With its blend of sandy beaches, rocky coves, forested valleys and ancient charms – Rhodes offers a pocket of Grecian paradise. It’s the largest of the Dodecanese islands, on the eastern side of Greece, as well as the fourth largest island in the country – which makes it a perfect destination for car hire.
Begin your trip wandering around the Medieval old town of Rhodes in the north and tiptoe around the crumbling acropolis, before lunching in a botanical taverna along the coast. In the afternoon, take a leisurely paddle in the azure blue waters, or perhaps take your pick from a selection of water sports. Or venture south-east to Lindos, to explore the traditional white-washed village and enjoy laid-back days in protected bays. Choose between our sensational Rhodes hotels and book your flights to Rhodes, for your next break away.
Unsure of where to stay? The captivating island of Rhodes is home to a variety of beautiful resorts, from beachfront sanctuaries, to idyllic All Inclusive hotels – you just need to pick the place for you.
Just a one-hour drive south-east from Rhodes old town, is the enchanting village of Lindos – brimming with sugar cube style architecture, cobbled streets and traditional tavernas. Hike up the hillside to see the iconic acropolis up close and savour the scenery across the horizon. Make tracks down to Lindos beach to cool off in the turquoise ocean and unwind on the golden sand. Be sure to book dinner out at least once in the town, with a view of the acropolis lit up at night. Stay at the adult-only AquaGrand of Lindos for a five-star haven. Stroll through the luscious gardens to the sandy beach and relax beneath a cabana.
Five km from Rhodes Town and a short transfer from the airport is the glistening Ixia Bay. With its two km of pebbled beach, couples or families with older children can make the most of this popular stretch of coast – whilst those with younger children might prefer to stay by the pool. Discover an array of water sports or hire a sun lounger and laze your days away beneath a parasol. Meander along the promenade and pop into Greek bakeries for baklava. Then choose a taverna to make a dinner reservation and scout out the best bar for a sunset spot. Book a break at the All Inclusive Sentido Ixian Grand, for a luxurious break on Ixia’s beachfront, with the swimming pool directly behind the beach – perfect.
Hire a car and make tracks 20 km beyond Lindos to the Greek seaside village of Gennadi. If you’re dreaming of a quaint destination to unwind with your favourite book, tuck into authentic cuisine and bask in the warming waters of the Mediterranean Ocean – choose Gennadi for your Rhodes break. Explore this traditional and charming village, then grab your beach towels and sun cream to lounge on the long stretch of beach. Take time out at the five-star Gennadi Grand Resort, for a contemporary and eco-friendly retreat. For a splash more luxury, upgrade to a room with a private pool.
Just 15 km south of Lindos is Kiotari – a quiet, picturesque, up-and-coming resort area. With its 4 km stretch of beach, perfect for sun worshippers and wave-makers, get ready to slather on the sun cream and pitch up at your favourite lounging spot. The sand might be several shades of grey, but the sea is warming and crystal clear. If you get itchy feet, there are sailing excursions and an array of water sports to choose from. Feeling peckish? There is a selection of whitewashed tavernas with sapphire blue furnishings, serving up deliciously fresh seafood. If you’re ready for more than a dash of opulence, book a stay at the Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa, a premium All Inclusive, adult-only resort. Did someone say Moet on tap?
Choose to unwind in the laid-back resort area of Kalithea – on the east coast of Rhodes, it is scattered with mosaics and just a 20-minute drive from the old town. Savour the choice of sheltered bays with blue flag beaches, perfect for families to splash about in. Couples might prefer to join one of the many secluded creeks, sprinkled with pine trees and popular with locals – just check the depth of the water before leaping in. Be sure to venture along to the Anthony Quinn Bay, a Grecian utopia bursting with character. Get ready for ultra All Inclusive, when you book the Amada Colossos Resort. Enjoy the perfect family holiday right on the beach, with a range of activities to keep everyone entertained – including its own water park.