Updated April 23, 2016
Q. Why is Rhodes great for families?
Steeped in history and blessed with some of Greece’s best beaches (and hotels and restaurants), Rhodes is almost the perfect destination for traveling families. The high number of tourists can overwhelm some of the most popular attractions but Rhodes is one of the larger Greek islands and finding a tranquil beach or sleepy village town can often be just a day trip away. The beaches are wonderful and most are very kid-friendly.
Q. What are the best attractions for families in Crete?
Rhodes (Rhodos) Town
The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Medditeranean and most kids will love wandering its cobblestone streets and alleys. The town beach, while not one of the islands best, makes for a nice swim after exploring the tourist attractions. The Jewish Quarter is dotted with enchanting and atmospheric hotels that most children will find exhilarating. A fun energetic excursion is a walk along the sand to Ixia beach, about 3 or 4 miles down the coast, and then taxi back.
Awesome waterpark with some crazy slides (and some tamer ones). Free bus from Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes Town. 20 euros for adults, 15 euros for 3 to 12 year olds, free for under 3. Decent restaurant on site.
Marine Aquarium, Rhodes Town
This fun yet simple aquarium is located a short distance from the old town. If you’re looking for an activity that’s a break from the sun this should keep the children entertained for an afternoon.
The pedestrian only village of Lindos (pictured above) with the Acropolis perched over top is a magical destination for kids. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and the mid-day heat. The climb from the village to the Acropolis is not an easy one. A shallow protected beach lies at the base of the Acropolis.
Petaloudes, the valley of the butterflies.
From June to September the valley is swarmed with butterflies (in truth they’re Jersey Tiger Moths) and makes for an enchanting reprieve from the heat of the coasts. Get here early as it is very popular with tour groups – especially in the high season of July and August.
Q. What are the best beaches for families in Rhodes?
The best beaches are along the east coast of Rhodes from Rhodes Town south until just past Lindos.
Rhodes Town has several nearby beaches the best of which is Elli beach just north of Mandraki Harbor. South from Rhodes Town the best beaches are Ialissos, Kathara, Faliraki, Kalathos, Lindos, Katsouni, Kiotari, Glystra, Genadi. After Genadi comes Prasonisi beach which is famed for its surfing.
The west coast grows progressively barren and windswept as you move south, although the beach at Ixia (5km southwest of Rhodes Town) is nice and is the center for windsports on the island (several business’s rent wind surfing equipment).
If the town beaches of Rhodes and Lindos are too crowded this makes a good option. A slowly sloping beach makes for a good destination for children pining for some water fun.
This popular vacation destination has mellowed over the years making it’s beautiful shallow and calm beach a good choice for families with small kids. The nearby water park and in-town bowling alley add to the appeal.
A quiet resort with a few restaurants and a mini market. If Faliraki is too busy for you the calm shallow waters of this beach, situated in a protected cove, might make an appealing destination.
Q. Should I book hotels in advance for Rhodes?
Yes! The best deals are found online and the only way to get them is to book at least 1 or 2 months in advance (or more if possible). Arriving in July and August without a reservation could be a plan for sleeping on a beach or bench.
Q. What are the best family hotels in Rhodes?
Hotels on Rhodes fill months in advance. Book as early as possible.
- Rodos Park Suites & Spa (Rhodes Town)
The best luxury hotel in Rhodes Town. Fantastic pool and amenities. Suites have in-room jacuzzis.
- Mediterranean Hotel Rhodes (Rhodes Town)
Directly across from the town beach. A nice pool, good sized rooms, close to shops and restaurants.
- Lindos Mare Hotel (Lindos)
A great location on the beach. Beautiful pool, glorious views, sauna and steam baths.
- Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas (Lindos)
A superb resort with kids club, children’s pool, on-call doctor, babysitting, and indoor and outdoor pools.
If the above are filled these hotels also have good sized (or larger) rooms perfect for families. Most have swimming pools except where noted.
- Irinna Hotel, Faliraki
Studios and one-bedroom apartments for families of 5 to 6 persons.
- Athena Hotel Rhodes, Rhodes Town
Triples, quads, and 1 bedroom apartments for 5 to 6.
- Lyristis Studios, Faliraki
Triples, quads, and 1 bedroom apartments.
- Lindos Princess Beach Hotel, Pefki
Family room with terrace for families of 5.
- Xenones Lindos, Lindos
Family apartments for a family of 4 or 5.
- Best Western Plaza Hotel, Rhodes Town
Triples. Children 9 and under stay free.
- Agla Hotel Rhodes, Rhodes Town
Triple and quad rooms available.
- Lydia Hotel Rhodes, Rhodes Town
Triple, quads, and apartments. Great budget choice (but no pool).
- Rodos Princess Beach Hotel, Kiotari
Family room for 4. (Great kids pool with nice slides.)
- Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes, Ixia Beach
Family rooms and suites for up to 5 or 6.
Q. What are the best luxury hotels on Rhodes?
- Rodos Park Suites & Spa (Rhodes Town) – The best luxury hotel in Rhodes Town. Fantastic pool and amenities. Suites have in-room jacuzzis.
- Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel Rhodes (Old Town) – Amazing! If you want to stay in the heart of the Old Town (and you should) then this is the place.
- Lindos Mare Hotel (near Lindos) – A great location on the beach. Beautiful pool, glorious views, sauna and steam baths.
Q. How Do I Get to Rhodes?
Flying is the easiest, quickest, and often cheapest way to get between to Rhodes. Both Olympic and Aegean Airlines have daily flights from Athens to Rhodes. Book early for the best fares and choice of flights.
Rhodes is in the far southeast corner of the Greek islanDs so it’s quite a trek by ferry to get there. There is at least one ferry a day from Piraeus (Athens’ port) to Rhodes. The boat ride takes 13 hours and costs €59.
Ferry To Rhodes
Situated at the farthest corner of the Greek island constellation, Rhodes can take anywhere from 17-24 hours to get to by ferry. If your time is limited flying will make more sense. If you do take the ferry to or from Athens you’ll have almost all the islands laid out before you like a Greek feast. A well planned trip can easily take in a half dozen other islands, all without ever feeling like you’re going much out of your way.
Ferries between Santorini and Rhodes run 2 or 3 times per week, take 7 to 15 hours and often travel overnight. Kos has the best connections with Rhodes and is on most routes back to Athens.
There are also ferries between Turkey and Rhodes with the boat from Rhodes Town to Marmaris being the shortest and most consistent. It usually runs every day from May until October. There are also day trips between Rhodes and Fethiye.
Flights to Rhodes
There are flights from Athens to Rhodes with Olympic Air and Athens Airways and flights with Aegean Airlines from Thessaloniki and Athens to Rhodes. The following budget airlines have flights from the main hubs in Europe to Rhodes:
When’s the best time to visit Rhodes?
June and September are the best months for a beach and sun vacation. The weather is great, the water is warm (September more so than June, but both months are fine for swimming), the crowds are thinner than the summer months, and the hotels are a little cheaper.
July and August have great weather, warm seas, and lots of tourists. Prices are higher than any other time of year and hotels should be book well in advance. That said, if you can only go in July or August don’t let the crowds dissuade you – yes, the top attractions will be busy but a quiet beach is always there if you’re willing to put in some effort.
April, May, October, and early November are great if you’re will to deal with some cloudy days, a little rain, and cool evenings. The spring is particularly good for hiking and cycling while May and October can still see fine beach weather. Tourists are few during this time of year and you can almost have top attractions all to yourself. Hotels are much cheaper too but many establishments close down from November until late Easter.
What Hospitals are in Rhodes?
A few miles outside of Rhodes Town is the Rhodes General Hospital which is a full service hospital. Phone number: (+30) 22410 80100
There is also the Euromedica Private Hospital (+30) 22410 45000