Situated in the Aegean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey, the island of Rhodes is one of the most popular of all the Greek Islands. Its popularity is a result of its ideal blend of historical monuments, buzzing nightlife and pristine beaches. It enjoys a mild climate all year round.
Rhodes is famous for its beautiful beaches and its crystal-clear blue sea. The beaches to the east of the island are almost all sandy with calm waters, whereas the western beaches tend to have rougher waters that are ideal for sports such as kite-surfing.
Rhodes Town is the biggest city on the island and is full of history for visitors to explore. Its medieval fortress in the old town dates back to the 14th century Knights of St John. The old town is something of a labyrinth and this World Heritage Site is an amazing place to while away the hours. The new part of town has plenty of opportunities for shopping and eating out. Just 2 km outside of the city is the Acropolis of Rhodes, which dates from the 3rd century BC. These ancient ruins are home to a number of temples and public buildings and are a fascinating step back in time for anyone with an interest in history.
Other sites around Rhodes which are well worth a visit include the site of the Colossus, which can be found in the harbour area and the stunning 16th-century mosque in the old town. To make the most of exploring Rhodes car hire is essential. Pick-up can be arranged at Rhodes International Airport (RHO) which is just 14 km from Rhodes Town on the east of the island.
Once you have arranged your car hire in Rhodes, the whole island is yours to explore. There are decent asphalt roads throughout most of the island and you will find that hiring a car in Rhodes allows you to get to all of its many attractions and resorts.
Some of the most popular resorts for partying are places such as Faliraki and Ialysos. For a more sedate and relaxing excursion, the picturesque village of Lindos with its ancient acropolis is one of the top attractions. It has the ideal blend of pristine beaches and historical monuments and you can see traces of many civilizations, from the Ancient Greeks and Romans right through to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires as well as a glimpse of medieval life.
Other resorts which are popular with travellers are Ixia, Trianda and Afandou, which is home to the largest golf course on the island. Pefkos is a small tourist resort which is situated near to Lindos and nearby Lardos has a good number of shops and restaurants. Kamiros and Petaloudes are also popular and are easily accessible when you take advantage of Rhodes car hire. Having a car means that you can drive along the road that encircles the whole island and provides amazing views of the dramatic coastline and scenery to the south. It will also give you access to the more deserted beaches in the south west.
There is so much to see and do in Rhodes. You can make the most of the sea by snorkelling or sailing. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the majestic scenery when climbing Mount Attavyros or visiting the forest trails of the Epta Piges.
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