Rhodes, the “sun island”, is one of the most popular holiday islands in Greece and the most popular of the Dodecanese islands. Experience the natural beauty of the island, explore the ancient history, enjoy the night-life or just sample the famous Greek food and wines. Rhodes offers them all.
Located just 18 km (11.2 miles) west of Turkey, right between mainland Greece and Cyprus, Rhodes (Rhodos) is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands.
How to Get to Rhodes
You can get to Rhodes by air from Athens in about 45 minutes. Other domestic flights link Rhodes to Crete, Mykonos, Karpathos, Santorini, Kastellorizo and Thessaloniki. Another good option is by water, using the ferries which connect Rhodes to the major Greek ports- Pireus, Crete and other Aegean Islands- and with Turkish and Israeli ports.
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Weather and Climate
Probably the most beautiful island of Greece and perfect for the honeymooners, Rhodes has a mild Mediterranean climate. The summers are dry and sunny and the winters are mild but humid. Refreshing winds blows in July and August, making the island perfect for windsurfing. Also the average temperature peaks in summer to about 29C in July and August.
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The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes is one of The Seven Wonders of the World. It was a giant statue of the god Helios, located at the entrance of the harbor of Rhodes. The statue was erected by Chares of Lindos between 292 BC and 280 BC. Ancient texts described that the structure was built around several tower of blocks, standing on a marble pedestal near the Mandraki harbor entrance and then iron beams were place on the stone towers and the bronze plates attached to the beams to form the skinning. The Colossus of Rhodes lasted for only 56 years, but even today the debates about reconstructing the Colossus continue.
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As the island has a very long coast line, a lot of different places to swim and sunbath area available. The most developed beach on the island is Faliraki Beach, located at only 14 km from the capital (town of Rhodes). Kalithea is also a very well known beach, mostly for its hot medicinal springs. Other beaches worth visiting are: Prassonissi Beach, Traganou Beach, Kalathos Beach, Tsabika Beach, St.Paul’s Bay and Afandou.
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What to Do
“The Old Town” or The Medieval Town of Rhodes is one of the most beautiful Rhodian landmarks and has been designated by UNESCO as a world monument of architectural heritage.
Within The Old Town visitors can admire Pili Elefterias, the Byzantine Museum, Panagia tou Kastrou, the Mosque of Suleiman, Simis square, Ippokratous square, The Palace of The Grand Masters, The Minaret of the old city & The Great Hamam, The Archaeological Museum, The clock tower and The Famous street of Knights (Ippoton street).
If you like the nature and want to see some lovely butterflies and enjoy a day in a forest, don’t miss the Valley of the Butterflies. Although you have to visit Rhodes between the end of May and September to be able to enjoy this unique place.
If you are tired of sightseeing and bathing in the sun, you can always take part in water sports, play tennis, golf or go horse riding. For those passionate of gambling there is a Casino in Afandou.
The traditional Greek villages are really picturesque. When visiting the island of Rhodes, don’t miss visiting Filermios, Kritinia and Lindos, three of the most beautiful traditional villages on the island. The white houses, the narrow stones and the ancient history create a really amazing and romantic atmosphere, just perfect for a couples vacation.
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