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RHODES ISLAND GREECE

Rhodes Island
Rhodes is an outstanding island in the East of Mediterranean, the largest one of Dodecanesus, an island rich in its beauty and famous for its history. The island is quite a popular holiday destination as it has one of the best-preserved and the largest European Medieval cities and has warm weather for 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been the cradle of many civilizations; starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians. Four large historic towns still testify its ancient glory with their ruins: Ialysos, Camirus, Lindos, Rhodes itself where buildings dating back to the Byzantium and the middle ages link that distant age of prosperity in the life of today. Philosophers, mathematicians, athletes, poets and sculptors, already well-known in the age of Homer, lived in this flowery island. Some of the most admirable works of art that matchless period, you can see even today in the very surroundings of their creation. Thus, the island has a unique historical harmony and beauty. The main port of Rhodes is Rhodes City which bears the same name as the island. The other very touristic areas of Rhodes island are; Lindos and Kamiros. This city, which is still surrounded by a 12 meter thick city-wall which gives you the feeling of travelling back to Medieval times especially when you walk around its narrow, stone-paved roads. After dinner, we highly recommend you to enjoy in Rhodes Town night out.

Rhodes, owing its name to the rose, the sacred flower of Apollo, the god of the sun, appears in the tradition as the nymph of this god. Quite flowery under the bright blue sky, still bathed by the same emerald sea, it always looks like a nymph. That ideal island successfully combining the tradition with beauty and always fascinating with it's charms.

When visiting Rhodes you will admire the major ancient findings on Rhodes island, the old town center, the castle and the windmills of Rhodes. There is so much to be seen on Rhodes as it constituted a leading force in the area for 140 years (up to 79 A.D.) Rhodes was a dominant and a major marine force.

Ferries connect the island's commercial passenger port with several nearby islands within the Dodecanese Islands, as well as with the Cycladic Islands, the Greek mainland, and Bodrum in Turkey. The city is also a popular port of call for cruise itineraries, especially in the summer months. There are daily fast catamarans from & to the Greek island of Rhodes to & from Marmaris May through October. Use your chance to visit two countries on one holiday!

Both the city and the island of Rhodes are served by Diagoras International Airport, situated 14 km south west of the city. It is connected to all other major Greek airports and to Cyprus throughout the year. During tourism season, international flights connect the island with European airports and Israel.

Time
Greece Time is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Greece Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
After the Summer months the time in Greece Time is shifted back by 1 hour to Eastern European Time (EET) or (GMT+2)

REMEMBER : THERE IS A SIESTA ON RHODES ISLAND
Public Services are open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm.
Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 1pm.
Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm.
Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months

Currency
EURO - Greece adopted the Euro as its national currency on 1 January, 2002.

Rhodes Island Banks
Banks on the island of Rhodes are generally open from Monday to Friday, 8am – 2.30pm.
Remember to take your passport to the bank to exchange money into Euros, or cash your traveller’s cheques.

Rhodes Island Climate and Average Weather
The island of Rhodes enjoyed a mild climate.  Rodos has about 300 days of sunshine a year, while between April and October, the chances of uninterrupted sunshine are nearly one hundred per cent. During that period the temperature is in excess of 25 C. Refreshing westerly winds moderate the summer heat, while the winter is nearly always mild, with long periods of sunshine.

 

Rhodes Island Air Sea
January 12° C 15° C
February 15° C 16° C
March 18° C 16° C
April 21° C 17° C
May 26° C 18° C
June 30° C 20° C
July 34° C 24° C
August 33° C 25° C
September 31° C 24° C
October 27° C 21° C
November 17° C 20.3° C
December 15° C 17.5° C

Rhodes Island Geography and Population
Rhodes (or Rodos) is is an island in the Aegean Sea, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, located between Crete and the near East. It is located at the southeastern edge of the archipelagos of the Dodecanese, facing the shores of Turkey, which are about 9-10 kilometers away. The population of the island exceeds 110.000 and it covers an area of 1398 square kilometers. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Greek islands. Its landscape mainly comprises of hills and low mountains, which in their majority are covered with forests. The city of Rhodes has an excellent tourist infrastructure and offers a wide variety of entertainment (nightlife, sports, cultural events, and day trips to Lindos and the nearby islands of Symi, Kos, Patmos, Karpathos, Kalymnos and Leros).

Typical Cost on Rhodes Island
English breakfast from 6 EURO.
Greek salad from 4 EURO.
Main course with a salad from 15 EURO.
Sunbeds on most Rhodes town beaches are FREE if you buy your drinks and food from the bar running the beach. Your discovery of the island further afield may lead you to a lot of private beaches, where a sunbed rental typically costs 3EURO.
 

Travel Around Rhodes Island
Most visitors choose to be independent and rent a car, as the island of Rhodes offers a lot of rental companies. You will notice that most cars are either economy class like Fiat Panda or Hyundai Getz or 4x4 jeeps.
A comfortable, small, four-seater with A/C currently costs about 30 Euros a day.
The island of Rhodes also offers a network of city buses and the fare is quite cheap. The buses stop at designated bus stops and run to schedules, published at most of the bus stops.
Another option to travel around Rhodes island is taxi, and the prices are published at taxi ranks around the island.
Donkey safari is offered in Lindos, if you do not fancy to walk up the hill to Acropolys.

Health and Safety on Rhodes Island
Ambulance number 166
Pharmacies are open weekdays, 8am – 1pm, then again at 5pm – 9pm, and Saturdays, 8am – 2pm. On Sundays, most pharmacies are closed.

There is a modern well-equipped hospital and three medical centers, polyclinics, as well as doctors in private practice. Health insurance is highly recommended.

Electrical Appliances
Electricity in Greece is 220 volts, 50Hz AC; plugs have two round pins. Visitors from abroad who wish to use their own electronic devices should bring a plug adapter and a transformer.


LOCATION OF THE PORT ON RHODES ISLAND

Rhodes is one of the main ports for ferry services and cruise liners with sea links to the other islands, to the Greek mainland, as well as to Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Italy and Turkey. Scheduled ferries run regular daily services to and from Piraeus (Athens). Rhodes is located only 27 miles south of Marmaris Turkey.

Departure port in Rhodes is called Tourist Port, located by the old town of Rhodes, second harbour to the ancient Mandraki harbour, on the Northern side of the island. A taxi drive to/from Rhodes airport Diagoras International Airport takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions. Taxi price from Rhodes airport to the port is 20 - 22 EURO except between midnight and 5 AM when taxi rates are double. There are also service buses running during the day at 2 EURO per person.


GEOGRAPHICAL COORDINATES OF RHODES ISLAND PORT

36°26’ 40.0" N, 28°16’ 50" E

RHODES ISLAND USEFUL TELEPHONES
Rhodes Harbour Master tel. 0030 22410 22220 - 28666 - 27634 - 28888
Rhodes Port Authority tel. 0030 22410 22410 - 22220, Fax: 0030 22410 27365
Rhodes Harbour Police tel. 0030 22410 27634
Rhodes Customs tel. 0030 22410 29291 - 22565
Rhodes Coast Guard tel. 108


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