Rhodes in October: weather and travel tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 12.06.2024

Wondering about the weather in Rhodes in October? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know on that subject. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear. In addition, we share inspired itinerary suggestions that’ll help you make the most of your trip.

Is October a good time to visit Rhodes?

In general, October is a favourable time to visit Rhodes. The weather in Rhodes in October is generally mild, with pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine, making it ideal for active holidays and beach excursions. 

However, it is worth bearing in mind that heavy rain is sometimes possible, so it is advisable to prepare accordingly. It should also be noted that in some remote areas and small islands, businesses may close for the season. Overall, October is an optimal and budget-friendly time to explore Rhodes.

Thinking of visiting Rhodes in October? Talk to our local Greek travel experts

Profitis Ilias hill near Faliraki Rhodes Greece Europe © Shutterstock

Profitis Ilias hill near Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Rhodes in October

October in Rhodes offers a delightful combination of warm weather and pleasant sea temperatures. The island enjoys mild temperatures during the day, usually ranging from 21-26°C (70-79°F). This creates the perfect conditions for exploring the island, going on an active holiday or simply relaxing on its beautiful beaches.

Sea temperatures in October are also attractive, averaging 24-26°C (75-79°F). These warm waters are suitable for swimming, snorkelling and other water activities, allowing you to fully enjoy the coastal beauty of Rhodes during your visit. 

Whether you're a sun worshipper or an adventurer, the combination of comfortable air and sea temperatures in October makes Rhodes a great autumn holiday destination.

Ready for you dream trip? Browse our inspirational Greece itineraries to start planning your perfect holiday.

Average rainfall in October

Rhodes usually receives a minimal amount of rainfall in October. Although it is not completely dry, the island sees very little rainfall during this month. On average, about 50 millimetres (2 inches) of rain falls in Rhodes in October.

This small and infrequent rainfall should not significantly disrupt your travel plans. Most days are likely to be rain-free, allowing you to explore the island, do some outdoor activities and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Rhodes.

For more details on the weather in Greece around the year, read up on when to go to Greece.

Alimia island near the Greek island of Halki in the Dodecanese archipelago north of Rhodes © Shutterstock

Alimia Island north of Rhodes © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

October represents a good time for travellers to Rhodes, offering a harmonious combination of fewer tourists and more budget-friendly options. As the summer rush subsides, Rhodes transforms into a tranquil destination with more accessible historical sites and attractions. 

Accommodation costs drop significantly, making this an ideal time to secure a comfortable holiday without sacrificing your wallet. Local restaurants and entertainment are also more affordable on a budget, allowing you to savour the island's cuisine and indulge in a variety of activities. 

Rhodes' pleasant weather in October and warm seas further enhance the experience. Overall, this moth is a balance between relaxing holidays and affordable travel prices, making it a great time to explore Rhodes.

Set on taking an autumn break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in October.

Street of Knights in Rhodes old town, Greece © Shutterstock

Street of Knights in Rhodes Old Town, Greece © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Rhodes itineraries

Longing for an October break that serves stacks of natural beauty, unique history, and world-class wine and dining experiences? Take inspiration from our Greece itineraries — here we highlight just a few of them.

  • Greek Island-Hopping Honeymoon (10 days): Hop between the Greek islands on this romantic trip. Drive around stunning coastlines, explore mountain villages, visit ancient sites, and luxuriate on golden beaches.
  • The Historical and Mythological Greek Islands (10 days): Visit some of the best Greek islands. With white-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets, blue domed roofs and stunning beaches, they are what Greece is all about.

All these suggestions can be customised to your exact needs, with a local Greek travel expert on hand to offer insider tips and take the hassle out of planning and booking.

Medieval Monastery of Filerimos on Acropolis of Ialyssos (Rhodes, Greece) © Shutterstock

Medieval Monastery of Filerimos (Rhodes, Greece) © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Rhodes in October

As you prepare for your October trip to Rhodes, remember a few important tips to make the most of your trip.

What to pack for Rhodes in October?

When going to Rhodes in October, it is essential to have versatile clothing suitable for fluctuating temperatures. For pleasant daytime weather, choose lightweight short-sleeved shirts and shorts. 

For cooler evenings, bring long-sleeved shirts, light jumpers and a jacket. In case of rain, also take a waterproof jacket and a compact umbrella. By carrying these essentials, you will be well prepared for the various weather conditions during your October Rhodes trip.

Remember about sunscreen and a hat

Sun protection is also very important for an October trip to Rhodes. The Mediterranean sun can be very intense even during the autumn season, so it is advisable to carry some basic protection. 

Sunscreen, especially with a high SPF, is essential to protect your skin from UV rays. It is advisable to bring an adequate supply, as quality sunscreen may not be available everywhere on the island. In addition, bring a wide-brimmed hat - it is not only stylish but also practical: it provides extra shade and protection for your face, neck and ears.

Looking for more options for an autumn holiday? Check out our list of the best destinations for an unforgettable holiday in October.

Is A/C necessary in Rhodes in October?

In October in Rhodes, there is usually no need for air conditioning. As autumn progresses, the weather on the island becomes more temperate and comfortable. However, it is not unreasonable to check if your accommodation has a heating system, as evenings can be chilly, especially in late October. 

While air conditioning may not be a must, having a climate control system can increase your comfort level while on the island.

What to do in Rhodes in October

The weather in Rhodes in October offers plenty of opportunities to spend time in comfort and enjoy rewarding experiences. You may also be interested in our list of the best things to do in Rhodes at any time of year.

Go island hopping

Island hopping is a great option in October, with Rhodes serving as an ideal base from which to explore the neighbouring Greek islands. Consider taking a day trip to nearby islands such as Symi or Halki, just a short ferry ride away. 

These excursions offer a change of scenery and a chance to experience the unique character of each island. Simi, with its colourful neoclassical architecture and picturesque harbour, is a must-see for its charm. Halki, on the other hand, offers serene beaches and a tranquil atmosphere.

Rhodes Old Town and Walls © Shutterstock

Rhodes Old Town and Walls © Shutterstock

Explore Rhodes' Old Town

Exploring Rhodes Old Town in October is a fascinating journey back in time. Stroll through its winding cobbled streets and immerse yourself in the island's rich past. 

Admire well-preserved historic architecture including the Grand Master's Palace, medieval city walls and ornate gates. Visit ancient churches and mosques that bear mute witness to the city's diverse cultural heritage.

Find the best sunset watching spot

Watching the sunset is an essential feature of Rhodes, and October offers the perfect backdrop for this natural spectacle. There are several beautiful spots on the island where you can watch the fiery sun descend towards the horizon. 

A favourite is Mandraki Harbour, where you can watch the bright colours of the sun reflect in the calm waters. Another unique spot is the ancient stadium, a historic site where you can watch a sunset that has no equal. 

With milder weather and fewer tourists, watching the sunset in October is a secluded and peaceful experience, allowing you to appreciate the magical beauty of Rhodes as the day turns into a serene evening.

Stadium in the Rhodes city in Rhodes island in Greece © Shutterstock

The Ancient Stadium on Rhodes island © Shutterstock

Planning your October trip to Rhodes

For more inspiration, discover some of the best things to do in Greece, and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to Greece

Daunted by the prospect of planning? No problem! Browse our customisable Greek itineraries, and talk to our local Greek travel experts.

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 12.06.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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