Cruise Port Atlas | Rhodes, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Rhodes, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Nearby Port: Lindos (Rhodes)

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Rhodes: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean

Cruise lines that visit Lindos: Crystal

Key Attractions: Rhodes Old Town (Walled city), Kallithea Beach, Faliraki Beach, Lindos Beach, Lindos Acropolis, Medieval Lindos, Rhodes Casino, Rhodes Aquarium, Rhodes Acropolis, Mandraki Harbor, Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes Archaeological Museum

Main Square in Old TownRhodes Old Town

Port to Old Town / Archaeological Museum / Grand Masters Palace - 0.5-1.5 KM, 5 minutes, 5-20 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

In 1309 the Knights Hospitaller, a military religious order established during the Crusades (similar to the Knight Templar), conquered Rhodes and established a state of its own which ruled until the Ottomans invaded the island over 200 years later. During their rule, the Knights defended it against Islamic invaders and established one of Europe's strongest walled cities. The Ottomans added to the Old Town, but in the early 20th century the Italian rulers rebuilt the old medieval city including the Grand Master's Palace. And after damage during the 2nd World War the Greeks did additional rebuilding. The massive walls and impressive moat now surround an area with 200 streets filled with stores, restaurants, museums and glimpses of the past. Most of the buildings are from the Knights era, but there is a mosque and a few buildings displaying architecture flourishes from the Ottoman era. The Street of the Knights leads from Simi Square to the Grand Master’s Palace.

The Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It is Rhodes' most popular attraction. Below is additional information regarding the Grand Master’s Palace and the Archaeological Museum that are found within the Old Town.

Palace, Walls and Moat   Archaeological Museum   Walls and Moat   Food in a Medieval setting   Retsina and Ouzo   World Heritage Site  

Uneven surfaces and some cobbled streets    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

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Beach and Resort near LindosRhodes Beaches

Port to Kallithea Beach - 5 KM, 10 minutes
Port to Faliraki Beach - 14 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Ladiko Beach - 17 KM, 22 minutes Link to Full-Page Google Map

Rhodes has many popular beaches, particularly on the eastern coast on the road to Lindos. The closest to Rhodes (city) is Kallithea. About half way to Lindos is Faliraki. Just north of the Lindos peninsula is a small bay with resorts and beaches (at right). And just south of Lindos is a small public beach with views of the Acropolis.

Sun, Fun and Spas   Plants from all over the world   Sea and Garden views   Flowers and Walking  

Strenuous Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

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William Walton's GardenLindos

Port to Lindos - 49 KM, 65 minutes
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Because of its easily defensible hill, the peninsula at Lindos was the first major urban center on the island established by the 10th century BCE. Unlike the Athens Acropolis which features ruins from one era, the Lindos hill has buildings from the Classic through Medieval periods in various states of repair. At the highest point is the Temple of Athena Lindia (right), completed in the 3rd century BCE. From this point, views of the coast and the eastern Mediterranean are stunning. Other noted features of the acropolis are the Hellenistic staircase that provides the entrance, the Fortress built by the Knights of St. John in the early 14th century AD, a Greek church built during the same period, and the remains of a Roman temple from around 300 AD.

Below the Acropolis on the slope leading to the top of the hill is the town of Lindos, with lovely whitewashed small homes and buildings, many shops with local fine crafts, and the Panagia church with its impressive bell tower. The lower town is where you can pay a few euro to ride a donkey part of the way up the hill. It is a short ride but a lot of fun.

Acropolis view is stunning   Donkey Ride to Acropolis   From Classic to Medieval to Byzantine  

Difficult Walking and Many stairs    Not Wheelchair Accessible

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Rhodes AcropolisOther Rhodes (town) Attractions

Port to Rhodes Acropolis - 4 KM, 15 minutes
Port to Casino / Aquarium - 2.5 KM, 10 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Though the Lindos Acropolis is more impressive, you should still walk up to the top of the Rhodes Acropolis if time allows. Here you will see great views of the city as well as an impressive classic Greek stadium and the remains of the temple of Apollo (right). The other major attractions in the city are the Casino (they charge a fee to enter) and the Aquarium, which features eastern Mediterranean sea-life in a naturalistic setting.

Rhodes Acropolis   Aquarium   Aquarium  

Accessibility varies depending on the location.

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Grand Master's PalacePalace of the Grand Masters

Port to Palace - 1.5 KM, 20 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

At the top of the Street of the Knights sits the impressive Grand Master’s Palace, a rebuilt structure designed in the early 20th century in a fairy-tale medieval style. It contains artifacts from the medieval era, but is not an historical reconstruction of the palace that was built by the Knights Hospitaller and destroyed by an accidental explosion in 1856. Nonetheless, it is a worthwhile tour for its medieval charm.

Admission to the Palace is 6 euro (as of February, 2012) or 10 euro for the Palace, plus the Archaeological Museum and the Decorative Arts Museum.

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Medieval Architecture with crenalated walls   Floor mosaics and wall hangings   Walls and Moat  

Uneven surfaces and stair cases    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

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Urn in Archaeological MuseumRhodes Archaeological Museum

Port to Archaeological Museum - 1 KM, 15 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Rhodes Archaeological Museum is housed in a former hospital built by the Knight Hospitaller in the 15th century AD and renovated by the Italians in the 20th century. It contains a very large collection of artifacts from the Dodecanese Islands dating from the Dorian (Archaic) to the Medieval eras. The building is two stories high with a rectangular courtyard in the center surrounded by open galleries and interior rooms. On the front of the building are open air rooms with massive stone funerary slabs from the Knights era, while the rooms to the rear house primarily older Greek and Roman artifacts in well-lit and air conditioned rooms. The courtyard features massive sculptures and stoa. If you enjoy this sort of thing, reserve a couple hours to tour the museum.

Admission to the museum is 6 euro (February 2012).

Impressive Courtyard and Galleries   Archaeological Museum   World Heritage Site  

Uneven surfaces and some cobbled streets    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

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Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible