Rhodes has gone by many names over the millennia – the Island of the Sun, Island of the Knights, the Island of Roses – but these days it’s best known as one of the finest luxury holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, and for good reason. With golden sandy beaches thronging the coastline and lush verdant forests cloaking the island’s mountains and hill inland, Rhodes is a stunning location for a holiday whether you’re travelling with family or a loved one, and the typical Greek atmosphere of relaxation and leisure is as strong here as anywhere.
For fans of basking on the beach and soaking up the sun, there’s nowhere better – Rhodes boasts more than 30 stunning beaches ranging from the iconic Faliráki which is always packed with sun-worshippers to smaller secluded coves and inlets such as Fournou and Plimiri. Many of the island’s hotels can offer exclusive access to private sections of the blissful beaches, so if sunbathing is likely to be a major part of your holiday, talk to one of our travel advisers about resorts that offer this facility.
While not as well-known as its smaller cousins like Mykonos and Zakythos, Rhodes also boasts an impressive nightlife, active into the early hours year-round, and the town of Rodos in particular offers a wealth of bars and clubs to keep party animals entertained. The most popular spots with tourists are on the far northern cape adjacent to Elli Beach, where Casino Rodos has been an emblem of the island since opening in 1999. For a more intimate and authentically Greek night out, head into the medieval citadel to Platía Aríonos (Arion Square) where a number of locally-owned bars, clubs and lounges offer live music and cocktails and a truly unbeatable atmosphere.
History buffs will also love Rhodes thanks to its rich history dating back three millennia. At Rodos and Lindos, captivating acropolises pay testament to the ancient Greek presence on the island, with the Temple of Athena at Lindos being a particular gem. Medievalists too have a wealth of material to study, with the towering Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes taking a commanding position above Rodos and offering a fascinating day out whether you’re a keen historian or simply have a passing curiosity.
Food-wise, Rhodes is as rich as the rest of Greece, with a range of succulent seafood dishes and delectable desserts on offer. One local speciality is Pitaroudia – a tasty chickpea dumpling the size of your fist, flavoured with tomato, pepper and mint – it’s a refreshing and filling meal perfect for rounding off a day of sustained relaxation and leisure.
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Just because you’re on holiday to Rhodes doesn’t mean you need to confine yourself to just that island. From the ports at Rodos, Kamiros and Lardos you can visit the nearby islands of Simi, Tilos and Chalki, as well as those further afield such as Santorini and Kos – ask our travel team about booking you catamaran or ferry tickets for days out to remember.
Good to know
- Time difference: UTC +2
- Capital: Rodos
- Currency: EUR
- Instagram Opportunity: Valley of The Butterflies
Best Time To Travel
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|Apr: 18°c||May: 23°c||Jun: 27°c|
|Jul: 28°c||Aug: 29°c||Sep: 26°c|
|Oct: 23°c||Nov: 18°c||Dec: 15°c|