Last year, I jetted off to Rhodes for some late summer sun, and I completely fell in love with the island; it was as beautiful as Venice, as ancient as Athens, and a litre of wine was only €5… what’s not to love?
We stayed in an Air BNB located a stone’s throw from the Old Town, and this was the perfect place to be based, as in addition to all the amenities the Old Town had to offer it, it was close to the beach, and the main bus station (with has a direct bus to the airport), so we managed to save a lot on taxi fares.
The Old Town was adorned with cobbled streets and winding paths, and had a bustling market which I absolutely loved, selling things from ancient Greek Art, to fake designer wear and everything in between. Every time we explored the market, we found ourselves getting lost and finding a new area to explore. I didn’t end up buying much from the market, however I did pick up some traditional Greek cooking herbs, and some incredible nougat - that definitely wasn’t all demolished before I left…
The Old Town also hosts some great historical tourist attractions, such as the Palace of The Grand Master, and a walk around the ancient city wall, which provided great views of the whole city.
View from the Roloi Clock Tower
One of the best things in The Old Town was the Roloi Clock Tower, that provided panoramic views of the city. For just €5 entry, you get unlimited time to explore and climb the tower, and also get a free drink at the bar (including all alcoholic drinks). I recommend going just before sunset to watch the sun go down with a drink before dinner. There is also an abundance of restaurants, bars, and cafes in the old town in the old town, which are all reasonably priced for a student budget! The only place I'd say to AVOID is my top tip is to AVOID the frozen yoghurt shop where you pay for the weight of your ice-cream, as although it seems like a good deal, we ended up paying €16 for two small pots… there’s a much better frozen yoghurt place down the bottom of the market!
Kallithea Springs: These ancient springs are located around 20-minutes from the Old Town, and is made up of both a beach, and beautiful architecture that contains thermal springs, which are renowned for their therapeutic properties. At the beach there are sunbeds which are free of charge to use, including waiter service for food and drinks. The bay is stunning and has crystal clear water, which makes the location a popular place for snorkelers. We stopped at the beach cafe for lunch, and in addition the stunning views, it was still reasonably priced.
Boat Trip: There are many boat trips that leave the main port every day, and it can be overwhelming with all the reps claiming that they can offer you the best day out. You can visit Lindos, a neighboring island or even Turkey, but we decided against all these options, as we didn’t want to spend 3 hours just getting to a destination; so we opted for one of the snorkeling trips instead. On our particular tour, we had 3 swimming stops (including the famous Anthony Quinn Bay), before stopping at the serene Ladiko Beach for a BBQ. I definitely recommend a boat trip on your visit to Rhodes, as it’s a great way to see a lot of the island in just a few hours!
Ancient Olympic Stadium: A trip to Rhodes wouldn’t be complete without a fix of history, and it would be hard to avoid, as the whole island is teaming with it! My top pick is the Ancient Olympic Stadium, located just a short walk from the Old Town.There isn’t much left of the stadium (it’s essentially a ruin), but I still think the site is worth a visit – especially as the Acropolis is literally next to it! The whole site is massive and I loved exploring it!
All in all, Rhodes is a great location for students to head off to on holiday, its reasonably priced, has good weather and a lot to do!