10 Top Tourist Attractions in Rhodes

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Mandraki Harbor

Mandraki is Rhodes’ port and largest harbor. It’s a free port zone, with international business jurisdiction. It offers facilities to accommodate ocean vessels so that they can anchor at a safe distance.

Mandraki Harbor is also the home to many Greek Orthodox monasteries, such as the Daphni monastery. The harbor’s main building is the New Mandraki Lighthouse, completed in 1885.

Ancient Kamiros

Anthony Quinn Bay

If you visit Rhodes old town you will see no other place apart from the sea. There are hundreds of beaches all around the city that all look amazing and beautiful. In Rhodes old town the one that everyone loves is a small bay that is always crowded with people and offers additional services, such as bars, discos, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, news and souvenir shops. It is named after the actor Anthony Quinn, a brilliant American actor and a resident of the old city. The bay is so crowded with visitors and friendly with people and often people ride out to the distant beaches in carriages to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery of Rhodes.

This is a very beautiful place. Often more attractive than the most beautiful beaches and most picturesque beaches within the city and usually the local people recommend to visitors to visit it, especially if you are visiting the old town of Rhodes.

Mesmerizing view of the Kiti Canyon and Salina Bay. This unique formation of the canyon with the sea looks unbelievably beautiful and from there one can arrange a photographic tour of the city.

Sonfia Bay is a beach on the west coast of Rhodes that offers a unique view of the "headland" created by the tenth meter. The edges of the cliff that joins the two beaches, are covered with clumps of very sensitive fynensis and therefore the place is always in the shade. Here it is and its beautiful area are usually small and practically no one.

Tsambika Monastery

The monastery was built in the 11th century and is situated at the top of the rock. It has been renovated many times. The monastery complex includes an 11th-century construction containing a chapel and halls, part of a 12th-century one, and a beautiful Renaissance church built between the 15th and 17th centuries that forms today’s monastery complex, with a number of monastic colonnades and domed rooms. Interesting are the stained-glass windows placed in 1671 by the monks, with the only one with an 11th-century style.

The Tsambika Monastery is one of the best examples of the work done by monks from the Rhodian area in the eleventh century.

It has recently been renovated, as was also the case in the time of the Byzantine Empire.

The monastery is situated on the top of the rock, which really gives it a special charm. The church from the 15th century is in the middle of the complex. It is constructed in the form of a cross, in a combination of the Byzantine and Romanesque architecture.

It has paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, which are displayed inside the church.

There is also a chapel built in the 18th century.

A small museum keeps a collection of icons dating from the 11th century as well as religious icons and traditional costumes.

Faliraki Beach

Faliraki Beach is located in an area of land that is known as the "land of the three cities". It is very popular among people who are interested in whitening and a lot of international stars have chosen this beach for their vacations. You will find Faliraki at approximately the sixty kilometer mark on the way to Rhodes from the capital of Greece, Athens. The beach has beautiful, clean blue water and hotels that provide a relaxing serene atmosphere.

Faliraki is a very strategic destination, with a lot of rest areas. You will find them very much in the blue, environmentally-friendly zone. Regardless, you will be entranced by the beautiful beaches and especially you by the cost of your stay.

Faliraki has a lot of hotels which provide room facilities and offer different types of services. For example, you will be able to have a wonderful time of your domestic stay, relax on the beach, enjoy a cafe or a bar, or even a restaurant. In case you would like to spend more than seven days of your vacation, you can find a great deal with a time-share which you will be able to use during the next year with a nice discount.

Lindos Beach

For the fourth time in history, Lindos is the place to be in the summer, welcoming thousands of tourists each year. Lindos is a beautiful little seaside village at the southern tip of Rhodes, the island’s most populated island.

The name of the village is derived from “lindos”, a Venetian word meaning “beautiful.” Founded by colonists from Crete, Rhodes flourished in the first millennium BC in trade with Egypt and the Phoenician Mediterranean civilizations.

The beautiful houses of Lindos are built along the main road that leads to the beach. These charming little houses have been restored and today are open as small inns and shops. The amazing feature of Lindos is a charming Venetian castle; a perfect example of what a rich colony from the Renaissance would have looked like.

Beside the Sea Lions, also one of the most famous attractions, you can do a walking-tour to the beautiful Santorini.

Monolithos Castle

The Monolithos Castle is located in the west part of the city of Rhodes. Built in the 12th century AD, it currently serves as a prison.

An imposing building that towers over the rest of the city with the sea behind it and a cliff on one side, Monolithos Castle hosts research centers, museums, and a hospital.

The castle’s steep architecture is believed to have been inspired by the lines of the nearby mountain, a volcanic cone that erupted around 430 BC.

Even though the volcanic mountain has since disappeared, its shape seems to have been mimicked by the Monolithos Castle’s tower which is structurally supported entirely by an ancient wall.

As for the length of the actual castle…that’s a bit hard to tell. The building, formerly enclosed by a moat, is currently surrounded by a fence and it’s estimated that it stretches about 935 meters (3,062 feet) in length.

It’s the perfect setting for the one of the Rhodes harbor landmarks, the White Tower, which is located at the castle’s north exit.

Built by the Knights Hospitalers in the 10th century, the White Tower is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the region.

Tsambika Beach

As the middle beach of the three beaches of Rhodes, Tsambika Beach is the furthest from the Old Town.

What makes this beach special is the old wall that delimits it and the beautiful view across the sea.

It is possible to walk the entire length of the beach, as it’s about 300 meters long.

This is one beach where snorkeling is permitted, and it’s well suited for snorkeling thanks to its warm and clear waters. In high season, you’ll see fishermen bringing in their daily catch.

You should also visit this beach if you want to see dolphin. This beach is a favorite of the dolphins who sometimes appear during the day to swim, play, or rest in shallow waters.

You can observe them from a pleasant path that begins at the River Ayia Marina.

You can still see this when you visit this beach, thanks to some companies that offer tours of watching dolphins.

Tsambika Beach is also a playground for birdwatchers and entomologists (natural history lovers). You may see vultures, hawks, ermines, goldfinches, and swallows.

Tsambika Beach is a beach most suited to children, so if you’re bringing your kids along, they will have a great time here.

Acropolis of Lindos

The Acropolis of Lindos is called the “starting point of Rhodes.” It was used by Mycenaean artists, and its ruins can be explored under the protection of a British museum.

Take a look at the Elohim tomb, which is the museum's biggest attraction. You'll see a figurine made of Parian marble, a red stone. It is believed that the figure was used for ritual offerings.

During the excavation works, archaeologists uncovered the Parian marble stage from the classical period, which was used for the first time during the performance of the tragedy “Hecuba” in 441 B.C.

Furthermore, it was the first and the only one in the world to host this performance.

Today, the Acropolis was restored. It has various terraces and steps, but it was at its best when it was a theater for religious cults of the ancient world. It also had a sacred pool,which served as the emperor's bath.

Medieval Town of Rhodes