Rhodes, the beautiful island of the Knights, which is famous all around the world, offers excellent holidays, with exceptional and modern tourist infrastructure, rich history and amazing beaches. In Rhodes you will find several hotels and rooms to rent in almost all the areas but mostly the most touristic ones in the center of the city, near the port, in Faliraki as well as Lindos. The restaurants and the taverns of the island serve excellent local dishes while in the bars and clubs you will spend unforgettable and intense nights since Rhodes is famous for its nightlife. In Faliraki, where most clubs are, the nights lights up as if it were a day and the rhythms are frantic every night. However, there are areas for more relaxed nights with good food and pleasant music. During your holidays in Rhodes, visit the medieval city, the palace of the Knights, the Venetian Walls and the watch Tower. There are also several other attractions to visit outside the center of the city, like the valley with the butterflies, the 7 sources, Lindos as well as ancient Kamiros. The island of Rhodes has countless beaches, some quite cosmopolitan, like Faliraki, Lindos and Tsambika and some quiet, like Agia Agathi and Pefkoi. Whichever beach you go to, the sure thing is that you will enjoy swimming in crystal waters and you will find water sports at several of them. Moreover, at the organized beaches of the island there are several restaurants and cafes. The locals are hospitable and cheerful people. In Rhodes you will spend unforgettable holidays and you will enjoy every minute of it so wait no more, book your ferry tickets now.
The Rhodes Port
There are regular ferry departures from the port of Piraeus for the port of Rhodes and the journey, including stops at other islands as well, lasts about 12 to 17 hours. In fact, by booking online your ferry tickets via aktoploika.gr your journey will be more comfortable and carefree. The port of Rhodes is the biggest in the Dodecanese, has modern facilities and serves countless ferries. When you reach the port you can take the special free bus that departs from the port for the center of the city, where you can find the vehicle of your choice for your final destination.
Connection With Other Islands
Rhodes has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Agathonisi, Amorgos, Anafi, Astypalaia, Halki, Chios, Heraklion (Crete), Ikaria, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Milos, Naxos, Nisyros, Paros, Patmos, Samos, Santorini, Sitia (Crete), Symi, Syros, Thessaloniki, Tilos, Marmaris (Turkey), Bodrum (Turkey), Fournoi.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Rhodes via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Transportation in Rhodes
In the center of Rhodes, more specifically in New Market, there is the central terminal of all the buses of the island. The itineraries are regular and always on time. You will find a bus for all the areas and beaches of the island. The ticket price is affordable and the buses modern and comfortable. If you choose to travel by bus in Rhodes, you will have no trouble at all. There are also several taxis on the island. They cost more but they are surely faster and more comfortable than the buses. If on the other hand you want to explore the whole island of Rhodes, then you can rent a motorbike or a car from the numerous rental agencies of the island. Moreover, if you book the vehicle of your choice online, you'll get exactly what you want as well as a better deal.
Rhodes' size, the sights' quantity and the highly increased tourist traffic during summer make interurban buses the most popular, cheap and reliable public transportation way, as taxi fare re very high for some destinations and renting a car may tire you, due to the the traffic. The Bus Central Station is located in Rhodes City, by Andreas Papandreou Park, 200 meters away from Agios Athanasios Gate, on the road that leads to the Old City Castle. You can buy your ticket inside the bus as well, while their price ranges from 2 to 18 euros, depending on your destination. More routes are added during summertime, to the most significant sights, as well as to the most popular beaches. As for your transportation inside the city, beside the urban buses, you can enjoy a special tour Downtown, to the Ancient Stadium, the Apollo Temple and the Medieval Town Wall, using the small train, that starts in Mandraki Marina, with tickets that cost 7 euros for adults and 4 euros for children older than 4 years old.
Rhodes was the beloved Nymph of Zeus and it's said that the god never left her. Sunny most days of the year, the capital of the Dodecanese combines, as few islands, the cosmopolitan character with the tradition, but also the rich natural environment.
The nature lovers will adore it, the sports lover will find their paradise, the wine lovers will be lost in its vineyards and those who love culture will ... settle in its medieval castles! We mention here a few pixels of the unique wealth that the traveler can discover in the island.
The pine-clad Akramitis, the Armenistis cape, Ataviros, the sea area of Karabola – the Glifada Bay, the Prophet Elias with countless wild flowers, the Seven Springs and the Butterflies are the 5 areas of Rhodes that have been included in the Natura 2000 network and occupy approximately the 25% of the total area of the island. Rhodes has over 20 kinds of protected habitats, and many species of fauna and flora. The island has recorded 19 important species of plants, while dozens of platoni deers live there, as well as small horses in the area of the Archangel. These figures show that it still maintains the great natural wealth, instead of in the whirlwind of 'tourism' and overall 'utilization'.
The highest mountain of Rhodes, Ataviros to 1,215 m, dominates among the hilly villages, Emponas and Saint Isidoros. The view from the top, where there are remnants of the Temple of Zeus, is unique and compensates those who attempt the climbing. To the southeast of Rhodes, where the sea has a big depth, underwater springs enrich the area with water rich in nutrients, useful in many marine organisms. So, we meet here ecosystems with hundreds of species of fish, sponges and corals, as well as large populations of rare and protected species of marine mammals such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
The medieval city of Rhodes, a creation of the Οrder of the Knights of St. John and a world heritage site since 1988, with stunning walls, squares and temples. Choose one of the ten entrances and meet the street of Knights with the imposing buildings, the Palace of the Grand Master, built in 1346, destroyed by an explosion in 1865 and rebuilt by the Italian commander of the island in 1937-40. The archaeological museum which is housed in the impressive building of the Hospital of the Knights, the Byzantine Museum, the folklore Bazaar in Socratus street and the mosque of Suleiman.
Rodini Park, 3 km. from the city center, is a green ravine, a recreation area with paths, springs and the opportunity for boating in the big canal-part of the roman aqueduct, which was in use until the 19th century. Lindos, where you will find unique captain mansions, Byzantine churches, stunning pebbled mosaics and, of course, the famous Acropolis of a total area of 8 acres, a magical place that exists since the Neolithic age. Since then, it has undergone several modifications up to the years of Byzantium.
- Prasonisi is on the island's southern edge, having two beaches that will satisfy even the most demanding, a stormy one for those who love surfing, and a beach with calm water for relaxation. Although you'll have to drive for about two hours, this unique scenery and the sea's view worth the visit.
- Agathi beach is known only in locals. It's next to Haraki, connected with a small path a few meters long. It's the ideal place for free camping, there are many small caves around to explore and it's one of the island's few non-crowded beaches.
- Plan a trip in Epta Piges and enjoy the majestic landscape with the lakes, the small streams, the hidden paths and the wooden bridges, all of them embraced by nature.
- You may be far away, but you still have the chance to enjoy the authentic Cretan cuisine. In "Drosoulites Tavern" with it's atmospheric sense and high-level service you'll feel you are in a Cretan village. The most famous choices here are sausages and "apaki" (smoked pork meat).
As in most famous destinations, the extreme development and the easy profit temptation are key factors for exploitation and profiteering effects. Carefully research before you buy anything and prefer to try and buy products far from the city as well. That's where you'll find the authentic Rhodes.
Driving is always an issue, when speaking about a "thousands of visitors" island, so you better be careful on the road, drive slowly and watch out even when you have the right of way. You must pay extra attention in places with an intense night-life.
You shall better visit famous beaches early in the morning, if you want a panoramic view and a high service level from the beach-bars' staff.
Happy Holidays in the amazing Rhodes!!!