Rhodes is one of the many islands that you can go to on your Greece vacation. Rhodes is one of the largest and most fertile of the Greek islands. It is also one of the most visited islands in Greece. Rhodes is not only known for its tourist resorts and splendid beaches but also for the various archaeological sites and medieval towns found in the island.
The island of Rhodes is composed of various places of interest. It is a major tourist attraction in itself mainly because of its sunny beaches. Although most of the beaches in the island are covered by gravel instead of sand, tourists still flock to the island because of the 300 and more days of sun that it enjoys.
The initial destination on the island is the city of Rhodes which is the biggest city on the island and the seat of the local government. Another area worth visiting would be Lindos, a picturesque village which is also a site of an ancient acropolis. Next to this village lies Haraki which is a small village that was once a fishing haven. The nearest tourist resort to Lindos is Pefkos, a small tourist town that was once just a cluster of farms and private residences that eventually grew over time.
For more action, tourists may want to head out to Faliraki. This is where tourists usually go to party and have fun and some exciting action while on the island. Afandou is one of the bigger villages on the island where the golf course of Rhodes is situated. For a more rustic experience, tourists can head out to traditional villages such as Theologos where Greek culture and tradition is still given importance.
Greek is the main language in the island of Rhodes. But due to the influx of tourists and foreign visitors, most of the inhabitants have learned to speak better English than in most parts of Greece as well as a bit of German. Communication with the locals is relatively easier especially in areas with the highest concentration of tourists.
Getting to the island of Rhodes is possible from the air or by sea. If by plane, the island can be reached by way of the Diagoras International Airport located on the west coast and 14 kilometers from the town of Rhodes. Regular flights are available from Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete. There are also chartered airlines that connect Rhodes from the other major cities in Europe. There are also ferries that travel regularly via Bodrum, Symi and Tilos. There are also cruise ships that dock at the Commercial Port located east of Old Town in the city of Rhodes.
The main means of getting around Rhodes on a Greece vacation is by bus. The island has a public bus network that operates throughout the island. The bus fare is relatively cheap and with stops that do not usually follow a time table. It is sometime okay to signal a bus driver by the road side if you wish to board or get off. There are also two bus companies the Roda and the Ktel buses. The Roda bus company will take you to Rhodes town and the west side of the island as well as the Diagoras International Airport. The Ktel buses are in charge of the eastern side of the island from the towns of Lindos, Faliraki and Prasonisi. There are also taxis going around Rhodes that can take tourists to the various parts of the island.