The Greek island of Rhodes may be adored for its numerous beaches and water sport activities, but it still experiences rainy days from time to time. Rhodes is bathing in the Mediterranean sun for most of the year, with very little precipitation in the high season from April to October. Most of the island’s tourist spots are outdoors, and its climate allows you to be outside most of the time. Even so, it’s good to know that you can enjoy some amazing sights and activities when rain spoils plans in Rhodes.

    We have navigated our way out of the 'warm-weather activities' and found excellent alternatives for a drizzly day on this Greek island. Whenever grey clouds appear during your travels, we’ve got you covered with our list of exciting rainy-day spots and activities in Rhodes.


    Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights

    Travel back in time in this medieval castle

    • History
    • Photo

    The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights is a medieval castle in the old quarter of downtown Rhodes. The gothic style of the fortress is rare in Greece – majestic limestone walls exude a mysterious atmosphere, while the interior offers plenty of sightseeing for history enthusiasts.

    The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights is a complex of great cultural value for Rhodes and the entire country. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in Greece.  Explore and discover age-old Greek statues and the richly decorated rooms of the Knights Hospitaller. You’ll notice that the floors are paved with delicate mosaics. The courtyards and watchtowers outside are best explored on a sunny day.

    Location: Ippoton, Rodos 851 00, Greece

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 3.45 pm, Tuesday–Friday from 8 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +30 2241 365270


    Decorative Arts Collection

    Learn more about Rhodes' art and culture

    • Families
    • History
    • Photo

    The Decorative Arts Collection is a significant cultural point on the island and houses gorgeous wood carvings, pottery as well as colourful household articles in all shapes and sizes. Based in the eastern part of Rhodes town, this modestly sized museum displays Greek artworks from mainly the 18th and 19th century.

    The entrance price is around €2 for adults and free for children. If you’re planning a cultural day in Rhodes, you can buy a combo ticket to visit the Archaeological Museum, Grand Master’s Palace, and Our Lady of the Castle Church for about €10. The Decorative Arts Collections is within a 5-minute walk of The Palace of the Grand Master.

    Location: Rhodes town, 851 00, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 8.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +30 2241 365200


    Rhodes Bay Spa & Wellness Centre

    Enjoy a state of ultimate relaxation

    • Couples
    • Luxury

    The Rhodes Bay Spa & Wellness Centre at Rhodes Bay Hotel is a must-visit if you’re looking to unwind. A wide range of treatments and facilities are available, and you could easily spend the entire day indulging in facial masks, hot stone massages, and rejuvenating mud wrap treatments.

    Within the lavish premises, there’s a hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, heated indoor swimming pool and an outdoor pool. Between treatments, you can hang out in the spacious and gorgeous lounge area of the complex.

    Location: Leof. Iraklidon 100, 851 01, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +30 2241 089906


    Rodos Nature and Folklore Museum

    See the natural and cultural treasures of Rhodes

    • Families
    • History
    • Photo

    The Rodos Nature and Folklore Museum gives visitors an insider’s look in traditional life in Rhodes. You’ll find this wee museum in the eastern town of Kolympia, tucked away in an ordinary-looking building. Exhibits include a mixed bag of items traditionally used in Rhodes’ farms and houses, from old plates, kettles, and earthenware, to smith’s tools, and weaponry.

    An interesting display that kids may find interesting is the collection focusing on nature. The exhibitions showcase many native and non-native plants and flowers. The owner of the museum has a story about almost every item on display, and he’ll make sure you have a fun yet informative visit.

    Location: Kolympia 851 02, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 2.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +30 695 502 5287


    Holy Monastery of Panagia Ypseni

    Make an excursion to this peaceful sanctuary

    • History
    • Photo

    The Holy Monastery of Panagia Ypseni is one of the most impressive religious structures in Rhodes. Built between pine trees and steep hills, the sanctuary dates back to 1855 and offers plenty of interesting sights. You can explore the intimate chapel with its wooden interior, admire the white-plastered clock towers, and take photos of the stunning frescos for everlasting memories of this monastery. The Holy Monastery of Panagia Ypseni also makes for a budget-friendly trip, since admission is free.

    Location: Lardos, 851 09, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 1.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8 pm, Sunday from 6 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +30 2244 044245


    Ebonas Winecellar

    Sample some of the island’s finest wines

    • Food

    The village of Embonas, on the western side of Rhodes, is the epicentre of winemaking in Rhodes. This tiny town has several vineyards and wine cellars, one of which is Ebonas Winecellar. Located in the very heart of Embonas, it’s an exceptional cellar to sample Rhodes’ best wines and local delicacies such as sheep cheese and olive oil.

    Wine tasting is the main event here, which you can enjoy in the sample room. If the taste is to your liking, Ebonas Winecellar’s onsite gift shop has an abundant supply of wines, locally harvested herbs, cheeses, and honey for you to bring home.

    Location: Ebonas 1, Embonas 851 08, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +30 2246 041668


    Have dinner at Tamam Restaurant

    Taste the traditional cuisine of Rhodes island

    • Food

    Tamam Restaurant offers one of the best regional kitchens and authentic dining experiences in Rhodes. It occupies a typical Greek taverna-style venue in the north of Rhodes town, with plenty of outdoor seating. This award-winning establishment dishes up wholesome Rhodean cuisine using locally sourced ingredients.

    Standouts include the shrimp in orange juice and Greek ouzo as well as the seafood pasta. Famous Greek sides you can try here include freshly baked bread and Greek salad with feta cheese.

    Location: Leontos 1, 851 00, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +30 2241 073522


    Throne of Helios

    Go on an exhilarating ride through Rhodean history

    • History
    • Photo

    Throne of Helios is a theatre and museum in the town of Rhodes where modern technology and the ancient Greek civilization meet. Get ready for an exciting journey throughout centuries of ancient history. The 20-minute show is 9-dimensional, with spectacular visual and sound effects. You’ll meet mythic characters and find yourself in the middle of battles fought on the island.

    The Throne of Helios also hosts an exhibition about culture, prominent figures, and essential events from Greece’s long history.

    Location: 10, 25is Martiou 2, 851 00, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed from Mondays to Thursdays)

    Phone: +30 2241 076850


    Kori Lindos Cultural Goods

    Search for original goodies to bring home

    • Shoppers

    Kori Lindos Cultural Goods is an exceptional gift shop where you can stock up on culinary and decorative goods in Rhodes. It’s located in Lindos, a community on the island’s east coast, which is also where you can visit the monumental Acropolis of Lindos.

    The shop offers excellent olive oil, handmade jewellery, homemade organic soap, and clothes with Greek-designed prints. The boutique even has handmade lollipops and candies in jars, which kids might enjoy. This is an excellent shopping option if you’re looking for something more than the standard fridge magnets and keychains.

    Location: Lindos, 851 07, Rhodes, Greece

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +30 2244 114034

    Huub Lakerveld | Contributing Writer

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