Information about Rhodes Island, Greece
Lying in the Aegean Sea, blessed by nature and history, and the capital of the Dodecanese Islands cluster; it's no wonder why the island of Rhodes Greece is considered an ideal vacation destination and a much-frequented resort that throbs with tourists from all over the world.
It is said that the capital of Rhodes is one of the most interesting towns in the world. At the edge of Rhodes Port, is the amazing old town, surrounded by an imposing wall. At the breathtaking Medieval City in Rhodes Town, you can stroll through the streets admiring the quaint squares, the town gates, the towers, the bridges, the Grand Master's Palace and the knights' buildings. During your stay in Rhodes Town, a visit to the Rhodes Acropolis Site is a must, where you can see remains of the Temple of Athina and Zeus, the Temple of Apollo, the Odeon, the Stadium and the Gymnasium.
In Rhodes Town you can also visit the Clock Tower, the Baths from the Ottoman Era, the splendid museums (Archaeological, Byzantine, Folklore and Modern Art, as well as the Aquarium) and the many churches and mosques throughout the town.
Another excellent site is the Acropolis of Ialyssos, which includes a number of superb structures. Walking on the Calvary Road in Ialyssos, you can see stone pillars with depictions of the Passions of Christ. The Lindos Acropolis is also well-preserved and a wonderful attraction for archaeology buffs.
If you enjoyed the Medieval City in Rhodes Town, we recommend visiting the Venetian Castle in Kritinia and the Fortress in Monolithos. For nature lovers, Rhodes Island offers several excellent sites, such as the famous Butterfly Canyon in Theologos, the springs in Afandou and the Koumelou and Kalamonias Caves in Archaggelos and Kalythies, respectively.
There are great beaches for all tastes in Rhodes that are certain to amaze you.
If you like the cosmopolitan crowd, we recommend visiting the Rhodes beaches of Faliraki, Tsambika, Ixia, Ialyssos and Ladiko. On the other hand, if you would rather sunbathe on a quiet, less crowded beach, we suggest going to the beaches of Afandou, Kalathos, Kolymbia and Pefki. Beaches in Rhodes which are organized and have shallow waters, ideal for families with small children include Vlycha, Stegna, and Katsouni. You will find both crowded and quiet spots on the beaches of Traganou and Megali Paralia.
The Anthony Quinn beach is located in a small bay where many people do scuba diving, while Ialyssos beach is a favourite for windsurfing. In Faliraki, Rhodes (Rodos) there is a fully-organized nudist beach, while Kallithea Beach is well-known for its therapeutic springs.
There are excellent options for entertainment on Rhodes not only including bars and clubs for pulsating nights-out, but also restaurants serving mouth-watering delicacies and events that attract tourists' attention.
If you are interested in a cosmopolitan vacation experience and seeking intense nightlife and endless entertainment, the popular regions of the Town of Rhodes, Ialyssos, Trianda, Ixia and above all Faliraki are definitely the places to be, as they are prime entertainment centres boasting great clubs, atmospheric bars, as well as abundant cafes and restaurants.
In local restaurants you will taste scrumptious delicacies such as "yiachnisto" (meat, potatoes and onions in a crock-pot), pitaroudia (chick-pea balls), squash-cheese balls, stuffed grape vine leaves and fresh seafood, accompanied by refreshing beverages like wine and ouzo.
Concerning cultural events, from April to October, the "Sound and Light" Show is held in the courtyard of the Knight's Palace, while a plethora of other cultural events take place at various spots in the Medieval City. Rhodes Town also hosts the International Film Festival "Ecofilms" in the summer.
The Carnival Celebrations and the Festival of the Virgin Mary on August 15 are the major happenings in Afandou. You may like to attend the "Ialysia" Cultural Events during the first 15 days of August in Ialyssos, or the 3-day festival of Stavros on 13-15 September in Kalythies.
How to Get to Rhodes
You can travel to Rhodes from Athens by airplane or ferry boat. Flights to Rhodes, Greece are frequent, particularly during the summer at the peak tourist season. There are direct flights to Rhodes Airport from Athens Airport and Thessaloniki Airport, as well as Crete, other Dodecanese Islands and some islands in the NE Aegean cluster.
Ferries to Rhodes Port depart from Athens (Piraeus Port) and other Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades Islands and Crete. Boat fares fluctuate depending on the season and the type of vessel (high speed or conventional ferry boat). Some ferries travel direct to Rhodes, while some make stops at other islands before reaching Rhodes (Rhodos). For further information about ferries and flights to Rhodes, Greece
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Seize the opportunity to visit the marvellous island of Rhodes to experience a once-in-a-life time vacation!