Flights to Rhodes
Rhodes offers ancient history, great beaches, and lively nightlife, making it one of the most popular Greek islands to visit. Situated just 18 kilometres from the coast of Turkey, Rhodes is one of the Dodecanese Islands and one of Greece’s largest.
When coming to Rhodes, you’ll arrive at the Rhodes International Airport (airport code: RHO), also known as the Diagoras International Airport. Many airlines offer flights to Rhodes, but they all have two connections when coming from South Africa. The shortest option is a 17 hour flight with Egyptair that connects in Cairo and then Athens. Most other flights are closer to 30 hours, such as with Virgin Atlantic. Their route goes through London and Athens, as does a flight to Rhodes with British Midland. Another option to consider is a flight to a major European city then making use of one of the many charter airlines that operate, especially during the summer, such as Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, or TUIFly.
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The Tourist Attractions of Rhodes:
Rhodes has long been a popular package holiday destination for Europeans, but with plenty to offer, the rest of the world is now waking up to this beautiful island too. Rhodes has been inhabited by many great civilisations over the course of thousands of years, starting way back in the Neolithic period. The Minoans came here in the 16th century BC, followed by Achaeans, Persians, Byzantines, and Ottomans, to name just some. It’s this rich cultural history that gives Rhodes many of its archaeological sites and has led to the Old Town of the city of Rhodes becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known as Rhodes Town or the City of Rhodes to avoid confusion with the island as a whole, the capital of Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the home of Colossus of Rhodes, a huge statue. Though the statue no longer stands the legend lives on and Rhodes Town still offers several other very impressive attractions.
The Medieval City of Rhodes is the part that’s UNESCO listed as it’s one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. It was built by the Hospitalliers and contains the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, built in the 14th century, and one of Rhodes’ top attractions.
A couple of miles from the centre of Rhodes Town is the Acropolis of Rhodes, constructed in the Hellenistic period and containing ruins of the Temple of Apollo.
Other Towns on Rhodes
Though Rhodes Town is by far the largest town on Rhodes there are many other smaller towns and villages that offer many of their own attractions. Lindos is one small town that’s famous for its Acropolis, while Archangelos has ruins too.
Many of the coastal towns and villages have now become popular tourist resorts, so there are many places where you can stay while on holiday in Rhodes. Miles upon miles of attractive sandy beaches line the coastline, and to cater for the tourists there are many lovely restaurants to seek out. Some resort towns are noisier than others, such as Faliraki. This is the perfect destination if you enjoy nights out, drinking and dancing, and though there are vibrant towns on Rhodes, the island still has many quieter, relaxing places to stay too.
When Should You Visit?:
Rhodes is most popular during the summer months and with its Mediterranean climate summers are long, hot and dry, from May to September. The average high across the summer is in the low 30’s C though daytime highs will often substantially exceed this. If you’re coming for sightseeing only the winters are mild and a little damper.