Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kos

Asklepieion

The island’s most important ancient site stands on a pine-covered hill 3km southwest of Kos Town, commanding lovely views across town towards Turkey. A religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius, the god of healing, i…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Lindos

Acropolis of Lindos

A steep footpath climbs the 116m-high rock above Lindos to reach the beautifully preserved Acropolis. First walled in the 6th century BC, the clifftop is now enclosed by battlements constructed by the Knights of St …
Top Choice Museum in Rhodes Town

Archaeological Museum

By far the best museum in the Dodecanese, spreading through the 15th-century Knights' Hospital and out into its beautiful and surprisingly wild gardens. Room after room holds magnificently preserved ancient treasure…
Top Choice Taverna in Kos Town

Pote Tin Kyriaki

Named for Melina Mercouri's Oscar-winning 1960 song, 'Never on Sunday' is not the sort of place you expect to find in modern Kos – and it takes a lot of finding. This traditional ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rhodes Town

Marco Polo Cafe

Magical, irresistibly romantic restaurant in a delightful garden courtyard. The passion and flair of the cuisine is astounding, while the service epitomises filoxenia (hospitality). Menus change nightly, with specia…
Top Choice Taverna in Symi

Marathounda Taverna

Quintessential beach taverna, where the owner's goats – responsible for the delicious homemade cheese and, whisper it, the goat stew, too – nuzzle up to the tables. Be sure to sample the Symi shrimp and grilled fish…
Top Choice Seafood in Rhodes Town

Nireas

Nireas’ status as Rhodes’ favourite seafood restaurant owes much to the sheer enthusiasm and verve of genial owner Theo, from Symi – that and the beautifully prepared food, served beneath a vine-shaded canopy outsid…
Top Choice Taverna in Lindos

Kalypso

Dine in the high-ceilinged main room of this 17th-century sea captain's house, or simply admire the facade from the roof terrace. The menu ranges through seafood, meat and vegetarian delights, plus tasty Lyndian dis…
Top Choice Taverna in Pigadia

To Hellenikon

This deeply traditional taverna, a block from the sea, offers seating on an open-sided footpath terrace as well as indoors, alongside a kitchen filled with bubbling pots and appetising aromas. The menu is enticing e…
Top Choice Greek in Kos

Oria Taverna

Idyllic taverna, only accessible by hiking up the hillside facing the 1000-year-old Pyli Castle and enjoying what are certainly the best views on Kos…and quite possibly in the world. It’s open all day for snacks and…