Rhodes, one of Greece’s largest islands, is situated in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. It is the capital of the Dodecanese prefecture and has a population of approximately 115,000. Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but there are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean nowadays: sun-drenched beaches, beautiful scenery, fine dining, cultural experiences, a lively nightlife and the warm hospitality of the islanders themselves.
The beautiful beaches of Rhodes are without a doubt the biggest reason so many tourists choose to take their holiday here – and there are plenty of hotels at the seaside. The popular summer paradise of Ixia in north-western Rhodes is considered by many to be one of Greece’s most alluring areas. There is a two kilometres long beach with restaurants, bars and shops lining it. For the more adventurous guests, there are also a number of water sports there. On the eastern coast of Rhodes lies the small town of Lindos, which boasts sparkling beaches and the famous Acropolis cliff where you can explore ancient medieval ruins. If you are looking for something a little more exclusive and calmer, the old Roman spa town of Kallithea is a great choice. Here the waves of the sea lap against the high limestone cliffs. An ideal place for snorkelling as the water is crystal clear and full of marine life. Other beaches worth a visit are Agathi, Charaki, Kolymbia, Prasonisi, Traganou, Afandou and Stegna.
Rhodes today offers the visitor a plethora of all year round leisure alternatives, covering all types of tourist activities. The natural beauty of the island, the monuments from its long and often turbulent history, a rodosmopolitan character, as well as the warm hospitality generously offered by the people of Rhodes, and an excellent tourist infrastructure boasting the most modern hotels – in combination it all makes Rhodes a perfect holiday destination.
When to go
Rhodes has a whopping 300 days of glorious sunshine each year. Summer is the warmest time to visit the island, with up to 13 hours of sunshine per day and there isn’t much rainfall too, which means you have more time to spend out enjoying the summer sunshine. The average temperature is 25°C in June and September, peaking at 27°C in August. If you love the warm weather but the summer is too hot, the best time to go to Rhodes is during spring or autumn. Both summer and winter seasons enjoy a warm climate, but on winter season it’s not as hot or humid as the summer months, which is ideal if you have a lot of outdoor activities planned for your visit.