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Rhodes Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Rhodes
The main city of Rhodes lies to the northern part of the island while the rest of the island is lined with holiday villages and spa resorts. Some of the well-known resorts are - Faliraki, Lindos, Kremasti, Haraki, Pefkos, Afantou and Ixia. As such finding cheap accommodation in Rhodes is very easy. If you want to stay in a place with a historical feel, then the Medieval Old town area of the city of Rhodes, which is also a World Heritage Site, is a good option. Otherwise, most of the hotels in Rhodes are concentrated on the outer rim of the island, close to the beach. The interior of the island being mountainous, is sparsely populated and adorns pine and cypress forests. As such very few accommodations are found here.
Located in the south eastern Aegean Sea is the island of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and also known as the Island of the Knights. The island is made up of limestone and will practically stun you with the exquisite Karst topographic landscapes when you are exploring the island on your Rhodes holiday. You will also find natural mineral water springs at several places. These springs are believed to offer amazing medicinal and health benefits. Hence many of the hotels in Rhodes are centered around these springs as spa retreats. Rhodes starts seeing the flow of tourist’s right from April end when temperatures are just soothing with plenty of sun. Being located strategically in the Mediterranean and the availability of cheap flights and hotels in Rhodes has made it a preferred destination for holidaymakers.
Where to Stay on your Rhodes Holiday
The entire beach area of Rhodes that forms the outer rim of the island are thriving with hotels. On your next Rhodes holiday you just have to pick the kind of accommodation. Rhodes apartments are best choice for longer stay of if you are looking for privacy. If you are travelling with kids, you can easily find cheap hotels in Rhodes will all-inclusive packages. The smaller holiday villages of Haraki, Pefkos and Ixia will mesmerize you with whitewashed sunbathed rooms and breathtaking views of the sea while the Old Town of Rhodes on the other hand soaks you in its historic charm. Solo travellers can find studios in the same price as hostels so you can prepare your own meals if you don’t wish to eat out.
Things to See and Do in Rhodes
The main city of Rhodes is well connected with the rest of the island with road network that can take you to remote villages too. So travelling is easy. When it comes to places to visit, Rhodes will surprise you with its rich history which dates to as early as Neolithic age. Several dynasties found home here and left their influence gradually on the architecture, culture and food here. While you are around exploring the nature and landscape on the island, you will come across many natural springs, limestone landscapes and many archeological sites. You can also visit the Old Town of Rhodes, the famous Colossus of Rhodes that was one of the 7 Wonders of Ancient World, palaces, museums, churches, ancient Greek style theatres and arenas, will take you on a time journey. The beaches are lined with water sports where you can spend a day.
Nightlife in Rhodes
With over a 100 disco-bars and clubs, Rhodes has become a cosmopolitan island that attracts young crowd from all of Europe for night long beach parties. Faliraki, Lindos and Ialysos are thriving with such options that becomes hot when sun goes down. The Orfanidi street a.k.a. the Bar street, has rightfully gained the reputation of the epicenter of Rhodes nightlife with plenty of clubs and cool bars. The Colorado Entertainment centre, Sticky Fingers, Paradiso beach club, Swedco café, Todo bien, Soho club, Blue lagoon, are also well-known for late night parties. In the area around the harbour there are many bars and traditional Greek taverns, while in the new town there are pubs and nightclubs more fashionable and suitable for young people. The city of Rhodes also hosts some popular DJ nights in peak seasons and live concerts every summer.
Food options in Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is rich in terms of food as it produces some exotic gourmet varieties of olives, vines and vegetables. The traditional Greek food of Rhodes has its origin in the ancient Dorian Rhodes that has bold use of spices. The locals use vegetables in everything followed by fish, dairy and meat at last which is used less and local wines form an important part of Rhodian cuisine. The starters are locally called Mezethes. Some of the quintessential traditional Mezethes and fish dishes that are a must try are Giaprakia, Meliasti, Avranies, Pitaroudia, Gemista, Rouzetia, Skorthalia, Kakavia etc. In many of the Rhodes hotels, you will also find lot of pasta dishes with legumes. The deserts here are truly taste explosion combining sweet with the tang of the citrus fruits produced here.
Shopping places in Rhodes
Shopping in Rhodes is unique in its own way being a mix of traditional and modern markets both. The Folklore market sells souvenirs, gifts, cheap clothing and leather, watches, ceramics, etc. while the new market is the hotspot for stylish, trendy and branded clothes, many of them at factory prices. From vintage and traditional stuff to daily essentials, you don’t have to worry about anything on your Rhodes holiday. In the streets of the Old town, there is nothing you practically can’t find - jewelry, carpets, royal silverware, paintings, decorations, wines, perfumes, handicrafts, you just have to think. Sokratous Street is the most popular shopping area in Old Town Rhodes. The local shops are closed from 2 pm to 5 pm every day. While on your Rhodes holiday, you can also visit the local weekly markets, street market every Tuesday, to find things at throwaway prices.
Trivia facts about Rhodes
The island of Rhodes is also called the emerald island due to 40% coverage of pine and cypress. The island emblem is deer representing a rare species of deer called Dama Dama that lives there. the island comprises of only 44 villages. Rhodes experiences the Mediterranean climate and sees rain in winter and sunny days in summer. The virgin olive oil produced here is considered the very best in the world. In ancient history Rhodes was considered the home of Helio, the sun God. The usual time here for lunch is 2 pm and for dinner is 9 pm.
Fast Facts about Rhodes:
Language: Greek, Turkish.
Airport: Rhodes International Airport (RHO).
Flight duration from Dublin to Rhodes International Airport: 4 hours 45 minutes.
Time difference between Dublin and Rhodes: Dublin is two hours behind Rhodes.