Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and is situated in the eastern Aegean Sea. For many years Rhodes has been one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean for people on holidays to Greece. Historically, Rhodes was famous all over world for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Not only does this island have beautiful beaches but it also has a fascinating history, which is any tourist's dream.
The landscape of Rhodes is one of the elements that really makes this a wonderful holiday destination. There is a choice of wonderful beaches on the island, some more exposed than others which is perfect for those who want to top up their tans and have a relaxing holiday. If the stunning landscape doesn't impress you, the warm, clear seas and fantastic beaches will definitely make this a holiday to remember. If you are not one for lying on the beach all day soaking up the sun there are some spectacular views around the island to visit.
Being described as a major international tourist destination, there is plenty on offer for people on holiday in Rhodes. From sightseeing, to beaches, to restaurants and bars, the island definitely lives up to it's reputation!
Traditional foods such as calamari, rice, feta cheese and pitta bread are on offer in restaurants scattered around the island. Options include finding a restaurant for a meal like a seafood restaurant in Old Town or choosing to dine at one of the many cafes in a secluded area where the locals hang out. Rhodes is also known for it's wines, so if you want to learn more about the varieties available you can spend the day tasting.
There are a number of venues which offer music in the area from discos to traditional Greek music, but those that want dance music should head to Faliraki. Known as Greece's answer to Ibiza, this resort offers just about everything a young tourist wants from a holiday.
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Those that enjoy the sunshine will not be disappointed as the island has high temperatures all through the year, particularly in the summer months. For those wanting a great tan, the best months to visit would be July and August as temperatures regularly reach the high 20's and beyond. You definitely will not need to bring jackets in these months as it definitely will be swim wear season.
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The island has a great history represented in the museums situated in Rhodes town and the Old Town has been declared a World Heritage site. There are many historical sites on the island including the Temple of Apollo, the site where the Collossus of Rhodes once stood and the Palace of Grand Masters. Any of these sites make wonderful photos to look back on once your holiday to Rhodes is over.
If history is not your thing, Rhodes town is the best place to head if you fancy spending some money in the shops where local produce and the latest fashions are available to keep shopping lovers in their element! For those that want a more livily atmosphere, a visit to the popular resort of Faliraki is a must!
Rhodes has an interesting tapestry of history, too much to mention, that has left a diverse collection of fascinating historical sites to visit. The best way to see more of the local area would be to hire a bike as you have the opportunity to explore the area and take in it's history. Although the Colossus of Rhodes was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC, you can still visit the area where it stood in the harbour. The English bombs that fell on the city of Rhodes in 1944 destroyed many buildings but there are still many important historical sights that are definitely worth a visit.
If you are planning a holiday to Rhodes in late June you'll be able to enjoy the Summer Solstice, a flower festival at Mandraki Harbour in the New Town. At the end of July there is a festival of athletics at Aghios Soulas, which is a very popular day out for both locals and tourists. Assumption Day is traditionally in Mid-August and early September is home to the Fertility Pilgrimage by childless women. In later months, there is a classical music festival known as Music in Rhodes. As you can see, a holiday in Rhodes can be much more than just beaches and sun!
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Rhodes is an island that will suit those who want a peaceful holiday or those who desire a fun packed holiday. All you need is a map and you will find all the exciting attractions that are on offer and maybe find something interesting that you were not even looking for. There is something for everyone here so if you do not want to miss out on an amazing offer, check out the great deals on flights and hotels at visiting On The Beach. Our unique live booking system makes it so simple to customise your very own holiday, and at unbeatable prices!
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