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Rhodes hotels, favorite sites

We are hoping to make our first visit to Rhodes in July 2022, probably arriving by ferry and flying back to Athens.
We are looking for hotel recommendations (mid-price range) for the main town of Rhodes.
Other questions:
Does Rhodes seem to be safe for general tourist activities this year?
What sites or towns are your favorites?
Beach recommendations?
Is flying out of Rhodes pretty typical of Greek island airport experiences?
Should we plan to rent a car?
Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi Lucy —
Ten years ago Rhodes was our first stop on an island- hopping trip through the Dodecanese. We spent 3 nights in the charming little Hotel Attiki, in the Knights Quarter of the Old Town.

We spent one day exploring the Old Town … the Avenue of the Knights and Palace of the Grand Masters. The next day we went to Lindos, and wished we had gone to Symi instead.

The next day we flew, very early in the morning, to Kastellorizo, a tiny jewel of an island that we absolutely loved. We were here 6 nights and could have stayed more! It has a blue cave, bigger than the one in Capri. Sea turtles swimming in the harbor. A Lycian tomb carved into a hillside. Lovely little cafes lining the harbor. A beautiful relaxing place.

Then we hopped on the Blue Star ferry and took it to Nisyros, which was amazing. Another tiny island, it has an active (but not erupting) volcano which you can walk around inside (or at least we could at that time). There was steam coming from fumaroles and the smell of sulfur — we had it all to ourselves. It was like walking on the moon. The island has one road & a couple of towns. Absolutely charming for a couple of nights.

Then we hopped back on the Blue Star to Tilos, which was another interesting place. We spent 4 or 5 nights here — it’s a big bird-watching island & we took some hikes & had some beach days. We took a bus to a monastery — kind of a lazy stay.

When the Blue Star came back by, we returned to Rhodes and flew to Athens.

So Rhodes itself wasn’t real memorable for us but that trip through the Dodecanese was one of our very favorite trips to Greece.

I’m not sure if this is what you were looking for but maybe it will spur an adventure?

Posted by
29 posts

These are wonderful suggestions. We will be coming from Naxos and have six days that I was thinking of spending on Rhodes. Maybe we'll add one of these islands along the way.

Thank you!

Posted by
37 posts

Hello Lucy,

All your questions get answered below:
Accommodation inside the walls of the Old Town is expensive on July (more than 80,00e per night. If not, possibly the apartment won't be good. I would recommend you to stay outside the Old Town where you can find very good deals (Niohori and Psaropoula are ideal places).
In general, Rhodes island is a very safe destination. The worst thing can happened to you is to overcharge you for a pint of beer in the Old Town. You can take a look of what to be aware at the tourist traps in rhodes and how to avoid them.

Rhodes is a big island in result lots of attractions. You will need 2-3 full days to visit them all. Most popular of them are: Rhodes medieval Town and Acropolis (MUST), Kallithea Springs, Anthony Quinn bay, Filerimos Hill, Butterfly Valley, Seven Springs, Lindos village (MUST), Kritinia and Monolithos castle, Prasonisi beach. If you are wine lovers a good idea is to check out the wineries of Rhodes island , especially the ones of Embona which considered the heart of wine making in Rhodes

Sandy beaches: Faliraki, Tsambika
Pebbly beaches: Elli (Rhodes town), Traounou, Afandou

Flying to Rhodes from Athens takes in total 2 hours from the check in time to the arrivals gate. Pretty easy...

Renting a car is the best solution as no bus line connects the east with the west coast.

Posted by
807 posts

Rhodes is a great place. if you can stay in the old city would be good, or along the beaches right outside of the old town is good too. The bus from airport to old city runs along the beach. There is a ruin on top of a hill RS metioned in his book you can check out, and you can hike down from the ruin to a beach, there are lot of bars and restaurants there, it's great way to relax after the hike. You can fly into the island, or take speed boat from/to Turnkey. No need for a car if you only have a couple of days,

Posted by
29 posts

We'll probably stay 3 nights in the Old Town, then 3 nights at another location.
Hotel recommendations?

Posted by
37 posts

Old Town offers many options on accommodation places. It depends on your budget.