruins, discover the variety of beaches, bays and coves or head for some fun at a waterpark. There is something for everyone on this sunny island.
Located in the Municipality of Rhodes, Kallithea Springs is a renovated monument that combines history and beautiful architecture with a day out at the beach. Tourists can wander through the old marble buildings and gardens, take in the architecture, swim in the crystal-clear sea, sunbathe on the loungers by the beach and grab a bite to eat or a cocktail at the onsite cafe.
Kallithea Springs can get quite busy in the summer months, so we would suggest getting there early in order to grab the best sun loungers!
|The Valley of the Butterflies & Kalopetra Monastery|
Found in North Rhodes, Butterfly Valley is a unique nature reserve dedicated to a nocturnal moth named Panaxia Quadripunctaria (also known as the Jersey Tiger Butterfly). Here you will find a lush reserve filled with woodland greenery, ponds, small waterfalls and thousands of the Panaxia Quadripunctaria which flood to the reserve towards the end of May due to the attractive scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees.
There is both an onsite restaurant and Museum of Natural History which displays endemic and rare species of the wider area.
Approximately 2km from the valley sits the Kalopetra Monastery. This small Monastery offers panoramic views of the valley and sea beyond and is definitely worth the short walk up the hill from the valley. The Monastery is free of charge to walk around.
|Rhodes Old Town|
The Medieval Old Town of Rhodes, which can be accessed by any of the 10 unique gates that surround it, is an intricate maze of over 200 streets and alleys, littered with Medieval buildings, shops, bars & restaurants, mosques, fountains, oriental motifs and churches. Popular attractions in the Old Town include Hippocrates Square which is famous for its nightlife, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights which is an attraction in itself, however you can also walk around the ramparts of the old town walls from here, the Süleyman Mosque built in pink stone and the Medieval Clock Tower.
If you are not already staying in Lindos, this tucked away village is well worth the visit. Its charm comes from the many white, flat roofed buildings that slope up from the sandy beach at the bottom of the bay to the impressive archaeological site of the Acropolis of Lindos set above. The village offers an array of shops, dining and drinking options, as well as two beaches with water sports set on either side of the bay.
There are two waterparks on Rhodes Island. The first is your traditional water park set inland in Faliraki offering attractions for everyone, whether this is a lazy river, extreme slides, family slides or simply a sun bed by the pool. The water park also offers free bus transfers from a variety of stops around Rhodes Island to make visiting easy. The second water park is your less traditional type, located at Tsampika beach. Bubble Boom offers a sea water park/adventure course, jet ski & flyboard hire and a range of 'Bubble games', a unique, fun experience for all of the family!
Located in the town of Rhodes, Mandraki Harbour is the main port on the island where it is believed the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. The former site of the Colossus is now home to two deer statues at the entrance to mark this. These statues, along with the Medieval windmills and St. Nicholas Fortress make the harbour a charming sight.
Popularly referred to as the Epta Piges, Seven Springs is located between Kolympia and Archipolis, not far from the popular Tsambika Beach on Rhodes Island. The tranquil valley, which is surrounded by forestry and offers tourists a welcome break from the heat of the Rhodes sun, is comprised of seven springs and a man-made lake which can be reached via a small, narrow tunnel made back in 1931 by the Italians. The lake is home to plenty of wildlife, including a rare fish species named gizani which is native to Rhodes and you will often find peacocks cooling off in the springs. The lake is suitable for swimming and you will also find plenty of walking trails, along with a Tavern where you can dine and order refreshments.