Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands (and the fourth-largest island in Greece), blends sandy beaches and ample sunshine with medieval architecture and ancient historical attractions. If you only have one day to spend on the island, here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your limited time.
Start your morning off with an orientation around Rhodes; one of the most fun and convenient options is by Segway. Zip around the City of Knights—the medieval center of Rhodes town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—stopping at the Palace of the Grand Master, Ibrahim Pasha Mosque (the oldest on the island), Saint Catherine’s Hospice, and the former headquarters of the Knights of Saint John. If you have specific attractions in mind that you don’t want to miss, consider a private tour tailored to your interests, whether ancient archaeological sites or hidden beaches.
This island gets more sunshine than just about anywhere else in Europe, making every day a good day for some outdoor adventure. This afternoon is your opportunity to enjoy the clear blue waters of Rhodes. Depending on your interests, you might spend the afternoon paddling along the island’s rocky shoreline in a kayak, scuba diving in Kalithea Bay, stand-up paddleboarding from the coastal village of Stegna, or horseback riding along Kiotari Beach. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, take this time to explore the spectacular Valley of the Butterflies, an area of the island that most visitors miss.
Rhodes is at its most beautiful at dusk. This evening, soak up the sights from the water aboard a sunset cruise along the coast. Most excursions depart from the Mandraki Port and offer a chance to take a late afternoon swim at Kalithea Springs before watching the setting sun from the deck. Choose a cruise with dinner served onboard to feast on a buffet of Greek specialties. It’s a relaxing and romantic end to your day on the island of Rhodes.