With two days to spend on the island of Rhodes, you’ll be able to stroll through the streets of the medieval Old Town, explore ancient archaeological sites, and enjoy the great outdoors (both on land and by sea).
Aquarium of Rhodes
While on the smaller side, the Aquarium of Rhodes still ranks among the island’s best attractions for families. In addition to animal displays and a touch tank where visitors can interact with various marine critters, the aquarium also houses a facility to care for sea turtles and seals rescued from the surrounding area. The beach to the east of the aquarium offers calm waters ideal for swimming, while the western shore attracts windsurfers.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Aquarium of Rhodes is a popular attraction for families with young children.
Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour to tour the aquarium exhibits.
Bring along a swimsuit, towel, and sun protection to enjoy the aquarium’s neighboring beach.
Two flights of steps make the facility inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
The Aquarium of Rhodes is in the New Town on the northernmost tip of the island. The best way to get there is to take a taxi or drive.
When to Get There
Plan to visit the aquarium in the late morning or early afternoon, leaving yourself some time to enjoy the neighboring beach after your visit. Expect the facility to be busy during July and August.
Architecture of the Rhodes Aquarium
The small aquarium is housed in an art deco building dating back to the 1930s, when the Italians (then rulers of Rhodes) built it as a hydrobiological research station. The interior resembles an underwater cave, while the exterior features nautical details such as porous rock, colored pebbles, seashells, and porthole windows.
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- Throne of Helios
- Street of the Knights (Odos Ippoton)
- Bee Museum
- Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
- Medieval City of Rhodes
- Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
- Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Rhodes Jewish Museum
- Acropolis of Rhodes
- Filerimos Hill
- Waterpark Rhodes
- Anthony Quinn Bay
- Afandou Beach
- Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)
- Seven Springs (Epta Piges)