The lush green and fertile island of Rhodes is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. The capital, Rhodes Town, lies within imposing medieval fortifications and its beautiful Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting cobbled streets crammed with boutique hotels, rustic tavernas and souvenir shops.
Rhodes Town is served by Rhodes International Airport, which connects to a vast number of cities across Europe. The airport is around 10km from Rhodes Town, with regular public buses running between the two. Alternatively there is a steady stream of taxis at the airport, as well as car hire desks.
Several no-frills airlines fly to Rhodes, including easyJet, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
Rhodes enjoys a fabulous climate, and is consequently a popular all-year-round destination. The crowds in June and August may put some people off, but fear not, the beautiful summer months stretch out from April to October, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy the island’s delights in relative solitude.
One of the greatest pleasures of visiting Rhodes Town is simply to wander through its pedestrianised Old Town. The main attraction here is the vast 14-century Palace of the Grand Masters, which houses a museum tracing the island’s history.
Another tourist site worth visiting is the pink 16th century Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, whose construction dates back to the period when Rhodes was controlled by the Ottomans. A short distance southwest of town, overlooking the sea, the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes is home to the Temple of Apollo.
Shopping in Rhodes Town is also a delight. The former bazaar area of Sokratous Street in Rhodes' old town is perfect for picking up souvenirs and mementoes, including rugs, ceramics, leather goods, furs, jewellery, Local wines, olive oil and natural sponges.
Eating out in Rhodes gives you the option of indulging in authentic Greek cuisine, based on fresh, seasonal, Mediterranean ingredients, or the less adventurous alternative of eating in one of the array of eateries that cater for the northern European pallet.
One of the best restaurants in Rhodes Town is The atmospheric Koykos café. Street- facing window-ledge seats make for top-quality people watching, while inside you are greeted by a cavernous maze leading to a pretty courtyard and terrace.
There are a number of bars, pubs and discos in Rhodes Town offering a lively nightlife for those who like to party through to the small hours. Those looking for more sedate entertainment will find it in the old town where bars and restaurants play traditional music. Rhodes Town is also home to a casino.