Rhodes is a large island, one of the biggest in Greece, with many things to do and several places to visit. Stunning beaches, significant archaeological sites and wonderful settlements are waiting for you. How can you explore them all during your vacation? We recommend you to rent a car from Rhodes airport as soon as you arrive, and then start your road trip flexibly and conveniently. Read in this article the best of the best villages you should visit on the island and start planning your summer holidays now, it is never too early!
The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a true gem in Greece. One of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, it is inscribed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Imposing stone-built buildings, paved alleys, cozy shops, restaurants and bars create a unique scenery and vividness in a living legend. You can also stay inside the old town in one of the numerous luxury and boutique hotels you can find.
The counterweight to Rhodes Town is Lindos, which is located about 50 km from the capital. It is a picturesque white settlement build on a huge rock overlooking the Aegean Sea. On the top of the cliff, the ancient Acropolis of Lindos dominates the setting, while the beach under the village is one the best bays in Rhodes.
Faliraki is the best choice for young travellers, and we recommend you to visit it if you want to live the experience of Rhodes’ wild nightlife. Today, Faliraki that used to be a fishing village is the busiest tourist resort on the island with numerous beach bars, clubs and hotels for fun all day long.
Kremasti is a well-developed tourist place in Rhodes, which ideally combines the neoclassical with the modern buildings travelling you back in time in addition to great touristic facilities, food, accommodation and shopping options. Don’t miss seeing the remains of the Medieval castle and the impressive church of Virgin Mary.
The third largest settlement in Rhodes is known for the important ancient site nearby, which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C. It is also famous for its long, sandy and windy beach, where the European Windsurfing Championship takes place.
Monolithos is located on the southern side of the island, 80 km from Rhodes Town, so you definitely need a car to get there. It is one of the most impressive villages in Rhodes with a Venetian castle, which was built by the knights in the 15th century, on the top of a rock. The village is very beautiful with stone-built houses and cobblestone paths, but it is worth the walk for a couple of km to see the castle and the church climbing over the top.
Kritinia is the last place we recommend you to visit due to the Venetian castle and the church of Agios Ioannis with the magnificent wall paintings that date back to 16th century. It also has breathtaking panoramic sea view, so it is a great spot to eat or drink coffee.