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Rhodes is one of the largest and most fertile of the Greek Islands, and is one of the most visited because of its combination of beaches, archaeological sites, and extensive medieval town. The climate is particularly good, with the weather typically sunny and mild. The island is usually counted as one of the Dodecanese, but due to its importance for travelers is considered separately here.
The rock-rose is so prolific here that it has been named the 'Island of Roses,' though modern scholars doubt the ancient theory that the island's name comes from the Greek word for rose. While the northern coast is renowned for its lively tourist resorts the south offers tranquil beaches and a slower, more simple pace of life.
Rhodes is a major tourist attraction for the seekers of sunny beaches. While many of its beaches are gravel, not sand. 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.
Greek is the native language of the people of Rhodes. However, due to the high level of tourism English, and to a lesser extent German, is likely to be spoken by most people the traveler comes into contact with. The local dialect can be described as a 'sing-song', with strong Turkish and Italian overtones. Many words used by Rodites (Rhodians) will not be readily understood by mainland Greeks.
Rhodes is accessable via ferry from Symi ,Tilos and Bodrum, Fethiye, Datca and Marmaris in Turkey.
Cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port, east of Rhodes (city)'s Old Town.
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The island is served by Rhodes International Airport, Diagoras International Airport (RHO). The airport is situated on the west coast about 14 km from Rhodes Town.
There are regular flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki. There are daily flights from Athens airport by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines and from Crete (Heraklion) by Sky Express.
All public bus lines radiate from Rhodes town and reach almost every relevant place throughout the island.
The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Neá Agorá (New Market). Buses run by both companies stop there, but ticket booths, as well as timetables and prices, are distinct.
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.
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.
What to see in Rhodes
Asklipio Inland from Kiotari. In the little church there are fascinating displays, honoring the continuity of the cult of healing from ancient times to a modern midwife and nurse. In Greek mythology, Asklepios was the son of the god Apollo who created the art of medicine.
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 there in the sand.
Castle with acropolis over Lindos
Castle of Kastellos.
Castle of Monolithos.
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.
Filerimos Hill. Medieval remains, a monastery and chapel. Good views over the north of the island.
Kamiros. Ancient ruins.
Rhodes Old Town
Palace of the Prince Grand Master.
Street of Knights.
Valley of the Butterflies. Since the butterflies - which are actually coloured 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. It is still a beautiful area regardless.
Daily excursions via boat to all the Dodecanese Islands (Symi, Tilos, Halki, Kos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kastelorizo and other islands are offered from Rhodes city
A ferry to Marmaris in Turkey is also available.