Holidays In Rhodes
Rhodes Holidays at a glance
Rhodes was blessed by the Sun God Helios and this is apparent by the 300 days of glorious sunshine this picturesque island enjoys. A land of contrasts, offering secluded coves, golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, unspoiled mountain villages, spectacular scenery with lush vegetation, lively nightlife and centuries of history and mythology.
Its unique location at the intersection of east and west ensured that it would be in the thick of commerce and conflicts. The scars left by its rich and turbulent history have become its treasures. Knights, Turks, Italians - all the island's invaders - left behind objects of great beauty in the trail of devastation. Through it all, Rhodes remains beautiful. Several days of holiday in Rhodes will allow you to gaze at its marvels as well as to bake a bit, adding, perhaps a day trip to the idyllic island of Symi or to the bustling coastal towns of Turkey.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and has something to offer everyone with a cosmopolitan town and a choice of resorts dotted along the craggy coastline. The people of Rhodes still greet their visitors with genuine warmth and hospitality and take great pride in sharing with you their jewel of an island.
Who holidays in Rhodes?
Rhodes' picture-postcard atmosphere and ancient history means that it appeals to almost every type of holidaymaker. What's more, Rhodes reportedly has the best sunshine record of the Greek islands - so you'll never lose out!
Key Facts - Rhodes
- CapitalRhodes Town
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportRhodes (RHO)
Rhodes Holidays - Destination Profile
As the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, you can expect holidays in Rhodes to offer something truly special. Rhodes may be one of Greece's most popular beach holiday destinations, but it is also home to large areas of untouched vegetation and distinctive historic sites that have been scarred by centuries of foreign invasions. So whether you're planning a Rhodes holiday with friends or you're keen to sample the island's more secluded spots with your loved one, holidays in Rhodes could offer you an unforgettable trip.
From daytime sun to night time fun: holidays in Rhodes have it all
With 300 days of sunshine a year, you'll be able to spend your holiday in Rhodes on the beach whatever time of year you choose to travel. Rhodes offers its visitors miles of luscious coastline, with several lively beach resorts residing at regular intervals.
Better still, Rhodes' popularity with northern European holidaymakers means that there are plenty of beach-side facilities available wherever you go. Water sports enthusiasts will love what's on offer during their holiday in Rhodes, from snorkeling to windsurfing, while the array of bustling nightclubs and bars means that younger travellers will always be entertained.
The capital of the island Rhodes Town has it all. Stroll through the myriad of narrow streets in the old town, protected by the castle walls built by the Knights of St John or for a night out to remember head to Bar Street for some of the liveliest action on the island.
Just 2 miles from Rhodes Town the cosmopolitan resort of Ixia is home to some of the best hotels on the island and its close proximity to Rhodes Town makes it a great place to stay.
Known largely for its lively nightlife Faliraki also has a magnificent sandy beach with an abundance of water sports on offer.
For the hottest spot on Rhodes try Lindos where picture perfect white washed houses scatter the sides of the slopes right up to the Acropolis that overlooks this most attractive of Greek villages.
If you're interested in Rhodes' medieval history, visit the remains of Filerimos Hill, a monastery and chapel, or scour the streets of Rhodes Old Town for the Acropolis of Rhodes - a ruined ancient city. Rhodes cosmopolitan nature and welcoming atmosphere means that it welcomes back tourists again and again - so when you book your first holiday in Rhodes, don't expect it to be your last!
Holidays in Rhodes - Things to see
Medieval Rhodes Town: Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its upkeep is of national and international concern. Between the Palace of the Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum, the Street of the Knights, was the main street of administrative and military buildings and functions in the Knights era. The city of Rhodes is dominated, by the medieval castle built in the 14th century by the Knights of St John.
Valley of the Butterflies: A short drive inland will take you to Petaloudes (near Kalamonas village), a scenic gorge which, from June to September is home to the rare and eye catching Kalimorfa Butterfly. Attracted by the resin in the Storax trees, these delicate creatures flicker white, brown, black and red in flight.
Trianda: Meaning thirty, refers to the thirty stone houses built here by the Knights of St John in the middles ages. On the top of Filerimos Hill, a 15th Century monastery along with the ruined temples of Athena and Zeus Poliea.
Lindos: With its brilliant white houses and winding streets. Lindos was one of the three ancient states of Rhodes. It is now one of the prettiest and most photographed villages in Greece.
Municipal Baths: Housed in a 7th-century Byzantine structure. They merit a visit by anyone interested in the vestiges of Turkish culture that still remain in the Old Town. The 'hamam' is in Plateia Arionos, between a large old mosque and the Folk Dance Theatre.
Things to do on a Holiday in Rhodes
Popular activities during holidays in Rhodes include:-
- Jet skiing
- Scuba diving
Great Excursions during Rhodes Holidays
Simply Symi: Setting sail from Mandraki harbour over to the clear waters to the beautiful sister island of Symi. Visiting the Panormitis Monastery which is steep in history and glory. Then be prepared for the panoramic views of the main harbour of Symi. Symi is a delight of shops, tavernas and tradition, which makes it one of a few unspoilt island well worth discovering.
Turkish Delight: Bargains galore with all the famous designer names but not designer prices. Visit 2 continents in 1 day and take the Turkish delight to Marmaris. Experience the Turkish culture and hustle and bustle of the local bazaar and shop until you drop. A taste of the eastern promise a day in Turkey not to be missed.
Jeep Safari: Feel the exhilaration of exciting adventure as you head towards the very best of Rhodes has to offer. See simple Greek villages rugged of road scenery and picturesque monasteries.
Bouzouki Bonanza: Experience the traditional Greek way of life in the village of Pastida and sample the various Greek delights, washed down with unlimited village wine all night long. Dance away to Zorba the Greek and learn all the dances in style. A night full of atmosphere and Greek culture so get your dancing shoes on for a night of fun and entertainment.
Lindos by Boat: No visit would be complete in Rhodes or Greece without visiting the Jewel of the Crown and that is of course the Lindos. Setting sail across the beautiful clear crystal waters and just watch the world go by. Experience the history and culture of a truly magic village wrapped around the main attraction of the Acropolis. Lindos is steep in history, shops and Tavernas and some beautiful views. This day out can also be book by coach.
Grand Island Tour: Visit many places of the culture and traditions around the beautiful island and see the highlights with a professional guide. The tour begins from Valley of the butterflies passing down the scenic coast of Soroni, Fanes, Kalavarda and visit the ancient Kamerios. Arrive at Embona's wine factory for wine tasting. After lunch time we pass through the villages of Siana, the castle of Monolithos, Appollakia and Kiotari. A Greek experience in true style.
Moonlight Madness: One not to be missed!!! A night full of side splitting moments and pure adult comedy. Free 3 hour bar and entertainment that to make your night go with a bang. Not for the faint hearted!!!!
We have various other tours such as beach breaks, shopping in the capital lazy day cruise and waterparks for the families.
Eating/Drinking During Rhodes Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Rhodes Holidays
Boat : Rhodes is a major port with sea links not only to Athens, Crete, and the islands of the Aegean, but also to Cyprus, Turkey, and Israel. In late spring and summer, there's daily hydrofoil or catamaran service from Mandraki Harbour to Kos, Tilos, Nissiros, and Symi, and less predictable service to many destinations, including Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Kastellorizo, and Samos.
Bus : There's a good public bus system throughout the island; the tourist office publishes a schedule of routes and times. Buses to points east (except for the eastern coastal road as far as Faliraki) leave from the East Side Bus Station on Plateia Rimini, while buses to points west, including the airport, leave from the nearby West Side Bus Station on Averof. Buses for the eastern coastal roads as far as Faliraki also leave from the West Side Bus Station.
Taxi : In Rhodes Town, the largest of many taxi stands is in front of the Old Town, on the harbour front in Plateia Rimini (&22410/27-666). There, posted for all to see and agree upon, are the set fares for sightseeing throughout the island. Since many of the cab drivers speak sightseer English, a few friends can be chauffeured and lectured at a very reasonable cost. Taxis are metered, but fares should not exceed the minimum on short round-the-city jaunts. For longer trips, negotiate directly with the drivers. There's a good public bus system throughout the island; the tourist office publishes a schedule of routes and times.
Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Rhodes holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.
Rhodes Holidays Shopping
Bargain items purchased by those taking holidays in Rhodes include:-
- Jewellery (especially Gold)
- Leather goods
- Rhodian wine
Holidays in Rhodes - Beaches
Rodos Beach - One of the many beautiful, well kept beaches in Rhodes Town. Within walking distance from the centre of town and only a few hundred feet from
Prassonissi is the paradise for windsurfers, particularly during the months of July and August, when the north winds (called meltemi) are blowing. The beach consists in two sandy coves which are ending in an island which can be reached by foot or swimming, depending on the level of the waters.
Windsurfing equipment is available for rent, even if most surfers are bringing their own material.
Afandou Beach: The beach at Afandou is made of sand and pebbles, the beach is less popular than other beaches in Rhodes because it does not have many facilities. The deep, clear sparkling waters are ideal for swimming and remain quite fresh even under the hot sun. Some fine taverns can be found nearby the beach.
Antony Quinn Bay: The small bay of Anthony Quinn with crystal clear waters and rocky surroundings is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Rhodes. The beach is know today by the actor's name, since the filming the Guns Of Navarone here. There is a jetty for small craft to moor, while many sailing boats drop anchor a little further out, beyond the swimmers.
Lindos Bay - This beach is situated below the village of Lindos with lovely fine sand. Water sports, sun beds and parasols are available. Restaurants can be found throughout Lindos and cafes are situated on the beach.
Splendid beaches are found all over the island. Some such as Faliraki beach are very popular in the summer months, where as others are far more secluded.
Weather and climate information
The climate in Rhodes is typically Mediterranean. In reality there are only two seasons: spring and summer. A hot summer (April -October), and a rainy winter (November - March). On average, Rhodes has 300 days of sunshine a year, while between April and October, the chances of uninterrupted sunshine are nearly one hundred per cent. During that period the temperature is in excess of 25 C. The usual temperature in October is on the average low 15 C and high 27 C.
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