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Introduction

Halki - Island off Rhodos

Halki - Island off Rhodos

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Rhodes is an island in the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea in Greece. It's the largest island of the Dodecanese group of islands and is less than 20 kilometres away from Turkey. Approximately 125,000 people live on the island, but in summer the temporary population is much higher, because this is a popular tourist island with party, beaches and culture all combined on one island.

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Sights and Activities

  • The medieval old town of Rhodes city is a Unesco World Heritage Site, including the Palace of the Prince Grand Master, Street of Knights and Fortifications.
  • Filerimos Hill: medieval remains, a monastery and chapel, including incredible views.
  • Kamiros - Ancient ruins.
  • Castle with acropolis over Lindos.
  • Tsambika Peak.
  • Valley of the Butterflies.
  • Epta Piges. (Seven springs)
  • Castle of Kastellos.
  • Castle of Monolithos.
  • Cape Prasonisi.
  • Beachs and nightlife.
  • Climb Mt Attavyros

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Weather

Rhodes has a typical Mediterranean climate with warm, dry and sunny weather during summer and mild but wetter conditions during winter. Summers last from June to September when it's mostly between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius during the day and between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius at night. Winters last from December to February with around 14-16 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 degrees at night. This is also the time when most of the rain falls, especially December and January when there is rain on every other day and a total of over 160mm a month!

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Getting There

By Plane

Rhodes International Airport (RHO) offers a wide range of flights. Note that a lot of flights are only seasonal (April-October). Easyjet flies to/from London and Milan, while Air Berlin flies to/from Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Rostock and Zürich. TuiFly has more flights to Germany, while Thomas Cook and Thomson have many UK connections. Some other airlines serve mainly destinations throughout northern and western Europe, including Brussels, Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Paris, Lissabon, Belgrade, Budapest, Vienna and Luxembourg. Olympic Airlines and several other offer flights to Athens, Thessaloniki and several islands, including Crete.

By Boat

Domestic
Rhodes is the main port of the Dodecanese and their are scheduled domestic ferries from Rhodes to other islands in the Dodecanese and Piraeus in high season. Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.

International
There is a weekly passenger and car ferry service between Rhodes and Marmaris in Turkey (1¼ hours) on Thursday at 1pm.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alea Hotel Studios.25 Ierou Lochou Street Ialyssos 85101Hotel-
Amaryllis HotelMandilara 44Hotel79
Angela Hotel Suites7, 28th Octovriou str. (Acadimia sq), RhodesHotel84
Cactus Hotel14, Kos StreetHotel-
Caravel Hotel AptsIraklidon 101 IxiaHotel85
Despotakis Traditional HouseRhodes Island -Malona VillageGuesthouse-
Esmeralda Hotel-StudiosEletherias 30 AvenueHotel84
Europa Hotel28th October StHotel86
Golden Days HotelTerma Pernou AfandouHotel-
Haraki MareHaraki - Rhodes Chimaras 67Apartment91
Hotel Castello di Rodi6th km Rhodes-Kalithea Avenue 85100 RhodesHotel88
Johnmary StudiosAgisandroy FalirakiApartment85
Mango RoomsSq.Dorieos 3 (old town) Rhodes IslandHotel84
Nephele-ApartmentsFaliraki MessovounoApartment88
Pylea Beach HotelEpiskopi Beach IalyssosHotel86
Silvia HotelKolokotroni 114, RhodesHotel84
Summer Memories Apartments5, Olympou Karpathou Street PefkosApartment-
White PalaceAt faliraki , Rhodes inland, Agisandrou strHotel83
Lydia Hotel25th March Street 31Hotel-
Paleos Hotel ApartmentsTrianta (Ialysos)Hotel91
Hotel Parthenon CityAnthoula Zervou 4 ,RhodesHotel79
Rhodian SunButterflies RdHotel87
Hotel Panorama GenadiGenadiHotel-
Bella Vista Stegna StudiosStegna ArchangelosApartment83
Hotel Lydia MarisKolymbia-AfandouHotel-
Lymberia HotelFaliraki, RhodesHotel-
Garden Hotel - PastidaMain Street, PastidaHOTEL-
Panorama Stegna B&BStegna beachGuesthouse-
Phaedra Hotel7 Arkadiou Str. PsaropoulaHotel-
Sofia-Pension27 Aristofanous St. Old townGuesthouse-
Agla Hotel35, Apodimon Amerikis str.HOTEL84
City Center Hotel2 Iroon Politechneiou StrHotel-
ANASTASIA STUDIOSSTEGNA BEACH ARHAGGELOSApartment-
Alexia Hotel and Studios54 Orfanidou Street 85100 - RhodesHotel-
Argo HotelFalirakiHotel-
Guestrooms NymbhSalakosApartment-
Small ParadiseArgonafton 5AAPARTMENT-
KaravosArchangelos 85102Apartment86
Mediterranean Hotel35-37, Kos StreetHOTEL-
Haraki MareMain Street, 85102 On the seaGUESTHOUSE91
Vasilios Studios20th kilometer Rhodes Kamiros Theologos resortApartment-
Argo Hostel RhodesKallithea Avenue FalirakiHOSTEL90
Zoes Hotel StudiosFaliraki LadikoAPARTMENT-
Santa Helena FilerimosFilerimos, Ialysos RhodesHOTEL-
Happy Days HotelTholosHOTEL-
Faliraki VistaPanetiou, FalirakiHOTEL-
Fantasy Hotel - KolymbiaKolymbia 4, Kolymvari, AfandouHOTEL-
Gondola Hotel - FelirakiFelirakiHOTEL-
Lindos ImperialKiotariHOTEL-
Sivila Hotel - AfantouAfandou BeachHOTEL-
Chrysanthi Hotel - ApartmentsPefkosAPARTMENT-
Vivian StudiosAkropoleos st. 10APARTMENT82
Ladiko HotelFaliraki, P.O. Box 236HOTEL-
Gennadi Garden ApartmentsRhodes island Larnakas 5 DodecaneseHostel-
Niki Hotel ApartmentsPyras Str Nr 7 IalyssosAPARTMENT-
Telhinis HotelFalirakiHOTEL84
Roseberry StudiosFalirakiApartment-
Hillside Studios & ApartmentsFalirakiHOTEL-
Athena Hotel27, G.Leontos StrHOTEL-
Kipriotis HotelValaoritou 2HOTEL-
Venus HotelN. Mandilara 50HOTEL-
Rodos StarAfandouHOTEL-
Sivila HotelAfandou Beach AfandouHOTEL-
Solemar HotelSotiros 99 IxiaHOTEL-
Alpha Stegna SunKostas KonstantourasGuesthouse-
Garden Hotel-PastidaDodecaneseHotel-
Elioula hotelLardosHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.443235
  • Longitude: 28.227007

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