Things to do in Rhodes
From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Rhodes. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Rhodes attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.
Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Rhodes to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Rhodes.
The Cooperative of Rhodes, located right outside Rhodes Town, is a nearly 80-year-old winegrowers' cooperative that uses grapes harvested by island farmers to produce several highly regarded vintages, including Retsina, Muscat, and rosé.
Rebuilt in the 1940's on the site of a seventh-century Byzantine acropolis, the 14th-century castle is perched on the highest point within the medieval city. Nearly two and a half millennia of Mediterranean history are on display within the heavily fortified walls.
Head to Alexandra for large hunks of gold, including plates and trays. You'll also find silver and platinum earrings, necklaces, and rings, both from Greece and from the rest of Europe.
Rhodes's Jewish population, which topped 45,000 before World War II, has all but disappeared. Its legacy lives on in this museum, with photos, exhibitions of Jewish life, an old cemetery, and a prayer room.
A who's-who of 20th-century Greek painters—from Fassianos and Maleas to Theophilos and Moraliss—reside in the small, well-preserved brick building.
The historic Street of the Knights once linked Rhodes Town's waterside port to the Acropolis high above. Many consider this ancient cobblestoned artery one of Europe's best-preserved medieval walkways.
Ice cream is an all-night event on the island, and Blu, a bar-gellateria serves some of Lindos's best. The cocktails are equally sweet.
Those seeking a more sedate alternative to Rhodes's rowdy late-night party scene will find live music at Paffuto, plus an extensive list of Greek and European wines, including a weekly house vintage.
Just a short walk from the Harbor and Old Town, the Casino Rodos is a hotel, restaurant, and all-night gambling spot, with hundreds of slot machines, dozens of gaming tables, along with seven restaurants and bars (must be age 23 and over).
Just opposite the old Grand Master's Palace in Rhodes Town is an antiques store that is considered to be the island's top destination for ancient furniture, carpets, and decorative pieces. Its mosaic floors and airy gardens are works of art.
The legendary Greek jeweler crafts his designs out of his Athenian workshop. On offer at his Rhodes satellite store is a wide range of signature pieces in gold, inspired by both classical and contemporary Greece.
Rhodes' answer to the Body Shop stocks locally produced, all-natural cosmetics, plus olive oils, spices, liqueurs, and Greek sweets, such as moist sesame halva and sinfully rich baklava.