The Greek island of Rhodes is hugely popular with visitors the world over looking to bask in its almost perennial sunshine. A long way away from the hectic pace of life on the Greek mainland, Rhodes makes for an ideal summer getaway, but there’s more to Rhodes than the way of life and the clement weather.
The City of Rhodes is officially a World Heritage Site, while the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, draws in visitors looking to learn a little about Ancient Greek history. As you might expect from an island which has over 300 sunny days a year, there’s plenty of reason to go out and explore, whether it’s a trip to the beach or to the heart of the island.
Even though the main routes in Rhodes are pretty accessible for any vehicle, off-roaders are perhaps best for anyone looking to explore the southern part of the island, especially on the dirt roads.
Faliraki is one of the most popular parts of Rhodes for two reasons – the beach and its vibrant nightlife. Nightclubs populated by visitors from the UK, Germany and other parts of Europe are usually packed out during the summer.
Valley of the Butterflies, despite its name, is actually a sanctuary for coloured moths. Although many of the moths have died as a result of growing tourist numbers, it’s still a beautiful part of Rhodes to visit, preferably during the quiet season.
If you want to do a little mountain climbing, then Mount Attavyros is the place for you. Taking between two and three hours to reach the summit, once you reach the top, you’ll be over 1,200 feet above sea level, being able to see the Turkish coast in the distance.
The City of Rhodes is arguably the best part of the island to visit if you want a bite to eat or to buy a few souvenirs. Among the local produce you might like to buy is olive oil and wine, while ceramic goods made locally are also worth a look.
Many of the main roads connecting the towns are in good condition, but towards the south, many minor routes are little more than dirt roads.
Summer, being the most popular time of year with foreign tourists, is when traffic is at its heaviest. Be prepared for long delays around the airport.
Rhodes’ main tourist office is in the City of Rhodes at the Makariou and Papagou Corner, opposite the New Market.
Rhodes International Airport, also known as ‚ÄúDiagoras‚Äù, is just over eight miles southwest of the City of Rhodes in the village of Paradisi. It serves over four million passengers, has one main terminal and flights to destinations across Europe.
The airport is linked to a road which goes all the way north towards the tip of the City of Rhodes. Once reaching the city, you‚Äôre able to get onto the 95 highway towards the eastern coast.