The Island Of Rhodes

Map Of Rhodes - The Island Of Rhodes

 

The Island Of Rhodes is a beautiful place. Known also as the island of the sun it is located northeast of Crete and to the southeast of the Greek mainland. It is also known as the island of the Knights, which takes its reference from The Knights of Saint John who occupied the island in years past!

The island of Rhodes is the largest of the twelve islands in the Dodecanese!

Millions of people pass through the island each summer for their holidays and this is due to its tropical climate and history. Rhodes is famous for the Old Medieval Town located on the north of the island and also for the history of the Rhodes Colossus among other heritage sites!

The climate of Rhodes is generally a warm one. In the summer months, the temperatures can sometimes be uncomfortable (especially if you have to work) sometimes hitting 40 to 45+ degrees Celsius (104 to 113+ Fahrenheit) depending where you are on the island. In the winter of course these temperatures drop – but never to freezing levels. I think the worst I experienced was around 6 degrees Celsius (43 Fahrenheit), so nothing compared to other countries.

As of today the island has around 115,000 people living here which is not that many at all when you consider other cities around the world! Around 65,000 of Rhodes Map and Flag - The Island Of Rhodesthese live in The City of Rhodes itself!

As you can see on the graphic below with the simple map of Rhodes, the island can almost be said to be in the shape of an arrow. This is something that many people notice and comment on!

From the top of the island to the bottom it distances at just under 80km and it is just short of 40km wide (at the widest point). Not that big really eh!?

I myself took a drive around the island a little while ago, and from point A (my home in Ialyssos) all the way down the west coast and back up the east coast back to point A took around 5 hours by car! I guess this gives you an idea of its size without bombarding you with numbers alone 🙂 It is around 230km though, if you are interested!

Although the island is full with the sites displaying breathtaking history, it is also a very robust business with lots of hotels located throughout the island. The areas of Ixia and Kolimbia for example have their skylines completely dominated by hotels and restaurants.

No matter where you are from and what you are looking for, there is something in Rhodes for you!

See the video for a really beautiful introduction to Rhodes.

So, this is a brief description of the island and of course there is a lot more to see here 🙂 I have included an interactive map on the top right side of every page for you to look around, and there are some options for you to take a look deeper into the information here on the bottom of the pages.

Come and take a closer look at what Rhodes has to offer!

Let me know too if you would like any other information! If you need me you can always contact me or leave me a comment below. I will get right back to you all 🙂 There is nothing I like more than hearing from all of you all out there.

Thanks

Chris

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88 comments on “The Island Of Rhodes

  1. Hi Chris,

    Greece is a country I am yet to visit but have on my list of must does. I hadn’t realised it gets so hot in the summer months. This is definitely something to consider when I am planning our trip.

    I loved that I could find both historical and tourist information in regards to Rhodes all in one place. I tend to get a bit distracted when I can’t find everything in one place!

    My wife and I have done many road trips. The idea of a 4 hour trip to drive around the whole of the island sounds great!

    James

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey James, thanks for getting in touch with me. It is nice to hear from you.

      Yes, here in Rhodes the temperatures can get very hot especially in the peak season. July and August are the hottest. I have written some more information on The Climate Of Rhodes here if it is of interest to you!

      If you are looking for a place with history, then Rhodes has it all. It offers all of this and you can enjoy a tourist and pleasurable holiday too. There is lots to do here, so whether you want to relax, go out, enjoy the sites, go swimming, you can find it all pretty easily.

      If you rented a car you could easily go around the whole island in around 4 hours. Of course practically you would be stopping to see some things along the way, but in theory a non stop drive would take you about this time, slightly less depending on traffic 🙂

      Thanks James, I appreciate your visit!

      Chris

  2. Jay Mulban

    I’m yet to explore the Greek islands. I live in the UK so the journey wouldn’t take as long some other parts of the world I’ve travelled to. Last time I checked I think the plane journey was about 4 hours from London.

    40 to 45 degrees is sweltering. That’s warmer than Thailand!

    When would be the best month of the year to travel to Rhodes Island when the temperature isn’t too hot?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Jay, great to hear from you.

      I am also originally from the UK, Manchester to be exact, although I can see with some great honesty I do not miss it 🙂

      You are absolutely right too, If you fly to Rhodes from London Heathrow, Gatwick or Stanstead it is around the 4 hour mark to get here. For sure you can fly direct in the summer months from all of these UK locations too!

      I have a friend by the name of Nigel who lives here in Rhodes, he is actually from my local area back in Manchester (small world eh?), and he also goes to Thailand a lot in the winter months. I have never been there but he says it is amazing. Do you go there often?

      When it comes to Rhodes the temperatures vary naturally. From May and June it is a little more on the cool side, and this applies also from the middle of September until the end of October.

      If you come in July and August, this is when you will experience the most heat. There is more on The Climate Of Rhodes here.

      Thanks Jay, and hope this answers your queries. If you have something more, you know where I am!

      Chris

  3. Jack Taylor

    Hi Chris,

    I love history and you are lucky enough to be living it.

    I always wanted to visit Greece. Even more so than ever after reading your articles. I saved you to my favorites so I can keep updated with your articles.

    I hope to visit Greece soon! Maybe even Rhodes itself!

    Jack

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Jack and thanks for your comment here.

      I am of course happy you like the information on this site, and it is great that you have saved this site to your favorites. I am always adding new information, it is a regular and ongoing project, so lots more to come 🙂

      If you do manage to get things in place to make a visit, feel free to let me know!

      It will be my pleasure to offer you tips and some important information to help you along the way!

      Thanks Jack!

      Chris

  4. Mallory

    After reading about the Island of Rhodes it makes me definitely want to go and visit.

    I like that you added the comment about the summers getting very hot because if I had not known that I would have most likely planned a summer vacation there.

    I would love to see more of the scenery! What time of year is the best to visit?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Mallory, great to hear from you.

      Yes it does get very hot in the summer, sometimes to an uncomfortable level if you are not used to it. So if the high temperatures are not for you then try to avoid the months of July and August.

      May/June and September/October are more comfortable when it comes to the weather, and the sightseeing can be a lot better during these months.

      If you are a lover of the beach and the sun though, the high season is for you, but be warned the temperature can exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

      Thanks Mallory

      Chris

  5. Carol Burns

    Hi Chris

    I found your article on Rhodes most informative and has ignited my desire to visit Greece, although I had not considered The Island of Rhodes before.

    Thank you for a great article, you have wet my appetite!

    • Hi Carol, I am happy you found the information here interesting 🙂

      Rhodes is a marvelous place to visit and it is good that your desire to visit (and Greece in general) is there.

      If you need any more information as you formulate your plans just let me know 🙂

      Thanks

      Chris

  6. Good article.

    I’ve always wanted to visit Greece. It’s on my bucket list along with a few other countries. It not a question of if, just a question of when.

    Someday I WILL make it there and I will certainly keep your site in my mind as a reference guide when I finally do.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Mark and thanks for your visit.

      Let’s hope you do make it to Greece in the near future. It really is a magnificent place and one that you should certainly try to see 🙂

      My site is always developing so there is a lot more in the way of information coming, but if you need something that I have not yet covered on the site, feel free to contact me and I will happily offer you as much as you need 🙂

      Thanks Mark

      Chris

  7. Marley Dawkins

    Great post Chris, i used to live in Greece when i was a kid, around the Athens area, so i had really never heard of Rhodes. But after reading this i definitely want to go back, i have lived in a few countries before, islands like Rhodes can easily be missed on a map.

    Does it have any connection historically with Rhodesia/Zimbabwe? Just wondering based on the similarity of names.

    Thanks for informing me about this anyway!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello there Marley and thanks for getting in touch!

      I have also visited Athens and I have to say I loved it. What made you move away all them years ago?

      You are right, when people think of Greece, they think of Athens, The Parthenon and The Acropolis. The islands can get overlooked sometimes which is a shame, as there are some real treats here for visitors.

      As for your question I am going to be completely honest and say I am not sure. There is not a connection that I am aware of, but you have got me curious, so I will do a bit of research.

      If I find something out I will let you know 🙂

      Thanks Marley

      Chris

  8. Oliver

    Hey Chris,

    thank you for giving me a taste of Rhodes!

    I am planning a trip – my first trip actually – to Greece and I wasn’t quite sure where to visit. Rhodes is now definitely in my mind as a possible destination.

    I have a question; is Rhodes still traditional and Greek or did the tourism dictate the development of the island? I was kinda disappointed in Mallorca, as it is an island dominated by the tourism business. Hope this is not the case in Rhodes.

    Thank you! Take care!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Oliver and thanks for getting in touch.

      It is great to hear that you have Rhodes on your list of places to see, it is a wonderful island and there is a lot to see and do.

      In answer to your question, there is a lot of tourism here. It is actually a good thing as the island (as does Greece in general) relies on tourism to survive.

      In the high season (July and August) the island is full with tourists, and the people go out of their way to accommodate them. It can get overwhelming yes, and sometimes during this period it can take away some of the historical feeling that you would get as opposed to the more quiet tourist period.

      If you like it quiet, with the opportunity to see things without the tourism dominating all the attractions, then June and September/October are great times to visit.

      It is not so busy then and you can maybe get more enjoyment from your stay. The weather is nice too during these months.

      Although the island is aimed at tourists, there are lots of places you can go which are off the tourist path. If you plan your visit I am happy to offer you more information regarding this.

      Hope this helps Oliver and if you need more, you know where I am 🙂

      Thanks

      Chris

  9. W Tucker

    Congrats to you for a beautifully designed site. It’s very attractive and easy to find articles.

    I like the way you have organized the posts so that you can read a little bit and decide if you want to continue reading that article

    Nice photography, and the articles are very interesting. Before I visited your site, the only thing I knew about Rhodes was the Colossus of Rhodes. It’s one of those things you study in architecture school. Sorry it’s not still there to see!

    Again, you’ve done a great job with your site!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there and thank you for your kind words. It is nice to hear sometimes and always gives me a boost 🙂

      I will keep developing the site, so be sure to come back soon and let me know what you think of the updates 🙂

      Feedback is always appreciated 🙂

      Thanks

      Chris

  10. Oh Yeah. Rhodes! The memories! The food! The girl’s! Take me back. I love that place. 

    All I need is board shorts, flip flops and a scooter. I recommend Greece to anyone who want;s to travel. It’s easy to get around from island to island too. 

    Go for May, the weather is still good but the big crowds haven’t arrived yet. 

    Love Love Love!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi there Dave, nice to see you and it is quite clear you have visited the islands of Rhodes before 🙂

      From your comment I can sense you have a pretty good time too. It is ice for someone to visit and back me up when it comes to explaining how amazing it is here 🙂

      When was your visit? 

      I agree, May is a good time to come. October is also nice to in all honesty. The weather at this time of year is very beautiful and most of the crowds have yet to come or have already left. August can be a little too hot sometimes and it can take some of the fun away from your holiday.

      Did you take a visit to the other islands too? I would love to know 🙂

      Thanks for getting in touch with me here Dave. Hope to see you back on the island soon!

      Chris

  11. Matt's Mom

    Wow, the island of Rhodes gets pretty warm in the summer! Do they have any kind of trade winds to help keep it a bit cooler? 

    I am also curious about the beaches. Are there some good beaches to go to on the island? I love Rhodes and would really love to visit the island. It would be great if I can also hit the beach while I am there, my favorite past time 🙂

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there Leahrae, back again eh? 🙂

      It can get very got on the island you are right. If you look at The Climate Of Rhodes page you will see more on the temperatures. Personally I like the hot weather, but if you are not used to it, it can prove to be quite irritating.

      It is always better to plan ahead and come at a time which is more comfortable for you. On saying that, there is a part on the island known as the windy side. It is on the North-West coast of the island. All the way from the tip of the island, heading down the west coast towards the airport gets a lot of nice cool breezes. These are most welcome in the height of the summer 🙂

      The East Coast can get excessively hot though. This summer (2017) temperatures hit 50 degrees Celsius and more. Certain areas in Lindos were closed to avoid people visiting and suffering with the heat. It is too much, and i would not recommend anyone to attempt walking around in this heat.

      There are a lot of nice beaches too Leahrae yes. On the East Coast you will be presented with many beaches to enjoy. There is Anthony Quinn Beach (of course named after the actor Anthony Quinn), there is Faliraki Beach, Afantou Beach and the best (in my opinion) being Tsampika Beach.

      All of them have beautiful water, nice sand and great facilities. I prefer Tsampika Beach due to its size. Sometimes the beaches can get quite busy and full, but due to the vast area of Tsampika Beach you can always find a nice spot to relax 🙂

      Hope this helps you out once more Leahrae and I am waiting for you in Rhodes 🙂

      Chris

  12. Wow. I enjoyed reading the history of Rhodes. In fact I have to bookmark this and return later. Rhodes does seem to have a very deep fascinating history.

    I find your site very easy to navigate and get the information I am really interested in.

    I like to visit places and live somewhere, (as cheaply as possible,) where the real local people go. Touristy places do little for me. Do they do hostel / bed and breakfast type hotels?

    If the local musicians are friendly and I can play along a bit, gather a bit of local music culture, it would set the cap on a holiday there.

    Thanks for the great information.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello and thanks for passing by and leaving your thoughts. It is a pleasure to meet you.

      The history here on the island of Rhodes is indeed a very in depth subject. It dates back centuries, and in my opinion you could spend a whole lifetime studying it and still not get near to completion.

      It is wonderful and on every corner you will find something of interest. I am trying to cover as much as I can on this site, but it is working progress. It is great you have bookmarked me, as there is a lot more coming 🙂

      When it comes to the tourists and the tourist locations, I do not mind them. I appreciate they have come to see the island and its sites, and they are entitled to do so. I also agree that some places can be too “touristy” though.

      It is nice to occasionally go off the normal track and find the locals. If you go into some of the villages in the middle of the island, you will find exactly this. Great Greek cuisine, the local people and the actual way Greeks live can be witnessed. I personally love this.

      There are of course small bed and breakfast places you can stay. There are many in fact. It is not required that you stay in a 5 star all inclusive hotel. Sometimes the smaller places offer a nice personal service, something that you seldom receive in a huge hotel.

      As for the musicians, I know you can have a great time. I always remember a lovely restaurant/bar (Taverna) near to Ialysos and I became quite friendly with the guys working the band. I am a keen guitar player, and I asked them if I could play along with them.

      Greek music is quite fast thought at times, so it put me to the test (with a couple of mistakes). An experience I will not forget though 🙂

      Thanks for getting in touch… I hope to see you here again soon.

      Chris

  13. My husband is Greek and has never been there. We will have to remember this post when we travel to Greece next year. 

    I do have some questions though! Is it pretty easy to get around the island if you only speak English? Is it easy to communicate with the locals or should you really have a strong Greek language base? 

    Thanks again!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi there Desiree and thanks for your questions.

      With your husband being Greek, does he speak the language? I would like to think so, as this of course will be of assistance if you visit Greece. I know there are a lot of people born to Greek parents outside of Greece, but have never visited Greece. They do not speak Greek at all too. 

      This surprised me to be honest as Greek people are very proud of their history and culture. Even children born outside of Greece normally have the Greek language grasped from a young age.

      With this in mind, it is not the end of the world either if you do not have the Greek language behind you. Most people here can communicate effectively in English (and other languages too) so you will not struggle too much.

      If I were you though, just try your hand in learning a few key phrases. Simple things like learning to say please and thank you, how much is this? etc. Of course it will help you, and it will show the Greeks you have made the effort, and they LOVE this. You will have a better experience because of it too 🙂

      Hope this helps you Desiree 🙂 and let me know if you need anything further.

      Thanks

      Chris

  14. I really enjoyed how you go through the history and architecture of a travel destination that may not get as much attention as it should. 

    I was wondering if your considered giving the same treatment to other destinations? I’ve been looking to travel and haven’t found a lot of good information from people with first hand experience of the location I am looking to travel to. 

    All in all this was a great read. Thanks.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Michael. I appreciate you getting in touch and you bring up a very good point here.

      One of the reasons I wanted to build this site was to help people. It became very obvious to me that if anybody went to Google and did a search for Rhodes they would be confronted by the following…

      Book your Holiday to Rhodes Here.

      Best Prices for Holidays In Rhodes.

      Book Your Hotel In Rhodes Now.

      Holidays in Rhodes.

      etc etc etc.

      You see, although all this is very exciting, and most people would love a holiday, not ALL people are searching for this alone. 

      I noticed there was very little in the way of good information all together aimed at this beautiful island explaining history, culture and some of the sites. There is a lot to see, a lot to learn and experience, and when I was doing my research, I did not find very much. So this is what prompted me to make this information.

      There is a lot more to Rhodes than having a holiday pushed in your face. Sometimes people simply want to read and learn something. Besides, why book a holiday to a place you know nothing about? As time goes on, I will be contacting some tour operators for best deals for my readers, but I am sure people will be more happy to book a vacation after reading and learning something.

      As you say, I think people will benefit from listening to someone with first hand experience that lives here and can help them. That’s me 🙂

      At the moment I am sticking to this project Michael. I do not plan to branch out to other places or countries. I do not think I would be able to offer the expertise in all honesty. I know a lot about Rhodes, and I am happy to share my knowledge – other places I am not so sure on.

      Thanks once again Michael, I am happy to meet you.

      Chris

  15. What a beautiful place! I have always wanted to go to Greece and it’s on my list of places to visit. I think Rhodes would be a wonderful place to see. 

    It sounds like summer is not really the time to visit though. How do people make a living? Is it from tourism or something else? 

    I’d love more information and your article was great!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there, thanks for reading and for getting in contact.

      To be honest the summer time is when most people decide to visit. There are of course different options for you as the summer spans approximately 6 months, so depending whether you do not mind crowds or hot weather you can come when you like.

      The winter time is also an option. Many people do come for the peace and quiet and there is still enough going on for them to enjoy their stay. It is not as hot and there is minimal going on in the way of tourism during this period, but some people like it.

      It all depends on the way you see it 🙂

      The main source of income on the island is tourism yes, although people do have their own lines of work too.

      If you check out the Occupations In Rhodes section on this website, this will offer you a lot more information too.

      Let me know if you need something more, and thanks again for your visit and for your question.

      Chris

  16. Thanks for the best guide to Rhodes. 

    The video and interactive pages/stories are great. I liked the story about The Colossus – as a tourist I would love to see it in its place, and it is sad to hear that it was destroyed centuries ago.

    Your guide made me think of visiting Rhodes, thank you once again. I will definitely remember website and visit it before I decide to fly to Greece.

    Thanks!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello there Andrey, I really appreciate your interest and it is nice to meet you.

      The Island Of Rhodes is full of history from start to finish, Of course though, The Colossus still stands as one of the focal points even long after its destruction. On saying that, a lot of people are still asking even today where on the island they can go to see it. They are left devastated when they learn of the earthquake that destroyed it all them years ago.

      There may be some luck in the future though. There are plans (at least at the discussion stage) to rebuild The Colossus. I have not heard any updates to this recently, but when I do I will put the information here on my website. So stay tuned 🙂

      Even without The Colossus, there is still a lot to soak up. There is an extensive history here – so you would not be disappointed with your visit 🙂

      Be sure to stay in touch with me Andrey, and Ill make sure you get all the information you need prior to you visiting!

      Thanks, and if you need something more feel free to drop me a line!

      Chris

  17. This was a very enjoyable website to read. I learned a great deal of information by going through the links and videos. 

    The Island of Rhodes is so rich in history and culture and it truly seems there is just so many amazing things to do there! 

    What additional information do you plan on providing in the future?

    Regards,
    Yvette

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there Yvette.

      Well you have hit the nail on the head for sure by understanding the culture and in depth history here. It dates back centuries and it is all here for you to see in its glory.

      You are quite right again too, there is lots to do here and lots to experience. 

      I am happy you have asked the question you have asked, as there is a lot more to undertake in Rhodes than simply going to the beach in the daytime and having a meal in the night.

      Although I am eager to get stuck into these finer details, my website here is still in its infancy (in my opinion). 

      As time goes on I will be (and I am in the process of) creating more information with regards to activities that can be undertaken here and also where you can stay.

      I will be going extensively into the hotels and making reviews and recommendations. I will be also reviewing the restaurants and some of the bars. I will also go into the different ‘fun in the sun’ activities. Things like the bottomless boat to Lindos, the Speed Boating, Kiting and Surfing, Snorkeling and much much more.

      I will also give some insight into the 9D cinema experience for The Throne Of Helios and talk about The Sound and Light Presentation. All good stuff to come 🙂

      There is more to do than you can ever imagine. There is no need for anyone to have a boring day here on the island of Rhodes.

      Stay tuned Yvette and ill be adding more information as fast as possible.

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Chris

  18. Wow, how beautiful the island is! Last time I visited Greece was 20 years ago. I flew from Istanbul to Athens and then headed for Santorini and some other island for couple days. I like Athens and the islands of Greece where I really felt relaxed and I definitely would like to visit again.

    There was not too much online information to introduce a place at that time. Your video has brought me back to historical events and people who live there. I hope to have a chance to visit Greece again soon (no matter whether on a business trip or for pleasure) and pay you a visit.

    How long it takes to fly from Athens to Rhodes? If I would like to go to Rhodes, I am supposed to reserve hotel on Agoda and HotelsDotCom or I can make a reservation on Airbnb as well?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello George. It is great to hear from you and thanks for passing by.

      I will admit I love the Greek Islands too, and I absolutely adored Athens when I was there. Such a magical place. 

      While you are in Greece, it is actually very easy to hop around the islands. There is a great boat service (Blue Star Ferries) that operates on a daily basis and it will also get you to and from the mainland. Not too expensive either in my opinion.

      When you last visited Greece, I see you mention that you managed to see the mainland and some other Greek Islands – was Rhodes one of them? If not, then I really recommend you get here on your next trip. It is an amazing place.

      When it comes to finding accommodation on the island of Rhodes, it is not too difficult.

      You can use the services that you mentioned – Hotelsdotcom, Airbnb etc, but there are other avenues too. The internet has made the world a small place, and if you simple Google “Best Hotels in Rhodes” you will be presented with endless choices.

      On saying that, I do have a lot of friends here and some of them run and manage apartments – I can always find you a good deal too if you ever need it 🙂

      Thanks once again for your visit George – It is much appreciated!

      Chris

  19. I have wanted to go to Greece for some time now. The Mediterranean and Aegean Seas in particular. 

    The water seems so nice, and the weather looks to be tropical as you mentioned. There are so many islands in the region that it would be hard to learn about them all. 

    I am glad that I read this and learned more about at least one of them. I will be looking at visiting Rhodes if I ever make it to that part of the world. The history of the region is amazing. The architecture is beautiful and rich with history. Rhodes has a lot of history ( I read “The History of Rhodes Greece” as well). 

    Very cool.

    Thank you

    Jason

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Jason, hi – really nice to hear from you. I appreciate you reading some of my information here and taking the time to get in touch!

      You are right, there are many islands spread throughout Greece. In actual fact there are approximately 6000 islands all together but only 227 of them have people residing on them. They are located throughout the Ionian and Aegean seas.

      Rhodes is actually the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and it is full with history. It is also one of the top tourist destinations in Europe.

      If you ever manage a visit to Greece I strongly recommend you see the island of Rhodes too. I know a lot of people make an effort to see Santorini, Kos and Crete, and often they miss out on Rhodes.

      Rhodes is an amazing island, and once you see it for yourself, you will never forget it.

      Thanks again Jason, it is great to meet you.

      Chris

  20. Shirley LIbby

    Hi Chris, what a beautiful island!

    I don’t know a lot about Greece but have recently added it to my “want to go someday” list.

    This site has definitely helped me to raise this to the top of my list. The video is just beautiful! Thank you for all of the helpful information. I hope to be able to visit The Island of Rhodes in the future.

    • Hello Shirley. Thanks for getting in contact, it is really nice to hear from you.

      Greece is rich in history, customs and culture. If you do not know a lot about it, you are in for a really nice treat!

      Rhodes of course is only a very small part of Greece, but it has everything to offer.

      Whether you want to relax, go sightseeing or just have a nice time, there is something for you in Rhodes.

      I am still developing more information which is constantly being added, so be sure to call back for all the latest information.

      I hope you get to visit soon Shirley.

      Thanks

      Chris

  21. Hi Chris, this is really a great article about Rhodes.

    I am from Israel, and I know many Israelis go to Rhodes, since it’s also very close, and the flight is cheap. But I actually have never visited there. 

    Now you made me want to go there as well!! It really looks amazing. 

    Have you ever visited Israel?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello there Anna and greetings to you there in Israel.

      Absolutely right, thousands of people from Israel flood the island of Rhodes every summer. They seem to love it here. So make sure you are one of them in the future 🙂

      As you say, it is not very far away. I think it is approximately a 1 hour flight only, and yes, I think the prices are very reasonable too.

      I have actually made some very nice friends from Israel while they have been here on holiday. I am yet to visit there though.

      I really should too. Everyone I have ever met from Israel have told me how amazing and beautiful it is. I definitely need to get there. 

      Nice to meet you Anna. Keep in touch!

      Chris

  22. Steven Cook

    Hi Chris

    I’ve never explored the Greek Islands before but after reading your post on Rhodes, it sounds like a great place to visit, especially as it’s only a few hours away from the UK.

    It’s amazing to think there’s only 115,000 people living on the island and from top to bottom is only 80 km.

    As being a part of the Mediterranean you’d expect it to be quite warm all year round, but never knew (until reading your post) that it can reach 104-113 Fahrenheit.

    The YouTube Video is good too in showing the wonderful scenery of Rhodes.

    Great website and post. Well done.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Steven, yes being in the UK you are only a 4 hour flight away from Rhodes.

      I am originally from Manchester, so i have done it many times before!

      Rhodes is a great place and it is packed with history and attractions. As you mention the temperatures here, it can get very hot. If you visited in July and August for example, the heat can be as much as 45 degrees Celsius. If this is not for you then consider coming out of these periods 🙂

      Glad you like the information and the video on Rhodes Steven

      Thanks for reading

      Chris

  23. Chris

    I enjoyed so much my tour of the Island of Rhodes and can understand why so many are drawn there. It appears to be both busy and serene and certainly offers something for everyone.

    I particularly like the historical sites for myself.

    • Hi Tanya and thanks so much for getting in touch.

      I am happy you enjoyed your tour of Rhodes here with me and it is great that you like what you saw when it comes to the sites and the history.

      There is plenty to see here and a lot to learn. The history dates back thousands of years, so lots to get your teeth into.

      Thanks Tanya, it is really great to hear from you.

      Chris

  24. Yvette Clayton

    After reading this wonderful article, it certainly makes me want to add visiting here on my bucket list!

    After your very informative article, I feel like I would have no problem at all knowing how to navigate the area. My husband and I like to travel and explore new places, so ease of navigation is key for us.

    Also, adding the video to your already beautiful site is golden!

    You have provided so much rich information in this site, I feel live I have already visited.

    Thank you for such a wonderful article. I look forward to your next work of art.

    Keep up the great work.

    Kind Regards,

    Yvette

    • Thank you Yvette, I am happy the information here was thorough for you and offered some good insights to the island.

      Sometimes finding your way around can be hard in a foreign place, and this can lead to missing out on important areas. I am trying to cover all bases here 🙂

      Thanks Yvette, and I hope you and your husband can arrange a visit here one day!

      Chris

      • Yvette Clayton

        I spoke with my husband and he said he has heard many positive things about Greece and how beautiful it is. We will definitely look more into the possibility of adding it to our list.

        Once again, thanks for all the great information.

        Have an awesome day.

        Yvette

        • No problem at all Yvette.

          Just let me know if you ever need any information and I will be happy to help you out.

          Thanks again.

          Chris

  25. I have been to Rhodes and it is indeed beautiful.

    Many people don’t know that this island is actually quite far north in the Greek Islands and I went there from Turkey because it was fairly close.

    I just discovered that the Greek government has committed to growing medical marijuana in the northern part of Greece starting in Veroia since the climate is perfect for it. Growing this crop can revolutionize the Greek economy as it has in Colorado and California.

    They are talking about potentially legalizing Cannabis in Greece in 2019. I wonder if there is any talk about growing medicinal marijuana in Rhodes?

    I am in Canada where cannabis will be legalized this summer.

    • Hey there thanks so much for getting in touch!

      I will be openly honest here and say I do not know anything about these plans nor have I heard anything in the pipeline.

      This is something I will keep my eyes open for without a doubt.

      Thankfully I am not in need of this product, but there are people that do require it.

      Thanks for the heads up on this, I really appreciate it.

      Chris

  26. Great article as always Chris.

    I have now dedicated myself to stalking your website! In a good way. Great information and tips. I love the numbers – it certainly gives me an idea of the social factor.

    I love nice and cozy and this little island seems that way. Not like a big ‘ole crowded metropolitan city center!

    I really am thinking of taking a trip. I will let you know when I decide so maybe I can meet the man behind the website!

    Thanks

    Michelle

    • Hey Michelle, great to have you here once again. Yeah I am feeling a little stalked lol .. but again, in a good way 🙂

      You will love it here in Rhodes if you ever make plans to come, and do not worry, the first beer (of many) is on me!!

      Let me know if you need anything prior to a visit.

      Thanks

      Chris

  27. Great introduction to the island!

    It appears there is a lot to see on the island. You say that you can drive around the island in five hours, however, that short trip would not give you time to explore these places.

    How long a stay would you recommend to enjoy an exploration of the island’s history?

    • Yes of course Sheila you are quite right.

      5 hours is the time it takes (on average) to drive around the island without stopping. I made a point of mentioning this as it is often a question I get asked. It also helps people get a better perspective as the the size of the island.

      Unless you are a big lover of driving, you would find this a waste of time to do. It is important to stop and see some of the locations along the way. There is so much to see and learn.

      In my opinion, if you wanted to get a good look at all of the attractions and not be rushed to enjoy it all, then I would recommend a 2 week time period. This way you will not be missing out on anything and it will also offer you some nice time to relax.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Let me know if you need something else.

      Thanks Sheila.

      Chris

  28. Hi Chris, now that I’m retired, it’s time to travel and see the world.

    The Island of Rhodes looks like a nice quiet and warm place to visit in the winter months. The places to see look amazing, a great look into the past of the Greek culture.

    Kim

    • Hello Kim, great to have you here.

      Rhodes is also a beautiful location during the winter months too yes. Although it is classed as a summer holiday hot spot, there is still plenty to do and see in the winter too.

      Aahhh to be retired, I am not there yet, but once I get to that age then travel will be on my mind too.

      I hope you manage a visit to Rhodes soon Kim.

      Thanks

      Chris

  29. Hey Chris,

    The island of Rhodes is definitely a magical place and I bet you get a lot of “You’re so lucky to live there!”.

    The climate is perfect (I’m not a big fan of cold temperatures), although 45 degrees Celsius is hot even for me. 🙂 But that’s what air conditioning is for, right?

    I’d love to visit Rhodes one day with my husband. We always try to get to know people at the places we visit. Unfortunately, we don’t speak Greek. How well could we get by speaking English (or Spanish for that matter)?

    P.S.: Of course, this wouldn’t stop us from visiting. We’re used to making signs and Google Translate when necessary! 🙂

    • Hey Eliane, it is great to hear from you.

      Yeah a lot of people do say I am lucky to live here. A lot of folks come every year for their holidays and they spend a lot of there hard earned money to come and appreciate it. I have it on my doorstep, but I do not take it for granted. I love what Rhodes has to offer, hence this website 🙂

      The temperatures do get very hot here yes. As I am writing to you now, it is early May, and already it is 30 degrees Celsius. It can get a little testing, especially if you are not used to it.

      With regards to the language, it is always nice to come armed with a few good survival phrases. It shows appreciation and the Greeks love people that make the effort. It is not the end of the world if you don’t though, as a lot of the Greek people (especially those that work in tourism) speak English. You will get by just fine!

      Hope to see you here soon Eliane. Thanks for getting in touch.

      Chris

  30. Hi Chris and Wow, that is a great climate in Rhodes – the summers sound way too hot, but winters that would certainly be nice.

    Out here where I am in Canada, our summers get up to around 39 degrees Celsuis, but winters also go down to -39 degrees, some days with the windchill it is recorded at -50.

    I can’t believe it when it happens and our winters are very long – 6 to 7 months. I love the spring/summer and if its warmer out the fall.

    Rhodes looks like a beautiful place with lots to offer.

    • Hello Tara and thanks for getting in content.

      Yes the weather here does get very hot during the summer months, and if you are not ready for it, it can make you very uncomfortable.

      The winter months here are actually very pleasant. Yes, there is a little in the way of rain and a few cold days, but nothing like what you experience over there in lovely Canada.

      I think I would enjoy the summer time there in your neck of the woods, but I think I would be longing for the sun again in Rhodes when it hits -50 for you 🙂

      Thanks Tara, it is great to hear from you.

      Chris

  31. OtakuGeno

    Beautiful, what a lovely place Greek is and Rhodes looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to travel there and will one day! 

    Loads of great information here, you are really detailed with your article and I enjoyed it. I can’t believe you get to be there, do you live there? Or was that a really long vacation lol.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello there and thank you for passing by.

      I am trying to be as informative as possible here so people get a good overall view of Rhodes. I am happy you noticed this and enjoyed the information.

      Well, yes I do live here, and in a way it is kind of a very long vacation. It will be permanent too 🙂

      Originally I am from the UK, but if you look at my About Page, you can see my story and how I came to be here.

      I hope you can make it here too one day to see this lovely island for yourself.

      Thanks

      Chris

  32. Matt's Mom

    I absolutely loved the video. Wow, how beautiful the Island of Rhodes is. 

    I have always had Greece on my bucket list, but this I love. I am a beach lover, so to get the history along with sunshine and beaches……I am happy. 

    How many days do you really need to explore the island? I love to visit castles and old buildings and such.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Leahrae. Great to have you back once more. I am sure I have seen you on this post before with your thoughts 🙂

      If you are a lover of visiting the ancient places, then time can really go fast in Rhodes. There is a lot to see and take in, and I have been living here for many years, but there are still things I did not notice before.

      If you want to get the most out of the sites on the island, i would say a good 10 days will stand you in good stead. But believe me, it will leave you wanting more!

      The Medieval City you can spend all day in there and only see a fraction of it. (Just to give you an idea)

      Thanks Leahrae and I hope this answers your questions. Let me know if you need something more.

      Chris

  33. Aahh this looks beautiful! I didn’t know a lot about Rhodes and I have never visited, but it’s definitely something I want to do. 

    Also I was kind of wondering about the sea and water temperatures. I have only ever been in Milos on vacation. Is it similar during the summer?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Jenny and thanks very much for getting in touch with your question.

      Rhodes and Milos do have a similar weather pattern yes. When it comes to the sea water temperatures, of course it depends the time of your visit.

      I have attached a water temperature chart here for you to look at. It will offer you the information you are looking for. Every month of the year is covered so I hope this helps you.

      Let me know if you need anything more.

      Thanks Jenny

      Chris

  34. Thomas G

    Wow, I am surprised at the amount of people that reside in Rhodes city. I would never have guessed that.

    I have been to Cyprus, East of there and it seems similar in climate, though Cyprus has more micro climates as it is a little greener in places. 

    Are there spectacular sand beaches on Rhodes or more of the rocky type? As for landing, is the airport there very well serviced from all the main European cities?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Thomas, great to hear from you and thanks for your questions.

      The beaches here in Rhodes are really amazing. There are so many to choose from and in the coming weeks I will be adding a whole section dedicated to the beaches for everyone to see.

      You can visit beaches here and you will find each one has its own characteristics. There are sandy beaches, pebble beaches, beaches with rocks that you can relax on, shallow blue waters. There are beaches free from wind, beaches with a nice breeze if you prefer. You really are spoiled for choice.

      When it comes to the airport I will admit it is not my favorite place. In my opinion it is not so well operated and there are always a lot of delays and issues. On saying that, during the summer months it is served by most European Cities yes. Direct flights come in and out on a daily basis, so getting a flight here is not a big problem.

      Thanks Thomas and I hope this answers your questions.

      Let me know if you need anything else.

      Chris

  35. I’ve visited the Greek Islands a couple of times and there’s just something about Greece that makes it more relaxed and chilled out than France, Spain, and Italy – and other countries I’ve visited.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love these countries (each for different reasons), but when it comes to Greece – I just love the people, the food, drink, beaches, and especially the harbors.

    Now Rhodes is still on my list to visit, and I would love to visit The Medieval town – being a fan of history.

    And after watching the video, I now really want to visit Rhodes even more. 

    Living in England, we don’t get much sun and most of us look pale most of the year round lol. So the sun is definitely a huge bonus (plus another excuse) for taking a trip to the Greek Islands. 😉

    Neil

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Trust me Neil, I know what you are talking about when you mention the English weather.

      Cold, grey and miserable mostly, I should know – I am originally from Manchester 🙂 I do not miss them cold days.

      I agree that there is something about Greece that is so inviting. Rhodes especially has a great atmosphere and there is a lot going on here.

      A lot of people do come for the sun and the sea, but like you, there are many that want to soak in the history too.

      I would say there is pretty much something for everyone in Rhodes.

      So next time you are heading out to Greece, make sure you land on Rhodes. A cold beer is waiting for you 🙂

      Thanks Neil, nice to hear from you.

      Chris

  36. Hi Chris. I don’t know whether you received my previous post.

    We arrive in July at midday then travel on the next morning.

    As we will only be there for a short time but could recommend an itinerary for 4-6 hours starting at Rhodes city?

    Also will my 19 year old daughter be able to drive a scooter?

    Paul

    • Hi Paul, by the sound of it you will only have a few hours to see some of the attractions. It is not the best, but better than nothing.

      To be honest, if you are in the area of Rhodes City, then for sure do not miss out on The Medieval City and The Grand Masters Palace. These are amazing places to appreciate and it would be a shame to overlook them.

      Also, not too far away, you will Find Monty Smith with the ancient stadium. This is also very much worth seeing and there is a fantastic view from there too.

      In Ialyssos you will also find Filerimos Mountain and its beautiful monastery. Another great place to see.

      It would be quite difficult to go further out than this due to your time restrictions.

      These are some basic ideas, but if you want more, just give me a shout.

      Thanks Paul

      Chris

  37. Wow I didn’t even know about this part of Greece! I am super surprised about the 5 hour drive along the whole coast of the island which sounds like a great weekend drive!

    I am a history nut and love how you described the Medieval town. The Island of Rhodes is definitely on my list of places to visit after reading this article!

    Thanks

    Traci

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Thanks Traci, I appreciate your passing by for a visit.

      A lot of people that come to Rhodes are actually not too sure on the size of the island. If you look at Rhodes on a world map, it is a small dot compared to other countries. But it is still bigger than what most people think once they arrive here.

      The 5 hour journey around the whole island is a really beautiful experience. I have done it a few times, and I enjoy it every time. There is some wonderful scenery to be taken in, and if you do this in the low season, there is not a lot of traffic and it can be really enjoyable.

      I recommend it 🙂

      Thanks Traci

      Chris

  38. Rhodes looks like a really interesting island to visit and yes, it does look like an arrow tip from above!

    We have winter in Australia at the moment so going there this time of year would be superb. 

    Being such a small island to get around would suit my family perfectly, they wouldn’t have time to go completely insane!

    Would Rhodes be a great place for families and children?

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello Kris and greetings to you all the way there in Australia.

      Yes, Rhodes is perfect for families. There is a lot for children to get involved with here and plenty to keep them occupied and entertained.

      Some of the bigger hotels are catered for with children in mind, so you have no need to worry there.

      There is lots to see and do here on the island, and to be honest, there are activities for the whole family.

      I hope this helps you. 

      Thanks Kris

      Chris

  39. Elizabeth

    Ahhh, now I want to go to Rhodes. 

    Rich in history, beauty and wonder, it looks amazing! The video was a great touch to the visuals. Interestingly enough, this past week it seemed everyone was traveling to Greece – more to Santorini and other notable areas, but I am more intrigued about the Island of Rhodes for it’s history. 

    Thank you for guiding us through your hometown, hopefully one day i will be visiting.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Elizabeth and thank you.

      Rhodes is a very unique location and the history here certainly stands out. It is hard not to walk around and see the historical sites dominating many areas. If you like history, then Rhodes is certainly the place for you.

      I also like Santorini and some of the other Greek islands. They are very friendly and warm, and I enjoy visiting. There is just something special about Rhodes though.

      I hope you can make it here soon!

      Thanks Elizabeth!

      Chris

  40. My list of places to visit grows so much faster than I can check places off! I suppose this is a total first-world problem, but I very much enjoyed your information on the island of Rhodes.

    My favorite part of your article was when you talked about the history of the island, as well as some of the heritage site. Also, great video!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Thank you very much Tucker. Great to hear you enjoyed your visit here.

      There is a lot of history here on the island, so be sure to check out the history section too. Lots more coming 🙂

      Thanks my friend.

      Chris

  41. Jacqueline

    Hi, Wonderful information! 

    I have visited Greece once in 2006 which included a trip to Mykonos, which was glorious. Until I read your post, I hadn’t considered a visit to Rhodes. All I knew was what most people know i.e The Colossus of Rhodes, which must have been a site to behold.

    How is the Scuba Diving? One of my favorite things to do. We have a home in Spain, I am placing a trip to Rhodes on my list of things to do on one or our visits.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there Jacqueline

      2006 was a long time ago, so I think you are ready to take another trip to the Mediterranean 🙂

      Mykonos is also very beautiful, I have been there a couple of times, and it is breathtaking. I would go back for sure.

      I am happy I have chosen Rhodes as my home though, I love it here and yes you are right, The Colossus Of Rhodes is the one thing that springs to many peoples minds when Rhodes is mentioned, although it was destroyed so long ago. It made an impression!

      Scuba diving is actually very popular here, and there are special trips that you can do where you can make certifications and courses. I know one of the instructors actually who does this for a company called Water Hoppers. Let me know if you need more details and I will get them for you.

      Thanks Jacqueline, and I am here if you need something more.

      Chris

  42. Kevin E Beasley

    Wow! This sounds like a wonderful place to visit! I would be interested in visiting the historical sites here someday.

    Where would you recommend as a first site to visit to get an overview of the history of the island? What is your favorite historical site? 

    Thanks for the introduction to this amazing place!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Kevin

      To be honest when it comes to Rhodes, it is hard to choose a favorite place to visit. 

      Because they are all so important, it is good to try and see them all.

      If this is not possible due to time or other reasons, then for sure The Medieval City In Rhodes and The Acropolis and White City of Lindos are vital not to miss out on.

      If you have time to spend, get around as many places as you can 🙂

      Thanks

      Chris

  43. Tommy Diependaal

    I’m yet to explore the Greek islands. I am from the Netherlands but living in Laos now these days and wow – 40 to 45 degrees is sweltering. That’s warmer than Laos in the hot months!

    When would be the best month of the year to travel to Rhodes Island when the temperature isn’t too hot? My wife sees pictures from some friends of ours that go regularly to Greece and asks if we could go for a holiday.

    Great info regarding the island and your site are is to navigate with a lot of info to share

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Thank you Tommy. I have been to The Netherlands myself a few times, but never to Laos. Never say never though 🙂

      If you check out my information on the Climate Of Rhodes, you will see all the information there for best times of the year to visit depending on temperatures. It is a common question, so check out the comments area too and you will get lots of additional info.

      Thanks Tommy

      Chris

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