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Rhodes Holidays

Rhodes
Overview

Rhodes isn’t only the capital of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, it’s the capital of the Greek tourist industry, with more sun-seeking travellers flocking to it than any other island. With endless stretches of golden sandy beaches, a great choice of lively resorts and lush green landscapes, it really is a quiet escape from the stresses of modern life. Holidays to Rhodes are tailor-made for culture vultures too, with so much to offer from the atmospheric old town and Crusader castles to the traditional sugar cube shaped houses in the ancient picture-perfect town of Lindos.

 

Among the most popular places to visit during your Rhodes holidays are Asklipio, Cape Prasonisi, Castle of Kastellos and Castle of Monolithos. For adventure seekers, the city has got diving, snorkelling, surfing, and mountains to trek to. Rhodes is largely safe to travel and expenses while are not that high, meaning you can discover the island easily and efficiently.

 

Rhodes has a warm and temperate climate with August being the hottest month (up to 27°C) and January being the coldest (up to 13°C). The best time to visit Rhodes is between May and September. The wonderful island boasts sun, sea, sand and sights that will delight you, so pack your bags and get ready for wonderful Rhodes holidays!

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Getting Around

All the big car hire names have desks at Rhodes’ busy airport. There’s a bus stop with a regular service to Rhodes Town outside the terminal building and it’s easy to arrange a private transfer. In the resorts, most places are within walking distance, and it’s easy to grab a taxi with a fixed fee. Moped hire is popular but remember to wear a helmet. It’s also possible to travel by small boat or ferry.


Travelling by bus or car

The whole of Rhodes is well served by Greece’s cheap, efficient KTEL bus service. You can buy your ticket at the bus station or onboard if you have change. English speaking staff are usually available.


As Rhodes is a large island with plenty to explore, most tourists hire a car to make their holiday easier. The roads are generally good and well signposted. Driving is on the right of the road.


Passports and Visas

There’s no requirement for British citizens to have a visa to visit Greece but a valid passport is a must. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/


Health and Safety

Medical and travel insurance are essential for your holiday in Greece. Check your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) is up to date for emergency hospital treatment. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health


Vaccinations

British citizens don’t need vaccinations to travel to Greece but your routine immunisations should to be up to date. See your GP before your holiday for any specific medical advice you may require.

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Places to go and things to do in Rhodes
Find the best Beaches
Find the best Beaches

Rhodes’ east coast is where the best of the beaches can be found, although windsurfers flock to the less sheltered south coast.


The island’s busiest beach is found in the large resort of Faliraki, and the party atmosphere here is reflected in the vast choice of activities and watersports - from bungee jumping to banana boat rides. A contrast is the lovely but more laidback Lindos Beach.

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Explore historic Rhodes
Explore historic Rhodes

Like all of Greece, Rhodes is steeped in ancient history, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the island’s capital, Rhodes Town.


Travel back in time as you wander around the crumbling walls to the medieval city which is packed with historic sites and places to eat, drink and watch the world go by.

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Visit charming Villages
Visit charming Villages

Rhodes may be a favourite with fun-loving tourists but many of its charming villages and harbours still retain a traditional feel. The large village of Afandou is only 19km away from Rhodes Town and has a lovely square complete with tavernas, bars and a picture-perfect beach.


If you’re into ancient history, visit Rhodes' most famous street and explore the tales of the Medieval Avenue of the Knights.

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Pick your Nightlife
Pick your Nightlife

Party-hub Faliraki is where the cheap shots and foam party crowd head for their annual dose of holiday hedonism.


Rhodes Town has a great restaurant scene and places to see traditional Greek entertainment. Elsewhere, the nightlife ranges from low key to lively – the resort of Lindos has great rooftop bars and tavernas.

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Valley of the Butterflies
Valley of the Butterflies

Love butterflies? Thousands of these beautiful winged wonders flock to the trees, streams and waterfalls at the Valley of Petaloudes during August. The reserve is also home to Jersey Tiger Moths, drawn here by the valley’s oriental sweetgum trees.


Follow the shaded trails through the trees up to Kalópetra, the 18th-century chapel at the top of the valley.

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Find fabulous Architecture
Find fabulous Architecture

Get your walking boots on or ride a donkey to reach the Acropolis at Líndos for stunning views of the bay.


Discover ancient monuments including the Temple of Athena Lindia, alongside the Acropolis of Rhodes, a spectacular example of Hellenic architecture and the Monastery of Panagia Filerimos, its floor covered in ornate pebbles and shells.

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Cruise over to Sými
Cruise over to Sými

The small island of Symi paints a pretty picture with colourful yachts dotting the harbour, framed by pastel-shaded mansions on both sides. Largely forgotten by time, it’s a maze of neoclassical stone facades built across the slopes.


Among the juniper and pine forests, there are dozens of tiny monasteries, including Panormítis, an important pilgrimage destination.

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Get Wet and Wild
Get Wet and Wild

Go windsurfing or kitesurfing at Prasonisi beach on the south coast where the wind sweeps between twin bays, creating near-perfect conditions. Or paddleboard and kayak in the more sheltered coves on the other side of the island.

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