The nation of Greece is best known for it’s 1000’s of islands which are scattered about the Aegean Sea and Rhodes island is proud to be one of them. This is where travelers flock every year to take in the sunshine and clear waters. They are all rich in history, each having played their own part in the birthplace of Western civilization. Some were inhabited once and are now abandoned, others have had people living on since 1000 BC.
Rhodes is also called Rhodos, sometimes Rodos, whereas in spanish and portuguese languages you can find as Rhodas.
Rhodes, in the Dodecanese island chain located just off the coast of Turkey, is an island that is rich in history, covered with large swathes of parkland, forest and beaches that cater to all different tastes. It is the fourth largest island in the Aegean with fantastic connections to all other islands and the mainland. In Rhodes there is a huge variety of accommodation to choose from, to suite everyone from backpackers doing the European trail, to luxury seekers wanting something a bit more decadent. Even in the smallest towns of Rhodes you won’t have trouble finding a little local taverna. In fact, some of the best food on the island can be had in these little family run places.
The vast majority of people that come to this gem of an island are looking for the sunny beaches with warm waters. Rhodes has many to choose from, and they all offer a different experience. Many of them are certified with the ‘Blue Flag” award, which means that they stand out from the rest. But just because a beach does not have this rating does not mean that it isn’t clean or safe to swim. The ratings are based on how well a beach is organized and maintained.
The East side of the island generally has beaches with calmer waters, less big waves and crystal clear seas. Along this coastline are resorts that cater to couples wanting to get away from it all, beaches that are notorious for their summertime party nightlife, hidden coves and caves you can explore with almost no one around and places that specialize in self catering holidays. You simply need to choose what you are after, do a little research and book a place to stay. Transportation anywhere on the island is inexpensive and hassle free.
The West coast bears the brunt of the winds that come across the Mediterranean Sea, sometimes making the water less clear than the east coast. But for some people this is a dream come true. Rhodes is very popular with windsurfers, as the breeze on that side of the island is constant, making it ideal for the sport. There are countless places where you can rent gear or even take lessons if it is your first time. The further south you go on the West coast, the more sparsely populated the beaches become, meaning you can find secret hideaways all to yourself.