Must-see attractions in Dodecanese

  • Kalymnian House Museum

    Kalymnos

    This private folk museum, located on the road past the turn-off to St Savvas, southwest of Pothia, is choc-a-block with old costumes, household goods and…

  • Mikro Horio

    Dodecanese

    When pirates prowled the Dodecanese, this medieval settlement was Tilos’ main population centre. Its last inhabitants only left after WWII and it now…

  • Paleokastro

    Dodecanese

    Best reached by a lovely 20-minute hike through the fields, along a trail that starts southwest of the monastery, this astonishing Mycenaean-era acropolis…

  • Muslim Library

    Rhodes Town

    This peaceful little library, founded in 1793, sits in an inviting little garden courtyard opposite the Mosque of Süleyman. Visitors can only enter the…

  • Paradise Beach

    Kos

    Despite the fact that it's one long 12km stretch of golden sand, Paradise Beach, the pearl of the island's beaches, is broken down into a number of…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Kalymnos

    Kalymnos’ modern Archaeological Museum is tricky to find, hidden in the backstreets behind the eastern end of Pothia’s waterfront. It’s worth the effort…

  • Ancient Ialysos

    Rhodes

    Ancient Ialysos was one of three cities that joined to create the new city of Rhodes in 408 BC. Its flat hilltop site, 12km southwest of Rhodes Town, can…

  • Jewish Museum of Rhodes

    Rhodes Town

    The Jewish presence on Rhodes dates back to the 2nd century BC, while a 13th-century influx of Jewish refugees from Spain resulted in the creation of a…

  • Horio

    Dodecanese

    A stiff switchback climb along the road from Pondamos Beach leads up through Halki’s fertile central valley to Horio. This picturesque ruin was originally…

  • Traditional House of Chalki

    Dodecanese

    Perched on the hillside, not far up from the harbour (signed to the right off the road to Pondamos Beach), the Traditional House of Chalki – an…

  • Mastihari Beach

    Kos

    Fully serviced by the operators who rent out sunbed, brollies, wi-fi and more, the lovely sandy strip of Mastihari is great for families. It does get…

  • Nautical & Folklore Museum

    Kalymnos

    On the central waterfront, this is more of a collection than a museum. The nautical section focuses on sponge fishing, displaying mighty stone weights…

  • St Paul's Bay

    Lindos

    A short walk from the southern end of Lindos village, St Paul’s Bay is an all-but-circular inlet that's only open to the Aegean via a slender gap in the…

  • War Museum

    Dodecanese

    Who remembers now that a major WWII battle was fought on this remote little island? After British troops forced the Italians to surrender in September…

  • Holy Monastery of Zoödohos Pigi

    Dodecanese

    The Orthodox convent known as the Holy Monastery of Zoödohos Pigi is tucked away in the back alleys of Hora. You can’t go beyond its pretty little…

  • Roloi Clock Tower

    Rhodes Town

    Commanding the highest point in the Old Town, this sturdy clocktower offers a tremendous panorama. Dating originally from the 7th century, it was damaged…

  • Farma of Rhodes Petting Zoo

    Rhodes

    This little farm, a couple of kilometres north of the Valley of the Butterflies, is home to some unusual residents, most notably ostriches, which respond…

  • Panagia tou Kastrou

    Rhodes Town

    Across from the tourist office and Archaeological Museum, this 11th-century church retains its original form, though after four centuries as a mosque and…

  • Kania Beach

    Dodecanese

    A gorgeous little slip of a beach with the island's best beach taverna. Sunbeds are free if you consume cuisine and drinks. The waters here seem even…

  • Pondamos Beach

    Dodecanese

    Pretty little Pondamos Beach is lapped by the turquoise waters of a crescent bay 15 minutes' walk up and over the hill west of Emborios. The only way to…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Kos Town

    Housed in a superb example of an Italian-era building, located in the central square, the small, but excellent archaeological museum possesses a wealth of…

  • Fourni Beach

    Rhodes

    A precipitous paved road winds down for 5km beyond Monolithos Castle to reach Fourni Beach. A long curve of coarse, gravel-like sand, it’s often too rough…

  • Livadi Beach

    Dodecanese

    Astypalea’s most popular beach stands at the mouth of a lush valley in the first bay south of Hora. An easy 20-minute walk down from the old town, it’s…

  • Kohilari Beach

    Kos

    This beach is for those who want a nature-based experience on a remote strip and small dunes behind. It is also for people who don't mind wind. This is…

  • Museum

    Dodecanese

    This small museum's key collection is the fossil remains of some of the island's ancient population of dwarf elephants. At the time of research, the…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Dodecanese

    Pera Gialos' small archaeological museum, set back from the sea at the start of the road up to Hora, holds treasures found across the island, from…

  • Stegna Beach

    Rhodes

    A 3km detour off the main road from the busy town of Archangelos will bring you winding down the coastal hillside to the low-key little resort of Stegna…

  • Decorative Arts Collection

    Rhodes Town

    This endearing little museum consists of a single large white-walled room, filled to the brim with everyday vernacular objects from the 18th and 19th…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Dodecanese

    A 19th-century building on the edge of Agia Marina, at the start of the climb up to Platanos, holds Leros’ small Archaeological Museum. Well-chosen…

  • Ftenagia Beach

    Dodecanese

    The closest beach to the village, accessed by walking over the headland 500m south of the harbour. Fine pebbles and clear waters with sunbeds on a…

  • D'Amboise Gate

    Rhodes Town

    Set in the northwestern flank of the citadel walls, and completed in 1512 under the rule of Grand Master Emery d'Amboise, the most impressive approach to…

  • St Anthony's Gate

    Rhodes Town

    The innermost gate that leads into the Old Town near the palace, an impressive 200m walk in from the D’Amboise Gate. Italian troops entered Rhodes along…

  • Moat Walkway Entrance

    Rhodes Town

    If St Athanasios Gate is your exit rather than entry point for a walk in the moat, you need to keep your eyes peeled to spot this access route, which…

  • Moat Walkway Entrance

    Rhodes Town

    The path at the foot of the stairway that drops from the arch alongside St Anthony’s Gate passes through a 30m tunnel in the walls to reach the broadest…

  • Volcanological Museum

    Dodecanese

    Set beside the end of the road, this kid-friendly modern museum does a good job of explaining the history and mythology of the volcano and its impact on…

  • House of Europa

    Kos Town

    You can still sense the opulence of this 2nd-century private villa, of which the chief surviving relic is a superb mosaic floor depicting the abduction of…

  • Odeion

    Kos Town

    Built on the site of an even older Greek predecessor, this 2nd-century Roman theatre seated around 750 spectators. In summer, performances are sometimes…

  • Archaeological Museum

    Symi

    Reopened after years of restoration, this compact museum contains some fabulous archaeological and folkloric finds, and is worth checking out.

  • St Athanasios' Gate

    Rhodes Town

    Watched over by a sturdy round tower, this is said to be the gate through which the conquering Ottoman sultan entered the city in 1522.

  • Rhodes Aquarium

    Rhodes Town

    Standing splendidly alone at the island’s northernmost tip, the New Town’s modest aquarium is housed in a 1930s’ art deco hydro-biological research…