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Rhodes is the largest Greek island of the Dodecanese group of the South Aegean Islands
of Greece. It is known for the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world,
which was sadly destroyed.

Rhodes has everything from beautiful beaches to a lush, green interior, a bustling capital
and one of the best sunshine records in Greece. The rock-rose is so prolific here that it
has been named the 'Island of Roses' and while the northern coast is renowned for its
lively tourist resorts the south offers tranquil beaches and a slower, simpler pace of life.

Cities
   •   Rhodes City - The biggest city on the island and seat of the local government
   •   Lindos - Small village with an old acropolis. Located around a small hill. No cars
       are allowed in the large areas of the town.
   •   Haraki - Small former fishing village located next to Lindos.
   •   Pefkos - A smaller tourist resort close to Lindos. Originally started as a small
       collection of farms and private residences, but has grown into a town in its own
       right.
   •   Faliraki - Rhodes' "action resort". Go there to party; everything else is better
       somewhere else.
   •   Kalithea - snorkeling and resort hotels.
   •   Lardos
   •   Gennadi
   •   Afandou - One of the big villages on the island. The golf course of Rhodes is
       situated in this area along with a long beach
   •   Ixia - West coast resort, close to Rhodes city
   •   Theologos - A traditional village

Other destinations
   •   Castle of Monolithos - If you are staying on the east coast, drive to Gennadi.
       North of the village, take the road across the island via Vati to Apollakia. The
       drive can be windy for moped riders, but the beautiful vistas make up for the
       work. Apollakia is not very special but has a couple of nice tavernas if you feel
       like having refreshment. South of the village is a gas station, which you should
       use in case you are on a moped. Go on to Monolithos. Behind the village there is
       the actual attraction, which you will see from the road: The Castle of Monolithos
       on a 240m-high rock. Do not forget to go to the actual site, which does not offer
       much architecture-wise, but provides you with splendid views across the west
       coast. To the north-west, you can see the Castle of Kalki.
Understand
Rhodes is a major tourist attraction for the seekers of sunny beaches. While many of its
beaches are gravel, not sand, the island can boast 300+ sun days in a year. Consequently,
you will stumble into tourists and hotels and beaches full of deck chairs for rent, into
shops and restaurants that cater to these tourists. It can be overwhelming at times. If this
bothers you, Rhodes is probably not for you. Still, there are some areas where mass
tourism has not yet penetrated too much. And there are advantages, too: travel to and
accommodation on Rhodes itself can be purchased for relatively low prices, and most of
the locals speak at least English and German and often some other languages.

Tourist information

The local tourist information office for the Dodecanese Islands is located in Rhodes city
at Makariou & Papagou Corner (opposite the New Market). Telephone 22410 44335-6,
Fax 22410 26955.

Talk
Greek is the native language of the people of Rhodes. However, most people also speak
passable English and many speak German or other European languages.

Get in
By boat

Rhodes is accessable via ferry from Symi, Tilos, and Bodrum, as well as Datca and
Marmaris in Turkey.

Cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port, east of Rhodes (city)'s Old Town.

Visit Greek Travel Pages and search through all ferry schedules to/from Rhodes and the
rest of the Greek islands.

By plane

The island is served by Diagoras International Airport with the IATA code RHO. The
airport is situated on the west coast about 14km from Rhodes Town. There are regular
flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete; charter airlines connect Rhodes with
many major cities all over Europe. If driving, give yourself enough time to find a parking
spot, the lot is extremely small.

Get around
By bus

Public buses operate throughout the islands.

The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Neá Agorá (New Market). Schedules and
prices can be found at the ticket booths.

Tickets can also be bought in the bus from a cashier or directly from the driver. Keep
your ticket until the end of your voyage. The price of a bus ticket will depend on the
destination.

A sign marks bus stops on the road, but do not hesitate to signal a bus driver that you
wish to board. Bus stops do not have the timetables displayed.

One useful line is the 21, which serves the large hotels on Rhodes' east coast with Faliraki
as the final destination, departs from Rhodes city almost every half-hour.

By taxi

Taxis on Rhodes are dark blue with white roofs. There is a list of expected maximum taxi
charges you can obtain from the tourist information office. For example, a trip from
Rhodes city to Faliraki should not cost more than 15 Euros; the trip from the Airport to
Rhodes city a maximum of 20 Euros. The minimum fare for each trip is 4.00 Euros, the
taximeter starts at 0.85 Euros. Never let the driver turn off the meter.

You can radio a taxi via telephone number 22410 69800. There is a standard surcharge of
on all rides. Waiting fare is almost 10 Euros per hour. Between midnight and 5 AM you
will have to pay twice the normal rates. You can book ahead to avoid delays at high
traffic times such as weekends.

Within Rhodes city limits, fixed rates are applied. If you get a taxi from one of the taxi
stations or stop one in the street, there is a set fare. At the main taxi station, close to the
New Market (Mandraki), there are hosts that try to cut down waiting time by making sure
that the taxis doesn't leave half empty - especially if you are going a bit further. If you
share a taxi within the Rhodes city limits the fare very inexpensive.

By car

It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory
possible. You can rent a car at the airport or via any hotel and at many local dealers.
Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, although roads in the interior -
especially the south - may turn out to be little more than dirt paths.

By motorcycle
Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are
frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for
example the twisted narrow streets of Rhodes city. An additional advantage is that they
are cheap to rent - 15 to 20 Euros a day is the usual price.

If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas
stations are sometimes hard to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves.
When renting a moped, check if the profile of the tires is ok and if the brakes work
properly. If it is the last vehicle in store, be suspicious - it could be the one that needs a
repair badly. Though helmets are not required on the streets, (although you might well be
stopped there is a fine of 50 euros if you are not wearing a helmet on the main roads) it
might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one, especially if you intend to drive on
streets with more traffic.

NOTE: British travel insurance companies require helmets be worn at ALL times by their
insured otherwise they will not pay out in the event of injury.

See
   •   Filerimos Hill. Medieval remains, a monastery and chapel. Good views over the
       north of the island.
   •   Kamiros. Ancient ruins.
   •   Castle with acropolis over Lindos.
   •   Tsambika Peak.
   •   The old town of Rhodes city
           o Palace of the Prince Grand Master.
           o Street of Knights.
           o Fortifications.
   •   Valley of the Butterflies. Since the butterflies - which are actually colored moths
       - in this area need quietude for their procreation and since the area is visited by
       many tourists, the population of the Petaloudes "butterflies" is constantly on the
       decline; even to a degree that it does not make any sense anymore to go there, as
       you will hardly see any of the moths.
   •   Epta Piges. (Seven springs) and that is literally all there is to see there except for
       a short forest walking trail. In the hot summer months, the cool shade provides a
       pleasant respite from the sun.
   •   Castle of Kastellos.
   •   Castle of Monolithos.
   •   Cape Prasonisi. The southern-most tip of Rhodes. There is a peninsular
       connected to the main island by a sand bar. Unless you have a 4x4, think twice
       before driving your car across the sand bar: it becomes progressively less solid
       and it is easy to get stuck.

Do
   •   Sunbathing
   •   Swimming
   •   Snorkeling
   •   Diving
   •   Surfing and Kite surfing on the west coast and especially on the south end of the
       island
   •   Many hotels will offer activity programs
   •   Most tour operators will offer excursions
   •   Climb Mt Attavyros. A challenging 2-3 hour climb to the island's highest point
       (1215m). On leaving Embonas on the road towards Siana, drive up one of the
       agricultural roads on the left and find a place to park. On foot, you continue up
       through the wine growing area in the obvious direction. There is no explicit
       marked path but red paint on rocks towards the top marks the best route. It is a
       steep climb with many large loose rocks. The descent can be especially tricky. It
       is also possible to drive up the mountain: the approach road comes from the
       South.
   •   Prasonisi
   •   Kamiros and Mt. Profitis Ilias

Beaches

There is a good variety of beaches on Rhodes. The east side of the island has almost
continuous sandy beaches with calm waters. Beaches on the west are mostly more stony.
The wind mostly comes in from the west and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher
to the west so that side of the island is better suited to surfing or kite boarding.

   •   Rhodes Town.
   •   Lindos. The stunningly beautiful town beach on the bay. Very trendy, so wear
       your thong bikini here if you want to fit in.
   •   Kalithea. Just north of Faliraki, this was originally an Italian built spa. It is very
       pleasant spot but can be crowded. Currently building work is ongoing to build
       what looks like it will be a modern spa adjacent to the original buildings. A
       number of separate beaches, each seemingly with their own taverna lie just south
       of the spa.
   •   Faliraki. A long sandy beach with plenty of tavernas to choose from. There is
       also no shortage of people to rent jet skis from or to organize other activities. At
       the southern end, there is a quieter, rockier beach but the sea there is
       inconveniently shallow for swimmers. The only legal nudist beach on the island
       which has excellent facilities including sunbed hire, toilets and food and drink
       outlets is also found to the south of Faliraki.
   •   Ladiko Beach (Anthony Quinn Bay). This is a very scenic spot. On one side of
       the bay is a relatively small beach. The other side is rocky but a man made
       platform provides further space for sunbathing and access to the sea.
   •   Afandou Beach
   •   Kolymbia Beach.
   •   Tsambika Beach (on the far right of the beach near the rocks nude sunbathing is
       tolerated)
   •   Gennadi Beach
   •   Agia Marina Beach

Buy
   •   Sponges
   •   Ceramic watch for the many "Keramik factory" outlets along the roads).
   •   Olive oil
   •   Bottle of wine- local wines are famous (eg CAIR) and tasty
   •   Religious icons
   •   Jewelry stores are common, particularly in Rhodes Town
   •   Umbrellas - manufactured by the two large industries of the island (there is,
       though, a popular "joke" souvenir - on an island with 300+ sun days a year, these
       are rarely needed)
   •   Colorful sea shells are a popular souvenir item, but very many of them are
       actually imported, and have no authentic connection to the island whatsoever.
   •   Many brand name products for sale in the tourist shops may be fakes and/or
       unlicensed (t-shirts, towels, hand bags, and so on)

Drink
The tap water is drinkable and restaurants will serve glasses of ice water upon request.
Local drinks include Mythos (beer) and Ouzo.

Sleep
   •   Mango Rooms, Sq. Dorieos 3, Rhodes (Located in Old Town square, behind San
       Fanourios church), Check in: 1:00pm; Check out: 12:00pm. Inexpensive prices
       vary depending on the season. Nice man Dimitrius and his family run this hotel in
       the middle of the walled town.

   •   Apollo Guesthouse, omirou 28-C, Rhodes (About a 10 minute walk south of the
       St John's gate in Old Town), Check in: Afternoon; Check out: 12:00pm. $35-$60
       per person.

   •   Europa Hotel, 28th October str. no 94, Rhodes (Psaropoula area, 1.5km from
       harbor), Check in: 12:00pm; Check out: 12:00pm.

Stay safe
Rhodes is a generally safe destination. There are a few things to look out for.
   •   In the early 2000's the resort town of Faliráki became infamous for the lewd
       behavior of young, drunk, mainly British partiers attracted to the cheap alcohol
       and large numbers of small nightclubs. A string of crimes committed by these
       young tourists against locals, as well as against other tourists, gained national
       attention in the summer of 2003; they ranged from vandalism to serious acts of
       violence. Following this the local Police increased their presence to successfully
       crack down on such behavior. For families with young children the best times to
       visit would be daytime even up to 22:00 local time when the clubbers tend to
       come out en masse.

   •   Taxi drivers will sometimes turn off their meters and charge an arbitrary amount
       at the destination. Make sure they don't do this.

Get out
   •   Daily excursions via boat to Symi and other islands are offered from Rhodes city
   •   A ferry to Turkey is also available



For more info see: www.wikipedia.org

   •   Based on work by Matthew Cannella, David, Henric Ceder, Andrew Washington and Andreas Routsias, Wikitravel user(s)
       3wisemen and Unique, Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others.
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