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The island of Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece and makes up part of the South Aegean administrative region. Rhodes has a rich history due to it being a medieval city, with a variety of ancient sites and architecture. The in-land areas of Rhodes have a hilly landscape typical of Greece, but the coastline offers beautiful golden sand beaches, hidden coves and clear blue waters which are the perfect place to experience the warm temperatures and prolonged stretches of sunshine that the island sees.
Rhodes is one of the most popular Greek islands among tourists, and with so much to do and see it’s no mystery why. For those interested in learning the history of your holiday destination, Rhodes has plenty of historical sites and museums to take in such as the Palace of the Grand Master. There is also an abundance of bars, beaches, restaurants and tourist attractions like waterparks and zoos to keep you entertained. No matter what you’re looking for, Rhodes probably has it!
Rhodes is the perfect holiday destination for every type of traveller. Solo travellers, couples, families and groups will all find something to keep them entertained while on the island. Whether you want to spend your holiday relaxing on the beach or exploring the region, Rhodes will keep you busy.
You can fly direct from Dublin to Rhodes International Airport (Diagoras) with AegeanAir, with an average flight time of about 4 hours 30 minutes. From there, it is approximately a 26 minute drive to Rhodes. In the summer months, Ryanair and Aer Lingus also fly from Dublin to Rhodes.
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Hippocrates Square is the central hub for nightlife in Rhodes due to its close proximity to numerous bars, restaurants and cafeterias. Rhodes Town is also popular as there are many bars here. As Rhodes is a popular tourist spot with lots of resorts on the island, there is a good selection of nightlife sure to suit whatever type of night you’re looking for.
There are plenty of restaurants all over Rhodes serving a range of cuisines. Whether you want to try some authentic Greek dishes at one of the many Greek tavernas or you want to stick to what you know and have something from closer to home, Rhodes has something for you. We recommend trying the local Greek food and wine made from home-grown grapes while on your trip!
Rhodes Toy Museum is sure to be a hit on a family trip to the island. Packed with miniature cars, vintage arcade games and board games, kids and adults alike will love seeing all the old-school toys on display here. You might even be lucky enough to catch one of the museums' puppet shows during your visit! Faliraki Water Park is also a great way to spend the day, with pools and slides suitable for all ages.
Rhodes’ coastline is made up of a mixture of beautiful golden sand and pebble beaches, with crystal clear water and plenty of facilities for tourists. Some of the most popular beaches include St. Paul’s Bay and Lindos Beach, as they are picturesque spots perfect for sunbathing. The beaches along the southernmost coast of Rhodes, such as Theologos Beach, are great destinations for watersports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Rhodes’ eclectic mix of beaches mean there is something for everyone, regardless of the type of beach day you’re after!
Rhodes is home to many shopping districts with boutiques, jewellers, fashion outlets and souvenir shops. One of the most popular destinations for shopping in Rhodes is Cyprus Square, conveniently located in the centre of the City of Rhodes. Here, you'll find a shop to meet all your wants and needs, from a place to pick out a new outfit to somewhere to grab some souvenirs to take home.
Between the months of May to October, the Sound and Light Show is held in the Municipal Garden of Rhodes. This show combines light, sound and theatrics to retell some of the ancient myths and legends of Rhodes. This is an extremely popular event among both locals and tourists, and shouldn't be missed if you’re visiting while it’s running!
Summer is the best time to visit Rhodes, as temperatures can reach up to 27 degrees and the sun shines for up to 13 hours a day! Temperatures remain pleasant outside of the summer months, so if you’d like to experience weather that is still warm but slightly more tolerable, we’d recommend visiting around springtime.
Euro is the currency used in Rhodes.
Rhodes is 2 hours ahead of Ireland.
For short distances, walking is the most viable option for getting around Rhodes. However, there is also a reliable bus service that will get you to wherever you want to go. Alternatively, a popular option among tourists for getting around the island is car rental.