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The Greek island of Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands, and an ever-popular destination for couples, families and groups of mates looking for that perfect beach holiday in the sun. Its fantastic beaches, rich history and nightlife hotspots will keep everyone happy on your holiday to Rhodes; whether you’re looking for pumping clubs and all-night parties, or lazy days on the beach and great attractions for the whole family. This island really does have something for everyone. Rhodes’ idyllic coastline is dotted with over 30 Blue Flag beaches, and there’s nowhere better to sit back and relax in the hot summer sun. Eager explorers will appreciate the tumbling cobbled streets of Rhodes Old Town and the ancient acropolis at Lindos. Kids will adore the local waterparks, while night owls will make a beeline for Faliraki’s vibrant bars and clubs.
Summer highs in July and August.
Rhodes International Airport (RHO).
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Choose Lindos’ towering acropolis and caramel-coloured sandy cove as the backdrop to your Rhodes holiday. It’s just perfect for a romantic getaway or a lively family holiday. Or head to Faliraki in the north-east for its party scene and easy access to the island’s capital. If you want to discover the more traditional side to Rhodes then you’ll meet the friendly and welcoming locals in Pefkos. Situated on the east coast, its pine-tree-surrounded bay is perfect for an idyllic wedding ceremony as well as a romantic or family holiday.
On your Rhodes holiday, you’ll have access to a wealth of beautiful beaches and turquoise shores. But there’s so much more to explore beyond the shoreline; it all depends on the kind of holiday you want. Families will love to explore the island’s Butterfly Valley (Petaloudes). Or if you’d rather splash around instead, head to one of Europe’s biggest waterparks in Faliraki. It’s also in this resort that keen partygoers will find the island’s best nightlife hotspots, and unforgettable nights out await on the strip where the doors stay open until dawn. Elsewhere, you’ll find fascinating historic sites in places like Rhodes old town and Lindos, just ready and waiting to be explored.
Over on the west coast, the Butterfly Valley nature reserve is a real treat for the kids. Expect a fairytale-like experience as you discover waterfalls, lily pad-covered ponds and charming wooden bridges, and countless fluttering butterflies. And if you’d prefer an afternoon of water-filled thrills, head to Faliraki Waterpark; it’s one of the biggest waterparks in Europe. Little ones can splash in the adventurous Tarzan Pool or the giant Tipping Bucket, while the adults up the ante on the 140m-high waterslide. And while you’re in Faliraki, why not try out the thrilling amusement rides at the Fantasia Luna Park?
Faliraki is an absolute favourite for 18 to 30 year-olds; this lively resort is all about bustling bars and all-night raves. If you want to party until the sun comes up on, this is the place to go. Elsewhere, in Rhodes Town, you’ll find a mix of elegant lounge bars and bouzouki nights where you’ll hear traditional Greek music. And if a laid-back nightlife experience is what you’re after, you’ll find classic tavernas and waterfront restaurants in many of the island’s beach resorts.
Step back in time with a visit to Rhodes’ medieval old town in the island capital. This UNESCO World Heritage site in still inhabited today by locals, who’ll be happy to tell you all about the buildings’ rich Venetian and Ottoman history. Take a leisurely stroll around the narrow, winding cobbled streets (there are more than 200 unnamed alleys) and get lost amid its Gothic-style gates and walls. Over in Lindos, you’ll discover the famous acropolis towering high above the town.
Beach lovers: You’ll find all the main beach resorts over on the east coast, including like Lindos and Faliraki. And then there’s the peaceful Blue Flag beach at Peskos, and tranquil coves in Kalithea and Kolymbia.
History buffs: Rhodes Town’s historic old town is well worth exploring, and you won’t want to miss the fascinating acropolis that towers over Lindos town. There’s no shortage of sights to see on this island.
Clubbers: Rhodes, Greece, is where you’ll find the famous party resort of Faliraki. Find Bar Street and Club Street and you’ll know you’re in the heart of the action. And you can relax on the beach when the morning comes around.
Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken across the main tourist regions. Further into the island it may be useful to have a phrasebook or our handy Greek language app to help you with the basics like ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and asking for directions.
Currency: Euro (€).
Local time: 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Rhodes International Airport, “Diagoras” (RHO), 14km from the island capital.
Flight time from UK: Around 4 hours.
Tourist information: Find out more at https://www.greeka.com/dodecanese/rhodes/before you travel.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice-greece for visas and health recommendations and advice.
Temperature: Peaks in the high 30s (°C) in July and August.
Best time to visit Rhodes: May and June, when it’s warm but not too hot.
Rhodes, Greece, is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, so warm weather is pretty much guaranteed whenever you book your Rhodes holidays for. Sea temperatures remain in the 20s (°C) in November. Even in December, you can expect sunny days and temperatures as high as 23°C. In the peak of summer, coastal areas stay comfortably cool from the scorching heat, thanks to the Meltemi wind that blows in from the north.
By hire car or scooter: With a massive 220km coastline to explore, a hire car is a great way to make the most of your Rhodes holiday. Or you can enjoy an open-air ride on a scooter.
By bus: An inexpensive way to get around the island, and they tend to run quite late. If you’re travelling in peak season, you’ll be pleased to hear that air conditioning keeps the buses nice and cool.
By boat: Fancy seeing Rhodes from a different angle? Head offshore by hopping aboard one of the tours departing from Mandraki harbour in the north-eastern tip of the island.
Medieval Rhodes Festival: Held in late May or early June, this is one of the biggest events in the island’s calendar. Within the beautifully preserved medieval town in the city of Rhodes, you’ll find locals participating with costumes, performances and re-enactments; think jugglers, jesters and fire eaters.
Rhodes Rock: Every June, Lindos hosts the island’s favourite rock festival. The biggest rock tribute and cover bands take over the ancient amphitheatre for three nights, playing famous tracks from Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
World Tourism Day: Since the 1980s, towns and cities across Rhodes have joined in with this cultural celebration in September. It’s all about promoting and celebrating the tourism industry, through music, dancing, food and drink.