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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Rhodes, Greece

I have been lucky enough to spend weeks at a time in Rhodes, and never stopped exploring and discovering parts of the island. There are many cruise ships that dock directly in the Old Town of Rhodes, or Rhodes town. While you may not have a week or two to spare, you can get a glimpse of what the island has to offer in only a day’s time. Depending on what you are looking for, we have some suggestions for day trips on your next cruise to Greece.

Rhodes Town/Old Town – Leisure & History

A well preserved medieval town, full of history and heritage, you can wander the Old Town’s cobblestone streets in under two hours, or take tours of the Palace of Grand Master Knights or archaeological museum to learn more about the history of the island.

  • Marco Polo Café (Agiou Fanouriou 42, Rhodes 851 00): Best meal I’ve had in Rhodes. The Mediterranean cuisine shows the diverse historical influence of Rhodes. If they are open for lunch – make sure to go!
  • Odyssey Restaurant (Menekleous Str 10, 85100 Rhodes): Great seafood tucked in the windy streets of the town.

Day trips

Despite Rhodes being one of the larger islands in Greece, you could drive from North to South in less than two hours. But – you don’t need to go that far to find amazing beaches. While the Old Town is beautiful and historic, the scenery outside of the medieval walls are just as breathtaking, if not more. Rent a car and get exploring!

One of the following trips can be easily done during the day. I would suggest seeing Lindos and Haraki together for a day of beach and light lunch in Haraki, and then walking around Lindos and to the castle or a rooftop snack. If you are young and adventurous, Grand Blue is not for the faint hearted, and hard to find but you will get there eventually and it is more than worth the trip!

Anthony Quinn Bay – Pebble & Scenic Beach

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Located 20 minutes from Old Town, Anthony Quinn Bay has its own history. This spot is where Anthony Quinn famously Greek danced in the movie Zorba the Greek. It can become crowded during the weekends in high season, but is worth the walk over the pebbles and rocks to the umbrellas less frequented. Umbrellas and chairs are available for 5-10 euro each.

5Lindos Town – Quaint & Historic

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Lindos is 45 minutes from Old Town and features white houses and a castle at the top. There is even a beach at the bottom of the town. This would be a one stop shop for cobblestone roads, beach, and a historic castle.

  • Gelo Blu: Grab some gelato and go upstairs to the rooftop for a spectacular view.
  • Gatto Bianco: Delicious Italian restaurant with another great rooftop view.

Haraki – Family Friendly & Local

Haraki is a quiet fisherman’s town. Perfect for beach and food! Join the Greeks at the numerous cafes by the water for an iced Freddo and relax! Located 15 minutes closer to Old Town than Lindos (about 30 minute drive)

  • Haraki Bay Hotel: A family run establishment where you can order quality seafood inches from the beach.
  • Argo: For a more fancy meal, visit Argo – the best seafood in town!

8Grande Blue – Secluded & Breathtaking

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If you are feeling adventurous, go to Grande Blue for the ultimate Greece experience, located 30-40 minutes from Old Town. With directions from locals, we drove through the town of Stegna, past Stegna Mare towards the water. After following the road left, then another left onto a dirt road, we finally arrived to the back end of the restaurant.

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The food is literally caught in the morning down at the beach. You can’t get any more immaculate and pristine than this location in all of Rhodes. Bring goggles and flippers (or buy in Stegna on your way) because the island across the way is a protected wildlife preserve.

Note: It’s complicated to get to without clear directions, and there are a lot of stairs from the restaurant to the beach. Be prepared for the stairs and do not drive down to the beach!

Maria Psathas is a travel concierge with Vacationeeze who specializes in honeymoons and European getaways.

Trip Recap: Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

Editor’s Note: This blog is part of a series based on a recent trip to Jamaica where we toured various resorts to offer you the best all-inclusive properties in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica

We enjoyed our time at the Hyatt Ziva, but we were excited to venture to the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, another awesome adults-only property. This is a large resort that’s also attached to Iberostar Suites and Iberostar Beaches, which are both family resorts.

Our first reaction

A beautiful lobby welcomes you to the resort prior to you being taken to your room. The Rooms are large and butlers are available in certain room categories. With an upgrade, your personalized service includes a personal butler, special welcome at check-in with champagne and a cold towel; bed-sheet menu; mini-bar stocked with your favorite drinks; evening cocktail; newspaper delivery; shoeshine; pool and beach towels; sun products; and reading materials. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive with even more added luxury, this is definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

Beaches and pools…oh my!

Beaches and pools are beautiful with plenty of shade. At the Iberostar Suites there is even a lazy river!

The property has 89 Grand Suites with sea or garden views, 104 Grand Suites with direct beach access and 2 beautiful Presidential Suites, each equipped with king bed and luxury amenities.

There is a small casino that is shared by all of the resorts as well as a shop in this area.  There are also themed shows every evening in each of the resorts.

One thing that people either love or hate (we personally love it): Everyone must wear bracelets so kids can’t sneak onto the adults-only property.

Let’s feast

While at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall you can enjoy four specialty restaurants and two buffets. Taste a wide variety of international food, such as regional Jamaican recipes, Japanese tepanyaki, Italian cuisine, and gourmet fare, or you can relax with an informal lunch at the beach. My favorite lunch was at Horizons, where we feasted on crab legs, shrimp and caviar!

Overall

This is a sprawling all-inclusive beautiful resort with lots of culinary options.  Great for adults and families just make sure you stay on your side!

Sharon Benoff is a travel concierge with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry. When she’s not helping clients plan their dream vacation, you can find her relaxing on a beach sipping on a frozen margarita.

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