Rhodes' tucked-away gem
Set around a small watercolour bay, Kalithea is becoming one of the biggest draws in Rhodes. Pretty, laid-back and perfectly positioned between Rhodes Town and Faliraki, the resort is a lovely spot to use as a base for exploring.
Leisurely, sun-drenched days can be spent around the beach, a good stretch of sand and shingle with glorious views of the peninsula. Kalithea’s share of the Mediterranean is shallow, glass-clear and perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Make sure you put some time by for exploring – the coast is littered with hidden coves and rocky outcrops if you fancy a wander away from the crowds. For families with kids (or anyone who likes waterslides), Faliraki’s water park is just the thing on hot days, and is an easy 15-minute drive away.
The flight to Rhodes is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Rhodes airport to Kalithea is approximately 30 minutes.
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.