The perfect issues to do in Rhodes with children 

Rhodes was the beginning of my love affair with the Greek islands, the primary I visited as a toddler myself and with so many issues to do in Rhodes with children, it’s one I’ve wished to revisit with my daughter for a very long time.

My daughter walks up the step at Lindos Acropolis to some of the columns remaining from the ancient temples - a visit is one of the best things to do in Rhodes with kids
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After the devastating wildfires earlier this summer time, I believed our journey must be cancelled however fortunately aside from one change of lodging, our Rhodes household vacation went forward as deliberate.

In the event you’re questioning whether or not to go to, listed here are my prime the explanation why Rhodes with children is such a good suggestion – plus there’s the bonus of supporting these relying on tourism after a number of tough years too.

For extra ideas, take a look at my household journey information to Greece and the Greek islands

Discover the perfect seaside in Rhodes

Like most Greek islands, Rhodes is legendary for its fabulous seashores and calm Mediterranean waters, making it the right vacation spot for a relaxing household seaside day – even when your resort has a terrific swimming pool, it’s price at the very least at some point on the sand.

There are a great deal of stunning family-friendly seashores in Rhodes to select from, however under are a few favourites…

Faliraki Seashore

Set round 10 miles from Rhodes City, Faliraki is the preferred seaside resort in Rhodes. It might get fairly busy through the peak summer time season. However for good purpose!

The three-mile lengthy wonderful sand seaside has calm shallow waters that are perfect for youthful children to splash round in. For older children and youths, Faliraki seaside additionally has loads of water sports activities amenities, together with jet skis, water skis, parasailing, and inflatable rides. 

Deckchairs and parasols can be found to rent, and there are many conventional taverns and eating places alongside the waterfront for a soothing lunch overlooking the ocean – slightly method down at Faliraki port, you can even discover numerous boat journeys too.

Agathi Seashore

Whereas it could not have the identical vary of amenities as different seashores in Rhodes, Agathi continues to be among the finest seashores on the island for its serene pure magnificence. It’s a superb selection for households wanting a barely quieter seaside expertise.

View across the golden sand of Agathi beach on the Greek island of Rhodes with multicoloured umbrellas, turquoise sea and the mountains in the distance - Agia Agathi is one of the best beaches in Rhodes with kids

Positioned on the east of Rhodes, Agathi is understood for its small golden sand seaside and crystal-clear shallow waters which might be good for swimming and snorkelling. There’s additionally an uncommon 14th-century Cave Chapel on the finish of the seaside which is a cool spot to go to.

Sunbeds and parasols can be found to hire and there are just a few canteens near the seaside serving fundamental meals and drinks, however it could be simpler to convey your individual snacks or picnic.

Lindos Seashore (Megali Paralia)

In the event you’re planning to go to Lindos Acropolis (and even in the event you aren’t), there are two seashores to select from close by – and Megali Paralia is right for households.

Plenty of tender sand, loads of shelter and sunbeds with parasols in the event you’re searching for shade. The ocean cabinets very gently so it’s nice for paddling with toddlers and youthful children, plus teenagers and older children can get pleasure from a complete string of water sports activities, together with taking a pedalo out into the bay.

Anthony Quinn Bay (and Ladiko Seashore)

Named for the actor who filmed a part of Weapons of Navarone on the island, and who fell a lot in love with the seaside that he purchased it. On his dying, it reverted to the Greek authorities and it’s a public seaside as soon as once more.

View of Anthony Quinn Beach with blue umbrellas over loungers and clear turquoise water of the bay - one of the beach beaches in Rhodes with kids

Loads of boat journeys will cease right here in the event you’re trying to snorkel within the crystal clear waters that are a stunning shade of turquoise, however there’s additionally free parking if you wish to spend all day on the sandy seaside.

It’s additionally simple to mix with Ladiko Seashore on the opposite facet of the slender headland, though this seaside is pebblier. Each can get busy in peak season and neither is big, so arrive early if you’d like a lounger.

Haraki Seashore

If you’d like tender sand and an opportunity to sit back out, Haraki Seashore is a good possibility. It’s round quarter-hour north of Lindos or half an hour south of Faliraki, with loads of loungers with parasols to take a seat again and chill out.

Typically cheaper than different widespread spots, the clear water is nice for snorkelling, and it’s secure for youthful children too, plus there are tavernas all alongside the waterfront.

You received’t discover watersports right here, however in the event you do get bored, you possibly can stroll to some close by seashores as properly together with Agathi Seashore with its close by cave church.

Tsambika Seashore

One other beautiful golden sand seaside, round half-way between Lindos and Faliraki, Tsambika Seashore is definitely among the finest in Rhodes with children.

View down onto Tsambika Bay from one of the surrounding mountains, with rows of umbrellas just seen and turquoise water beyond the trees - one of the best beaches in Rhodes with kids

It’s not the most important, however nonetheless stretches for round a kilometre so loads of room for a sandcastle, plus there are watersports, locations to get foods and drinks and the mountains behind – a small white chapel sits on the prime on the rocks.

There’s additionally a separate nudist space, however in the event you persist with the principle part of the seaside, there must be no sudden surprises.

Faliraki Waterpark

Not removed from Faliraki Seashore, you’ll discover Faliraki Water park, the most important water park in Greece. With its big vary of water slides, lazy rivers, and swimming pools, the waterpark is certainly among the finest household sights in Rhodes for a scorching summer time’s day.

Youthful children will benefit from the Pirate Ship splash zone, exercise pool, and animal-themed youngsters’s slides. There’s even a devoted toddler pool for below 3’s. 

And for older children and youths, there are many adrenaline-fuelled excessive slides too, together with Kamikaze, Turbo Slide, and Area Bowl. Most thrill rides require children to be 12+.

The park is open between Could and October every year however might shut as a consequence of dangerous climate, so make sure to test earlier than your go to, particularly in the event you’re planning a visit exterior peak season. 

There’s a free shuttle from Rhodes City to the park that runs a number of instances a day.

Take a ship journey

There are some incredible boat journeys to discover Rhodes with children, particularly on the east coast of the island. The bulk depart from Rhodes City, Faliraki and Lindos, so in the event you’re staying on the other coast, be ready to issue within the journey to get there.

You too can discover little water taxis cruising alongside this coast between Rhodes City and Faliraki, in addition to high-speed boats from Rhodes City to Lindos, or boats to take you from Faliraki to Lindos.

Plus, after all, loads of boat journeys with stops to snorkel and uncover a few of the highlights of the coast of Rhodes, or to take you on to different islands.

We selected a three-hour all-inclusive boat journey from Faliraki (with choices for a switch from Rhodes City amongst different places).

Visiting the Afandou sea caves, Ladiko Bay (the place you possibly can snorkel to the drop-off on the fringe of the bay) and Anthony Quinn Bay, with its personal nice snorkelling, we had loads of possibilities to get into the water, time to chill out in between, and an endless string of drinks (together with frozen strawberry mocktails) plus some fruit. They even present snorkels and noodles in the event you want them – sensible with children.

For the same various with just a few extra adrenaline thrills, this RIB cruise makes 4 stops, together with Anthony Quinn Bay and sea caves, whereas this three-hour submarine cruise takes you below the water in addition to providing you with the possibility to swim and snorkel.

Or there are many choices departing from Rhodes City – climb aboard a crusing ship to cruise right down to Anthony Quinn Bay, the Afandou caves and Kallithea Springs, together with lunch and drinks, in addition to time to swim and snorkel.

View of some of the boats at Faliraki harbour including the yellow submarine, a great place to take one of the boat tours of Rhodes with kids

For a very memorable boat journey, this 18th century crusing ship has hour-long cruises from Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes City (it’s impressed by an 18th century ship if we’re being exact, however positively shut sufficient to fulful just a few pirate goals), plus there’s a sundown cruise too.

Or this full-day cruise contains three hours in Lindos to discover, in addition to the possibility to swim in Anthony Quinn Bay and Tsambika Bay.

From Lindos itself, you will discover a three-hour glass-bottomed boat tour cruising across the turquoise waters of the bays within the shadow of Lindos acropolis, plus a one-hour glass-bottom boat tour with snorkeling, in case your children don’t fancy spending that lengthy on the waves.

There’s a submarine cruise from Lindos too, with a swimming cease at Navarone Bay.

In the event you’re trying to enterprise additional afield, you can even discover loads of boat journeys to close by Symi, amongst different choices – scroll down for extra particulars.

Rhodes Aquarium

Positioned on the finish of the seaside promenade within the metropolis of Rhodes, Rhodes Aquarium is a enjoyable method for kids to see marine life up shut – without having to get moist.

The distinctive aquarium has been designed to appear to be an underwater sea cave, with pebble-covered partitions and slender tunnels main between tanks. It’s house to many wonderful fish and marine creatures from round Greece and the jap Mediterranean. 

The aquarium is pretty small and can solely take an hour or so to go to. But it surely’s nonetheless a enjoyable and inexpensive (below 5’s go free) place to maintain little ones entertained and escape the scorching noon solar exterior.

Wander Round Rhodes Previous City

Believed to be the oldest constantly inhabited medieval city on the planet, Rhodes Previous City is steeped in historical past.

Apart from the Palace of the Grand Grasp (learn on for extra particulars) there are many historic sights to see and discover in Rhodes Previous City with children.

You possibly can climb half the traditional metropolis partitions and stroll alongside the ramparts for excellent views over the town. Or take a wander by means of the winding cobbled alleyways to find grand piazzas, historic palaces, Byzantine-era mosques, a centuries-old synagogue and even the ruins of many historical temples.

The Previous City is full of cafes, eating places, and vibrant memento outlets too, so you possibly can take in the colourful and vigorous ambiance as you stroll. That is someplace to wander aimlessly, discovering fairly courtyards, winding alleyways and tavernas tucked below shady timber as you go.

Stroll the Avenue of the Knights

The possibilities are that you just’ll end up strolling down (or up!) the Avenue of the Knights at the very least as soon as as you discover Rhodes Previous City.

My daughter looks up at the carvings on one of the old auberges on the Street of the Knights, historic medieval buildings lining the cobbled street - one of the unmissable things to do in Rhodes with kids

Near the Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights, Odos Ippoton (to present it its correct identify) leads you right down to the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.

You possibly can spot just a few data boards as you wander, with a bit extra data, however half the enjoyable is trying on the historic buildings lining the cobbled road, together with a string of auberges or inns housing totally different orders of the Knights of St John – the one for Spanish-speaking knights is among the oldest.

There are coats of arms carved into partitions and an outdated fountain, in addition to archways and crowd pleasing structure.

It does get busy as strolling excursions and cruise ship guests flock right here as properly, so attempt to go to early if you wish to see the road with out the crowds – and do watch out on the cobbles, they’ll get very slippery.

Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights of Rhodes

Step again in time on the Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights of Rhodes, a powerful medieval fortress within the north of Rhodes Previous City and one of the vital necessary websites within the outdated metropolis.

The fortress was constructed through the 14th century and is among the few remaining examples of Gothic structure in Greece. 

On a go to to the palace, which is now a museum, you possibly can discover the grand courtyards and halls, see vintage furnishings and artworks, and admire the wonderful mosaic flooring (introduced from Kos) – maintain a watch out for Medusa and her legendary head filled with snakes!

There are additionally small exhibitions within the palace the place you possibly can be taught a bit extra in regards to the medieval historical past of Rhodes, though these will enchantment extra to older youngsters.

You should purchase entrance tickets with free cancellation, skip-the-line tickets and tickets with an audio information prematurely, or in the event you purchase on the Palace itself, you will discover joint tickets with the Archaeological museum and several other different sights in Rhodes Previous City for simply a few Euros extra

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

Set within the former hospital of the Knights of St John, the Archaeological Museum is price a go to for its buildings alone.

Wander into one of many grandest outdated chambers and you’ll uncover tombstones courting again to the 14th century, of knights from a sequence of nations and provinces round Europe.

The gardens are additionally a beautiful spot to wander, with a complete string of animal statues dotted round, loads of shade and different bigger items.

The principle assortment, which incorporates artefacts courting again 7,000 years, options shows from Kamiros and Ialissos, to assist convey these ruins to life. Realistically, the museum is a bit dry for youths: glass case upon case of finds with no actual likelihood to get palms on, so it’s higher for older children.

Having mentioned that, there are nonetheless some objects to catch the attention, together with little hedgehog-shaped lamps, jewelry, superbly embellished vases, and quite a lot of fantastical animals (to not point out one other lion statue to identify within the courtyard).

As a mixed ticket with the Palace of the Grand Grasp of the Knights solely prices just a few euros additional, it’s properly price shopping for if you wish to take a fast go searching, with out having to spend a lot additional.

Mandraki Harbour & Windmills

Mandraki is the principle harbour of Rhodes, situated simply to the north of the medieval Previous City, and is a beautiful place for a soothing stroll with the household. 

The doorway of the harbour is believed to have as soon as been the situation of the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous statue of the solar god Helios and one of many 7 Wonders of the Historical World. 

Right now the harbour entrance is marked by bronze statues of two deer, in addition to three iconic windmills that line the sting of the marina. The stone windmills had been as soon as used to mill the grain that was dropped at the island by boat, however right now they’re purely ornamental. 

Throne of Helios: The Historical past of Rhodes 9D Expertise

For one of the vital uncommon actions on Rhodes with children, head to the 30-minute Throne of Helios expertise.

No mere 3D, 4D and even 5D expertise both, as this guarantees a 9D expertise to find the historical past of Rhodes. What meaning is 2 separate films, that includes rain, snow, wind, hearth and odor, in addition to footage, sound and movement.

The 20-minute lengthy Throne of Helios focuses on the historical past and mythology of Rhodes, whereas the second six-minute movie, Rhodes Race, is a high-speed chariot race with the 12 gods of Olympus.

Set within the oldest cinema on Rhodes, after you buckle in and pull in your 3D glasses, you’ll uncover historical gods, the well-known Colossus of Rhodes (and the earthquake which destroyed it), the Knights Hospitaller, the invasion of Suleiman the Magnificent in addition to an opportunity to stroll by means of the island’s historical tree and forests.

In the event you’ve received children who’re bored inflexible by museums and historical ruins, this must be one of the best ways to whizz by means of hundreds of years of historical past and delusion.

Hop on hop off bus tour of Rhodes

In the event you’re visiting Rhodes within the warmth of the summer time, strolling across the metropolis to discover might be laborious work at instances.

So whereas the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Rhodes can’t go into the guts of the medieval Previous City, it’s a great way to see a few of the others highlights, take you to a few of the sights just like the aquarium and provide you with some background on the historical past of Rhodes.

The hour-long circuit has 12 stops, together with taking you up Monte Smith Hill, in addition to to the Acropolis of Rhodes and the Temple of Apollo, amongst different historic websites. You too can hop on and hop off as a lot as you need alongside the route, so you possibly can wander by means of the outdated gates into Rhodes City as properly, to see that on foot.

The buses are air conditioned too – they run recurrently from April to October, however doublecheck in the event you’re visiting exterior these months.

The Temple of Apollo at the Acropolis of Rhodes, one of the stops visited by the hop-on hop-off bus tour - a fun way to explore Rhodes Town with kids

Rhodes Toy Museum

Discovered within the centre of the island, Rhodes Toy Museum is a singular assortment of classic toys and video games, lots of which had been produced in Greece, that youngsters and fogeys can get pleasure from collectively.

For fogeys, the museum provides a nostalgic take a look at many toys from your individual childhood, that includes objects like Playmobil, battery-operated vehicles, board video games, and dolls. 

For kids, there are many enjoyable interactive shows – children love the Lego play areas, a ‘video games room’ with working arcade machines courting again to the 60s, and an out of doors journey playground. Plus, under-12s go free!

The Valley of the Butterflies

Among the best issues to do in Rhodes with children through the summer time months, and simply one of the vital uncommon experiences on the island, the Valley of the Butterflies is a magical spot for the entire household to discover.

From June to early September every year, this peaceable valley, centred round a river and surrounded by lush greenery, is house to hundreds of butterflies (or “Petaloudes” in Greek) – truly a sort of moth, bu valley of the moths doesn’t sound fairly as engaging!

You possibly can take a leisurely stroll alongside the riverside walkways, crossing over little wood bridges and previous picturesque waterfalls. The sight of clouds of butterflies hovering throughout and perching on close by tree trunks is enchanting as you see flashes of pink as soon as they start to fly – in the event you’re fortunate, one would possibly even land on you. 

Full your day trip with a go to to the Museum of Pure Historical past, which can be within the valley. The museum has a climate-controlled hatchery the place the butterflies reproduce.

In the event you don’t have your individual transport, you can even discover day excursions visiting the Valley of the Butterflies.

The Farma of Rhodes Petting Zoo 

The Farma of Rhodes is one other nice child-friendly attraction, proper subsequent to the Butterfly Valley, so you possibly can simply mix the 2 right into a enjoyable household day trip in Rhodes – good for youths who love animals.

The massive petting zoo permits you to stand up shut with many uncommon animal species, together with ostriches, llamas, lemurs, camels, kangaroos, wild boars, dwarf goats, and extra.

Children can feed, pet, and take images with most of the zoo’s animals. There’s even a particular interplay zone for ostriches the place you possibly can meet the world’s largest birds together with a skilled member of workers.

Bee Museum

The Bee Museum is a small household pleasant museum in Rhodes the place children (and adults!) can uncover the significance of bees and their function within the ecosystem. You too can be taught in regards to the historical past of beekeeping and honey manufacturing in Rhodes. 

Across the museum, there are many fascinating digital shows, interactive quizzes, instructional video games, and clear remark hives the place you possibly can observe actual bees by means of a microscope. You’ll want round an hour to go to the museum. 

There’s additionally a small child’s playground exterior, in addition to a present store the place you should purchase pure bee merchandise like honey and wax souvenirs. 

Water under the trees at Seven Springs in Rhodes - a lovely day out in Rhodes for families who enjoy the outdoors

Seven Springs

For outdoorsy households, don’t miss the possibility to discover the Seven Springs, a stunning gorge stuffed with thick woodland, strolling trails, glowing springs, and small winding rivers main right into a central lake.

In the event you’re feeling adventurous, you possibly can stroll by means of a darkish slender tunnel that leads out to the principle lake – though take flip-flops or water sneakers as you’ll be wading by means of an ankle-high stream to do it.

As soon as on the lake, you possibly can get pleasure from a refreshing dip within the pure springs (a phrase of warning: the water is fairly chilly year-round!) or sit by the sting with an ice cream or drink from the small cafe. 

There are additionally day excursions visiting Seven Springs in the event you don’t have your individual transport

Apolakkia Lake

There are a number of synthetic lakes within the centre of Rhodes, created by dams designed to assist with irrigation on the island.

View of the turquoise waters of Apolakkia Lake, with pedalos moored on the dusty bank and scrubby trees around the banks and hills beyond - perfect if you want to head off the beaten track in Rhodes with kids

One in all these, Apolakkia Lake, was constructed in 1987 with the possibility to strive waterspots, swim and hike alongside the lakeside. There’s even a small church on the banks, which sits on dry land throughout summer time when the water ranges are low, and turns into immersed within the water when the lake ranges rise.

There’s one locations, Rhodescape, the place you possibly can rent kayaks plus there’s a small taverna – even in August, it was very quiet, so it’s in all probability greatest when you’ve got your individual gear. The water is an unbelievable opaque turquoise, so it’s properly price a detour simply to benefit from the views.

Go to the village of Lindos

Lindos is a picturesque little hillside village sitting on the jap coast of Rhodes – greatest recognized for its historical Acropolis (learn on for extra particulars), it’s one of the vital widespread locations on the island to discover.

The small pedestrian-only village is unsurprisingly touristy, but it surely’s nonetheless a really fairly place to wander, its slender cobbled streets stuffed with small present outlets, cosy cafes, and wonderful sea views.

In the event you’re visiting the Acropolis (scroll down for extra), do save a little bit of time to wander round, and it’s a very good place to choose up just a few souvenirs or to strive some people-watching.

There are additionally a few seashores sitting under the village – each with tender sand, Lindos Seashore is larger, busier and also you’ll discover loungers galore plus kayaks to hire, whereas Pallas Seashore is smaller and quieter, with shallow water that’s good in the event you’re visiting Rhodes with toddlers and youthful children. Close by St Paul’s Bay is pebbly and an extended stroll from any automobile parking.

View down to the beach from the Acropolis of Lindos with small boats in the bay, loungers on the sand and the rocky hills in the background - one of the best things to do in Lindos with kids

Lindos Acropolis

Lindos is greatest recognized for its unbelievable Acropolis, one of the vital necessary archaeological websites in Greece and one of many best-known locations to go to in Rhodes for households.

Sitting on a clifftop above the city, the Acropolis dates again hundreds of years, with the ruins of historical temples now tucked inside defensive partitions constructed by the Knights of St John in medieval instances.

View up to the Acropolis of Lindos above the curving stone path used by the donkeys to climb the hill - one of the unmissable days out in Rhodes for families

It’s an enchanting combine, with some indicators and boards giving data on what you possibly can see (though in the event you do need numerous element, you’ll want a information). The columns of the Temple of Athena Lindia are one of many oldest sections.

To succeed in the Acropolis, you’ll have to stroll up from the village: there are two routes, a winding slope which leads unnoticed of the village and up the hill, or one other which climbs the steps by means of the village previous the memento stalls. Each take the same period of time, round 20 minutes.

If the stroll is an excessive amount of for little legs, there are donkey rides obtainable for youths – and the donkeys do look properly cared for – however realistically it’s not too tough.

It’s greatest to go to early within the day to keep away from the crowds and the worst of the warmth: as with most historical websites, you received’t discover a lot shade whilst you’re exploring.

You should purchase tickets prematurely, together with immediately from the Hellenic Heritage website or from websites together with tiqets(with a small low cost utilizing my hyperlink and the code MUMMYTRAVELS6) or Get Your Information, which lets you add an audio information.

In case you have your ticket, you don’t need to queue, simply go straight in previous the ticket off to the turnstiles. When cruise ships are visiting, the queues might be overwhelming, even at 9.30am, so it’s properly price doing. You possibly can even scan QR codes within the queue to purchase your tickets in the event you flip up and it’s longer than you anticipated.

Monolithos Citadel

Positioned on the west coast of the island, the ruins of Monolithos Citadel are one of many extra uncommon historic websites on Rhodes for youths – and far much less visited than someplace just like the Acropolis of Lindos.

The Fifteenth-century fortress sits on a cliff prime overlooking the ocean, as soon as one of many key websites to guard the island.

View of Monolithos Castle on top of its rocky hill with the sea and rocky headland seen beyond - ideal if you want to head off the beaten track in Rhodes with kids

Right now, it’s a enjoyable spot for youths to let their imaginations run free and envision life as a medieval knight defending the island from marauding pirates or different enemies. One a transparent day, the ocean appears to stretch off without end to the horizon.

You possibly can drive many of the method as much as the fortress, with only a brief 5-10 minute climb from the automobile park to succeed in the ruins. The stone staircase as much as the fortress is steep and slightly uneven, so be additional cautious when climbing with infants or toddlers although. 

The sundown views listed here are great in the event you’re visiting with older children, though it does are inclined to get busier then, but it surely’s price a go to at any time of day.

Ruins of Historical Kamiros

In the event you do love studying extra about historical past, Kamiros was one of many first ever cities on Rhodes. Thought to have been based within the seventh century BCE, it has a protracted and numerous previous, and you’ll nonetheless go to the stays of this 3,000-year-old metropolis to be taught extra about historical civilizations that after lived there. 

The large archaeological website nonetheless has crumbling ruins of homes constructed over three ranges, a reservoir, fountains, and a temple devoted to the goddess Athena – even in the event you’re visiting with youthful youngsters who received’t respect the historical past, they’ll stretch their legs as you journey again in time. 

Below 16s can go to the location at no cost, making it an inexpensive day trip in Rhodes with children – it’s additionally round 10 minutes from vibrant Fanes, making it a straightforward one to mix with a day wandering across the tiny village with its vibrant homes.

You too can discover excursions visiting Kamiros and the close by Valley of the Butterflies.

Uncover some Greek crafts

One of many issues I really like about exploring Greece is discovering its traditions, whether or not it’s meals or tradition or possibilities to get palms on and make one thing.

And for older children with a inventive facet, you possibly can also have a go at a pottery class making a pomegranate whilst you’re on Rhodes.

A conventional image of excellent fortune and abundance, the 2 hour ceramics class permits you to rework the uncooked supplies together with your palms into a singular memento, which can be then painted. Though it’s price figuring out that because it takes two weeks to utterly paint and hearth the pomegranate, the one you are taking house was begun by another person.

But it surely’s positively a singular reminiscence to take house from your loved ones vacation in Rhodes. The studio is a brief drive from Rhodes Previous City

Take a day journey to Symi

Whereas there are many issues to do in Rhodes with children, it’s at all times tempting to island hop whilst you’re in Greece – even for a day. And one of many best choices is to take a day journey from Rhodes to Symi.

The gorgeous island is far smaller than its neighbour, with brightly colored homes sprawling up the hill from the harbour, tiny coves with fabulously clear water, a standard sponge diving trade, and a extra laid-back really feel.

View of the pastel coloured buildings in the harbour of Symi - an easy day trip from Rhodes with kids

Take a ship tour with one of many quick boats which zips between the 2 islands – this 7-hour journey to Symi from Rhodes City offers you round 4 hours on Symi, together with choices for a switch out of your resort.

If you’d like a bit longer, this day tour to Symi features a go to to the Panormitis Monastery, whereas this boat cruise to Symi contains time to swim in St George’s Bay.

Alternatively you possibly can take a ferry, with a string of various choices departing from Rhodes City to Symi (most have an possibility to depart within the morning and return within the night, with a journey time of round an hour) – take a look at the totally different routes on Bookaway and Ferryhopper.

We spent a number of days on Symi on a earlier Greek Island hopping household vacation and beloved it, in the event you’re questioning whether or not to go to

Take a day journey to Kos

One other of the nice family-friendly islands to go to within the Dodecanese, there’s heaps to do in Kos with children – realistically, the island is healthier for at the very least a brief break slightly than a day journey however in the event you’re decided to squeeze in a fast go to, it’s nearly doable.

My daughter look out to the Aegean from the viewpoint in Kefalos old town - with a few days on the island, I found 11 things to do in Kos with kids

There are a number of ferry routes from Rhodes City to Kos, so test those which have a shorter journey time – the quickest take round two and a half hours, which provides you as a lot as 5 hours on the island.

Examine the totally different choices on Bookaway or Ferryhopper.

For extra issues to do in Kos with children, take a look at my prime picks

Take a day journey to Turkey

Like Kos, it takes a few hours to get from Rhodes to Turkey, but it surely’s nonetheless attainable to slot in a household day journey in the event you time it proper.

Among the best routes to strive is from Rhodes to Marmaris, round an hour away – with early morning ferries returning within the early night, you might have half a day to discover the Turkish resort, when you’ve cleared immigration (don’t overlook your passport, and do test in the event you want a visa!)

View of Marmaris harbor on the Turkish Riviera, one of the places you can visit by ferry from Rhodes with kids

There are additionally ferries to Fethiye, however you’d want an in a single day keep at the very least, as these depart Turkey within the early morning and depart Rhodes City within the early night, so the improper timings for a day journey from Rhodes with children. In the event you fancy visiting Bodrum, you’ll have to depart from Kos.

Methods to get round Rhodes with children

Though Rhodes isn’t the most important Greek island (actually in comparison with Crete!), it nonetheless takes just a few hours to drive all the best way round, particularly whenever you issue within the mountainous hills within the centre of the island.

However the roads are typically good and it’s simple to get round by automobile, so having your individual wheels is a good possibility in the event you’re visiting Rhodes with children, as you might be a lot extra versatile.

I’m an enormous fan of Zest Automobile Rental which we used to e book a automobile for our personal journey to Rhodes, or you can even take a look at automobile rent charges on Uncover Vehicles

It’s additionally simple to rearrange day journeys and excursions from Rhodes City and the principle resorts of the east coast, though you’re planning to remain anyplace else – particularly on the north coast – it may be trickier, so it’s a good suggestion to have a automobile for at the very least a part of the time.

View through our hire car windscreen of one of the winding mountain roads through the heart of Rhodes - renting your own car is a good idea for families in Rhodes

The place to remain in Rhodes with children

Whether or not you’re searching for your individual villa or a family-friendly resort, there’s loads of selection in Rhodes.

I’m an enormous fan of Plum Information for trendy self-catering lodging, with individually vetted properties and the choice to filter lodging to go well with children below one, and youngsters below 12.

In the event you’re searching for a bundle vacation, TUI has a complete string of household holidays in Rhodes, together with all-inclusive offers and extra funds breaks. Or you possibly can e book independently, with a string of low-cost airways flying to Rhodes and loads of locations to remain for all budgets on

Must you go to Rhodes with children after the wildfires?

It’s comprehensible to really feel postpone visiting the island after seeing the horrible photographs of the wildfires final summer time – however regardless of that, Rhodes nonetheless a beautiful place for a household vacation.

Nearly all of the island was utterly unaffected – staying close to Fanes, you wouldn’t have recognized there have been any fires in any respect, and the identical for the coast from Rhodes City to Faliraki.

Whereas the blackened hills slopes had been nonetheless evident additional alongside the coast from Lindos in the direction of Gennadi, one of many worst-hit areas, simply weeks later work had already began to replant timber and most inns had reopened.

With tourism badly hit due to Covid, in addition to the fires, it’s necessary to assist these companies so far as attainable too – and the danger of fireplace isn’t restricted to the Greek islands sadly, with Portugal and Spain each affected.

Regardless of all of it, we had a beautiful 10 days on the island, and I’d advocate a household vacation in Rhodes to anybody.

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Agathi Seashore/Anthony Quinn Bay/Tsambika Seashore/Acropolis of Rhodes/Seven Springs/Marmaris photographs courtesy of Depositphotos, all others copyright MummyTravels


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