Nicknamed the “Island of the Sun”, Rhodes is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece and the most popular of the islands that make up the Dodecaneselor archipelago. Experience the natural beauty of the island, exploring its ancient history, enjoy the nightlife or simply enjoy the famous Greek food and wine. Rhodes offers you everything that your can wish for.
Situated at a distance of 18 kilometers west of Turkey, right between Greece and Cyprus, Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese group.
How to get to Rhodes
You can get there by air from Athens and arrive on the local airport in 45 minutes. Other domestic flights link Rhodes to Crete, Mykonos, Karpathos, Santorini, Kastellorizo and Thessaloniki. Another alternative is to reach it through the water, using the ferry that connects the most important Greek ports to Rhodes – Piraeus, Crete and other islands in the Aegean – and the ports in Turkey and Israel.
Probably the most beautiful island in Greece (but then again, who can properly decide?!) and the perfect choice for honeymoon, Rhodes has a mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and sunny, and winters are mild and wet. During July and August, the wind turns Rhodes into the perfect place to practice windsurfing. The average temperature reaches 29º Celsius in the summer months, so it is not unbearably hot, regardless of the island’s position, down south in the Mediterranean Sea.
Colossus of Rhodes
Colossus of Rhodes is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is a giant statue of the god Helios, situated at the entrance to the Port of Rhodes. The statue was built by Chares of Lindos between year 292 and 280 B.C. Ancient texts describe that structure was built around several stone towers, placed on a pedestal of marble near the entrance of Mandraki port, then beams of iron were placed on towers of stone and tiles of bronze attached girders to give shape of the human body. Colossus of Rhodes lasted only 56 years, but discutions regarding its reconstruction continue until today.
The Beautiful Beaches of Rhodes
Since the island has a very long coastline, there are many places where you can swim and sunbathe. Faliraki is the most famous beach, located only 14 kilometers from the capital city of Rhodes. Kalithea is also a beach that is well-known mainly for its medicinal hot water springs. Other beaches worth visiting are: Prassonissi, Traganou, Kalathos, Tsabika, Saint Paul and Afandou.
What can you do in Rhodes
“Old Town” or Medieval City is one of the most beautiful symbols of the island and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage. Here, visitors can admire Pili Elefterias, Byzantine Museum, Panagia tou Kastrou, the Mosque of Suleiman, Simis Square, Ippokratous Square, Grand Masters Palace, the Minaret in the old city and the Great Hamam, Archeological Museum, the Clock Tower and the famous Street of the Kings – Ippoton.
If you like nature and want to admire some superb specimens of butterflies, then spend a day in the woods and do not miss the Butterfly Valley. But for that you have to visit Rhodes between late May and September, so that you can really enjoy this unique place.
If you’re tired of sightseeing and sunbathing, you can practice water sports, play tennis, golf, or go horse riding. For those passionate about gambling in a casino there is such a place in Afandou.
Traditional Greek villages are truly picturesque. When visiting Rhodes, do not miss Filermios, Kritinia and Lindos, three of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island. White houses, narrow stones and ancient history creates an faqscinating and romantic atmosphere, just perfect for a holiday in two.
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