Beat the heat visiting Rhodes in winter
Trying to decide whether to visit Rhodes in winter? Or perhaps you already have plans and you want to know what to do once you get here? Visiting Rhodes in winter is a great way to escape from colder climates and enjoy the culture and history of one of Europe’s most popular islands, without dealing with lots of tourists who come in the summer.
Rhodes stays a bit warmer than Greece’s mainland, with highs around 14-16° C and low temperatures around 9-11° C. During the high season, there are tons of direct flights to the island from all over Europe, but from November onward, expect to connect through Athens or Thessaloniki. Said that, here are our picks for what to do in Rhodes in winter.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rhodes Old Town
Grand Masters Palace
The New Town in Rhodes is considerably busier in winter than Rhodes Old Town, but if you want to learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site, winter is a great time to come and explore without fighting the crowds The Medieval City of Rhodes was inscribed onto the WHS list in 1988. According to UNESCO:
The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming the city into a stronghold. It subsequently came under Turkish and Italian rule. With the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights, the Upper Town is one of the most beautiful urban ensembles of the Gothic period. In the Lower Town, Gothic architecture coexists with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period.
Enjoy quiet moments in Lindos
The town of Lindos, so popular during the summer, is practically a ghost town in winter. If you want to wander through the town’s white-washed houses and enjoy its beaches, going in winter will give you the option to explore Lindos almost completely on your own. While most shops and restaurants will be closed, a few stay open all year, so don’t worry about starving. We would personally base yourself in Rhodes and then visit Lindos from Rhodes as a day trip.
Go on a Winter Hike
If you find hiking in high summer to be tiring, indulge in some winter hiking! Rhodes has great paths you can walk, from short city gardens to longer treks through the lush inland like the Monolithos, a picturesque mountain village in the south of Rhodes. Outside the village, there are the ruins of the medieval Venetian Castle dating back to 1480.
Eat the Way Locals Do
Meze, gyros, souvlaki, fish, pita, greek salad, tzatziki, feta, olives and vegetables.
One thing we adore about visiting Greek islands in winter is that the places which stay open are the ones that are frequented most by locals because they have enough customers to stay open year-round. While there are definitely restaurants that target tourists that are delicious, you can trust a taverna that’s still open in December to be especially tasty.
Many of the resort towns will be completely closed down in the winter, but there are tavernas in Rhodes Town (a few in the Old Town but more in the New Town) and there’s even a taverna that stays open year-round on Pallas Beach in Lindos.
Visit the Acropolis of Lindos…without the Heat!
If the thought of visiting archealogical ruins in the heat of August doesn’t appeal to you, checking out the Acropolis of Lindos in wintertime seems like a far better option. The Acropolis of Lindos, located far above the town, offers gorgeous views year-round. However, you will most likely find it without any other tourists, making your opportunity to connect with history that much more stunning.
Where to Stay
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel is a property that was inspired by the glorious past of Rhodes but was designed entirely looking to the future, taking care to respect the culture of the place and the surrounding environment. Located in the heart of the historic medieval city of Rhodes, the design of the hotel is undoubtedly a combination of traditional island style and avant-garde comfort, typical of the present day. This hotel places particular importance in offering true Greek hospitality, mixed with ultimate services and facilities, all with the aim of offering its guests the best to spend a pleasant, refined, relaxing and luxurious stay.
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel offers 10 rooms and suites and all are named after previous exhibitions of Nikos Kasseris (a photographer as well as the hotel owner) as if you were inside a large exhibition that highlights the style and colors loved by him. All the rooms and suites of In Camera Art Boutique Hotel combine harmoniously different elements, such as stone walls, arches, ceilings with exposed beams, decorated tiles and exclusive photos of Master Kasseris. Rooms also feature COCO-MAT mattresses, flat-screen satellite TVs and views of the medieval city.
Every morning they offer a delicious breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, croissants as well as eggs and hot dishes made to order, all served on the veranda. There is an outdoor swimming pool with hydro-jets, a bar and a romantic garden. In Camera Art Boutique Hotel does not have a restaurant but thanks to its central location on the city, you will have a wide choice of restaurants to choose from for your romantic dinners in style or not. Hospitality, tradition and culture are certainly the philosophies of In Camera Art Boutique Hotel.