This Grecian holiday paradise is known as the sun island (named after the Sun God Helios), as it's always bright and wonderfully warm. Rhodes is located in the southeastern Aegean Sea and is blessed with approximately 300 days of glorious sunshine each year, meaning Rhodes has the longest holiday season out of all Greek islands.
Rhodes Beach Holidays: Rhodes provides the perfect all-round holiday destination, from family beach holidays and self catering deals through to relaxing romantic getaways. You'll find plenty to keep you occupied too, from swimming in crystal clear waters with endless sandy beaches, to experiencing Greek culture and discovering the islands many historical sites, plus a wide choice of water sport activities and a host of nightlife options.
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Reasons to be cheerful: Rhodes has many attractions, including: beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, a fascinating history with modern tourist facilities, superb shopping opportunities, plus spectacular sunsets and an invigorating nightlife.
Rhodes - Popular Resorts:
(1). Rhodes Town: Rhodes Town (Ródos) is the islands capital, with origins dating to 408 BC. Rhodes Town is to be found on the northern tip of Rhodes and is full of history, charm and character. You'll find Rhodes Town has a fascinating contrast between ancient and modern with it's distinctive 'Old & New Town' districts.
Rhodes old town is a magnificent UNESCO-listed world heritage site and is the oldest continuously inhabited medieval city in Europe. The Old Town sits south east of the city and is surrounded by beautifully preserved large walled defenses that form the original 14th century (4km long) fortification. Access to the Old Town is through one of several grand gates, the old town is largely traffic free so you can relax when exploring the town's labyrinth of narrow streets and stunning mix of architecture, with styles ranging from Classical to Ottoman to Italian.
Wander the intricate network of busy cobblestone streets, alleyways and picturesque squares all full of charm and character. Discover Medieval buildings, Byzantine and Gothic churches, that mix seamlessly with ancient commercial squares and alleyways full of souvenir shops, cafeterias, bars and restaurants.
Top Tip. Before fully exploring the Old Town visit the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes for a better understanding of how historically important and fascinating the Old Town is, especially during the time of the Crusades and the towns occupation by the Knights of St. John. At the museum you'll also discover how the Knights designed and built the finest surviving example of Gothic defensive architecture.
Rhodes New Town is a complete contrast, here you'll find busy streets full of shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants and a mix of hotels from budget to luxury grades, you'll also find a full mix of nightlife options including trendy roof-top bars, cocktail bars, live music, beach & harbour front restaurants and a good mix of dance clubs.
(2). Lindos: Lindos is one of the most popular, charming and picturesque resorts on the island. It's unique due to its sunny hillside location and its labyrinth of charming narrow streets, that wind past white-stuccoed houses that slope down to the dazzling blue waters below. The resort is perfect for couples, singles and families looking for a mixture of relaxation, sightseeing and entertainment.
Lindos caters for all needs and tastes, with its winding cobbled streets and alleyways providing plenty of shops, cafes, tavernas, laid-back bars and a good mix of restaurants. Most of the resorts accommodation consists of small boutique style hotels or smaller (but cosy) traditional white-washed houses, larger hotels with pools can be found on the towns outskirts.
Perched 100 meters above Lindos is the Acropolis, the ruins of the temple Athina Lindia and a large fortress built to prevent the invading Turks. The area is a natural fortification site used by the ancient Greeks and later by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. This ancient site is one of the most visited and most important historical monuments (with the best panoramic views) on the island. The Acropolis is reached by climbing a series of steps from the town or you can ascended the traditional way, astride a donkey.
Beach lovers have a choice, with Lindos beach and Pallas beach being within easy reach or there's the sand and pebble beach at St Paul'sbay slightly to the south. All beaches have small beach bars to keep you refreshed along with plenty of umbrellas and sun loungersto hire and water sportsto keep you occupied with further water sport facilities to be found at Lardos beach a short 15min drive south along the coast.
(3). Faliraki: Faliraki is situated on the east coast of Rhodes fourteen miles (9km) south of the capital, Rhodes Town. Faliraki is an energetic resort favoured by the younger holiday seeker and is renowned for its lively nightlife that caters for most tastes. Faliraki has a four-mile (2km) stretch of well kept sandy beach, with clear seas offering just about every possible water sport and water fun activity.
Faliraki has one of Europe's biggest and best water parks, offering lots of frills and spills including, lazy river rides, water slides, rafting, a wave pool and aqua-gym. The bar hopping nightlife scene in Faliraki is legendary with Bar Street and Club Street living up to their name and reputation as a paradise for young clubbers, however the extreme nightlife reputation the resort once had is now long gone, with the resort now catering for a mix of holidaymaker including families, couples and young singles.
(4). Ixia: Cosmopolitan Ixia lies on the northwest coast, close to Rhodes Town. Ixia is a purposely-developed 'luxury hotel beach resort' favoured by families, couples and water sport enthusiasts. Ixia is a popular base for those preferring a mix of high-quality accommodation and who prefer to be close to the facilities and excitement of the islands capital. There's an hourly bus service from Ixia to the centre of Rhodes Town with a journey time of 16 minutes.
Ixia looks out onto a brilliantly bright blue sea, with the Turkish mainland in the far distance. The long shingle and sand beach runs parallel to the main costal road, here you'll find some sections of the beach are privately owned by hotels, however there's plenty of open beach areas offering parasol and sunbed hire. The constant summer breeze makes Ixia an ideal spot for windsurfers and for other water sport activities, with plenty of water sport centres offering surfboard and jet ski hire.
Nightlife in Ixia is low key compared to nearby Rhodes Town, you'll find many of Ixia's top hotels provide excellent levels of entertainment, you'll also find a good choice of authentic Greek restaurants, cafes and a mix of trendy and traditional bars, plus a few clubs open till late.
Rhodes Transport & Sightseeing:
The medieval old quarter in Rhodes Town has plenty to offer history lovers and culture seekers, with an archaeological museum, fort and medieval castle to explore. To the west and east of Rhodes Town you'll find lively and sophisticated resorts catering for all tastes and age groups. By day there's lots to explore, while at night all major resorts will keep you dancing into the early hours.
Rhodes has plenty of beautiful sandy beaches on the east coast along with lively resorts like Faliraki and picture-postcard villages such as Lindos. Rhodes offers lots of water sport options, from windsurfing and sailing to jet-sking, with water sport hire centres located at main resorts. For keeping kids' occupied you have the aquarium in Rhodes Town and Europe's largest Waterpark just outside Faliraki. See below on how to travel around the island's top attractions:
Bus Transport: Travelling by bus is convenient and reasonably priced (but can be confusing at times). All daily bus services originate from the Central Bus Station in Rhodes Town. There are two bus companies operating on the island: The RODA Bus Company links Rhodes Town with the Airport and west of the island. The KTEL Bus Company operates services from Rhodes town along the east side and south of the island and connects most major resorts. Tickets can be purchased from the central bus station or direct from the driver. Top Tip: You won't be the only one confused, if your still unsure which bus to get ask the driver or fellow passengers for help.
Taxis: Taxis are popular however they can be expensive, especially when compared to the islands bus fares. Official cabs are identifiable as dark blue in colour with white colored roofs and a Taxi sign on top, the vast majority of taxis will be Mercedes-Benz.
Taxis can usually be found in all major resorts and at popular tourist attractions. Rhodes Town has plenty of taxi ranks mostly located outside the port and at central city tourist areas. Taxis operate a metered system so overcharging should not be a problem Top Tip: It's ok to ask the driver the approximate fare before entering the taxi. At the end of the journey taxi drivers should give you a printed receipt for the fare paid. If the meter is not running ask the driver to turn it on. Lastly always carry enough cash to cover the fare as most taxis do not except cards.
Water Taxi: Water Taxis operate out of the Old Port in Rhodes Town and can take you to most resorts along the coast, they're slightly more expensive and not as quick as a traditional taxi, but they're definitely more interesting and scenic.
Rhodes Airport (RHO). Rhodes Airport, Diagoras International Airport RHO is situated 8 miles (16 km) south-west of the city of Rhodes near the village of Paradisi.
Transfers from Rhodes Airport to Rhodes Town are by regular bus or taxi services. The airport bus stop is situated relatively close to the terminal building with services operating to Rhodes city as well as several other destinations in the area. Taxis are convenient and available for pick up at the arrivals terminal. To avoid long waiting times in peak holiday summer months, it is recommended to pre-book your taxi or local transfer service.
Car Hire: All major car rental companies are represented at Rhodes RHO airport, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
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