Rhodes is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea, about 11 miles off the south west coast of Turkey. Rhodes has a population of just over 100,000 people, of which about 80,000 live in Rhodes City. The island is a popular destination among young people and students. The medieval center of Rhodes City is a World Heritage Site.
Why Go to Rhodes?
Rhodes is a popular tourist destination for its antiquities and nightlife.
The island has been inhabited since the Neolithic. The Knights Hospitaller occupied the island in 1309; the city walls and the Palace of the Grand Master, both major tourist sites, were built during this period. The giant bronze Colossus of Rhodes once stood in the harbor, one of the wonders of the world, and many come in homage to the statue destroyed in an earthquake in 224 bc.
Historical sites on the island of Rhodes:
Check a Google Map of Rhodes City.
- Acropolis of Rhodes and the Temple of Apollo Pythios
- the Governor's Palace, built in 1927 by the Italian architect, Florestano di Fausto.
- Rhodes Old Town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Palace of the Grand Masters Kahal Shalom
- The citadel of Rhodes - According to Wikipedia: "The fortifications of Rhodes were frozen at 1522 so that Rhodes is the only European walled town that still shows the transition between the classical medieval fortification and the modern ones. The fortifications that still today make a belt around the medieval town, so that it is a separate neighbour from the new town, were restored during the Italian administration of the island and are, at present (2011), being studied, restored and maintained"
- Synagogue and Jewish Museum--the oldest synagogue in Greece, and the only remaining Jewish synagogue on Rhodes.
- The Archeological Museum - was once "Hospital of the Knights. The building was begun in 1440 by Grand Master de Lastic with money bequeathed by his predecessor, Fluvian, and completed in 1489 by Grand Master d'Aubusson."
- The castle of Kritinia and St. Catherine Hospice (just outside Rhodes)
- Ancient Ialysos
- Ancient Kamiros
- Acropolis of Lindos
- The ruins of the Venetian castle of Monolithos
How to get to Rhodes
Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" is located 16 km (10 mi) south west of Rhodes City. You can get to many Greek islands and European cities from Rhodes International. The Official Rhodes International Airport site is a little short of information, but will give you the basics.
Rhodes City has two ports of interest to the traveler:
Central Port: located in the city of Rhodes serves domestic and international traffic.
Kolona Port: opposite the central port, serves intra-Dodecanese traffic and large yachts.
Rhodes is reached by ferry from Athens port of Pireus in about 16 hours. Car ferries to Marmaris, Turkey take about an hour and a half.
Golf on Rhodes
There is an 18 hole golf course on Rhodes, called Afandou Golf Course. It is one of 5 international standard (18 holes) golf courses in Greece.
Rhodes has a climate quite favorable for wine grapes. Whites are from the Athiri grape, Reds are from Mandilariá (known locally as Amorgianó). Sweet wines made from Moschato Aspro and Trani Muscat grapes are also available. Find out more about the Rhodes Wine Region.
Rhodes dishes to try:
- Pitaroudia (chickpea, potato and mint croquettes, especially at Afantou village)
- Kapama (goat roasted with with beans or chickpeas)
- Hilopites (egg pasta accompanied by tomato sauce or meat) photo of hilopites and recipe)
Climate of Rhodes
Rhodes has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and lots of rain in winter, especially in December and January. Showers can be expected between October and March. See climate charts and current weather for travel planning: Rhodes Travel Weather and Climate.
Other Rhodes Resources (Maps)
Greece-Turkey Ferry Map - How to get to Turkey on a ferry from Rhodes or other Greek Islands.
Greek Islands Group Map - Find the Location of the Dodecanese Islands with this map.