Island of Rhodes
You say Rhodes and you immediately think about the summer. And it could not be otherwise. Long stretches of beach. Beautiful coves. Crystalline sea. Traditional cuisine with always fresh ingredients; and above all, really good.
The largest island in the Dodecanese, as well as one of the largest Greek islands, will have no difficulty breaking through your hearts. Cozy and warm, it has always attracted an impressive number of visitors. In these wonderful places, you will in fact be able to relive the past between history and legend.
Rhodes Town is a sort of open-air museum. Lindos, with its characteristic narrow streets and the suggestive fortified castle in which rise the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia and the Acropolis. And, again, striking monasteries, enchanted forests and ... wonderful beaches.
History and nature create the perfect mix for a holiday characterized by the beauty of the sea, archaeological sites and folklore that surrounds this truly incredible part of Greece.
HOW TO GET
Few doubts about the fact that to reach Rhodes, the most comfortable and quick means is the plane. The island has one of the busiest international airports in all of Greece. Suffice it to say that, just in the 2016, more than 5 million passengers have passed through Diagoras airport!
With only one terminal, the airport is connected to many destinations, even if air traffic, with small exceptions, is limited to high season only. All info and direct links, are available at this link.
From Athens there are several daily flights, operated by the Greek Aegean and Olimpic Air; the flight takes about 45 minutes. The Athens airport represents a good alternative to direct flight to the island. From KarpathosMoreover, Kassos and Kastelorizo are guaranteed several weekly flights lasting around 40 minutes; from Heraklion (Crete) one flight a day (1 now), from Thessaloniki one flight a day (1 now and 30 minutes), from Mykonos two flights a week in the summer.
From the airport, there is only one bus that allows you to reach Rodi Town. The bus stop is about 300 meters from the exit of the airport terminal. From Rhodes Town, the bus stop is at Averof Street. In both terminals there are bus kiosks where you can buy tickets.
The ticket costs 2,20 € for a one way trip. The bus takes about 35 minutes to travel all the way. The bus is active every day, from Monday to Sunday, including holidays. Buses, in both directions, are quite frequent, with even every 20 'run.
At the airport you will find numerous agencies to rent a car. Given the extent of the island, you could probably need a vehicle to get around the island. Our advice, however, is to book in advance directly online, in order to obtain competitive rates. On the spot, Greek agencies are cheaper.
Anyone wishing to reach the island by boat must pass through the port of Athens. Daily ferries depart from Piraeus, which take from 13 hours (direct) to 18 hours (with stopovers) to reach the island. From the ports of Síros, Mykonos e Crete Several weekly ferries depart in summer. From the Dodecanese islands and the eastern Aegean Sea to the commercial or tourist port of Mandraki, many excursion boats and hydrofoils arrive.
By ship, from Italy, you must first arrive at Igoumenitsa or Patras (recommended) then, drive by car to Peireias (Piraeus), and finally with another ship to reach Rhodes. Anek, Superfast, Minoan they are just some of the shipping companies that connect, almost daily, the ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa with Ancona, Bari, Brindisi, Ravenna, Trieste and Venice. It goes from around 8, 9 hours of crossing from Brindisi, to almost 24 hours from Venice. Book, from this link, your ferry at the best price.