In this section, we are going to be discussing The East Coast Of Rhodes. Although not my favorite side of the island (I much prefer The West Coast), there is still a lot to see and do.
There are a lot of places that should not be missed such as Lindos, The Seven Springs, Kalithea Springs and some of the beautiful sandy beaches.
Covering a 102 Kilometer distance from Rhodes Town To Prasonisi, there is certainly a great deal to appreciate.
The problem is, it will be hard for you to decide what you want to enjoy unless you make a plan of what you would like to see, and when.
Here in this section, I am going to talk about the best places to visit on the East coast of the island. From here you can decide what it is you want to do and make your plan accordingly.
So, let me break down The East Coast of Rhodes for you and give you a more clear picture of what is on offer.
Let’s Check Out The East Coast
As with the West Coast, I have given you a complete overview of the East Coast too. You will get to learn about the sites, some history, places to see and some of the important locations.
I also want to point out, that if you want to see the sites, you will need some form of transportation. Although a lot of the areas are on the local bus routes, you may find it more comfortable and convenient having your own transport. It is always more of an advantage to go where you want, when you want and for how long you want. Would you agree?
For the West Coast, I recommended that getting around would be best done by car. I think I can safely say that the East Coast is the same.
One of the issues on the East side of the island though is the traffic. The main highway between Rhodes Town and Lindos is extremely busy. The road is used by all forms of transport and this can sometimes be challenging for people who have not visited before and are not familiar with the area.
For this reason I would choose the more safe option of a car as opposed to two wheels or an ATV. The choice is of course yours though!
In my opinion, one of the most common mistakes people make is not giving themselves enough time to see what is on offer.
A lot of people come here on holiday and rent a car with the idea in mind that the island is quite small and they can see it all in just a few hours. They take the car for one day only, and come back only seeing a fraction of what there is to see.
I think this is fine if you plan to see only one or two of the sites and historical locations, but if you are visiting Rhodes for the first time, then you need a lot longer.
There are thousands of years of history here, and there is no way it can all be seen and appreciated in one day.
I would give yourself 2 days to see the West coast, 2 Days to see the East coast, and another 1 or 2 days to see the inner part of the island. For sure, 6 or 7 days with a car, scooter, ATV will allow you to see as much as possible.
So, shall we get started? Feel free to have a good look around and be sure to ask me any questions in the comments should you need to.
I did like your review about Rhodes island. I have never been to Greece but I am much more eager to travel there after your post and recommendation.
To spend a week on this island must be a real adventure, leisure and rest. I am glad that the climate is perfect there as there is no Winter and the temperatures are fine. Are seven days enough to see so many things and monuments out there?
Thanks for a great topic and review about this wonderful island.
Yes Tomas, 7 days is a good time frame for sure. With these days you can see a lot.
Just make a plan and make sure you see what is important to you 🙂
BTW… just for you to know, there is a Winter period here like anywhere else, but you do not get the freezing temperatures that you get in other countries 🙂
As I am writing to you now, it is actually raining outside, but I am still in my shorts and t-shirt 🙂
Thanks my friend. Nice to hear from you.
I have visited few Greek islands: Santorini, Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia.
I can tell you I’m in love with your country: crystal clear waters, blue flag beaches, delicious food, funny people and the list can go on and on. Rhodes is the next Greek island I would like to visit next summer. No doubt it will be one of the best trips of my life.
You gave some good ideas where to go and what places to visit in East coast of Rhodes. Maybe will book a hotel in Lindos, as there are some beautiful resorts.
Thanks for reading Leo.
Yes, if you stay in the Lindos area there are some wonderful resorts and there are nice views and things to do.
The only thing you need to consider is renting a vehicle to get around. While Lindos is amazing, it would be a shame to miss out on some of the other places which are further away!
Some of the resorts down there can be really out in the sticks, and unless you like being in your hotel all day, it is good to have a back up plan 🙂
Hi Chris. Thanks for sharing your beautiful island. I have always wondered what it would be like to go to Greece. From your description of the Island of Rhodes, it sounds beautiful and it is easy to tell that you love it!
My husband and I are both beach lovers so Afandou beach caught my eye. You paint such a beautiful picture of it!
All the Greek names sound so hard to pronounce but I suppose one learns them. We prefer long term visits so what time of year would be the best? and are rental cars expensive? I am curious if expats consider this a retirement area.
Hi Mary Ann, it is nice to hear from you and thanks for your questions.
Actually, there are a lot of expats here yes. Many from the UK, Italy Russia and other countries. It surprised me really when I first came to live here as I was not expecting to see so many.
When it comes to visiting, there are things to consider. The weather is important as some people do not like it to be so hot during there stay. If you check The Climate Of Rhodes section, you will get a lot of information here as to the best time of year for your holiday. Check the comments there too, as many people have asked the same question.
Also, for Renting A Car, I have that covered too. The Car Rental In Rhodes section will offer you the information and there is a service there which will give you some good competitive prices.
I hope this helps, and also hope to see you here soon 🙂
Thanks Mary Ann
Thanks for this post Chris.
Rhodes sounds like an excellent destination for a peaceful holiday. What is the accommodation like? Are there hotels or bed and breakfasts? What is the food like? What kind of clothes do I pack? Is warm all year round? It will be good to go on a road trip in Rhodes, what are the roads like?
OK, many questions here Juliet but I will do my best to answer them!
For the accommodation, you will find all types right from the big 5 star luxury hotels and villas, all the way to a local small Greek bed and breakfast. Whatever is your preference you will find it.
The food is of Mediterranean style. If you check out my post on The Traditional Food In Greece, this will offer you more information!
For clothing, you need light items, but good shoes. The weather is very hot here in the summer months so you do not need heavy clothing. Good footwear is important though to be able to get through some of the ancient sites.
Again, if you check navigate to another page here called The Climate Of Rhodes, this will offer you more for the weather. This way you can plan better 🙂
The roads on the island are quite in good order. The main highway that takes you all around the island is very east to use and drive on. You will not have any problems getting around.
I hope this helps Juliet. If you need anything more just give me a shout!
I was lucky enough to visit my uncle who had a bar in Rhodes town, and spent the large part of a summer there which gave me plenty of time to explore the whole island.
I have to say that I wouldn’t be able to choose between either west or east side of the island. I would however agree that there is much more to see than a day within a 7 day holiday would allow for. Not allowing enough time to see enough stuff is a common error of the international traveler.
Greece and her islands do seem to miss out on a trick though. As any traveler to Egypt or even Peru will point to is the abundance in those countries of not only official guides, but a massive local pride and knowledge that serves into any guided tour.
Given that the rich history that is woven into every facet of Greece and her islands I often find specialized local knowledge frustratingly difficult to come across and an area that needs a large amount of work on.
That is a fair point Adrian yes and for the best part I agree with you.
Most holiday makers come here, and they are presented with a welcome meeting by their tour operator. Normally this is a young girl or boy, and for the most part they have very little knowledge of the place they are serving.
This of course does not go for all, there are some damn good ones too, but the majority of the ones I have seen at work have often avoided questions as they do not know the answer. It is not their fault, a lot of them are young, and probably have not been told (or had the time) to study the material they need to do the job at 100%.
There are agencies here they will provide you with a proper educated guide though. The thing is, like most things, you pay for it.
If you take an official guide of Rhodes, you will not be disappointed. There is very little they do not know, and probably what they do not know, is not worth knowing.
Thanks for your point of view Adrian!
Thanks for sharing this, great review. This is really a beautiful island. Watching the videos and viewing the photos, it seems so interesting. I would like to vacation there sometime. Going back for another tour via your website right now.
This post will be useful to persons planning a vacation soon.
Thanks Brenda, I appreciate your kind words 🙂
Your article was interesting to read. It made it so that if I go to Rhodes that I need to rent a car for probably the whole time I am there. I now know I cannot see the whole island in a day. I would start out on the East side but, would end my trip on the West side. The pictures look beautiful. Is the weather like that all year round?
I have never been to Greece by your pictures Rhodes looks absolutely beautiful.
Hello Diane and thanks for getting in touch!
If you check out The Climate of Rhodes section, you will find a lot more information with regards to the weather and what to expect. I think you will find it helpful.
Renting a car too is by far the best way to see the island. You will manage to see most of the places in comfort and distances are not a problem in a car.
The pictures are beautiful yes, but there is nothing like seeing it in person!
Thank you for this lovely article about Rhodes.
I visited Rhodes some ten years ago. We were on a cruise around the Greek islands. But, now, sadly, I cannot remember which town we visited. This means only one thing – I have to visit it again!
In fact, I live not far away from Greece so we go to our summer holidays to Greece often. Rhodes is definitely on our list of places to visit.
What I didn’t realize is that the island was so big! Much larger than I thought. Thank you for pointing that out, so we can plan our trip properly and not miss any of the interesting sites.
Yeah a lot of people have the impression the island is very small, and compared with other countries/islands I think it is.
It is also a lot bigger than people think too though. I know very often tourist are under the impression you can drive all the way around it an an hour, and they are surprised when they learn it is a lot larger.
Let’s hope you can fit Rhodes into your next holiday plans 🙂
Great Post Chris
For sure Rhodes island for me is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and one of the most visited islands in Europe.
How can we reach this island from Athèns, is there an airport there?
If we choose the car option, the highway between Rhodes town and Lindos is it for Free?
Does the highway stop at Lindos or continue until Plimmiri? If yes, is it safe?
Thanks For your Feedback.
Hey Karim and thanks. I am happy to answer your questions.
Firstly yes, travelling from Athens to Rhodes is made very easy. We have here Diagoras Airport and daily flights are operated between Rhodes to Athens/Athens to Rhodes. It is about a 40 minute flight and quite well priced. Operated by Aegean, if you visit them you can find a good deal.
Driving around the island is easy too. There are no tolls, so you can use all the roads/carriageways free of charge. The main road that you see between Rhodes and Lindos is a dual carriageway (most of the journey) and it is the same road that pretty much takes you all around the island.
It is a safe road, but naturally it is good advice to take your time. In the south of the island the road does have a lot of bends and if you are not aware you can get caught out.
So, getting to areas such as Plimmiri, Gennadi, Kiotari etc are no problem at all.
Hope this helps you Karim. Let me know if you have any more questions.
I live in Africa and I’m seriously in love with Rhodes island. Well it’s one of my wishes one day to visit that island and have the first hand experience.
I have gone on tours, safari etc but Rhodes island is a must.
The future is definitely bright .
Thanks for reading my friend. The island here is waiting for your visit 🙂
Chris, Thanks for your post. You reminded me of my days when I was enlisted in the military, stationed in southern Italy outside the city of Brindisi. On a four-day break, me and a couple of buddies took the ferry out of Brindisi and arrived in Corfu early the next morning.
For the next three days, we went all over the island on rented mopeds, riding down to secluded beaches and out to the edge of lonely cliff sides overlooking the crystal clear waters below.
Thanks to you, I want to go back to Greece, this time to Rhodes and maybe to some biblical sites, like Thessaloniki. I hope to hear more about your travels in the near future.
Thanks very much Kevin.
It is interesting that you mention Brindisi as it is still a major gateway for trade between Italy and Greece/The Middle East. I have also been to Brindisi all be it some time ago. If I remember there is an American Military setup there?
There is nothing like jumping on 2 wheels and cruising around in the sunshine though eh? Cannot be beaten,
I have not been to Corfu personally, but I know it is also very popular with tourism. As you have seen this though, yes, Rhodes should be your next port of call! 🙂
Nice to hear from you Kevin, and hope to see you here soon!