Rhodes, Greek Island Travel Guide

The large Greek island of Rhodes is a popular holiday destination with families and couples alike. With a great sunny climate the island offers a wide range of resorts, beautiful beaches and lots of restaurants, cafes and bars. The island has a resort to suit everyone, from lively Faliraki to the quiet village resorts of Kremasti and Pastida. The small village of Afandou is full of Greek tradition and offers a very friendly atmosphere. The liveliest resort on the island is Faliraki, famous for its nightlife and immense waterpark. By staying at the nearby resorts of Haraki or Kalathos you can enjoy the lively nightlife in Faliraki and quieter days away from all the crowds.

Rhodes has numerous Blue Flag beaches, with all types ranging from fine sandy beaches with lots of facilities to quiet secluded coves for complete relaxation away from the crowds. The sheltered beaches on the east coast Mediterranean Sea are perfect for swimming and sunbathing whilst those on the windy west coast Aegean Sea are best for windsurfing, especially at Trianda. The less-developed beaches on the south coast offer quieter more peaceful settings for total relaxation. There are all kinds of watersports on offer around the island including jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, paragliding and not forgetting pedalos and banana boat rides for all the family to enjoy. For scuba diving fans there are dive centres which offer tuition and trips out to designated dive areas. Kalithea Bay is one of the most popular diving spots with underwater caves and ancient spa baths just waiting to be explored.

Rhodes isn’t all about the beaches and nightlife, there is plenty of sightseeing to do. The island has lots of ancient sites and medieval castles to explore. The medieval city of Rhodes Town is well worth a visit along with Rhodes prettiest village of Lindos which has a very beautiful bay. Rhodes Town is well preserved with charming cobbled streets and fortified walls. For walking enthusiasts there are the wooded mountains in the interior of the island which offer great hiking opportunities shaded from the sun. For the more energetic take a cycle ride to explore the countryside, towns, beaches and mountainside along the many trails that crisscross the island. Sail the beautiful crystal clear blue waters around the island or take a relaxing trip on a yacht, catamaran or ferry to Kos, Symi or a cruise to Turkey.

The waterpark in Faliraki and the Aquarium in Rhodes Town make great family days out and are two places not to be missed on your family holidays to Rhodes. Other family activities on offer include paint-balling, go-karting, mini-golf and bowling. For adrenalin junkies there is also bungee-jumping, not for the faint hearted!

Holiday packages to Rhodes should also include a visit to the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Colossus at Rhodes Town, the Valley of the Butterflies close to the village of Theologos and Monolithos Castle near the village of Monolithos.

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