There’s no question that Rhodes is among the most beautiful islands in Greece. Though often overshadowed by more popular options such as Santorini and Mykonos, Rhodes packs a punch in terms of things to do and see. But sometimes, it’s nice to take a day and explore someplace new. Thankfully, Rhodes Town offers some great options for day trips to neighboring islands, towns, and even countries! That’s right, a few different Turkish towns are easily accessible from Rhodes as well. Here are our favorite day trips from Rhodes!

12 Best Day Trips from Rhodes, Greece

Lindos, Greece

Acropolis at Lindos, one of the main attractions on a day trip from Rhodes.

Lindos is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, so you can imagine it’s one of the most popular day trips from Rhodes. It’s home to beautiful beaches, stunning views, and plenty of things to do. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a day trip from Rhodes Town to Lindos.

The easiest way to get from Rhodes Town to Lindos is by car or bus. There are plenty of rental car companies in Rhodes Town, or you can take a public bus.

The bus takes approximately an 1 hour and 45 minutes, whereas a car or taxi will get you there in about 50 minutes. A taxi ride from Rhodes Town to Lindos costs roughly $75 USD.

There are also quite a few guided tours that will take you around the coast of Rhodes to reach Lindos by boat, with stops along the way such as Anthony Quinn Bay.

When you get to Lindos, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The main attraction is the Acropolis, an ancient fortress perched atop a hill. Visiting the Acropolis is best done early in the morning if you are visiting in the summer. The Greek heat was way too much to bear trying to tackle this mid-morning.

You can also explore the town’s winding streets, visit the beach, or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters. Lindos is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes! Lindos Beach is actually separated into two beaches. To the left is Lindos Beach and to the right is Pallas Beach, which is a little more laid back.

Lindos has no shortage of great places to eat. For a quick bite, head to one of the many cafes lining the main street. For some of the best food in this area of the island, you’ve got to visit Pallas Beach Taverna, where you can eat while wiggling your toes in the sand!


Symi Island, Greece

Boats docked on the harbor with Symi Island colored houses in the background.

Symi Island is one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Rhodes Town and for good reason! This gorgeous island has it all – from stunning beaches to quaint villages and plenty of history. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a day trip from Rhodes Town to Symi Island. 

The easiest way to get to Symi Island is by boat. There are frequent ferries that depart from Rhodes Town (located just a short walk from the Old Town) and the journey takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes. Ferry tickets (1-way) are about $20 USD.

There are a number of guided tours also available that often include lunch or stops at different destinations.

Once you arrive in Symi, you’ll be greeted by its iconic colorful houses which line the harbour. Be sure to explore the town before heading off to one of the many beaches – some of our favorites include Nemo Beach and Agios Georgios Beach. If you’re feeling active, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore too. 

In terms of food, there are plenty of great places to eat on the island. For something traditional, head to Odyssia Restaurant which serves up delicious Greek dishes made with fresh local ingredients. For an Insta-worthy date night, try The Secret Garden. You won’t be able to stop taking photos of this place! Plus, the food is delicious.

Symi Island is the perfect place to relax and soak up some Mediterranean sun while getting lost in the streets lined with colorful, charming houses. Be forewarned, Symi and Lindos are the most popular day trips from Rhodes Town, so be prepared for crowds if you’re visiting in summer.


Marmaris, Turkey

Beach chairs on a pebbled beach in Marmaris, Turkey.

The Turkish city of Marmaris is a great day trip option from Rhodes Town in Greece. It’s easy to get there by boat, and there’s plenty to see and do once you arrive. In this blog post, we’ll give you all the details you need to plan your own Marmaris day trip.

Marmaris is located on the southwest coast of Turkey, about midway between Istanbul and Antalya. The city is best known for its beautiful natural setting, with a sheltered harbor surrounded by mountains. Marmaris also has a long history dating back to the days of the Ottoman Empire. These days, it’s a popular tourist destination with plenty to offer visitors.

Getting to Marmaris from Rhodes Town is easy. There are boats departing daily from Rhodes Town harbor, and the journey takes approximately 1 hour. Ferry tickets are roughly $55 USD (1-way).

Once you arrive in Marmaris, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The city center is home to a number of shops and restaurants, as well as some historic sites.

If you’re looking for something to do, we recommend checking out Marmaris Castle. The castle was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, and it’s now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Other things to see and do in Marmaris include visiting the old town district, taking a boat trip around the harbor, or spending some time on one of the city’s many beaches.

Don’t be afraid to haggle in the Old Town – it’s normal here! Offer roughly 60% of the original price to start.

For food, try Smiley’s Restaurant. The food and staff are both worth a stop – not to mention very reasonable prices.

When it’s time to head back to Rhodes Town, there are boats departing regularly from Marmaris harbor. The journey takes the same amount of time, around 1 hour, so you’ll be back in Rhodes Town in time for dinner.


Fethiye, Turkey

Beautiful boats docked off the coast of Turkey in Fethiye.

The easiest way to get to Fethiye on day trips from Rhodes Town is by taking a day trip. There are many tour operators that offer this service and it’s very easy to book. The journey takes around a 1 hour and 30 minutes by boat and you’ll get to see some amazing scenery along the way. Ferry tickets are around $40 USD (1-way).

Once you’ve arrived in Fethiye, there are plenty of things to do and see. If you’re looking to do some shopping, the town centre is full of shops selling souvenirs, clothes and locally made products. There are also a number of restaurants and bars, so you can grab a bite to eat or have a few drinks while you’re here.

Similar to Marmaris, don’t be afraid to haggle here if you’re going shopping for souvenirs.

If you want to spend some time outdoors, Fethiye also has beautiful beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. The water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming, so make sure you bring your swimsuit!

When you’re ready for something to eat, definitely try Yengeç Restaurant. The view is second-to-none, the staff was fantastic (thanks Mehmet!) and the mezes were the best in the area.

Whatever you decide to do, a day trip from Rhodes Town to Fethiye is a great way to see some of the best that Turkey has to offer.


Nisyros, Greece

Cats in a cute, charming Greek alley in Nisyros, Greece.

Nisyros is an island in the southeastern Aegean Sea, about midway between Rhodes and Kos. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, and its nearest neighbors are Tilos to the west and Patmos to the east. Nisyros is a volcanic island, and its main feature is the active volcano that forms its center. The island has a population of about 500 people, most of whom live in the village of Mandraki. There are two other villages on the island, Paloi and Nikia. 

The easiest way to get to Nisyros from Rhodes is by ferry. There are several companies that operate ferries between Rhodes and Nisyros, and the journey takes about 3 hours. Obviously this is a fairly long travel time for a day trip, but if you’re not averse to getting up early in the morning, it’s totally doable!

Once you arrive in Nisyros, the first thing you’ll want to do is explore the volcano. The best way to do this is by taking a boat tour around the island. These tours leave from the port of Mandraki and last for about two hours. During the tour, you’ll get up close to the crater of the volcano and see some of the other volcanic features of the island, including hot springs and fumaroles. 

After you’ve explored the volcano, take some time to relax on one of the island’s beaches. There are several beaches to choose from, including Mandraki Beach, Paloi Beach, and Nikia Beach. Or, if you prefer, you can just spend some time wandering around Mandraki village, which is full of charming traditional Greek houses.

While you’re in Mandraki Village, stop by Geusea for one of the best dining experiences you’ll have in all of Greece! I’m not joking! Obviously try the seafood, but in case you don’t eat fish (like my husband), their non-aquatic options are also phenomenal! Especially the burgers!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day by the beach or an adventure-filled day exploring all that Nisyros has to offer, a day trip from Rhodes Town is definitely worth it.


Kos, Greece

Blue-domed roof in Kos, Greece, one of the best day trips from Rhodes.

Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands and lies off the coast of Turkey. It’s just a short ferry ride from Rhodes Town, making it the perfect day trip destination. Many people love Kos so much that they need to spend much more than one day. But, if one day is all you have, Kos is one of the best day trips from Rhodes.

There are two main ways to get to Kos from Rhodes Town – by ferry or by catamaran. The journey takes around 3 hours by ferry and costs approximately $35 USD (1-way). Another long journey, but again, if you can get yourself up early, it’s well-worth it. Plus, you can always stay the night if you’d like!

Once you’re in Kos, there are plenty of things to do. You can visit the Asklepion, which was one of the most famous healing centers of the ancient world. You can also explore the medieval Castle of Neratzia, or go for a swim at one of the many beaches on the island.

After you’ve worked up an appetite and are ready to head back to the harbor, go to Kapari Meze for some seriously mouthwatering food and homemade limoncello before you hop on the return ferry.

If you’re looking for a day trip that’s full of history, culture, and relaxation, then a trip to Kos is perfect for you.


Chalki, Greece

View from over Halki, Greece overlooking the bay and red roofs of the village.

Chalki is a small island off the coast of Rhodes and it makes for a great day trip. You can easily get there by taking a boat from Rhodes Town – there are plenty of companies offering this service. To get to Chalki, you can take a ferry from Rhodes Town. The ferry ride takes about 2 hours and there are several ferries per day. A one-way ferry ticket costs around $35 USD.

Once you’re on the island, you can explore the charming streets, visit the Orthodox church, or simply relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants. There’s also a beautiful beach where you can swim and sunbathe. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up one of the trails that start in town to get this epic view of the harbor and the iconic red roof tops.

Remezzo is a great place to stop for a bite to eat close to the ferry terminal. Try the pizza – I know, I know, you’re in Greece, why eat pizza? But trust me on this one.

Chalki is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Rhodes Town for a day, so be sure to add it to your list of day trips from Rhodes!


Valley of the Butterflies

Lush forest with a small bridge and tiny waterfall in the Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes.

The Valley of the Butterflies is one of Rhodes’ most popular tourist attractions. Located just a short drive from the main town, this picturesque spot is home to thousands of butterflies. It’s a great place to relax and take in some gorgeous scenery. Though a visit certainly doesn’t take a whole day, we couldn’t help but include it on the list of best day trips from Rhodes Town.

The Valley of the Butterflies is located on the north-west coast of Rhodes. The bus takes around 50 minutes but there are often delays. Alternatively, a taxi takes about 25 minutes and costs around $45 USD.

Once you arrive in the valley, there are a few different things you can do. There is a short hike to the top of the valley where you will get an amazing view of the butterflies and the surrounding area. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can take a swim in one of the many pools that are dotted around the valley.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take plenty of sunscreen and water with you as it can get quite hot in the valley during the summer months. And if you are lucky, you might even spot a turtle or two!

The Valley of the Butterflies is a must-see for any nature lover visiting Rhodes. It’s home to thousands of butterflies, as well as other wildlife. The best time to visit is from May to September when the butterflies are most active. The best part about this day trip from Rhodes is that it can easily be done in half a day, leaving you plenty of time to chill on the beach or gorge yourself on Greek cuisine and ouzo!


Mount Attavyros, Greece

Hiking views from a mountain in Rhodes, Greece.

Mount Attavyros is the highest point on Rhodes and offers some great hiking trails. If you’re looking for a challenge, try summiting Mt. Xenophon, which is the second highest peak on the island. 

If you’re looking for adventurous day trips from Rhodes Town, Mount Attavyros is a great option. It’s easy to get there – just take the bus from Rhodes Town to Kolymbia, and then another bus from Kolymbia to Mount Attavyros. Once you’re in Mount Attavyros, there are plenty of things to do. You can hike to the top of the mountain, visit the monastery, or go for a swim in one of the many pools. 

The easiest way to get to Mount Attavyros is by taking the bus from Rhodes Town to Kolymbia, and then another bus from Kolymbia to Mount Attavyros. The journey takes around an hour and a half in total.

One of the best things to do in Mount Attavyros is to hike to the top of the mountain. The views from the summit are absolutely stunning – you can see for miles in every direction. The hike itself is fairly challenging, but it’s definitely worth it!

The monastery in Mount Attavyros is well worth a visit. It’s a beautiful building, and the grounds are very peaceful. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the monastery, there are guided tours available.

There are several pools in Mount Attavyros, all of which are open to the public. The water is crystal clear and very refreshing – it’s the perfect way to cool off after a long day of exploring!


Kritinia, Greece

Venetian castle ruins in Kritinia, Greece, one of the best day trips from Rhodes.

Kritinia is a small town located in the western part of Rhodes. It’s home to a 16th-century castle and some beautiful Byzantine churches. The town is also a great place to try some traditional Greek food for its quaint, authentic nature. Kritinia is one of my personal favorite day trips from Rhodes Town on this list.

There are a few different ways to get to Kritinia from Rhodes Town. You can either take a bus, drive, or even hike! The hike is around six hours round trip and is considered moderate to difficult. If you’re not up for the hike, taking the bus is definitely the way to go. It’s cheap and takes only about 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. 

A taxi takes 45 minutes but can cost up to $90 USD!

Once you arrive in Kritinia, there are plenty of things to do! There are a few beaches where you can relax in the sun, or if you’re feeling adventurous there are also some hiking trails nearby.

In terms of beaches, Kritinia has plenty to offer. There are several small, sheltered coves where you can enjoy a quiet swim, or you can head to one of the larger beaches for a day of sunbathing and swimming. Whichever beach you choose, you’re sure to have a great time!

Make sure you visit the Castle of Kritinia. This Venetian castle was built in the 14th century and is a great example of medieval architecture. You can explore the inside of the castle, which is now in ruins, as well as walk around the grounds and enjoy the views.

In terms of food, you’ll want to stop at Kalamar Kretische Taverne for some of the most affordable, authentic, and delicious Greek cuisine on all of Rhodes! Antonis is a superb host and makes his guests feel as though they are dining with family.

No matter what you decide to do, Kritinia is a great place to spend the day.


Embonas, Greece

Embonas is a village located in the central part of the island, and one of the most underrated day trips from Rhodes Town. It’s famous for its vineyards and is one of the best places on the island to go wine tasting. There are several wineries in the area, so you’re sure to find one that you like.

The best way to get to Embonas from Rhodes Town is by car. It takes about an hour to drive there. You’ll have to take a taxi or get a designated driver if you plan on tastings at the local wineries. Unfortunately the bus route to Embonas is absolute crap, and takes almost 3 hours!

Once you arrive in Embonas, there are plenty of things to do. You can visit the local wineries, explore the Old Town, or go for a hike. 

There are several wineries located in and around Embonas. Visitors can tour the facilities and learn about the wine-making process. Most wineries offer tastings, so be sure to try some of the local wines!

Embonas is home to a beautiful old town, which is full of narrow streets and charming buildings. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to explore, as well as some small shops selling local produce. The old town is the perfect place to spend a few hours exploring.

Embonas is surrounded by mountains, which make for great hiking opportunities. There are several marked trails to follow, and the views from the top are stunning. If you’re feeling energetic, why not hike up to the summit of Mount Profitis Ilias? This peak offers some of the most spectacular views on the island!

There is also a great restaurant called Ataviros Restaurant that serves traditional Greek food. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. If you’re looking for a day trip from Rhodes Town, then definitely consider going to Embonas!


Ialysos, Greece

Pebble beach at Ialysos, Greece

Ialysos is an ancient city that was once one of the three major city-states on Rhodes. Today, its ruins are a popular spot for tourists. The site includes a number of temples and other structures, as well as a museum with artifacts from the city’s long history.

The best way to get to Ialysos from Rhodes Town is by bus. The journey takes around 30 minutes and the buses are frequent. 

Once you arrive in Ialysos, there are plenty of things to do during your day trip from Rhodes. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which has artifacts from the city’s long history, including some from the time when it was known as Halicarnassus. Or explore the remains of the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus, which date back to the fourth century BC.

If you’re looking for something a little more modern, check out the Folklore Museum, which has exhibits on local traditions and culture.

If you’re feeling active, you can even hike up Mount Filerimos! Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to have a great day out in Ialysos.

When you’re ready for a bite to eat, you can’t go wrong at Mr. Greek. This unassuming restaurant is owned by the kindest man, Giorgos, who will help guide you through the menu and pick the best option for your tastes.


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Whether you’re looking to explore nature, history, or beaches, there’s are plenty of perfect day trips from Rhodes for you to experience all the area has to offer.