Why holiday in Rhodes?
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, the island is abundant in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. It is the most visited island in Greece.
Whether you seek the buzz of nightlife and beaches, diving in crystal-clear water or a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, its all here. The atmospheric old town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets spiriting you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.
Further south is the picture-perfect town of Lindos, a weave-world of sugarcube houses spilling down to a turquoise bay.Dodecanese island and lies only 7 miles off the coast of Turkey. Blessed with long, sunny days, outstanding ancient historical sites and world-famous beaches, Rhodes is a fantastic all-inclusive holiday destination.
Rhodes has some of the safest and cleanest beaches in Europe. The most popular is Elli Beach, as Akti Kanari Beach, located in the west, is more suitable for activities and water-sports. There are some great opportunities for water sports on the island, ranging from pedalo rides to kite-surfing. At Kallithea Spa, located to the south of Rhodes Town, there is some excellent snorkelling and scuba diving territory, while on the west of the island there are fantastic conditions for windsurfing. It is a popular destination for yachting.
There are a range of historic sites in Rhodes Town, as well as some excellent shopping and a lively nightclub. Paradiso Beach Club is the island's top club. It has a fantastic beach location between the Old Town and Kalithea, and hosts international DJs and MCs that supply a great mix of beats. Moooi is another popular night-spot. A trendy cafe-bar, it turns into a lounge bar that plays house and Latin music after dark.
Resorts in Rhodes
From the harbour, you can see the main square beyond the small town beach and a cluster of buildings, referred to as Taxis Square.Here you'll find several travel agents, kiosks, snack bars and of course, and the taxi station.
The main street leads south off this square behind the church. The street is narrow, but you can hardly miss the bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Several 'blocks' along you'll find several hotels and restaurants. Traffic is banned from Mykonos town centre which has preserved the character of the town. Part of the fun is getting lost in Mykonos Sky through the small streets.
The Windmills are located in Mykonos Town, on the opposite side of the famous Little Venice. There are four beautiful white windmills also considered as the trademark of the island. From this side of the bay, the windmill area offers a beautiful view over Little Venice.
Little Venice is located in Mykonos Town and it is considered as one of the trademarks of Mykonos Island. It is more exactly situated in the area of Alefkandra. If you get there, you will really be impressed by the landscape.
Agios Stefanos Beach is as long as a football pitch and, thanks to bookending headlands, it's well protected from the strong meltemi winds. Cafes, ice-cream spots and tavernas line up behind the sands. Down by the shore, meanwhile, you've got watersports like kayaking to try out. Just be sure to get here early for a good spot it's the closest beach to the capital, so it can get busy in the summer months.
Ornos is only a short distance away from Mykonos Town, but it has developed in to a large family resort in its own right. Its coarse sandy beach curls around a wide bay, which is sheltered from the island's strong summer winds. Behind the beach the view takes in a big range of shops, restaurants, and smart hotels. And behind them, the petit white houses on the surrounding low hills are watched over by the 16th-century windmills which is all part and parcel of the Mykonos landscape.
This wide sandy beach, has wooden loungers, and a gentle shelf in to the sea, which makes Ornos Beach a great find for young families with children. For more grown-up tastes, there's no shortage of things to do, either, whether it's water-skiing or windsurfing, or taking it easy with a cold drink at one of the beach bars.
To one end of the bay there's a small harbour where visiting yachts drop their anchors and water-taxis ply their trade, shuttling passengers back and forth between the south coast beaches. Small boats also stop here en route to the UNESCO-listed inslet of Delos, which has many ruined temples and statues dating back to the days of Apollo and Artemis.
The island's capital Mykonos Town is practically on the doorstep and it's a 5-minute bus ride away. Its many bars and clubs and its 2 beaches playing around the clock music have earned it a reputation as a place 'to be seen'. But it's also got bags of charm with whitewashed buildings,and a maze of slender streets. The area known as Little Venice, meanwhile, is flooded with art galleries and chic restaurants tucked between tall Venetian houses.
Plati Yialos is on Mykonos southern coast and is perhaps best-known for its long curl of golden sand. It sets the bar high, but the supporting cast rises to the challenge. A bumper crop of smart hotels and tavernas are built right up to the shoreline and give the place a real cosmopolitan vibe. Behind the front, meanwhile, cube-like houses sprinkle the countryside like French Fancies, with the low spine of the surrounding hills at their back door.
The beach here comes with Blue Flag credentials, and a lot more besides. It's set in the safe arms of a cove, with the hills buffering it from winds. A shallow shoreline and lots of watersports make it very much a family place. But if you do fancy a change of scene, there are regular taxi-boats that come and go from the port at the left side of the bay to a succession of blonde beaches.
You're in a good spot for getting to Mykonos Town, the island's capital. It's a 10-minute drive north, and there's a regular bus service. Stick a pin in your guidebook and there's lots to see here. The look is straight from a picture postcard, with a cat's cradle of streets containing sugar-cube dwellings and tiny chapels. Plus, there's a trio of museums, and tonnes of boutiques and art galleries. The picturesque waterside area is known as Little Venice because of its arcaded Venetian houses built right up to the shore.
Trianda along with the neighbouring resort Ixia, is one of the main luxury hotel beach strips for Rhodes City and lies just to the south-west of the town centre.
The Trianda beach strip runs for several kilometres and is home to the most fashionable five-star hotels on Rhodes, some concentrating on conference facilities and others on all-inclusive family holidays.
Trianda is also home to many smaller family hotels and apartment blocks surrounded by neon-lit music bars, international restaurants, roadside cafes and beach snack bars that meet almost everyone's taste. Most are found on the long esplanade that runs behind the Trianda beach for almost all its length.
Trianda beach is not particularly good - mixture of sand and pebbles - but then it doesn't need to be. Location is everything here, with a long sea front so near to the city and hotels offering their all-inclusive holidays with extravagant swimming pools and high end restaurants.
The beach is north-facing so onshore winds can, even in high summer, bring heavy swells and crashing waves. The crowds tend to thin out the further you get from Rhodes City and it can get very much quieter when you reach the sand and pebble beach strip at the neighbouring beaches of Ialysos.
Getting to Rhodes
Olympic Airways offers domestic service between Rhodes and the following Greek airports: Athens, Crete (Iraklion), Karpathos (Kasos), Kastellorizo, Mykonos, Santorini, and Thessaloniki.
The International Airport of Rhodes is located 15 km away from the city of Rhodes, on the west coast near the town of Paradisi.
All charter flights direct from the UK airports start in May until October.
Rhodes is a major port with sea links not only to Athens, Crete, and the islands of the Aegean, but also to Cyprus, Turkey, and Israel
In late spring and summer, there's daily hydrofoil or catamaran service from Mandraki Harbour to Kos, Tilos, Nissiros and Simi, and less predictable service to many destinations, including Kalimnos, Leros, Patmos, Kastellorizo, and Samos.