Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese (the 12 islands) on the eastern part of Greece lying in an area of 1,398 square kilometers.
Its capital city (40,400 inhabitants), which is also called Rhodes, located on a green hill, is the capital of the prefecture. The traveler will notice a variety of architectural styles in the medieval town of Rhodes, but the most predominant of them is that of the Knights of St. John. During that era the island thrived. Since 1960 Rhodes has been under the protection of the Ministry of Culture.
Nowadays, Rhodes is said to be among the most affordable islands in Greece and ready made for tourists. Accommodations are cheaper than on other Greek Islands and it is a very popular tourist resort area. The main income of the inhabitants comes from tourism but there is also development in industry and trade. Rhodes enjoys a very mild climate so it can be visited all the year round.
Visitors can connect to Rhodes on a daily basis with scheduled flights from Elefterios Venizelos Airport in Athens to Diagoras Airport in Rhodes by Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines. There is also an continuous service of direct charter flights. There are also flights to Cos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo, Mykonos, Santorini, Iraklio Creta, Thessaloniki.
Traveling by sea is another option for more adventurous visitors. Travelers can get a ferry boat (they operate on a daily basis) and go from Piraeus to Rhodes. This route is great as the visitor will have the chance to see other islands on the way such as Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos and Cos. The trip takes about 12 hours. There are also ferry services from Rhodes to other Dodecanese islands and Crete.
Rhodes vacationers will find out that this island has a lot of cultural interest. One of the most popular sights is the Archaeological Museum, which is located in the medieval building of the Hospital of the Knights. Other important sights include the archeological site of Lindos, the archeological site of Kamiros and the archeological site of Ialisos. The ancient Hellenic Acropolis of Rhodes is on a hill in the western part of the city, and is worth visiting too. Opening times are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (15 June to 31 October) and admission is Free.
Activities on Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is popular for its sun, sandy beaches, and vivid lifestyle. On Rhodes vacationers can partake in interesting activities, such as joining in the night life, going shopping, tasting local Greek dishes or visiting the music cafes, cinemas, dance clubs and the casino. Rhodes caters to all ages, all budgets and it is easy to have fun and enjoy the renowned Greek life style.
For avid shoppers, Rhodes is a paradise. There are roughly 6,000 shops in the town offering a great variety of items for every taste and budget.
Local products, including silverwork, ceramics, carpet-making and embroidery are all very popular. A trip to the potters’ workshops on the way to Lindos and Kamiros villages will give the visitors a unique experience. Travelers can also buy agricultural local products such as wines, ouzo, olive oil, and honey.
Sport activities include windsurfing, scuba diving, water skiing and speedboats. Several excursions are very popular such as the Walking City tour, with Castle and Museum, the Panoramic Tour of Rhodes and Lindos and the Sunset Tour to Filerimos Kamiros. There are also Cruises such as The East Coast cruise or the cruise to Chalk Island.
Restaurants in Rhodes
The visitor can find a variety of restaurants and small taverns to suit their needs, such as Argo Restaurant, which is a Greek food restaurant at Haraki beach, or Epta Piges (Seven Springs). On the other hand, Fotis Restaurant Group offers fish and gourmet in Rhodes old town, while Restaurant Wonder is an old house located near the park.
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