For a real Greek meze platter of an island, take your pick from the delights on delicious Rhodes; gorgeous blue seas, sugary-soft sandy bays, pebbly beaches, bustling bars and tavernas, great shopping, captivating history, emerald-green hillsides, and a fantastic record of sunny days.
Great weather and a mix of great resorts to accompany a capital steeped in history make Rhodes a superb holiday choice...
A holiday in Rhodes means you get the best summer season of all the Greek isles, with an unbeatable sunshine record, scorching temperatures and zero rainfall in July and August.
The west coast of the island of Rhodes (also called Rodos), which is the largest isle of the Dodecanese, is rugged and weathered by prevailing winds from the west. The beaches will often be deserted, as the holiday action is mostly confined to the tamer shoreline of the east coast, which is where the tourist resorts are to be found.
Arriving into Rhodes Airport (RHO) on the northern tip of the island, holidaymakers are then spoiled for choice with a plethora of tourist resorts. There's modern and upmarket Ixia and small Trianda, not far from the airport and just nudging onto the west coast.
Running down the east coast are the long beaches of Afandou, the wild pleasure palace of Faliraki, quiet and laidback Kolymbia and whitewashed Lindos, which clings onto the hillside midway down the coast. The acropolis of Lindos presides over the town, from the restaurants on roof terraces, to the beautiful beach below. The small and charming village of Haraki can be seen from Lindos.
Further down the coast are the hot spring and upmarket spa resorts of Kalithea, the golden sands at Pefkos, and Kalathos, which is a favoured beach with the locals.
At the southern tip of Rhodes, and taking advantage of those westerly winds, is Prasonisi (also Prassonissi), which is popular with those wishing to try and keep their balance while windsurfing.
Rhodes Town itself is a medieval gem, where the legendary Knights of St John left their impressive stamp. Town beaches are also worth staying for.
The season kicks off from around Easter and runs until late October, with the core summer months seeing the busiest times...
Rhodes bakes in the summer months of July and August, with average daily temperatures of well in excess of 27 degrees. It's a sun lover's paradise, although you'll find cool breezes off the sea help to keep the high temperatures in check. The sea is as warm as a bath by mid-summer. The mercury pushes past 20 degrees from May and doesn't drop below this again until November. Rain can be expected from the end of October until the end of March and during this time you'll find very few package holidays offered to the island.
Being a popular holiday resort, there is something on every day. However, the events below make a holiday in Rhodes that bit more special...
Medieval Rose Festival; May, June and July: This annual event, held around May, June and July, celebrates all that is great about medieval Rhodes Town. Expect cultural events and public shows.
Rhodes Rock; June: Enjoy the sun, sea, sand and sound of soft rock tribute acts performing in the ancient village of Lindos.
Watermelon Festival; July: Apolokkia Dam is the place to be for the surreal events of the watermelon festival. Music, dance, fun for kids, plus the heaviest watermelon competition will entertain the crowds.
If you want to get away from the beach for a few hours, why not take an excursion and see more of the island?...
Here are some great ideas to consider.
Relaxing: The maze of lanes in Rhodes Town is home to shops and stalls and there are plenty of pretty terraces on which to stop, sip an iced coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and satisfy your sweet tooth with a pastry laced with local honey.
Romance: Lovers tend to love Lindos, with its whitewashed buildings and rustic charm. The rooftop restaurants are sure to dish up a side of romance with every tasty main course.
Nightlife: It has to be Faliraki, the wild child of Rhodes. Expect teens drinking bright cocktails from the legendary goldfish bowls, and dancing to top DJs until the following day dawns.