Best areas to stay in Rhodes

Find your favourite area to stay in Rhodes

With an abundance of ancient history, balmy seas with gorgeous beaches and a whole lot of attractions, Rhodes is a popular destination for many tourists throughout the year. Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese, and is dotted between Greece and Turkey. While the local life centres around its agriculture, Rhodes is largely a holidaymaker’s destination, so tourism is a big boost for this idyllic island. Deciding where to stay in Rhodes depends on what you’re after, and areas vary, from secluded, inland villages to major coastal resorts. Feeling inspired? Check out our selection of holiday packages to Rhodes.

  1. Rhodes Old Town
  2. Rhodes New Town
  3. Kallithea and Faliraki
  4. Lindos
  5. Ialysos

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1. Rhodes Old Town

Boutique hotels, converted mansions and restored old houses reign supreme in the accommodation stakes in the Old Town. You’ll want a somewhat rustic setting to prepare you for what’s in store in the Old Town. Fall in love with the 15th-century sandstone walls which stand at almost 4km high, before moving onto the northern area known as the Knight’s Quarter. Its riddle of streets once made up the Turkish and Jewish parts of the area, and it’s here that you can explore the likes of the fascinating Archaeological Museum with its wealth of classical sculpture.

Best for: Soaking up the Rhodian heritage.

While you’re there: Stroll along Odos Sokratous, the main strip of shops and cafes, with a bazaar-like feel to it.

2. Rhodes New Town

In Rhodes’ New Town you can make the most of the waterside here, so opt for one of the hotels that are close to the beach or those offering rooms with seaviews. Here in the New Town is Mandraki Harbour, perfect for boat excursions to nearby islands, and there’s also a church and mosque which pieces together the history of this neighbourhood. The main town beach in the New Town is Elli, which has an Aquarium at one end and the Modern Greek Art Museum a little further along. This is a great area to stay in Rhodes for families, or if you’re visiting in the off-season and want more indoor attractions. That said, another popular spot is Kolona Harbour, a bustling fishing port with great vantage points from Naillac Tower.

Best for: Top sights and attractions.

While you’re there: Get your ancient on at the Temple of Apollo, which sits at the hilltop of Monte Smith.

3. Kallithea and Faliraki

Rhodes’ northeast coast, filled with sandy bays and pebbly coves, is home to the resort town of Kallithea. While the resort is popular for all the beachside fun to be had, it’s a great place to base yourself for venturing further inland, towards the hills. That isn’t to say it’s all about hikes and treks, though; head to the Art Deco-themed spa of Piges Kallitheas, where the people have soaked up the healing springs since ancient times. A little past here is Falikraki, once a party haven but now reinventing itself as a go-to place on the island with its fabulous beach, unexploited area and range of budget-friendly and luxury hotels.

Best for: Venturing further inland, away from the coast.

While you’re there: Koskinou is a quaint inland village with an 18th-century Rhodian feel; think colourful doorframes and potted plants.

4. Lindos

For a village feel, stay in Lindos, where you certainly won’t be disappointed. Only a few hundred live in the village, but it’s one of the most photographed spot in the Aegean with its cluster of whitewashed houses ascending the hill where the ancient Acropolis sits. While it gets extremely busy in the high season, this is one of the best reasons to base yourself here: if you start your day early enough, it will feel like you have the place to yourself – and the locals – before the crowds descend by taxi or bus. There’s no missing the Acropolis, which involves a long uphill walk; but afterwards, you’ll be glad that you’re not far from your bed!

Best for: Authentic, village stays.

While you’re there: Dine at a restaurant with a roof garden for ace views towards the Acropolis.

5. Ialysos

Little remains of the ancient Rhodian powerhouse that was Ialysos. Still, you can swot up on your history about it and check out the foundations of the ancient temples to Athena and Zeus to be savoured, as well as the centuries-old Filerimos Monastery, which makes for a tranquil stop-off. This is one of the best places that northwest Rhodes has to offer, with its pine-shaded avenues and fab position overlooking Rhodes Town. While there’s only a few hotels dotted around the area, you can venture in from nearby Trianda, Kremasti or Paradisi which has many luxury and large hotels to choose from.

Best for: Ancient sites.

While you’re there: Visit the Byzantine Ai-Giorgis Hostos chapel and admire its 14th- and 15th-century frescoes.

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