Rhodes Family Hotels

Updated: October 5, 2017

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The 11 Best Kid Friendly Hotels in Rhodes, Greece

1. Lindian Pearl – Lindos

A short walk from the mini markets, restaurants & shops in Lindos village, St. Paul’s bay and the beach, this boutique establishment offers tastefully decorated, airconditioned, 2-bedroom apartments (family of 5) with lovely four-poster beds, washing machines (some), kitchenettes with cooking hobs and large, furnished balconies with sea and Acropolis views. Hotel Phone: +30 693 232 8891.

2. Delfinia Resort – Kolymbia

Set in Kolymbia, a few minutes walk from the beach, this all inclusive hotel offers basic, spotless, large family rooms (up to 5 people) with sofa beds & bunk beds, kettles, refrigerators and big balconies with mountain/garden views. Has a kids’ club, playground, games room, multiple pools, restaurant & bar, activities (table tennis, volley ball, mini golf) and an on-site mini market. Hotel Phone: +30 2241056601.

3. Johnhara Studios & Apartments – Ialyssos

Enjoying a fantastic location a 5 minute walk from the beach and steps away from tavernas, bars and cafes, this family run hotel offers airy 2-bedroom apartments (up to 5 people) with full kitchenettes (stoves & fridges) and balconies with garden views. No on-site restaurant/bar/pool. Hotel Phone: +30 6942409130.

4. Krinis Apartments – Rhodes Town

Reasonably priced, fantastic aparthotel within a 5 minute walk of Eli Beach, offering spacious, deluxe quadruple apartments (for family of 4) with marble floors, fully equipped kitchens, and two balconies. Brilliant location close to the qquarium, many shops & restaurants, and within walking distance of the old town. Hotel Phone: +30 2241078987.

5. Hotel Angela Suites & Lobby – Rhodes Town

Great value for money hotel offering decent family suites (up to 5 people) with bathtubs, living & dining areas and kitchenettes. Central location within easy walking distance of the beach, Old Town, shops, pubs & restaurants. Hotel Phone: +30 22410 78906.

6. Lefka Hotel & Apartments – Rhodes Town

Very friendly, family-run hotel in a quiet location, having good value, spacious 3-bedroom family apartments (up to 6 people) with kitchenettes (cooking hob, fridge, washing machines etc.) and balconies. Has a small kids’ playground, but there’s no lift. There’s a supermarket close by and the old town is a short walk. Hotel Phone: +30 2241 034959.

7. Athena Hotel – Rhodes Town

Unpretentious hotel offering clean 1-bedroom apartments (up to 4 people) with kitchenettes (cooking ring, coffee machine, fridge), sofa beds and balconies. Hotel has a small pool and is a short walk from the beach and the nightlife on Orfanidou Bar Street. Hotel Phone: +30 2241 022631.

8. Evdokia Hotel – Old Town

Set in the heart of the old town, this lovely boutique hotel (restored 13th century building) with a home-like ambience features quaint family rooms (up to 4 people) with wrought-iron beds, wooden/til ed floors and mini-bars. Has an arcade/game room, no elevator and serves a very popular home-cooked breakfast (fee). Minutes away from the Medieval Castle and the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. Hotel Phone: +302241077077.

9. Daniel Luxury Apartments – Kalathos

Excellent aparthotel having large, modern, fresh 2-bedroom apartments (up to 6 people) with full kitchens (cooktops, ovens, dishwashers, washing machines etc.), living rooms with sofa beds and balconies with sea/side views. Has a good-sized swimming pool with a barbecue area. Surrounding area has a supermarket, bakery and restuarants. Close to the Kalathos Beach and a short drive away from Lindos. Hotel Phone: +30 22440 33103.

10. Lyristis Studios & Apartments – Faliraki

Pleasant family-run aparthotel with modern, spacious, comfortable family apartments (sleeps family of 6) with fully equipped kitchenettes, mini-bars and balconies with garden/pool views. Has a swimming pool with sunbeds and on-site supermarket. Hotel is within walking distance of the beach, clubs/bars, and shopping areas. Hotel Phone: +30 2241 086460.

11. Zoes Hotel – Faliraki

Located a five minute drive from Faliraki town center, this affordable family-run hotel has simple, clean rooms (up to family of 4) with fridges, tea/coffee facilities, and furnished balconies with garden/sea & pool views. Has a pool with a sun terrace & snack bar and is within walking distance of the Ladiko Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay. Hotel Phone: +30 22410 85140.

Why is Rhodes great for families?

Steeped in history and blessed with some of Greece’s best beaches (and hotels and restaurants), Rhodes is almost the perfect destination for a family holiday. The high number of tourists can overwhelm some of the most popular attractions but Rhodes is one of the larger Greek islands and finding a tranquil beach or sleepy village town is always a day trip away. The beaches are wonderful and most are very kid-friendly.

What are the best attractions for families in Crete?

Rhodes (Rhodos) Town
The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Medditeranean and most kids will love wandering its cobblestone streets and alleys. The town beach, while not one of the islands best, makes for a nice swim after exploring the tourist attractions. The Jewish Quarter is dotted with enchanting and atmospheric hotels that most children will find exhilarating. A fun energetic excursion is a walk along the sand to Ixia beach, about 3 or 4 miles down the coast, and then taxi back.

Faliraki WaterPark
Awesome waterpark with some crazy slides (and some tamer ones). Free bus from Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes Town. 20 euros for adults, 15 euros for 3 to 12 year olds, free for under 3. Decent restaurant on site.

Marine Aquarium, Rhodes Town
This fun yet simple aquarium is located a short distance from the old town. If you’re looking for an activity that’s a break from the sun this should keep the children entertained for an afternoon.

The pedestrian only village of Lindos with the Acropolis perched over top is a magical destination for kids. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and the mid-day heat. The climb from the village to the Acropolis is not an easy one. A shallow protected beach lies at the base of the Acropolis.

Petaloudes, the valley of the butterflies.
From June to September the valley is swarmed with butterflies (in truth they’re Jersey Tiger Moths) and makes for an enchanting reprieve from the heat of the coasts. Get here early as it is very popular with tour groups – especially in the high season of July and August.

What are the best beaches for families in Rhodes?

The best beaches are along the east coast of Rhodes from Rhodes Town south until just past Lindos.

Rhodes Town has several nearby beaches the best of which is Elli beach just north of Mandraki Harbor. South from Rhodes Town the best beaches are Ialissos, Kathara, Faliraki, Kalathos, Lindos, Katsouni, Kiotari, Glystra, Genadi. After Genadi comes Prasonisi beach which is famed for its surfing.

The west coast grows progressively barren and windswept as you move south, although the beach at Ixia (5km southwest of Rhodes Town) is nice and is the center for windsports on the island (several business’s rent wind surfing equipment).

Vlicha beach
If the town beaches of Rhodes and Lindos are too crowded this makes a good option. A slowly sloping beach makes for a good destination for children pining for some water fun.

This popular holiday destination has mellowed over the years making it’s beautiful shallow and calm beach a good choice for families with small kids. The nearby water park and in-town bowling alley add to the appeal.

Tsambika Beach
A quiet resort with a few restaurants and a mini market. If Faliraki is too busy for you the calm shallow waters of this beach, situated in a protected cove, might make an appealing destination.

How Do I Get to Rhodes?

Flying is the easiest, quickest, and often cheapest way to get between to Rhodes. Both Olympic and Aegean Airlines have daily flights from Athens to Rhodes. Book early for the best fares and choice of flights.

Rhodes is in the far southeast corner of the Greek islanDs so it’s quite a trek by ferry to get there. There is at least one ferry a day from Piraeus (Athens’ port) to Rhodes. The boat ride takes 13 hours and costs €59.

Ferry To Rhodes

Situated at the farthest corner of the Greek island constellation, Rhodes can take anywhere from 17-24 hours to get to by ferry. If your time is limited flying will make more sense. If you do take the ferry to or from Athens you’ll have almost all the islands laid out before you like a Greek feast. A well planned trip can easily take in a half dozen other islands, all without ever feeling like you’re going much out of your way.

Ferries between Santorini and Rhodes run 2 or 3 times per week, take 7 to 15 hours and often travel overnight. Kos has the best connections with Rhodes and is on most ferry routes back to Athens.

There are also ferries between Turkey and Rhodes with the boat from Rhodes Town to Marmaris being the shortest and most consistent. It usually runs every day from May until October. There are also day trips between Rhodes and Fethiye.

Flights to Rhodes

There are flights from Athens to Rhodes with Olympic Air and Athens Airways and flights with Aegean Airlines from Thessaloniki and Athens to Rhodes. The following budget airlines have flights from the main hubs in Europe to Rhodes:

When’s the best time to visit Rhodes?

June and September are the best months for a beach and sun vacation. The weather is great, the water is warm (September more so than June, but both months are fine for swimming), the crowds are thinner than the summer months, and the hotels are a little cheaper.

July and August have great weather, warm seas, and lots of tourists. Prices are higher than any other time of year and hotels should be book well in advance. That said, if you can only go in July or August don’t let the crowds dissuade you – yes, the top attractions will be busy but a quiet beach is always there if you’re willing to put in some effort.

April, May, October, and early November are great if you’re willing to deal with some cloudy days, a little rain, and cool evenings. The spring is particularly good for hiking and cycling while May and October can still see fine beach weather. There are fewer tourists during this time of year and you can almost have top sights all to yourself. Hotels are much cheaper too but many establishments close down from November until late Easter.

What Hospitals are in Rhodes?

The Krito Medical Center is well regarded, well staffed, and centrally located in Rhodes Town. Any cab driver will know where it’s located.  Phone number: (+30) 22410 38008. Email: [email protected]

A few miles outside of Rhodes Town is the Rhodes General Hospital which is a full service hospital. Phone number: (+30) 22410 80100

There is also the Euromedica Private Hospital (+30) 22410 45000

88 Questions and Comments

  1. Rhodes Beaches

    Hi David,
    I’ve enjoyed reading your advise to other travellers. My question is regarding coming to Rhodes end of June 2018 for 2 weeks for my fathers 70th. We are a group of 12, 7 adults, 2 teenagers and 3 younger kids. We were thinking of staying at the SunBeach resort complex near lalyssos but I’m not sure about the beach on this coast. I’ve heard it can get windy at times and I wonder if we’re better off on the east coast? I likes the location of the resort because it was not too far from Rhodes town but if it’s too windy I’m happy to keep looking elsewhere.
    Thanks in advance for your opinion.
    Esta Campbell

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The Ialyssos coast can be fine, depending as you suggest on the prevailing wind. In June, it is not as pronounced as it is in say, August when it can really howl through the Central Aegean affecting Rhodes, though not as severely as say, Mykonos. The beaches all along the coast from Rhodes to as far as the airport are generally good … but not the best in Rhodes. They range from pebbly to sandy, but in general are noted for being unshaded (by trees and natural vegetation) so beach umbrella and loungers abound.

      The East coast has generally better beaches and it might be worth pointing out less crowded resorts and bays. With the exception of the very busy and touristy Faliraki, this coast is the domain of large, yet well-spaced out luxury hotels, small cosy bays, wider sandy bays and a generally more protected coastline. If it’s a resort you are after and one that is reasonably close to Rhodes Town then the stretch running down to Faliraki village is possibly your best choice. There’s a rich selection of mainly upper-end hotels along here – including a couple of Rhodes’ best – and the beaches enjoyed by the hotels are a notch up from the ones along the Ialyssos coast. It’s not far from here to Rhodes Town (13kms) and regular buses ply the route.

      If you are planning to stay in a resort, then there is a lot on offer to suit all the ages in your group including a Water Park for the younger kids. The area is not totally immune to winds, it must be said, but the likelihood of winds spoiling your fun in June is lesser that on the north-west coast.

  2. Where To Stay in Rhodes for Family of 4

    Hi! What a superb site!

    Our family, my wife and I plus 2 lads aged 8 & 4, are heading to Rhodes May 30-June 6. We have booked the Grand Hotel in Rhodes Town, which looks lovely. My question is this, would we be better in another resort or is the Old Town ok? Whilst we would love to take in a day in the Old Town, the main aim is to relax and enjoy the pool and beaches. Would we be better amending our trip to a place in Faliraki perhaps?

    Your advice is much appreciated.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The Mitsis Grand Hotel is a good and grand enough hotel indeed and you should be fine there. The Mitsis hotel chain, however, doesn’t have the best reputation within the hotel industry in the way it looks after guests, but you probably won’t notice it if you are not comparing it with other establishments or staying too long. The location is good, though the beaches on this side of Rhodes Town are more exposed to the winds and you will probably spend equal time in the pool as on the beach. Note that the Grand is not in the Old Town, but on the west side of the New Town. The Old Town does not have resort hotels, but rather subtle and often very luxurious boutique hotels in traditional stone architecture. The hotels in the Old Town don’t have pools as a rule and it is a totally different experience to stay here.

      As for an alternative location, I would not go so far as to suggest Faliraki itself. It is a tacky touristy village gone mad. It is generally cluttered, busy and bereft of any taste or sense. It is very popular with holidaymakers who don’t really care whether they are in Greece or Spain.

      Alternatively, there is a similar (to the Grand’s locale) and better spaced-out string of resort hotels along a stretch of coastline on the island’s more protected east side running from about 11.2 kms from the Grand, just past Kallithea, to Faliraki itself that is home to a cluster of large resort hotels.

      Among these are the Elysium Resort and Spa, Mitsis Allia Exclusive Resort and Spa, the Rodos Palladium, the Louis Colossos Beach, the Esperos Mare and Esperos Palace the Esperides Beach Family Resort and the Grecotel Rhodos Royal (all listed in no order of preference or recommendations implied). These are all in the Grand style of hotel, have a decent beach scene and all the facilities of a large resort hotel. The Rhodes Water Park is close by and that would appeal to your children.

      Other less-considered though equally well-appointed options might include the Lyndian Village a very hip hotel with private beach yet some 53 kms from Rhodes Town, or a couple of places in Lindos itself, the Lindos Village or the Aqua Grand. This area is less ‘busy’ or ‘touristy’ and has a slight more exclusive air to it – maybe because guests make a conscious choice to move away from the northern tourism strips in search of greater serenity.

      Finally, and on the topic of the Old Town: you will inevitably be drawn to it and it is magical, if you like the idea of being within a castle community. Few living communities in Europe reside and live within fortress walls. Carcassonne in France is the only other place that comes to mind. It is worth a day – or even a night – spent in it.

  3. Where To Stay in Rhodes for History

    Hi David,
    Your site is wonderful – it has so much useful information!

    We are a couple with a one year old planning to visit Greece in early June – probably 4 days in Athens and then we were considering a couple of nights in Rhodes. Do you have any recommendations on what area to stay in Rhodes (our kid may or may not be walking by then, so would think a place close to Old Town would be good)? My husband and I are history buffs, so would like to see as much as we can keeping in mind limited mobility due to the child.

    Any help much appreciated in advance, thanks!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Since you are history buffs, then staying in the Old Town should be high on your list of priorities. The Old Town is full of Mediaeval history – ramparts, moats, winding cobbled streets and an impressive Palace of the Grand Masters to enjoy. You child’s transport might be the key, but if you work out a way to transport him/her around without the need for a stroller, then you have it sorted.

      The cobbled streets of the Old Town or not so conducive to strollers – nor suitcases with wheels it might be added – but staying in the atmosphere of the Old Town is a highlight to any visit to Rhodes and it should be worth the extra effort.

      There are a few great atmospheric old places to stay in Rhodes Old Town. Favourites are Kokkini Porta Rossa, Spirit of the Knights, or the The Avalon – all in the top category range. With only two full days at your disposal, use them to soak up the Old Town by staying there. You will feel it, breathe it and live it a lot better than staying in a ‘standard’ hotel in the New Town.

  4. Rhodes for Family of 5

    Hi David,

    Love your site – first one I’ve found that actually helps make a decision!

    So… we are family of five: mum, dad, kids (7,5 and 9 months).

    We mainly want to spend our days on beautiful beaches, eating local food and enjoy strolling around – ideally all within walking distance of a villa. I guess we after the ‘charm’ of a Greek village holiday and trying to avoid masses of crowds.
    Where would you suggest is the best location / area that is fairly self contained and would deliver on the above?

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Assuming here that you wish to visit during the high season (July/August), your very reasonable wish list needs a little bit of research and planning. Rhodes the Island is a very popular holiday destination so crowds there will be aplenty during this period. A growing number of them, like you, prefer the ‘Greek holiday village’ scene without the crowds and that’s not too easy to achieve.

      The main tourist ‘strip’ of Rhodes – for want of a better word – runs essentially north of the airport to Rhodes town then back down the east coast as far as Pefki (just beyond Lindos). Along this coastal strip you will find the best beaches and the bulk of the tourism infrastructure – hotels, restaurants, shops, rental outfits etc. Wherever you go here in Summer you will find people – lots of them!

      Outside of this arc you will find less cluttered places and villages that still go about their island life unperturbed. The first place that comes to mind is Gennadi on the south-east coast. It is a small self-contained village that supports a more low-key tourism clientele. Use Google maps to take a walk around the village area and even to have a look at the beach, which is a pebbled beach as opposed to more desirable (for most) sandy strand. It’s not flash, but it is still more Greek and bereft of some of the excesses further north. You can always hire a car and drive to the fast, fun beaches like Tsambika and retire to the comfort of your rented villa or apartment in Gennadi.

      An even more genuine village is the village of Lachania a little further south: not a beach village as such just a quiet rural retreat where discerning foreigners have bought and restored houses. You could perhaps rent the House on the Square and really feel that you are part of the local scene. Then there is the rather posher The Four Elements that sports a handy pool. For a relaxing Greek menu the Taverna Platanos in the village is a really nice spot even to make an out-of-the-way trip to get to.

      The West coast is even more lower-key with little mountain villages like Monolithos or Siana offering real get-away-from-the-crowds experiences. Skala Kamirou is primarily the little port for the daily ferry to Chalki (another great visiting option), but is another possibility if you were really keen to avoid the throngs of summer holidaymakers.

  5. AirBnb in Rhodes

    Hi David
    We’ve booked to fly into Rhodes for 7 nights in mid August with our 5 and almost 3 year old. I was looking at booking into an Airbnb so we’d have more space and they seem to generally be cheaper. Just wondering if you would agree with this and where in Rhodes you’d recommend staying- I’m thinking Rhodes town? Also would you bother hiring a car or is it easy to get around walking and with public transport and taxis?
    Thanks so much

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      AirBnb rentals typically don’t have good locations in Rhodes (though there are exceptions). If you rent a car you’ll see more but it is fun getting around by bus and a bit more of an experience. Bus connections from Rhodes Town are good. Personally, I like staying in Rhodes Town and commuting to the beaches through the day (then dinner and explore the Old Town in the evening).

  6. Rhodes with Teens

    Hi. We are planing to have a holiday in Rhodes summer 2017. My question is for a family with kids age 13-15 which place is the best (beaches, location, things to do)? Also we would like to be near the big market bazaar. And can I be sure there is a fruit fig in August?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      First up, August is peak season for holiday in Greece – assuming that is when you plan to go – so be aware that everything will be in peak demand (book early). Yes, you will find figs in August. By market bazaar do you mean the trinket market in the Old Town, or are you referring to some food and vegetable market? Of the latter there are several dotted around the island, but no particularly spectacular one to shout out about in Rhodes Town (Old or New). If you mean the street upon street of small shops selling everything from copper pots to clogs then you will find that in the narrow winding street of the Old Town – the part of Rhodes Town that is enclosed within the fortress walls.

      If you want to be near that, then your only real option is to either stay in the Old Town itself and there are some spectacular boutique hotels on offer, or stay near the town beach in the New Town itself. The area close to the Casino is a good spot to look for accommodation. The beach itself on this side is pretty good, though in August it will be crowded. There is another Rhodes Town beach scene on the western side of the pointy peninsula upon which Rhodes Town is situated, though it’s a little more exposed to the sometimes windy weather, but there are plenty of hotels here stretching more or less all the way to the airport (13kms). This is a popular tourist strip and is close enough to the market bazaar of the Old Town.

      For other best beaches in Rhodes the formula is pretty simple: all the decent beaches are on the East side of the island. The west side tends to be straggly and exposed and while great for touring – a popular day-trip excursion is to drive down one side of the island and back up the other – places to stay and things to do down here are few and far between.

      Heading south down the east coast – and bear in mind that it is 90kms from tip to toe – your coastal community is general made up of two parts: Rhodes Town to Lindos and Lindos onwards to Prasonisi. Rhodes to Lindos is the most popular and Lindos itself is another pleasant residential accommodation alternative to Rhodes Town and it has a large street-based bazaar. Between the two is the highly touristed and commercialised centre of Faliraki – lots to do and see but frankly, not very Greek. Your kids may enjoy its noise and confusion, but would you? Rhodes is the kind of island where you are better served with a rental car as the distances are considerable in comparison to other islands. Base yourself somewhere that has enough of what you like and drive to your beach or bazaars daily. Tips for a couple of nice beaches along the east coast: Tsambika Beach (28kms from Rhodes Town) with its relaxed beach bars and restaurants or, for a quick ride from town, the Kallithea Springs beach resort just 10kms away.

      There are plenty of things to do in Rhodes apart from shop and swim. In addition to swimming there are loads of water-based sports rides to buy in to and there is at least one public water park. There is scuba diving on offer and plenty of boat excursions – the most popular being the Rhodes to Lindos service. You can easily visit other islands from Rhodes – Symi is the easiest for a day trip, while Tilos and Halki are both worth at least a couple of full days. Touted as an attraction, Rhodes’ butterflies are best left alone. The poor things try to rest and breed in a pleasant valley yet thousands of tourist disturb them and worse still clap their hands to make them fly and show their wings … Leave it.

      Rhodes is a well-packaged and popular destination, but once again, it will be very busy for the first three weeks of August. Plan well ahead and book hotels as soon as feasible. Happy holidays!

  7. Alternatives to Naxos

    Hi David,

    I love your site!
    I’m planning a vacation with my son. I was thinking about the beginning of June, just because August will probably be crowded and expensive. He’ll be 1.5. I really wanted to go to Naxos, but it’s too much of a hassle to get there, so I’m rethinking and am looking for a location that would require only one short flight. Where would you recommend that would have a similar low key feel? I prefer peaceful and not overcrowded.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes is a good alternative to Naxos, as it has a good infrastructure and many places to choose from. Rhodes also has direct flights from western Europe – unlike Naxos. The beginning of June is a wise decision because the crowds will not be so in your face and you will have some breathing space to enjoy what is a large and beautiful island.

      OK, low-key and a place that would suit a young child. Presumably you want water, beach toddler facilities? Look at hotels on the Ammoudes strip. That is about 20kms from the airport and is on the East side of Rhodes. There are many hotels here and the scene is rather resort-based. Nearer the airport the resort hotel strip between the airport and the main town is pretty popular and has a wide array of hotel options. Both would suit a mother with a young child.

      If you are looking for the ‘Naxos feel’ you will need to go farther afield and maybe the Pefki area (just south of Lindos) might be what you are after. More countrified, more out of the resort zone and a bit more like a smaller Greek island.

      If you’re interested in other islands the quiet friendly resort town of Agios Nikolaos on Crete has a very relaxed family-friendly vibe. It’s a 90 minute drive (bus or taxi) from Heraklion which has plenty of direct flights from western Europe.

  8. Family Vacation in Rhodes

    Hi, we are family with 2 children ages 11 and 13. We have booked flights from Australia to Athens for June (19th) and thinking of going straight to Rhodes. There is no short connection flight on the day we arrive, being a Friday, as Aegean airways leaves late afternoon for Rhodes. Do you suggest we wait around at the airport for our flight or is there any other way to get to Rhodes flying, via another island? This is our 3rd time in Athens so probably were going to leave the Athens stay until the end of our trip. After Rhodes we were thinking of flying back to Athens then driving to Lefkada. Whilst in Rhodes we were thinking Faliraki, either one of the resorts near the beach or villa apartment with pool, but near beach, with separate bedroom. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In Athens I would spend the night at the excellent Sofitel Airport Hotel (steps from the terminal and nice indoor pool).

      Good hotels in Rhodes near Faliraki and the beach:

      Anelia Boutique Studios & Apartments (inexpensive and close to town, large apartments for family of 4)
      Esperos Mare (moderately priced, on the beach with large family suites)
      La Marquise (on the beach with family suites or 2-story villas with private pool)
      Elysium Resort & Spa (on the beach with luxurious 5-star suites)

  9. Hotel Room for Family of 3 in Rhodes


    We just booked a flight to visit Rhodos Island end of October with our 14 months old daughter! A getaway before the Winter season kicks in. We were wondering if you have any recommendations on small & cozy hotels with a big (private) terrace for our daughter to play safely and potentially an outdoor private jaccuzi for us to relax when she is in bed (not at ground level to avoid our daughter can fall into it). We were spoiled last time when we were in Santorini with a big private terrace and an outdoor jaccuzi … so we are looking for something similar in Rhodos this time. All recommendations are welcome!

    Have a lovely evening!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would recommend staying in Rhodes Town (more going on at the end of October when the beach towns can be very quiet, yet beaches nearby should you get some hot weather). Hotels in Rhodes Town are quirky (typically lots of character but can be a bit challenging for parents with young kids looking for predictability). Have a look at the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel.

  10. Rhodes with a 9 Year Old

    We are planning a trip to Greece late June to early July. (Roughly 3 weeks.) It will be my husband, our son who is 9 and myself. We initially thought of a 5 day cruise from Athens, but when looking at the time the ship is at port, you don’t have much time to visit the sights on the island. Our thinking was to fly into Athens & stay 2-3 days & visit the sights there. Take a ferry to Rhodes, which was recommended by friends who thought our son would love the medieval sights. I was also thinking Santorini, but I am not sure it is too kid friendly. Do you suggest an other islands we could ferry to that are kid friendly & close to Rhodes to visit before we return to Greece. We would then pick up a car and visit Meteora & then travel to Lefkada where my husband has family.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes is great. But just so you know it’s a long ferry ride from Athens – be sure to book an overnight cabin. Kos is probably your best bet near Rhodes – nice beaches, boat trips to nearby islands (day trip), a water park. There are no convenient connections from Rhodes to Santorini so would probably pick a different island if you’re on the fence about Santorini. The Meteora area is wonderful – you’ll love it.

  11. Istanbul and the Greek Islands with 3 Kids

    Hi (love your site!)
    We are an Australian family of 5 (12, 4 & 0.7 months) who will be travelling from Australia to Istanbul (2 night stop over). We are thinking we would then get a flight to Athens (stay 1 night), then go to the Greek Islands for 1 week (or 10 days..?). Any suggestions on where we should stay? We love the beach, good food & history. Hoping to visit Santorini… Any suggestions would be great.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Sounds great. Naxos, Antiparos, Paros are a few of the islands that have the best beaches for kids. Santorini doesn’t have great beaches (just good) but is a fun destination even with kids.

  12. Rhodes in August with 4 Kids

    We are all booked for a week in Rhodes from August 17th to 24th. We have an apartment rented outside of Rhodes Town. We are a family of 6 with 4 kids (12,9,5,3). We currently live in Europe and have done a lot of traveling the past 5 years but usually we drive everywhere we go. This time we are flying and I was wondering if we should rent a car for the whole time or just use 2 taxi’s, tours and public transportation to get arounds? We were quoted a price for a van of 65 euro a day to fit us all and there is parking available for us at the apartment. My concern with a vehicle is that we would spend all our time looking for parking and getting lost. So far we plan to see Lindos and do the whole donkey ride up to the Acropolis, take a ferry to Symi. I would love to see some of the prettier beaches and just explore. With 4 kids public transportation can be difficult but we have done it in major cities throughout Europe. What is your advice on the rental car?
    Thank you in advance,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Rebecca. I would recommend hiring a car as it’s a great way to see the island and it will be much cheaper than taking a taxi. A taxi one-way from Rhodes Town to Lindos will cost €65-70. That easily covers a car rental. The bus system in Rhodes is very good. Buses are modern, roomy, and air conditioned. But even the bus can add up quickly for a large family (€6 one-way from Rhodes to Lindos for an adult, free for the young kids, probably full fare for the 9 and 12 year old).

      Hope that helps. Good luck.

      1. Rebecca

        Thanks for your response. Would you suggest doing any of the boat tours that leave Rhodes town and go to Lindos. They are not the cheapest solution but it seemed like you would be able to see some beautiful coastline on the way. My worry would be that we would feel rushed and not have enough time to explore.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Sounds nice. My big concern would be the timing. The best time to see Lindos is in the early morning (before the heat, crowds, and tour buses arrive) or late afternoon when everyone’s left. With the boats you’ll be visiting between noon and 2pm which is the peak of the heat and crowds.

  13. Rhodes for 4 Nights with a Child

    Hi David,
    My husband and I are planning a trip to Greece in end August / Beginning of September for 8 days only. We have a 2 year old who will be travelling with us. On our itenerary so far includes stoping in athens for 1 night and then heading to Rhodes for 4 nights and the rest we are still not sure what to do.? Any recommendations, also what beach do you recommend we stay baring in mind that fact that a 2 year old will be with us? Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      On Rhodes, the beaches at Rhodes Town, Faliraki, and Lindos (and many others) are all great for kids. I’d avoid the west coast (anywhere west of Rhodes Town) as it can get very windy there. The southeast coast is much more protected from the winds. Rhodes is a long ferry ride from Athens so I would take the most convenient ferry connection that gets you half way back. Naxos, Ikaria, or Samos would all be great but it would depend on the ferry schedule. Good luck.

  14. Tracy

    Thank you David – this is a huge help!
    Regards, Tracy

  15. Rhodes with 2 Children

    Hello David,
    We were hoping to travel to Greece in September (from 14 to 26 September) and are looking for a relaxed holiday with a lot of beach time. Travelling party will be my husband and I and our 2 children, ages 12 and 15, together with my parents in law. From what I have read, Rhodes seems to be the best option. Is the water at that time of the year generally calm and warm? All the kids want to do is swim. Secondly, as my daughter has a kidney disease, are medical facilities easy to access if there should be an emergency? Thanks so much for any info.
    Kind regards, Tracy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes is great for kids and has some very kid-friendly beaches. The weather and water are (typically) great in September – which is the best month to visit Rhodes. I’ve added some hospital info to the post above – thanks for the suggestion.

      Good luck.

  16. Rhodes in 1.5 Days

    Hi David,

    Could you please let us know if a day and half would be enough to see major attractions in Rhodes? We are a couple that will be flying in around 5pm and staying in Rhodes Town for 2 nights before catching a morning ferry at 9am the day after. So we will be having a whole day to see Rhodes, do you think we will be able to see the Medival city (does it mean ancient city? or is it different), Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, Palace of Grand Master of Knights (optional), and Lindos? What is the best way to get to Lindos from Rhodes town? Please suggest.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You’d have to really go to see those sights in a day and a half – but you could probably manage it. Do Lindos in the early morning of your full day to avoid the crowds.

  17. Rhodes, Kids, and Car Seats

    Hi, we are going to Rhodes in May with a five and a one year old. What happens about car seats for our bus transfer?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Not sure if I understand your question, but you’ll be able to store your car seats in the storage underneath the bus (the storage areas are large). Hope that helps.

  18. Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, Athens with 2 Kids

    Love your site! We’re planning a 3 week vacation in August with our 2 boys (6 & 8) this summer and hoping you can help with our itinerary. We plan to spend 10-12 days in Rhodes to visit family and 1-2 nights in Athens to show the boys the Acropolis on 1 day, and have 1 day of rest before hopping on the long flight home to Canada. We’re trying to figure out how to spend the other 7 nights in the middle?? I’ve visited islands around Rhodes like Kos and Symi but haven’t seen any of the Cyclades nor Crete and really want to experience something different (have visited Rhodes 11x in the past). We were thinking Rhodes-Crete-Santorini-Athens. Another consideration was Rhodes-Santorini-Naxos-Athens. We’re really open except that we want to experience something different. Any suggestions?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Both are fine. Be prepared for a long ferry ride from Rhodes to Crete or Santorini. There will be more ferries for Rhodes to Crete than Rhodes to Santorini. I’d say the itinerary through Naxos is a little easier and shorter than the one through Crete. Crete is also very big so if you only have a few days there you won’t feel like you saw much of it. Naxos on the other hand is small and easy to get a good feel for in 3 days. Book your onwards Rhodes ferry tickets as soon as you arrive on Rhodes. The other tickets you can get on the first day you arrive on each island – this will give you some flexibility which is nice. Hope that helps.

  19. Faliraki in Summer

    David, thank you for your time responding to all these messages. Great help.
    I don’t have kids yet but i’m planning a romantic trip with my girlfriend to Greece this summer. She likes Santorini. I believe she’s drawn to the scenery of sitting in a pool overlooking the sea from above. Although I don’t mind going, I feel that I will be bored very quickly (3 days tops). I’m not a guy who likes to spend the whole vacation at the beach. I’m more into visiting ruins, walking in old towns, enjoying the architecture….. etch
    It seems that Rhodes is the best fit. I liked the pictures i saw and i believe we can accommodate both of our interest. The beaches seem to be as good as Santorini. We’re also interested about the night life. Do you think Rhodes will cater to our desires? I am looking at a place in Faliraki that I really like. How easy is it to visit the main towns from there? Do i need to rent a car? Thank you for you help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Faliraki is a good base for exploring the island – easy to get to Rhodes Town and Lindos, and good beaches. The beaches on Rhodes are far better than the beaches on Santorini (which aren’t really that good). The only trouble with Rhodes is getting there from Santorini. It will likely require a long ferry ride, probably overnight. Crete is similar to Rhodes – lots of history, culture, and great beaches – but is easier and quicker to get to from Santorini. So I’d consider that. Both Rhodes and Crete have good bus services so you need not rent a car, though it might make some sights easier to get to. Good luck.

  20. Rhodes in April or October?

    Hi, I’ve been thinking about planning a week’s holiday in Rhodes which needs to be in school holidays and not in July/August as the heat would fry my pasty white skin! Would middle of April or late October have the best weather? Presumably October would be better for swimming.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, definitely October. But the earlier in October you can make it, the better.

  21. Greek Islands with 3 Children

    Love all the information! My husband’s parents are from Geraki, Greece. My kids and I have never been to Greece, and my husband wants us to go this summer. From what you are saying, June sounds like a good time to go so will encourage him to do that. Due to him having family there, Geraki and Sparta have to be a part of the trip (can just be one day). Would like to see some other areas and wanted to know which places you would go. My kids are 8, 12 and 12 years old (twins). Want to go to the best places we can go for our money. Some places that interest me are Rhodes, Crete, Naxos, Paros, Ionia, Santorini, Mykonos, etc. Also, have to have one day in Athens. Don’t have but week and a half. What do you recommend? We like to sight see, eat, etc. Kids and I like beaches, but husband likes to go, go, go!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I would spend your island-time either hopping around the Cyclades (Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Mykonos – say 2 nights each) or spend your time on Crete which is a big island and takes some time to get around. If you wanted you could combine Crete and Santorini but I think any more than that and you’ll be spending more time on the ferry than seeing the sites. Also, if you decide on Crete a one-way flight from Athens (and ferry back) would save you some time. All of those islands, except for Santorini, have great beaches. Crete and Naxos (and Rhodes) have the most historical sites to see. Good luck.

  22. Rhodes in February

    We will be traveling to Greece in February. I really want to go to Rhodes… There seems to be a lot to see and do. We have a 5yo, 3yo, and a 3 month old. Is Rhodes a good island to visit off season?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, it’s one of the better ones in the off-season. Rhodes has a bigger population that most islands so there’s still much open in the off season. The sites (like the Old Town and the Lindos Acropolis) will be great to wander around – and no crowds. Good ferry connections too. The weather, of course, won’t be great in February so have some warm clothes and a rain jacket.

  23. Rhodes and Greece in Summer

    My husband my 6 year old daughter are wishing to travel Europe in June / July we would like to spend a week in Greece on a beach. Could you advise me on a place that is not too crowded. My daughter is a easy child and well traveled and we are not after kids clubs and other children’s entertainment. Your advice will help me greatly. Thank you Kylie.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Not sure how you’re planning to get to Greece and the islands – but I’d start by looking what direct flights are available from wherever in Europe you’ll be coming from. Flying through Athens could eat up almost 2 days (with ferry) on both sides of your trip. So if you could fly directly to an island (assuming you don’t want to visit Athens) that would be a good way to save the time and expense of going via Athens. Rhodes, Corfu, Crete, and Mykonos are some (but not all) of the islands that have direct flights from northern Europe and also have great beaches. If you wanted to see more than one island then it becomes a little more tricky to find flights to and from 2 different islands and also negotiate a ferry trip (all with little room for error).

      That’s a long way of saying, all the islands are great in their own way so don’t sweat where you end up so much as planning a trip that won’t feel hurried and hectic. If I had to pick the best islands for kid-friendly beaches they’d be Rhodes, Naxos, Antiparos, and Corfu.

      Hope that helps.

  24. Greece in August with Kids

    Hi David
    Hoping you can guide me in the right direction. Traveling to Greece beginning of August. 4 adults ages 25-35, 2 adults in 60’s and 3 children under 4. Thinking of Rhodes but would also like to see Santorini or Mykonos or both! Are trip will in Missulogi (sp). Will probably stay there 2-3 days. Would like the whole trip to be no longer than 15 days. What are your suggestions? Also am interested in the Atlantica resorts in Rhodes if that helps!
    Thanks so much!
    Kasey Masgalas

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes, Santorini, and Mykonos are all great but a couple things to consider. All will be very busy during August (especially Santorini) so book well in advance for hotels. It’s not easy getting from Rhodes to Santorini or Mykonos – most years there are no direct ferries so you might have to go through a third island (maybe Crete) and it will require a full day of travel. Unfortunately ferry schedules only come out a month in advance so you can’t be sure what to expect as far as times and routes. Missolonghi is a long way from any of those islands so you’ll need to go through Athens and then bus from there.

      Good luck.

  25. Which Greek Island in April, May?

    We’re travelling in late April/May, we have 2 kids aged 2 and 7, we would live a beautiful family holiday with lots of beach activity. Could you please request an island that would suit us? is Mykonos or Santorini family friendly?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In late April and early May the weather can still be iffy and not be very beach friendly (and the water is still chilly) so at the very least be prepared for it not to be beach weather. Santorini does not have great beaches. Mykonos does have nice beaches but usually not a great family vibe. But in May it’s not high season so it won’t be the full-on party scene like in July and August so will likely be fine. Crete and Rhodes have the nicest weather for April/May and have lots to see and do so I’d put those at the top of your list. Plus, both islands have lots of direct flights from outside the country. Good luck.

  26. Ferry from Turkey to Rhodes


    Thanks for the recommendations and links! =)

    There are several in my group that are VERY prone to seasickness. How long is the ferry ride to Rhodes? If the ferry rides aren’t too long, I think they can still make it through okay. Or should we just fly into one of the bigger islands as a better option?

    Off to read up more about Rhodes and check out the links!

    Thanks again!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      From Marmaris to Rhodes is 45 minutes to an hour. The quickest ferry ride to Greece from Turkey is between Bodrum and Kos and takes about 20 minutes.

      There are presently no flights between the Greek islands and Turkey. There are only flights between Athens and Istanbul.

      A great website for travel in Turkey is turkeytravelplanner.com.

      Good luck.

  27. Rhodes and Turkey in May


    Your website is a Godsend. I’ve been wracking my brain while planning a large family (8 adults and 2 kids – ages 4 & 5) trip to Turkey and Greece in May. I figure I will make the islands the kids portion of the trip (which is fair after dragging them through museums, ruins and markets).

    However, which island would be you recommend that the other adults won’t be too bored or should we split the stay between two islands? Though we probably only have 4 nights to spend in the islands. Would you recommend that we stay at a hotel or rent a holiday home (are these available for a group our size)?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Lawrence. Honestly, for a large group like that and only 4 days I’d stick with one island. Finding homes to rent in Greece is not the easiest thing but at that time of year you should have lots of choice, so I’d start with rentals and move to hotels should you not find anything.
      Here are a couple links for finding rentals: HomeAway and VRBO.

      Pretty much any island along the coast with Turkey will give you plenty to do for 4 or 5 days. Rhodes would be my pick if you want some historical sites to visit. Lesvos if you want a slower island. Karpathos if you’d like to have a very Greek experience. The weather should be good for some beach time but be prepared for some rain or cool nights. Rhodes and Karpathos have the advantage of being 2 of the warmer islands in Greece during the spring. Rhodes also has the most connections with Turkey of any Greek island. (Karpathos would require an extra ferry ride which might rule it out for you.) One last thing, the port authorities (in Turkey) will need your passports the night before departure from Turkey so don’t plan to arrive at a Turkish port and jump directly onto a ferry for Greece – you’ll need to spend at least one night in a port town. Also, ferry schedules can change without warning so have a least a day’s flexibility with plans. One very last thing (promise), the boats between Turkey and Greece can be on the smaller side and can cause seasickness on rough days. Not much you can do about it but be (emotionally) prepared.

      Hope that helps.

  28. Which Island in Late May/Early June?

    Hi David,

    I’ve been reading everyone’s comments and your replies and it has been very helpful. We plan to travel to Greece next year perhaps late May to early June for 2 weeks with our 3 year old. We can’t decide which Island to stay at (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes..). We want a good dose of history, culture and beach. Should we stay at 1 Island for 2 weeks and explore by ferry or should we split our stay with 2 different Islands for a full Greece experience?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Nerissa. Corfu is hard to combine with other island visits as the ferry connections to the south are not good (or non existent). Paxi is the only island to consider. It’s quiet and beautiful and would make a nice visit. It’s very small however. Other than it Zakynthos (Zante) is 8.5 hours away so that’s not terribly appealing.

      Crete is so big that you could easily spend 2 weeks there.

      Rhodes is a great island but you’d probably want to move on after a week. Karpathos and Kos are the 2 most practical islands to visit from Rhodes. (Karpathos would be my choice.)

      Hope that helps.

  29. Rhodes with 3 Teenagers

    Hi David,

    We want to take a last minute vacation to Greece around mid August.
    We will have a mixed group of 3 teenagers 13 -15yrs, 2 young adults 18 – 22yrs and 3 adults and a 3 year old…!!!!!

    Never been to Greece so Please any recommendations for locations….Pretty Please

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes is a great destination for families. Awesome beaches, historical sites that kids love, a good sized island that you can explore and hike around. Rhodes also has direct flights from Europe which makes it easy to get to. Of course it will be very busy during August so book your hotels as soon as you can. For a quieter island you could look to Lesvos, Ikaria, or Milos but they’re a little harder to get to. Crete is also a good choice as it’s a large island that offers lots to do. Don’t worry too much about where you go. All the islands are great and I rarely talk to anyone who was disappointed with the island(s) those chose. Look for flights first and go with what’s easiest and cheapest. Good luck.

  30. Rhodes with 2 Young Children

    Hello David:

    We are planning a trip to Greece with our two sons (2 and 4 years old). Based on what I had read I guess one good choice will be Rhodes??? We have only 7 days, so I don’t know if you can give me some suggestions since my kids are young… Do you recommend us to stay in one island?? some days in Athens perhaps?? I will appreciate your advice since it is our 1st time on this area of the world.
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Seeing a couple islands is nice – the ferry is fun – but don’t feel obligated. Do whatever feels easiest. Rhodes is great but it doesn’t lend itself to island hopping. So the Cyclades, in that regard, are great. There are so many islands that are only a 1 hour (or less) ferry rider from each other. If you want to do multiple islands then go with the Cyclades. Naxos, Paros, Antiparos, Milos, Sifnos – there are so many. Athens has lots to see but I doubt even your 4 year old would think it was anything but hot and busy. The kids will much prefer the islands.

  31. Greek Islands with a Dog

    I love your site, great info!!! I’m planning to travel with my dog to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. Is it safe for a single female to travel around Greece alone and is it ok to take a dog on a ferry and are there any other places ud recommend us visiting for (trekking, watersports great food and relaxation at lovely petfriendly affordable beach resorts) thanks 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      For ferry travel with a dog see my comment below. Crete has the best hikes and treks, and also has great beaches, food and resorts, so I’d recommend it. Greece is very safe and has a low crime rate so I’m sure you’ll be fine if you use common sense. Good luck.

  32. Greek Islands with a Dog and Vehicle

    Hi David,
    We appreciate all the info you provided and made it easier for us to decide which islands to visit. Just need your recommendation/advice. We have 2 1/2 weeks to island hop and will start in Athens. We have 4 kids and a dog and also will have a vehicle. Is it going to be possible to take our car and dog via ferry if we want to visit the cyclades (for now Paros, Naxos and Santorini – any other islands you suggest for day trips?), Rhodes and Crete? What route do you recommend as the most economical? Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The Cyclades are the cheapest to get to as they’re the closest. The longer the ferry ride (and the route from Athens to Rhodes is about the longest in Greece) the higher the fare. Taking a car on the ferry is no fun in Greece. For one, because you have to book well in advance to secure a vehicle spot so this requires using the Greek ferry websites (a pain) and plan all your ferry trips in advance (no flexibility). If you could fly, I’d book a flight from Rhodes or Crete back to Athens at the end of your 2 1/2 weeks and take the ferry one way, with stops along the way in the Cyclades. Rhodes is a bit out of the way from the other island so I’d consider cutting that from your itinerary and focus on Paros, Naxos, Santorini, and Crete – which all have good ferry connections from one to the other.

      Good luck.

      1. Ed

        Hello again David,
        Thanks for the tip – we’ll do Rhodes on another trip. Unfortunately, we have to take our car – I don’t want to leave it in Athens. Another question, is it difficult to take a dog on the ferry?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Taking pets on Greek ferries is not straight forward. It varies from one ferry line to another and from one ship to another. Some will want paperwork for the dog that shows it’s had all its shots, others won’t. Some require the dog to be kept in pet crates that are kept in a designated part of the ship. On all ships dogs won’t be allowed in a cabin, near the restaurants, or inside any part of the ship. Typically pets are kept on a part of the deck away from other passengers. Once you know the ferry you want to travel on then contact that ferry line to enquire about their pet policy. Pets are typically free but there can be limited space so you’ll need to reserve a spot.

          Good luck.

  33. Greek Islands with a Vehicle

    Hello David,
    You provided some great info – just need your advice. We will have a car and want to island hop starting in Athens. We have 2 weeks with our 4 kids (16yrs and below) and a dog. We want to visit the Cyclades (not decided which ones – for now Santorini and Milos), Rhodes and Crete. Is it possible to bring our car on the ferry to the different islands. If so, what route do you recommend as the most economical. Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Taking a car on the ferry in Greece is a hassle. For starters, you need to book the car ferry in advance (sometimes several weeks) which is a pain as the Greek ferry websites are not easy to use. It’s also expensive. And booking in advance removes the option for a flexible itinerary. You’ll have to know where you’re going and when before you even take your first ferry trip. Sorry for sounding so negative. I would strongly recommend finding someplace to park your car for the time you’re island hopping.

      Also, on Crete it’s nice to have a car, but the other islands are small and easy to get around by bus, so the payoff for all that effort isn’t huge.

      Car or no car, Rhodes is well out of the way from the other islands and would be a stretch for just 2 weeks. I’d focus on Crete, Santorini, and Milos. I’d also recommend flying one way to or from Crete, and use the ferry in the opposite direction. It will give you more time and you’ll avoid the overnight ferry ride from Crete to Athens. The short ferry hops are fun. The longer ferry rides are long and boring.

      Hope that helps. Good luck.

  34. Vacation in Greece in July and August

    Hi! I am planning a family vacation (Mom,Dad, 2 boys 10 and 14 years)
    We still don’t know the dates, but between July and August.
    We plan to spend 2 weeks there.
    I cannot decide which island is the best for us.
    I prefer the Cyclades but I also find interesting Crete and Rhodes.
    We plan to visit Athens 1 or 2 days and then move to the Islands.
    I really want to relax, but my husband and kids get bored easily. We like sandy beaches. Maybe a mix of relaxing and visits could work, but even with the guide in my hands and the web searches I am lost!.
    Could you suggest something?
    Laura Debora

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I think Crete or Rhodes are your best bets for a mix of cultural attractions and fun things to do. The cyclades are great but you’d probably want to keep moving (3 or 4 islands for 2 or 3 nights each) – not sure if that’s what you’re looking for.

      Don’t worry too much. All the islands are great and you’ll love wherever you pick. Promise.

      If you’re planning on getting around by ferry I’d visit Athens at the end of your trip. Ferries can be canceled due to high winds and rough seas and you should get back to Athens with at least a night or two to spare. By visiting Athens at the start you end up using several days at both the beginning and end. Better to collect them together at the conclusion of your trip. Just a thought.

      Good luck.

  35. Rhodes in July with 2 Girls

    We have decided to go to Rhodes based on your recommendation … thank you! We have two girls, 10 and 8 … we are staying for 4 nights. Where would you recommend we stay? Which part of the island? Which hotels?

    Thank you again!

    We are going in July.
    Angela Rumi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Angela. One warning for you is that Rhodes will be very busy in July – especially after July 15. So that means two things: 1) Book early. 2) Expect crowds and try to visit attractions early in the day or in the late afternoon.

      Where to stay in Rhodes? Rhodes Town and Lindos are the highlights so even though they’ll be busy I’d base yourself there.

      Here are the best links for finding hotels:

      Hotels in Lindos
      Hotels in Rhodes City

      This is a good resource if you’re looking for an apartment or villa.

      Good luck.

  36. Weather on Rhodes in April

    Hi David
    I plan to go to Rhodes in the begning of April for 4 days.
    We are family with two girls 4 and 6
    My concern is that since we will not be able to swim since its going to be a little cold.
    Are there enough atractions that can keep the girls busy for 4 days ?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, the weather in April will not be warm enough for swimming but should be nice for walking and exploring. There are some cool things to see inland and Lindos is great. The Old Town of Rhodes is very cool too.

  37. Kos and Rhodes

    Hi David,

    We love your webpage, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

    My husband, 3 year old daughter and myself are planning a trip to Greece for two weeks at the end of June/early July. We will be in Kos for work for one week then 8 days left. We were thinking a few nights in Athens and the remaining 5 nights we were hoping to just relax beach side and enjoy fresh, local cuisine as much as possible. Hoping to avoid crowded party scenes!

    Thanks for your advice, best wishes,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Lesvos is probably your best choice in Eastern Greece if you’re looking for something quiet. Ikaria is another great option. FYI, getting from Kos (or Rhodes or Lesvos) to Athens is a long ferry ride. Good luck.

  38. Which Greek Island with Kids in August?

    Hello, I’m really stuck trying to decide on which island to go in early august. There are 3 of us, our son is 8. We want something family orientated and I was thinking of Crete, Rhodes or Kefalonia. Somebody said Rhodes was a bit full of bars showing sky sports, selling pukka pies etc which spoils the beauty of the island. Crete looks lovely but the part where I was looking down the coast from Chania looks full of vast hotels and perhaps not so nice for walking. Basically we want somewhere near a nice beach, not too overcrowded, not too much ‘animation’ in the hotel, with a pool, somewhere we can take walks, cycle, horseride nearby, not too far from a main town, like Chania in Crete, or Lindos in Rhodes and with plenty of places to explore. I don’t know too much about Kefalonia. Any help would be very much appreciated!! Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Rhodes can certainly get very busy in August. By what you’re describing I’m thinking of Corfu. The main town is delightful and charming. Lots of great beaches, horseback riding, walking, sunsets. And it’s an easy island to get around by bus. If you’re sticking with Crete, Rethymno, Chania, and Paleochora (on the southwest coast) are all great and very walkable.

      Other islands to consider: Lesvos, Ikaria, Naxos, and Folegandros (great for walking).

      Good luck.

  39. Rhodes to Lindos with Baby

    Hello David,
    I will be taking a cruise to Rhodes with my 6month old baby and I was wondering how to get to Lindos from the port? We want to take the bus, are the buses safe? I’m worried cause I’ll be traveling with my baby. Should I take the stroller or carrier will be best?

    thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Nancy. The bus ride to Lindos takes about 45 minutes to an hour and costs 4 or 5 Euros. A taxi is a bit quicker and costs 40 to 50 Euros. To get to the bus stand it’s about a 10 minute walk from the port – or a short taxi ride. The bus is safe, I suppose. For the taxi you would want a car seat but the taxi will not have one so you’d need to have your own. In Lindos, you’d want a baby carrier as a stroller would be very hard to use on the cobblestoned roads. I hope that helps a little.

      1. Rhodes Family Holiday


        I am planning a trip in April (12-20) for Greece and the islands. We are 2 adults and 3 children. We would like to visit Athens (2 days), Ephesus (1-2 days) and would like to spend some time at a beach (1-2 days), small hikes and ancient ruins, etc. Any idea on where we should fly into (Athens, Rhodes, Kos, Volos) and the most economical way to get around? This will be our first time in the area and don’t know if we will ever be able to go back… ($$$). Any ideas on an itinerary? Ferries? Cruise? Hotels that will allow us all in one room (kids are 11, 7 and 2)? Any recommended itineraries would be appreciated.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Hi Chris. Just so you know, you probably won’t be swimming at that time of year. If you got some really unexpected warm weather it might be possible in Crete (the warmest island) but I wouldn’t plan on it. Rhodes is a great island. Maybe also Crete as it typically has more ferry connections with Athens and they run more often in the off season. It also has more flights to Athens. I’d probably fly one way and then ferry back to Athens, perhaps with a stop in Santorini as many ferries from Crete to Athens stop in Santorini.

          As for hotels, the best website for finding deals is http://hotelscombined.com. It’s awesome.

          It will also display a variety of options as to what size of rooms and what amenities are included before you book so it works well when you need flexibility. Good luck.

  40. Rhodes in July

    Hello David,
    Thanks so much for all the great info. I’m planning a trip for July, with two kids 11 and 9 for 2.5 weeks. We’re thinking of flying into Turkey for 3-5 days then off to Greece. Based on comments, etc, I’m thinking:

    Turkey to Rhodes with Rhodes as our anchor staying 3 days
    Day trips to Kos and/or Patmos, then
    Rhodes to Naxos – 2-3 days
    Naxos to Santorini – day trip or maybe 1 night 2 days
    Santorini to Athens – 2 days

    My questions:
    Boat or fly from Turkey to Rhodes?
    Kos or Patmos or both? or neither?
    Based on proximity, I’m feeling like we should consider CRETE as well, but because of timing, something would need to go.
    I know its July, but is there one island I haven’t considered that would be the ideal off-the-beaten-path option?

    Thanks so much for any advice.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hi Scott. My thoughts:

      –Skip Kos and Patmos. Rhodes has a ton to see and could easily fill 3 days. No sense wasting more time on a ferry.
      –Go Rhodes to Santorini, and then Naxos and back to Athens. Naxos to Santorini would have you backtracking and there are better connections between Rhodes and Santorini than Rhodes and Naxos.
      –Santorini will be crazy busy during July (and August). Be prepared and book your hotel in advance. (Can always do Santorini as a day trip from Naxos too.
      –Crete is great but requires at least 5 days to even skim the surface. Save it for your next trip.
      –Ikaria, Antiparos, Lesvos (close to Turkey) and Milos all come to mind when you enquired about off-the-beaten-path islands. Even these places will be busy in summer though, so don’t expect a deserted island.

      Let me know if you have more questions. Have fun.

      1. scott

        Thanks so much for the info!

  41. Rhodes, Crete, Santorini Holiday

    We did a very similar trip as another traveler. Rhodes for 1 week, then Crete by ferry almost 1 week there, then a fast boat to Santorini. We flew to Athens from Santorini. The most fun we had was in Rhodes. The best beaches we saw were in Crete. And the best pictures and best food and wine were on Santorini. (We were traveling with a toddler and a teen.)

    The ferry is fun but breaking it up with some flights is a good idea if you’ve got some children (and their bags – uhh).

    We rented a house (from a friend of a friend) for the week in Rhodes and that was really special. No idea how you’d arrange that in Greece but what a great way to experience a country. It makes you go shopping and cook meals and ask people where the market it is. A lot of fun.

  42. Rhodes Travel Tips

    My tip for Rhodes. Fly one way: Athens to Rhodes, then island hop with the ferry on your way back to Athens. The ferry visits all the main islands -> Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos. And don’t bother booking ahead. I’d hate to be having a great time on some island and have to leave because you booked some hotel on the internet. We were there in July and August, everyone told us how busy ti was going to be and the crowds, yada yada, but we were fine. We only had 1 kid with us so I guess we were fairly flexible. A bigger family might not have that luxury, but still. Santorini was the one island we had booked ahead so I can’t comment on availability there and Mykonos we had to look for about an hour. Other than that no issues.

    The food was great and unlike so many foreign cuisines it’s really pretty kid friendly. Everything seems to come with fries. But good fries like you’re eating a potato.

    And the beaches too. Just about every one we visited was like it was designed for kids. Shallow and calm. Perfect water. Not sure if we were just lucky.

    What else? Rent a car on Crete. Very big island and it’s nice to be able to get anywhere you want. Maybe make Crete your culture and activity island. The beaches seemed better on other islands but lots of hiking and little towns in the hills etc. Lots of sightseeing and walking.


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