Legend has it that Rhodes was blessed by the sun god Helios, which is why it enjoys 300 days of glorious sunshine a year!
We love holidays to Rhodes and it’s no wonder this is Greece's most popular island. As well as sunshine, Rhodes is blessed with a rich classical heritage, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s something for everyone on this island of contrasts, which is why so many of you have visited it. If you’ve not yet been or need reminding of its many attractions and reasons for going back, then read on and be inspired for Rhodes holidays in 2019.
Come and see Rhodes for yourself and explore 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 fabulously wide choice of resorts, from lively to laid-back, lining the splendidly sandy beaches which are in abundance all over the island – even Rhodes Town has the very 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 at Kallithea.
Faliraki Town boasts a popular beach as well as the island’s three biggest clubs and some fabulous places to eat out. 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 find all your favourite foods or try some tasty Greek delicacies like Symi shrimps and grilled octopus.
If the delights of Rhodes aren’t enough for you, or if you simply wish to see more of Greece on your hard earned get-away, then why not combine your stay with some time on other nearby islands? We recommend adding on a few days in Symi, or if time doesn’t allow, you can easily visit this picture-perfect little neighbouring island for the day. Or the lovely islands of Kos, Halki and Tilos. These and many other scenic and romantic islands in the Dodecanese are also ideal destinations for weddings and honeymoons. So why not get married on one and honeymoon on another?
If you're planning to tie the knot abroad, then weddings in Greece are the perfect solution for a paradise venue on your special day. Take your pick from a wide variety of idyllic settings in nine of our Greek Islands: Rhodes, Crete, Zante, Corfu, Kefalonia, Santorini, Skiathos, Kos and Parga. Each island offers its own unique atmosphere, from quaint to sophisticated and from modern to traditional. We can provide civil wedding ceremonies and renewal of vows in a variety of locations, which include registry offices, open air venues and stunning hotel settings. For more information and inspiration, take a look at our weddings pages.
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Great beaches in Rhodes
More holidaymakers visit Rhodes than any other Greek island – the miles of sandy beaches along the eastern coast are a huge draw for families looking for seaside fun and sun-worshippers dedicated to lazy days on the shores of the beautiful Aegean Sea. The southern part of the island is also a Mecca for windsurfers and kiteboarders who love the offshore breezes.
There’s some Rhodes rock royalty, too, because Pink Floyd have been regulars to Lindos since the 1970s and Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn, who played the title role in the film Zorba the Greek, has a beach named after him!
Keen surfers head for Ialyssos, where conditions are favourable enough for the resort to have hosted the European Windsurfing Championship. Only 8km from Rhodes Town, it is has a beach with a mixture of sand and pebbles, and a steep slope into the waves.
Ialyssos has a range of tavernas, cafes and restaurants and a choice of excellent accommodation, including the four-star Blue Horizon Palm Beach Hotel, where facilities include more swimming fun with a large pool, water aerobics and children’s pool while the four-star Labranda Blue Bay Resort has an aquapark and spa.
Holidaymakers seeking a lively centre should consider Ixia, on the north coast, where the beach is divided between hotel-exclusive sections and public areas with loungers and umbrellas for hire to sunbathers. The shoreline is pebbled, but the water is clear and there are plenty of watersports including jetskiing, while the sea winds attract windsurfers and kitesurfers. Shops, bars and a range of restaurants are close by, and the four-star Dionysos Hotel is 200m from the beach and has beautiful large pools with bridges across to sun terraces.
One of the closest beaches to Rhodes Town, find yourself amid a busy tourist scene in a picturesque setting with excellent amenities including watersports and volleyball, as well as shops, markets, bars and restaurants. Nearby is a large, lively beach just in front of the casino, and smaller Akti Miaouli beach, with sand and pebbles, both well supplied with sunbeds and parasols, between the sparkling sea and the town’s palm trees, minarets and historic walls. The three-star Agla Hotel is a great choice for families, being 50m from the beach but in a quieter area of the town. Watersports enthusiasts will find numerous opportunities for windsurfing, ski, and sailing nearby.
Faliraki is another resort that’s ideal for both active days and sunbathing. Some 16km south of Rhodes Town, waterskiing and windsurfing are on offer. The 4km golden sandy beach is well- equipped with with sunbeds and parasols and there is a good selection of bars and restaurants, as well as a waterpark. A more secluded option nearby is Kathara Bay, which features a picturesque harbour for fishing boats. A great base for a relaxing holiday, the friendly, family-run three-star Elarin Studios and Apartments are only a five-minute walk from the beach, with their own swimming and children’s pools, and a pool bar.
One of the largest and most popular beaches on the island is Afandou, set in a sweeping bay on the east coast. Another resort especially popular for windsurfing, with a beach consisting of sand and pebbles, it has glistening, deep waters and has earned a Blue Flag for cleanliness. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, while the award-winning five-star, Rodos Palladium Hotel is just a 15-minute drive away on Kalithea Beach and offers guests a true oasis of leisure and luxury.
A more sheltered spot, set in a sandy bay, Pallas Beach, at Lindos, has a reputation of being particularly popular with couples – as well as members of the rock band Pink Floyd. According to the Daily Telegraph’s Travel page Pink Floyd have been visiting Lindos since the early 1970s, and David Gilmour still has a house here.
Pedaloes and canoes can be hired, but otherwise the emphasis is on relaxation in sight of a medieval fortress with a fourth-century temple, and hillsides of whitewashed homes. Sunbeds and beach umbrellas are available for hire. Close by is the bay of Agios Pavlos, which has a white chapel standing on the sand-and-pebbles beach, and rocky outcrops providing natural diving platforms. The three-star Lindos Gardens Hotel is in a quiet location, but just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach, and offers attractive, open-plan studio accommodation, beautiful gardens and panoramic views.
The south east coast of Rhodes tends to be more sheltered from the sea breezes, and the 4km beach at Kálathos is in a delightful bay with sands gently sloping into the clean, glistening water. A quirky touch is the offer of bamboo umbrellas for hire, along with the wooden sun beds. Just 50m from the beach is the five-star Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort, offering elegant, luxury villas and a sumptuous spa for well-being.
On the west coast, Kremasti has a beach with a difference, in a bustling village setting offering a good choice of tavernas and restaurants. The sand-and-pebbles shoreline is wide and extends 10km, so there is plenty of space despite the area’s popularity. Sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports are available and the slope of the beach into the sea is steeper than on many others on Rhodes, so favours stronger swimmers. The Olympic Holidays’ team love the three-star Alkyonides Hotel Studios which offer flexible accommodation with traditional Greek hospitality.
Fringed by pines and palms, and with Arabic and Italian influences in the local architecture – including renowned thermal springs with beautiful mosaic decoration – Kalithea boasts one of the most stunning beach settings in Rhodes. Within walking distance of the springs, and with magnificent sea views, stands the five-star Kresten Royal Villas and Spa, while the four-star Kresten Palace Hotel has a large lagoon-style pool in extensive gardens.
Ladiko – Anthony Quinn Beach
Another Blue Flag winner is the smaller beach at Ladiko, named in honour of actor Anthony Quinn, who played the title role in the film Zorba the Greek. However, the Ladiko Beach was a setting for another of Quinn’s films, the Guns of Navarone, in which he starred with David Niven and Gregory Peck. With pebbles and rocks, as well as sand, and set amid rugged hills, the beach is one of the less developed on the island, but is popular for boating, and with scuba divers who enjoy exploring the sea bed. Another small beach at Ladiko is set in an attractive bay, with fine sands and facilities including sun loungers and showers. Take your pick!
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Boat: Rhodes is a major port with sea links to many other Greek islands.
Bus: There's a good public bus system throughout the island; the tourist office publishes a schedule of routes and times.
Taxi: In Rhodes Town, the largest of many taxi stands is in front of the Old Town, on the harbour front in Plateia Rimini.
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.
Best time to go to Rhodes
The weather and temperature 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.
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