Rhodes is a very large island: about 80 km separate the northern tip of the island from its southern end. It is therefore advisable to choose carefully where to sleep to avoid spending most of the vacation in the car moving here and there.
The good news is that all the places of tourist interest are concentrated along the eastern coast of the island, in the 50 km that go from the city of Rhodes to Lindos. The west coast is beaten by the meltemi and is almost ignored by tourists: it can be interesting to see for a break from the most crowded places, but it is not an ideal area to stay.
Of the resorts on the east coast, some are more suitable for young people in search of nightlife, others for couples on a romantic getaway while others satisfy all tastes and needs.
Here is a mini-guide to where to stay in Rhodes that will help you find the most suitable resort and hotel for the type of vacation you dream of having.
Sleeping in Rhodes Town is the ideal choice for those who, even during a beach vacation, don’t want to give up city life. The capital of the island is in fact a very lively city, full of opportunities for cultural visits, shopping and nightlife.
Very close to the airport, it is perfect for those who stop in Rhodes for a short time and then move to other islands, for those who want a fixed base from which to move by bus or organized tours and for those who just do not want to move.
If, on the other hand, you want a base from which to leave every day for day trips, the city of Rhodes may not be the best choice given its location on the northern tip of the island.
As far as accommodation is concerned, there is something for all tastes and all budgets.
The town of Lindos is undoubtedly the most beautiful on the island. It is a picture-postcard Rhodes, the one that most embodies the imagination of the Greek island: a cascade of white houses clinging to the slopes of a hill that spills over a relentlessly blue sea. At the top of the hill stands a medieval fortress that contains within it the millennial treasures of the acropolis.
Although it is now a very touristy destination, Lindos has kept its charm intact and is the ideal place to stay if you are looking for romantic views, traditional taverns and a mix of beaches and cultural attractions.
The choice of accommodation in Lindos is very wide, both in quantity and variety, with proposals for all budgets. In the small town center there are guesthouses, studios and family-run hotels: look here if you want to live the magical atmosphere of Lindos. If, on the other hand, you prefer more modern hotels and all-inclusive resorts, move away a bit.
Faliraki is the typical town developed after the boom of tourism. No historical attractions and little romance, but in return you will find beautiful beaches, a wide choice of hotels and apartments of all prices and an impressive amount of stores, bars, restaurants, playgrounds and discos.
Faliraki is recommended both for families with small children (the city beach has shallow waters that allow swimming and playing safely) and for young people looking for nightlife (Faliraki is famous throughout Europe for its clubs and beach parties).
Only 6 kilometers from Faliraki, Afandou is a whole other world, where the noise of the discos does not arrive. It is the oldest village of the island, today an ideal destination for slow tourism that loves tranquility and local food and wine specialties.
It can not compete with the most famous places for the number of hotels and apartments, but the variety is good: ranging from simple budget hotels and apartments with essential services to exclusive villas and 5-star resorts.
An alternative to Lindos for those looking for romance and relaxation without crowds of tourists is the town of Kolymbia, south of Afandou. The town center is located inland while accommodations for tourists are concentrated in the waterfront area.
It is a good compromise between services and charm, the latter due in large part to the pretty little port animated during the day by fishermen returning from work and in the evening by tourists who sit at the tables of the open-air bars for an after-dinner drink.
The villas and the medium-high range hotels prevail, with a good number of adults only spas ideal for a couple’s vacation.