Legend has it that Rhodes was blessed by the sun god Helios, which is why it enjoys 300 days of glorious sunshine a year!

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Legend has it that Rhodes was blessed by the sun god Helios, which is why it enjoys 300 days of glorious sunshine a year! As well as sunshine, Rhodes is blessed with a rich classic heritage, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s something for everyone in this land of contrasts: ancient temples and castles, quiet coves and traditional villages, and a cosmopolitan capital full of shops, restaurants, tavernas and bars, serving every kind of cuisine – plus many contestants for the island’s best ice cream parlour!

There’s a wide choice of resorts, from lively to laid-back, lining the splendid sandy beaches which abound all over the island – even Rhodes Town has its very own lovely Rhodos beach. Windsurfers head to Passionis, sun-seekers love the fine soft sands of Lindos Bay, and spa enthusiasts can alternate between the luxury spa and the lovely beach located in Kallithea.

Faliraki Town boasts a popular beach as well as the island’s three biggest clubs and some fabulous eating places. If it’s delicious fast food you’re after, choose from informal Greek grill houses and tavernas. For a different dining experience, there are attractive restaurants where you can try delicacies including Symi shrimps and grilled octopus. 

Beaches

Rhodos 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 Mandraki harbour.

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 busy than other beaches in Rhodes. 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 was named after the actor after 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.

Highlights

  • A rich history, amazing sites of interest, activities and day trips
  • Beautiful beaches with excellent facilities available
  • Caters for everyone from young and lively to the more discerning visitor, appealing to all ages

Shopping

Bargain items purchased by those taking holidays in Rhodes include:-

  • Jewellery (especially Gold)
  • Leather goods
  • Ceramics
  • Silverware
  • Rhodian wine

Things To Do

Popular activities during holidays in Rhodes include:-

  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing

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 steeped in history and glory. Then prepare yourself for the panoramic views of the main harbour of Symi, boasting a delightful array of shops, tavernas and tradition, which makes it one of a few unspoilt islands well worth discovering.

Off road safari: Feel the exhilaration of exciting adventure as you head towards what the very best of Rhodes has to offer. See simple Greek villages nestled between rugged off-road scenery and picturesque monasteries.

Turkish delight: Treat yourself to bargains galore with all the famous designer names but not so designer prices. Visit 2 continents in 1 day and take the 'Turkish delight' to Maramis. Experience Turkish culture and hustle and bustle of the local bazaar as you shop till you drop. A taste of the eastern promise with a day in Turkey is not to be missed.

Lindos by boat: No visit would be complete in Rhodes or Greece without visiting the Crown Jewel of islands that is of course Lindos. Set 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 steeped in history, is abundant with shops and Tavernas and features some beautiful views. This day trip can also be arranged by coach.

Grand island tour: Visit many iconic spots of culture and tradition 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 Kamiros. Arrive at Embona's wine factory for a truly special wine tasting. After a spot of lunch we will take you through the village of Siana, the castle of Monolithos, Appollakia and Kiotari. A Greek experience in true style.

We have various other tours such as beach breaks, shopping in the capital, a lazy day cruise and water parks for the families.

For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Transport

Boat: Rhodes is a major port with sea links to Crete, and the islands of the Aegean. In late spring and summer, there's daily hydrofoil or catamaran service from Mandraki Harbour to Tilos, Nisyros, Symi, 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. There are the set fares for sightseeing throughout the island. Taxis are metered, but fares should not exceed the minimum on short round-the-city jaunts. For longer trips, negotiate directly with the drivers.

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.

Climate

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 150 C and high 270 C.

  Max_temp   Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Rhodes 21 23 27 29 29 27 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
               
Sun Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Rhodes 7 10 12 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

 

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