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Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, is truly a vacation destination with something for everyone: sunshine, spectacular beaches on the Aegean Sea, a medieval walled city, an ancient acropolis, and much more. In ancient times, the people of Rhodes chose Helios, the Sun, as their divine patron. With an average of three hundred plus days of sunshine a year, it's safe to say that Helios continues to smile upon Rhodes today.

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Rhodes, Greece

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

On the north end of the island, overlooking the sea, stand the ancient remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes. The buildings of the Rhodes Acropolis date back to the 3rd-2nd century BC. Though the entire Acropolis has yet to be excavated, some amazing sections have been restored: the stadium; a marble odeion - a concert hall or theatre; four columns of the Temple of Pythian Apollo; and a few remains of the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Storm the Street of the Knights in the Old Town. This medieval, cobble-paved street lies over an ancient pathway from the Rhodes Acropolis to the port. In the early 16th century, the street was lined with inns housing the Knights of the Order of St. John, who once ruled the island. The inns that remain today are a study in history and architecture, definitely worth seeing.
  • For a cleansing experience like no other, visit the Municipal Baths (Turkish baths) located in a 7th-century Byzantine structure in the old town.
  • Discover the large collection of tombstones of the Knights of the Order of St. John at the Archeological Museum of Rhodes.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

To begin your culinary adventure, simply visit one of the many tavernas and restaurants in Rhodes. Sample the mezedes, a variety of small Greek dishes and appetizers that are often served with the anise-flavored local aperitif, ouzo. Dolmades, a popular selection, are vine leaves filled with lamb and rice, then fried in oil and served cold. Another traditional dish is moussaka, made with potatoes, cheese, béchamel and eggplant.

Shopping for Bargains

A bottle of Rhodian wine from one of the distinguished wineries on the island makes a perfect gift for friends at home. And, you can find the best olive oil, also known as liquid gold, as well as extraordinary honey, being sold out of private homes by local residents.

Local Currency

The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Greece. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.

Weather in Rhodes, Greece

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 58.8° 14.89°
Average Low 47.5° 8.61°
Mean Temperature 53° 11.67°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 5.8 in 14.73 cm

    Before You Visit

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