Beach babies can't get enough of beautiful Rhodes
Flights to Rhodes take about four hours, which means you and the family will be down at the beach in no time.
As the cultural capital of the Dodecanese Islands and the biggest of the pack, cosmopolitan Rhodes has a lot to brag about. For as many ancient ruins and medieval fortresses marking this island’s landscape, there are waterparks, hotel complexes and Blue Flag beaches – more than 20 in all. So if you’re looking for a holiday destination to impress families of all shapes and sizes, look no further.
Kolymbia is a teeny resort that keeps things on the sleepier side, though it provides families with a bevvy of massive hotels that function as their own getaways. The same goes for Pefkos in terms of atmosphere, as rest and relaxation are the primary goals here. Beaches, watersports and boat tours are the top ways to pass the time. Trianda on the other hand is a windswept resort that presents holidaymakers with a lifeguard-attended beach and slew of dining options, not to mention a side of history in its a 15th-century monastery.
Best family friendly beaches
The best family holidays in Rhodes are spent at the beach, of which this Greek island has many. Here, the shores come in every shade of gorgeous, from wind-heavy to secluded snorkel spots and Blue Flag award-winning. The beach at Trianda offers perhaps the best range of amenities, as it’s filled with lifeguards and sunloungers, and offers toilets too. It’s also worth noting that it’s known for its windiness and watersport potential.
That’s not to say other beaches on Rhodes are left in the lurch. The beaches at Pefkos are crowd favourites, especially sunbed-lined Plakia and the resort’s more secluded cove, both of which offer shallow water and light waves. Kolymbia’s beach is a Blue Flag award-winner for cleanliness, stretching out for a kilometre. Here, you’ll find watersport rentals and access to the main road where bars and restaurants abound.
Best family activities in Rhodes
Much of the day-to-day in Rhodes is about experiencing the island’s unique history and stretching out along the coast. Kolymbia ups the ante with outdoor excursions at the natural wonder Seven Springs, while Pefkos boasts glass bottom boat tours out on the high seas and to nearby resorts. Over in Trianda, you can take advantage of the breezy conditions and try out surfing or windsurfing. If getting out on the waves isn’t your thing, watching can be just as fun.
Other holidays in Greece
If you’re interested in a family holiday to Greece but still aren’t sure where exactly to go, we can help you – Greece is packed with family-friendly spots. Try other Greek islands like Corfu, Crete and Kos. But if you’ve got your sights set on Rhodes, take a look at our travel guide for more information on this Mediterranean island. In the meantime, here are our top five hotels in Rhodes for family holidays.
The TUI Magic Life might as well be its own resort with its multiple pools and waterslides, array of relaxation treatments, nightclub and kids' club for little holidaymakers up to age 17. On top of this, the hotel is on a beach, so getting to the coast is easy. Daytime activities include football and beach volleyball, plus catamaran trips, canoes, windsurfing and scuba lessons down at the beach.
This 5* hotel might already be on the beach, but with its very own waterpark, splash pool and swim-up bar on hand, whether or not you make it past the pool scene is anyone's guess. As far as sports go, you've got your pick with pedalos, canoes and scuba lessons, while dining here includes access to a buffet restaurant and even picnics if you book them in advance.
These whitewashed apartments sit right above a sandy beach, and are just a quick walk from downtown Pefkos. While staying here, you'll have access to a pool with a swim-up bar, plus kids' clubs, a playground and a games room for little ones. By night, Greek dancing and karaoke sweeps in, while you can delight in the poolside restaurant and nearby taverna by day.
One look at this mega hotel leaves you spoilt for where to begin. The pool scene comes equipped with five pools and a splash park, plus a full ropes course crisscrossing overhead. The kids' clubs are top notch, featuring entertainment and activity courses for little ones up to age 15. Adults, on the other hand, can luxuriate in the knowledge that there are five restaurants, three bars and evening entertainment.
Family fun comes by the barrelful at this big hotel, with kids' clubs and a mini disco, plus a large swimming pool for all, though the beach is about five minutes away. As for sports, there's water polo, archery and football on deck, plus a buffet restaurants and two additional a la carte spots. Adults will have no trouble taking part in wine tasting, cocktail demonstrations and Greek dancing by night.