Introducing the city

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Beer £2.52 | 3.00 €

Main Course £11.75 | 14.00 €

About Rhodes

Rhodes is the most visited of the Greek islands, with tourists flocking to enjoy its near-perfect climate, stunning beaches and rich local history.

The largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands and once home to the Ancient Colossus and the medieval knights of St John, Rhodes is so much more than an ordinary beach destination.

Resting south-west of mainland Greece and north-east of Crete, the isle of Rhodes is a stunning mélange of yawning beaches, ancient ruins and historical remnants, all bathed in a pleasant Mediterranean climate.

Rhodes' east coast is a long strip of undisturbed beaches, which is the island's main attraction. There are a number of holiday resorts posted along the golden sand and although many of the beaches are often full you can still find secluded coves of beach in Kalithea and Kolymbia for a bit of privacy.

Rhodes is also famed for its buzzing nightlife with Faliraki being a legendary spot for 18 to 30 party seekers.

As a dominion of Roman, Spartan, Ottoman, Italian and Greek rule throughout the ages, few places in the world can boast such a richly textured architectural history - as well as 137 miles of magnificent coastline.

And once you clock eyes on this medieval masterpiece, you won’t want to leave either.

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Weather

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When Should You Visit?

Rhodes’ clement weather conditions last for much of the year, so visitors can expect gorgeous sunny days from April all the way through to October.

Rhodes enjoys a climate typical to all parts of the Mediterranean with hot, dry summers, mild winters and very little rainfall. On average, August tends to be the hottest month, when the average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. The island’s 300 days of sunshine per year and warm average sea temperatures make it the ever-popular tourist destination it is today.

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Travioor top tips

Sunset Stroll
Hiking
Boat Tours

Insider Info

  • In a good year, Rhodes plays host to almost two million tourists, with approximately 1,999,999 of them passing through the Old Town’s medieval walkways. Beat the rabble, and the potentially stifling daytime heat, by conducting your exploration at sunset when the white stone brickwork takes on an enchanting dark hue.

  • While in Rhodes, paying a visit to heritage sites such as the Acropolis in Lindos is a must. Yet, as is to be expected with such ancient ruins, the walking tracks at these sites are often steep and uneven, so we advise packing a decent pair of walking shoes.

  • There are many great sea tours on offer to the surrounding satellite islands, but shop around to find the best deals.

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Food and drink

Main Course £11.75 | 14.00 €

3-Course Meal £24.33 | 28.98 €

Cappuccino £2.50 | 2.98 €

Beer £2.52 | 3.00 €

The Scene

While in Rhodes, dive into the mouth-watering mix of Mediterranean and Greek cuisine. From the traditional Greek salad, to always appetizing tzatziki, to the increasingly international moussaka, there’s so much to enjoy. And the universally liberal attitude to portion sizes mean you’ll never go home hungry.

Meals out are priced reasonably by European standards, and although some waiters may make it seem so, it’s not wholly compulsory to end every course with a shot of ouzo – although you’ll always have the option. For a milder alternative, try the beautifully fragrant rosé, Retsina, which has been produced locally for over 2,000 years.

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History

Rhodes’s Story

Blessed with a tranquil climate and strategic position, Rhodes has always held significance with the ruling empire of the time, ever since the island was united in 408 BC.

Over the years, the towns of Rhodes allied themselves with Alexander, the Persians, Athenians or Spartans as conditions suited them, generally escaping danger with seafaring audacity, flattery and the wealth afforded by their strong trade centre.

During the Roman civil wars, Rhodes was sacked by Cassius, but by late imperial times the island had been ceded to the Genoese. It was then surrendered to the Knights of St John, before the Ottoman Empire wrestled control after the second great siege in 1522–23. As a result of the demise of the Ottoman Empire, Rhodes was appropriated by the Italians in 1912.

Mid 19th century, Greece took control of the island and immediately set about developing the internal infrastructure while also preserving the medieval Old Town. In 1988, the old town of Rhodes was successfully designated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.

Language

Ya sou | Hello
Efkharisto | Thank you

Greek

Greek is the official language on Rhodes, yet after years of occupation by various different peoples, Turkish, German and Italian are quite commonly spoken on the island. Due to mass tourism, English can also now be heard in many areas.

However, to help gain the respect of the locals, here are a few need-to-know phrases;

  • Goodbye: Ya / Adeeo
  • Please: Parakalo
  • You're welcome: Parakalo
  • Yes: Neh
  • No: Okhee

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Need to know

+30 Dialling code
100 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Diagoras airport on the west coast is roughly ten miles from Rhodes Town, and there’s a set fare of €22 in a taxi.
  • Buses run to Rhodes Town’s Eastern Bus Terminal for €2.40 with a journey time of approximately 25 minutes.
  • In general, taxi fares are relatively cheap but do bear in mind that rates double from midnight to 5am.
  • The island itself is quite large, so if you’re keen on covering it all there are many car and motorbike rental companies in Rhodes Town – competition is abundant, so don’t go for the first place you see.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Greece here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Old Town

The walled enclave now known as the Old Town is one of the most stunning medieval cities still standing today and full of whitewashed splendour.

2. Acropolis

Sitting atop a steeped rock formation and surrounded by sea below, the beautifully preserved Acropolis of Líndos is truly awe-inspiring.

3. Tsambíka Bay

For premium sun-worshiping, Tsambíka Bay plays host to Rhodes’s finest beach, replete with soft golden sand and aquamarine waters

4. Petaloúdes

Petaloúdes, or to give it its more colourful title ‘The Valley of Butterflies’. Lose yourself in a winged haze as you navigate picturesque streams, ponds and waterfalls.

5. Sými Island

Visit the tiny neighbouring island of Sými, home to countless blanched roofs sprawling across the mountainside. The inland Horió village is a great place for lunch.


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