There’s something for everyone in Rhodes, with an array of activities to choose from. Feel the warm breeze of the sea air brush against your sun-kissed skin, on an unforgettable Jeep Safari experience. Faliraki Waterpark is another popular favourite for active families looking for an enjoyable day out with the kids, providing soothing wave pools for parents and exciting pirate ship adventures for the little ones.
There are many boat trips you can take from Rhodes departing from various beaches. Sym, a unique and spectacular island is a popular destination for a boat trip. Some cruises will have a swimming and snorkelling stop at St. George’s Bay or include a visit to Panormitis Monastery.
Another popular excursion is to Lindos by boat. On the way, you will make stops at the most beautiful emerald bays of Rhodes – Anthony Quinn and Tsambika, for swimming and snorkelling before embarking at Lindos.
If you fancy visiting another country, why not take a boat trip to Turkey? Here you can submerge yourself in the oriental atmosphere and culture, taste local delicacies and visit one of the bazaars for a spot of retail therapy.
Another option is a trip on a Glass Bottom Boat where you’ll be able to watch the sea creatures darting under the boat.
The biggest waterpark in Europe, Faliraki Water Park is open from May to October. It is a wonderful park equipped with all the amenities and games that both children and adults will love. Here, you will find various activities and rides such as Kamikaze slides, an artificial wave pool, a Pirate ship just waiting to be explored, lazy rivers and black holes, to name but a few. There are lifeguards in attendance.
When you have had enough of the water and want to relax, why not choose a lounger in the gardens and do some serious sunbathing or enjoy a meal, snack or drink from one of the coffee shops or restaurants in the park.
The park is open from 9:30 am untill 7 pm and there is a large car park directly outside the waterpark.
Want something a little different to do in the evening? Why not visit the Hipparchos Observatory and Astronomy Cafe? It’s an interesting and unique experience.
There are exhibits to look at outside including numerous sundials, solar system models, a sculpture of Atlas and a few other gems. The café has a very tastefully decorated lounge area, where you can enjoy snacks, salads, crepes and sandwiches, all delicious and reasonably priced. It also does delicious cocktails.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views from your vantage point above Faliraki until it’s time for your visit to the observatory.
At a cost of just €4, you will be able to see the stars and planets and the owner will explain exactly what you are seeing and answer any questions you might have. Absolutely amazing, a stargazer’s paradise.
The Marine Aquarium of Rhodes is a research centre, aquarium, and museum built in the 1930s when the island was under the Italian rule and is currently administered by the National Centre of Marine Research.
In the aquarium 2,000 visitors a year visit to admire specimens of anthozoa, molluscs, species of the crab family, echinoderms, many fish families as well as sea turtles. There are also exhibits such as various kinds of sharks, toothed whales (Odontoceti) and Mediterranean monk seals.
Thanks to the research facilities of the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes and the National Centre of Marine Research, the Station runs research programmes, covering every aspect of oceanography in the area of the Dodecanese.
The Marine Aquarium is open 7 days a week, 9 am to 10.30 pm, April to November and 9 am to 4.30 pm, November to March.
Rhodes Town is really two separate and very different towns. The Old City is surrounded by strong walls, is one of the biggest and best preserved Medieval settlements of Europe and has 6,000 inhabitants. It is almost like an open-air museum, as every street, square or building telling a story about the city’s ancient times.
The imposing Palace of the Grand Master, the building of the Colloquium, the beautiful hospital of the Knights, the lovely inns that were used by the Knights, and the Gothic churches, along with the narrow stone-paved paths, the stone arches, the Palace of the Castellan, the various mosques, the abundance of Byzantine churches and the traditional Rhodian houses and the mansions influenced by Venetian and Arab architecture all have a story to tell.
Strolling its hauntingly pretty cobbled lanes, especially at night, is an experience no visitor should miss.
Theologos Mountain Village is one of the most famous villages in Thassos. Visitors come here because of the fantastic location and because of the way it has retained its traditional way of life. There are many reminders of the village’s past such as the arched bridge – in the style of continental European architecture – just outside the village, and the churches of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Dimitrios (built in 1803 AD) with their impressive and elaborately carved iconostasis.
You can wander around the village, visit the tavernas and enjoy unique traditional, local products including delicious spit roast lamb – a mouth-watering speciality that every taverna in the village serves. You can also snack on traditional sweets and pastries if you are not up for a full meal.
The folklore museum with its many important exhibits of folk clothing, tools and architecture are worth going to see.
Rhodes is a very tourist orientated island and offers a large variety of water sports on almost all of its beautiful, sunny beaches. Windsurfing is probably the most popular water sport here and if you are not already proficient in the sport there are many clubs offering introductory courses followed by practice session until you feel able to go-it-alone.
Apart from windsurfing, there are many other fun water sports for you to try such as jet-skiing, stand up paddle boarding, playing with banana boats, inflatable rings and other inflatables.
Kitesurfing is another very popular sport and one of the best resorts for this is at Prasonisi, in the south of the island.
Whichever water sport you choose to try you can be sure to have a great time perfecting your technique and making the most of the gorgeous Greek weather