Getting out and about in Rhodes, Greece
Arriving at one of Rhodes' amazing family friendly hotels, you might wonder why you'd ever want to leave, but if your family is anything like mine... there's only so long you can keep everyone sane in one place! Plus, with so many amazing sites around the island, it'd be a shame to miss them.
Unlike some Greek Islands, Rhodes is too large to get around by foot but they do have an extensive public bus service that usually serves most resorts. It also has plenty of well developed tour and private transfer companies that will be happy to lend a hand.
Discover the Acropolis of Lindos
No trip to Rhodes is complete without visiting the Acropolis of Lindos. The oldest parts date to around 300 BC and the vast majority was built over 2000 years ago. If the kids have been loving Greek Mythology in school, their imaginations will be running wild here, you really can't beat the feeling that you've just stepped back in time. Entrance costs €12 for adults and is free for under 18s.
Nearby you'll find the charming Lindos town, plenty of boutiques, the castle of Lindos and a beach that's great for swimming - so why not make a day out of it? You can even arrive by boat if that's more appealing than private transfer or the local bus.
Sail to Symi Island
If a boat trip sounds appealing, shall we trade one island for another? Symi is a gorgeous island around an hour by Ferry from Rhodes. It has quite a different feel and it's well worth a day trip to explore this tiny island with its picturesque old town, pretty beaches with crystal clear waters and charming vibes. Bonus, there's plenty of villages and beaches within walking distance of the port so no additional transport is needed! Ferry prices vary by company and boat type but expect to pay around €40 return in peak season.
Take a trip to Rhodes' Waterpark
If you've got one of Europe's best water parks on your doorstep, you should visit right? Open from May to October, Rhodes' waterpark is a dream for kids and kids at heart. There's everything from lazy rivers and wave pools to extreme slides, and with a whole family section filled with racer slides, a pirate ship and pools for all ages - you won't be short of things to do. At the time of writing, tickets cost €24 for adults (12+), €14 euros for children (ages 3 - 12) and were free for children under 3. Be sure to check out if you're staying nearby one of the stops for their free bus transfer too!
Explore the Valley of the Butterflies
Also known as Petaloudes Valley, the Valley of the Butterflies is one of the most different and beautiful places on the island. From the end of May through to September, you'll find thousands of butterflies flitting around the Valley. It's a peaceful, dreamy place with emerald lakes and waterfalls -you'll feel like you've walked into a fairy glen.
Why not make it a competition to see who can find the most different types of butterflies? Just remember to keep quiet so the butterflies aren't disturbed :-)
In peak season, children under 12 enter for free and tickets for adults (12+) cost €5. This drops to €3 between October and May.
Wander the streets of Rhodes Old Town
A World Heritage Site in its own right, Rhodes is the largest medieval city in Europe. The wonder of the world which once stood here may be long gone but there's plenty in the city to explore today. You'll find narrow cobbled streets, colourful tiles, ancient churches and plenty of traditional tavernas serving extremely yummy food.
Rhodes Town is also the best place to shop on the island, hit the New Town for anything modern and stick to the Old Town for anything traditional or souvenirs to take home.
Experience 9D at the Throne of Helios
If you're already in Rhodes town and fancy getting inside to avoid the heat of the day - consider visiting the Throne of Helios. Claiming to Europe's first 9D cinema, the Throne of Helios combines both ancient history and advanced technology to teach to whole family about the history and mythology of the island.
You'll settle down to watch a 3D movie and experience all different kind of effects throughout the experience - think bubbles, vibrations, weather effects, you name it. It's a really fun educational experience and is a great break from wandering around. Tickets cost €13 for adults and €9 for children.