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Basic information

  • Area: 84km² (216 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +30
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 117,000
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2) EEST (UTC+3)

Rhodes – Overview

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese, a string of Greek islands located just off the coast of Turkey in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea. The island has been marked on the holiday maker’s map for decades, all drawn in by its promise of sunshine, sand and laid back life style.

For families and lively youngsters, vibrant resorts abound to the east and west, whilst in the south the concrete dissolves into a charming landscape of craggy coastline and rustic roads. For those that care to go looking, it’s here far from the tourist trail that the real soul of Rhodes survives.

Few places can top Rhodes’s in terms of rich history, as it’s here at the crossroads of continents that countless cultures have come and gone, each leaving an imprint on the island’s streets. For an unmissable taste of its heritage, be sure to explore the island’s myriad of crumbling churches, magical monasteries, and medieval museums. After soaking up the sights, it’s time for a dose of well deserved lounging, and here sun worshippers are spoilt for choice as its beautiful beaches that Rhodes does best.

Food in Rhodes reflects island life, it’s designed to be eaten slowly, savoured and when possible shared with loved ones. For a sample of local fare, traditional taverns all serve up a delicious spread of mezes, hearty stews, and freshly caught fish. For those desiring home comforts, Rhodes doesn’t disappoint as both the main city and most large towns offer an array of cosmopolitan cuisine to suit all tastes. For after dark fun, head for the bright lights of Faliraki and join the throbbing throng at one of the island’s busy bars and clubs that are guaranteed to have you dancing until dawn.

The island offers a range of accommodation options from bed and breakfasts and homely guesthouses to luxurious 5 star hotels and resorts. If you are a runaway romantic and it’s a chic retreat you are after, then Melenos Lindos is the place to stay. Set high on the terraces of lovely Lindos, the hotel’s eco-fabulous suites are crammed with the owner’s private collection of antiques that includes hand carved beds, mother of pearl mirrors and intricate tapestries. Alternatively if it’s simplicity you prefer then another unique hideaway lies off the beaten track at Skiadi Monastery. Here up in the hills on the western coast, guests can catch some sound sleep and a slice of monastic life.

Rhodes is blessed with a sultry Mediterranean climate offering plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Temperatures hover around the early twenties most months, rising to the early thirties during July and August, making it prime time to slap on some sun cream and hit the beach. Winters (December to February) are cooler with temperatures sometimes falling below 10°C and bring frequent showers, so don’t forget to pack an umbrella.

Rhodes has all the modern amenities needed for easy trip, with ATM machines, post offices, visitor information offices and car rental companies dotted around the city centre. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, in bank branches or at exchange booths. The currency used is the Euro.