Rhodes island is the largest in Dodecanese and among the most popular destinations in Greece. It amazes visitors with the stunning beaches, the Medieval architecture and the many interesting monuments around the island. The Old Town of Rhodes is a true gem to walk around, a fantastic place from the past. The Street of the Knights, the Palace and Hippocrates Square are the main spots of Rhodes Old Town. Wonderful places around the island are Lindos, the Butterflies Valley and Prassonissi for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
There are many interesting sightseeings in Rhodes Greece, a place with long history and rich tradition. As it is the largest town in Dodecanese, it is considered the capital of this group of Greek islands. Rhodes island is geographically located between Karpathos and Kos and it is, along Santorini and Mykonos, among the most popular Greek islands. It belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. In the ancient times, the statue of Colossus used to stand at the entrance of the port. The Old Town of Rhodes is among the best-preserved Medieval towns in Europe and impresses visitors with the romantic atmosphere. Walk along the narrow paved streets, visit the Venetian Castle and the Byzantine churches, stroll around the old port and you will have the feeling that the Knights of Saint John will appear at the next corner. Interesting places to visit during your Rhodes holidays are also the Acropolis of Lindos, the Aquarium, the Monastery of Filerimos and the Valley of Butterflies. Beach resorts in Rhodes island Greece are large and fabulous. Kallithea and Faliraki are the most popular places with many tourist facilities and restaurants. Due to the large size of the island, visitors will find numerous beaches for all preferences, even totally secluded places. Prassonissi, Ixia and Theologos are popular beaches for windsurfing and kite surfing. A drive around this Greek island will also bring you to many lovely spots and picturesque villages.
Rhodes is an island with large tourist development, therefore it has accommodation for all preferences, from luxurious spa resorts to family apartments. These accommodations are spread all around the island. The most popular beaches close to the Town are Ialyssos, Ixia, Paradisi, Theologos, Kallithea and Faliraki. Many of these accommodations are actually large resorts with pools, gym, jacuzzi and spa treatments. Accommodations are more traditional in other tourist places. Cozy apartments are also found in Lindos and in close beaches.
The biggest city on the island and seat of the local government
One of the big villages on the island. The golf course of Rhodes is situated in this area along with a long beach.
The second largest town on the island
Asklipio – inland village, site of an old church and a castle
Faliraki – Rhodes’ “action resort.” Faliraki is the site of one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes and a lot less winds than on the west coast, It is a great choice for anyone who wants a sun and sand holiday complete with lots of bright lights and action. The resort centre is as buzzing as the beach at night, the place gives you every opportunity to dance and party with a wealth of pubs, discos, music-bars and clubs. Kalithea has a hilly backdrop with a cove offering a range of watersports, but if you are looking for a good stretch of beach you will find some just 3 kilometers away. A nearby water park also makes for a great day out.
Haraki (Charaki) – Small former fishing village located next to Lindos. A chain of restaurants surrounds an enclosed beach.
Ixia – West coast resort, close to Rhodes city
Kalithea – snorkeling and resort hotels.
Laerma – inland village near some monuments, contains a few restaurants
Lardos – the market square of that town has restaurants and shops
Lindos – Picturesque village, site of important ancient acropolis.
Pefkos – A smaller tourist resourt close to Lindos. Originally started as a small collection of farms and private residences, but has grown into a town in its own right.
Theologos – A traditional village
Lindos Beach Limanaki Agios Pavlos
Ladiko Anthony Quinn beach
Lindos Beach Megali Paralia
Akti Miaouli beach
Faliraki Nudist beach
Lindos Beach Palace
Makris Tichos beach
Rhodes has five ports, three of them in Rhodes City, one in the west coast near Kamiros and one in east coast near Lardos.
Central Port: Located in the city of Rhodes serves domestic and international traffic
Kolona Port: Opposite the central port, serves intra Dodecanese traffic and large yachts
Akandia Port: The new port of the island next to the central port, being built since 1960s, destined both domestic and international traffic. At the moment serves cruise ships on high peak days.
Kamiros Skala Dock: Some 30km south west of the city near Ancient Kamiros ruins serves mainly the island of Halki
Lardos Dock: Formerly servicing local industries, now under development as an alternative port for times when the central port is inaccessible due to weather conditions. It is situated in a rocky shore near the village of Lardos in south east Rhodes.
Rhodes is accessable via ferry from Symi, Tilos, and Bodrum, as well as Datca and Marmaris in Turkey.
Cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port, east of Rhodes (city)’s Old Town.
The island is served by Diagoras International Airport with the IATA code RHO. The airport is situated on the west coast about 14km from Rhodes Town. There are regular flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete; charter airlines connect Rhodes with many major cities all over Europe.
Bus services are handled by two operators:
RODA: Rhodes City company that also services suburban areas (Faliraki, Ialysos, Kremasti, Airport, Pastida, Maritsa, Paradeisi) and the entire west coast (blue-white colored).
KTel: Privately-owned buses that serve villages and resorts in the east coast (yellow-orange colored).
The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Neá Agorá (New Market). Schedules and prices can be found at the ticket booths.
Tickets can also be bought in the bus from a cashier or directly from the driver. Keep your ticket until the end of your voyage. The price of a bus ticket will depend on the destination. For example, a trip from Rhodes city to Faliraki will cost 1.80 €.
Bus stops on the road are marked by a sign, but do not hesitate to signal a bus driver that you wish to board. Bus stops do not have the timetables displayed.
One useful line is the 21, which serves the large hotels on Rhodes’ east coast with Faliraki as the final destination, departs from Rhodes city almost every half-hour.
Taxis on Rhodes are dark blue with white roofs. There is a list of expected maximum taxi charges you can obtain from the tourist information office. For example, a trip from Rhodes city to Faliraki should not cost more than 13 €; the trip from the Airport to Rhodes city a maximum of 16 €. The minimum fare for each trip is 4.00 €, the taximeter starts at 0.85 €. Never let the driver turn off the meter.
You can radio a taxi via telephone number 22410 69800. This adds a standard surcharge of 1.50 €. Waiting fare is 7.90 € per hour. Between midnight and 5am you will have to pay twice the normal rates. You can book ahead to avoid delays at high traffic times such as weekends.
Within Rhodes city limits, fixed rates are applied. If you get a taxi from one of the taxi stations or stop one in the street, the fare is 5.00 €. At the main taxi station, close to the New Market (Mandraki), there are hosts that try to cut down waiting time by making sure that the taxis doesn’t leave half empty – especially if you are going a bit further. If you share a taxi within the Rhodes city limits the fare is 4.00 €.
It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory possible. You can rent a car at the airport or via any hotel and at many local dealers. Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, although roads in the interior – especially the south – may turn out to be little more than dirt paths. Traffic jams are common particularly in the summer months.
There are four major arteries:
Rhodes-Kamiros Province Avenue: Two lane avenue, runs through the west coast north to south and connects Rhodes City with Diagoras Airport and Kamiros.
Rhodes-Lindos National Avenue (Greek National Road 95): Four and two lane avenue, runs mainly inland north to south and connects Rhodes City with Lindos.
Rhodes-Kallithea Province Avenue: Two lane avenue, runs through the east coast north to south and connects Rhodes City with Faliraki Resort.
Tsairi-Airport National Avenue: Four and two lane avenue, runs inland east to west and connects the east coast with the west and the airport.
Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go – for example the twisted narrow streets of Rhodes city. An additional advantage is that they are cheap to rent – 10 to 15 € a day is the usual price.
If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves. When renting a moped, check if the profile of the tyres is ok and if the brakes work properly. If it is the last vehicle in store, be suspicious – it could be the one that needs a repair badly. Though helmets are not required on the streets, (although you might well be stopped and fines 50 € if you are not wearing a helmet on the main roads) it might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one, especially if you intend to drive on streets with more traffic.
NOTE: British travel insurance companies require helmets be worn at ALL times by their insured otherwise they will not pay out in the event of injury.