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Would you relax in a breathtakingly beautiful environment? Would you taste delicious meals and set up exciting programs for the kids? Have you always wanted to try diving, but didn’t have the opportunity to do so? Don’t wait any longer! Visit the picturesque island of Rhodes, where you’ll find everything that makes your vacation unforgettable.
Location of Rhodes
Rhodes is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It lies 18 km from the Cape of Kara near the southwestern coast of Anatolia. It’s the largest member of the Dodecanese islands. It has an area of 1401 km2 and 117 007 residents. Rhodes is the fourth biggest island in Greece after Crete, Evia, and Lesbos.
History of Rhodes
The name of the island comes from Ancient Greek and means rose. This probably indicates the flowering of the native pomegranates. They often call it “the island of roses”. Thanks to its position and strategic importance, the island was part of several empires. Many invaders occupied it for some time. The Greeks settled down here in the 11th century. Rhodes had significant trade with surrounding cities and gradually built colonies on these areas. The island had notable handicraft as well. At the time of the Greek-Persian wars, the Persians overran the castle of Lindos. In 227 BC an intense earthquake destroyed the walls around the city of Rhodes too. The remnants of this wall are still visible today.
Christianity appeared on the island in the year 57 with the assistance of the Apostle Paul. After the breakup of the Roman Empire, the island became a part of the Byzantine Empire. At the time of the Turkish conquest, the city was under occupation for a year. In the 20th century at the time of Italian fascism, there were great constructions on the island in the spirit of Italian nationalism. The allies united the island with Greece in 1948.
Beaches in Rhodes
Rhodes includes numerous spectacular beaches and sandy gulfs. The island has a huge collection of beaches that offer different comfort, water, and sports services. Every beach in Rhodes has crystal clear water and picturesque scenery.
Lindos Limanaki Agios Pavlos beach:
The Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) is a small gulf that lies 48 km to the south from the city of Rhodes. It’s near to the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. According to a local myth, the gulf got its name after the nice white chapel on the seaside. Gold sand and pebbles cover the beach, where you can rent deck chairs too. This seaside surrounded by rocks offers an excellent site to swim or dive in the clean, turquoise water.
Ladiko is a small beach and a part of a beautiful gulf 20 km to the south from the city of Rhodes. The coast is covered with fine, clean sand and tiny pebbles. Ladiko beach is especially crowded in summer. This gulf looks fascinating from the board of the small boats floating near the shore. The greenery around the beach is also really nice.
The Kallithea beach, 8 km southward from Rhodes city, was famous for its hot thermal waters and baths. The Italians built the onetime baths which are now out of service, unfortunately. This a wonderful place has palm trees, pines, and beautiful renewed buildings with amazing mosaic decoration. The emerald sea matches perfectly with this idyllic landscape. Kallithea is easily accessible from the capital of Rhodes.
Main sights in Rhodes
Rhodes is a very popular European holiday resort. No wonder why, since it provides numerous activities to vacationers. Besides the charming beaches, you can find bars, restaurants and cultural sights here. The old town of Rhodes is a World Heritage Site. History offers hidden treasures to adventurers. The old town has about 200 streets. If you accidentally got lost, it’s not a problem, rather an opportunity to explore the city. You can walk along the medieval walls, which may seem hot without shadows. But don’t worry! Usually, there’s a light breeze on the top, and of course a gorgeous view of the city and the sea. Beaches in Rhodes are beautiful, but visiting the Water Park can be an adventurous experience too.
It’s a good idea for kids, families, and bigger groups. The Water Park has open and closed slides. And if you get tired by the end of the day, there are many deckchairs as well.
Weather of Rhodes
The Greek coast has a Mediterranean climate. The air of the country is very clean and dry from spring to early autumn. There’s a lot of sunshine, while the amount of rain usually decreases from the west to the east. In summer, we almost never see any clouds in the sky. Rain is practically an unknown guest in summer months. The sea can heat up to 23-25 °C from June to August. Even in October, it’s still 23 °C. The area of Greece is constantly windy, these winds, however, are always changing. The wind that dominates summer months is called Meltemi. From June, it blows from the northwest and the northeast. It reaches its full strength, 5 to 8 on the Beaufort scale, in July and August. The sea-wind comes in late September or early October, which blows from the southeast and the southwest.
It’s a specifically southern wind, that dominates mostly in spring and fall with a strength of 2 to 4. Due to Greece’s typical winds, its most rewarding to plan a sailing route from the south to the north in spring and autumn, and from the north to the south in summer. The waving is more preferable compared to the Croatian archipelago since there’s a greater distance between the Greek islands. The current flows counterclockwise in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, and northward along the Turkish coast. The water flows southward on the Eastern Greek coasts, but from the west side of Peloponnese Peninsula northern current dominates.
Luxury yacht charter Rhodes
The main anchoring point of Rhodes, besides the hoverport, is the Rhodes Marina, which is a very well-equipped port. In addition to the basic services, there are some extras. There are two supermarkets and a marketplace in the 20 m deep port, and even a changer, a restaurant, and an ATM. It’s an ideal starting point of an adventurous day from where you can discover the nearby islands and gulfs. Rent a yacht and become sea explorer! The thunderous and amazing history of Rhodes undoubtedly increases the magic of the island and the constant flow of tourists. Interesting historical sights, beautiful golden beaches, pine forests on the edge of the pebbly gulfs, mountains, and wonderful panorama create the unique atmosphere of the island. This magical vibe is what makes Rhodes an ideal destination for an unforgettable vacation.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Rhodes. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Rhodes shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Rhodes shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.