Here is a Rhodes island travel guide, for the beautiful island of Greece. It has many useful tips on the best restaurants, sights, and beaches, as well as travel tips.
Arriving at Rhodes – Tips on the airport of Rhodes (RHO)
⁃ the airport of Rhodes has been recently bought by the German company Fraport
– The code of the Rhodes Airport is (RHO)
– The official website of Rhodes Airport is: https://www.rho-airport.gr/en
⁃ It is not as small as you would expect for an island airport as it has a lot of visitors
⁃ The arrival area needs renovation. The departure hall is much better.
⁃ Outside the departure area, you will find the rent a car parking area. However, the rent-a-car desks are at the exit of the arrivals area as you would expect
⁃ The airport is around 25 minutes from Rhodes town.
The road from the airport to the town of Rhodes is with asphalt. The landscape is boring and disappointing compared to the beauty of Rhodes. Don’t worry, things will get better when you arrive at the old town of Rhodes.
Even though the airplane stops close to the entrance of the airport, you will have to use the shuttle and you cannot walk to the airport.
How to find the parking area of the rent a car offices: when out if the arrivals area, walk to your left hand for 150 meters and you will find it on your right hand as you walk. It is outside the first door of the departures area.
If you leave early in the morning. You can leave your car on the parking and throw the key in a special box designated by your rental car company. The desks open at six in the morning.
Taxi prices in Rhodes Island
Here is a catalog with an approximation of what will you pay to a taxi for a transfer to different areas of the island.
Taxi Prices from the center of Rhodes town to Popular Sights and Beaches
- Rhodes to Lindos taxi price: 65 euros (one way, up to 4 persons)
- Rhodes to Tsambika beach taxi price: 40 euros
- Rhodes to Faliraki: 20 euros
- Rhodes to Kallithea Mare: 10 euros
- Rhodes to Anthony Quinn bay: 24 euros
Best place to drink a morning coffee: Koukos; drop by here in the morning to drink a coffee and grab some delicacies for your breakfast.
Best Ice-cream: Stani
Best Traditional Greek food restaurants: Steno and Poloniatissa
Steno Restaurant: you need a reservation here. It has tables in a beautiful yard, very good prices and tasty food. Highly recommended. You have to park well before arriving here.
Best Seafood Restaurant: Perigiali and Gialos restaurants, both at Stegna area which worths a visit on its own to see the dramatic landscape with the rocks and the sea.
Gialos Restaurant at Stegna
Gialos is famous for the spaghetti with shrimps or seafood (32 euros for two persons).
We liked kritharoto with Seafood for two persons (27 euros), ladopita, and potato salad. We didn’t like the salty fish. People here are young and locals. Music is greek and eventually someone might dance a zeimpekiko. At the end you get treated with ice cream and baklava.
Best Souvlaki: Bahar and then Stavlos. Both are great value for money, and excellent places to try gyros, souvlaki and grilled chicken. They are meat only.
Stavlos has always a line of people waiting to be seated as it has a few tables outside, on the pavement.
We liked Bahar even more. Try the Roditiki ladopita with gyros or souvlaki.
Best beaches for a family in Rhodes
Tsampika Beach: Photos and Tips
Umbrellas cost 10 euros. With a safetybox cost they 15 euros. You can leave your mobile, wallet and other valuable staff inside the safety box of your umbrella when you go into the sea. If there is no one behind to watch your staff it might be a good idea.
Iced coffees cost three euros, fresh orange juice cost three point five. Greek salad costs six euros.
Tsampika beach is two kilometers long and seventy meters wide. It is full of beach bars and umbrellas. Behind the beach, there is a beautiful landscape with green mountains. No hotels or houses are even visible at this beach.
It is pretty crowded, with over a thousand people on the beach. However, it is pretty relaxed and quiet. You will not see nudism on the beach.
It is also pretty protected by the winds.
There is no service on the umbrellas at the beach so you will have to go on your own and order food and drinks at the beach bars and canteens that are behind the umbrellas
Tsampika beach has also a water park for kids inside the sea.
After Tsampika beach, you can eat at Perigiali seafood restaurant at the beautiful area of Stegna.
Tsampika might not be as famous as Lindos beach or Kallithea beach but for us, it is the best overall beach experience on the island.
Another great choice for a family beach: Glystra
Glystra beach is 15 minutes’ drive time after Lindos. It is a sandy beach, around 350 meters long and twenty meters wide. It has sunbeds and umbrellas and a canteen selling drinks and food. An umbrella with two sunbeds costs 12 euros, and they also provide you with a safety box for your stuff for free. Iced coffee costs 4 euros, orange juice costs five euros and a liter of water costs two euros. Certainly an expensive place. The water is very warm and not deep for the first ten meters. The beach is very quiet and relaxing, a big difference from the crowded Beaches at Lindos or Kallithea. Access to the beach is easy with a car and you can park it on the road before reaching the canteen on the beach.
Old Town of Rhodes
What you need to know:
⁃ it is one of the most important medieval towns worldwide.
⁃ It is a Unesco monument. The link to the Unesco site is: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/493/
⁃ There are 6000 people living inside the castle.
⁃ It is 420.000 square meters. Huge.
⁃ It was built on 515 ac
⁃ Its most important attraction is the Palace of the Grand Magister. When the Italians occupied Rhodes they turned it into the summer house of Benito Mousolini.
⁃ In ancient times it was home of one of the seven world wonders. The Colossos of Rodos.
⁃ Entrance fee to the palace is six euros.
Tips for visiting the Old Town of Rhodes
⁃ don’t eat here as it is expensive and touristic. Just have a drink or an ice cream.
⁃ Don’t wear high heels as the roads are made with small pebbles and you will find it dangerous to walk around.
⁃ It is a great place to do some shopping. Mainly low priced clothes and jewelry. Also spices, olive oil, honey etc. most of the shops are open until late in the evening.
⁃ Be prepared that you may meet some unpleasant creatures while you walk: flying red cockroaches. The town is old, the sea is a few meters away and there is a lot of heat. Perfect conditions for these insects.
⁃ The most photographed place is the “Socrates Spring” with the towers in yhe background. Just next to it there are some beautiful stair steps where you can seat and do some people watching or take photos.
⁃ During the high season it gets too touristic and crowded. Too many souvenir shops and guys from the restaurants that try to persuade you to sit at their restaurant, make the experience less enjoyable.