Whitewashed towns and turquoise bays
Not only is Rhodes the biggest of the Dodecanese islands, but it's also the sunniest and most-visited Greek island, boasting around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.
Its coastline is edged with sandy and pebbly beaches, its interior is blanketed with pine forests and olive groves, and its capital is home to one of the finest walled towns in Europe. As well as its famous old town, Rhodes Town also has a cosmopolitan side, with restaurants, bars, boutiques, and a pair of beaches (one sand; one shingle).
Further down the coast is the seaside town of Lindos, where sugar-cube houses climb up a hill towards an ancient acropolis – a treasured memento of the town’s history featuring incredible views and archaeological gems, including temples and castle towers.
If you’re getting itchy feet, head for the harbour at Rhodes Town. From here, boats push off for day trips to picturesque Symi, a pretty isle with a colourful port town.
The flight to Rhodes is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Rhodes enjoys the most sunshine of any other Greek island – 300 days a year, in fact. Temperate springs and long, dry summers give you plenty of time to visit. The earlier months of the season suit sightseeing, while the mid-summer months of July and August push 30°C – perfect for keen beach-goers. Even in the height of summer, the island’s cool winds take care of any humidity.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.