Rhodes is the most beautiful of the Greek Isles in that some of the most lush and fertile lands in all of the Dodecanese, Rhodes can also be unique in that it really does have something special for everyone to enjoy. It is also the largest and known for being the sunshine island and is rare to disappoint where the weather is concerned and throughout the summer it is hot and dry, although through the winter months temperatures are mild they are not cold and it is the wettest time of year. For a great balance between the two travelling to Rhodes in April, May, September or October as it will neither be too hot or too wet.
The cuisine found on Rhodes is a variety of ethnic and traditional Greece food so if you enjoy a great feta salad, olives and freshly baked bread you will love some of the platters available. Being an island there is plenty to catch right there in the sea so dishes such as Kalamari (squid), Grouper, Octopus, Mussels and Psarosoupa (island fish soup) is all on the menu. There are also Spanakopita (spinach pies), Moussaka (layered meat and sauce), Yuvarlakia (meatballs in sauce) and many other wonderful dishes to try. The traditional drink of the Island is Ouzo a much loved alcoholic drink that is very strong but is not really needed to enjoy the lively atmosphere and enjoyment to be had eating out in Rhodes.
This leads us on well to another Greek tradition dancing and nightlife with two particularly lively spots on Rhodes being Faliraki and Kavos for those looking for great atmosphere and dancing but there is plenty of relaxing night life also to enjoy the warm summer evening in a secluded bar or restaurant. There are many more traditional Greek entertainment evenings with an opportunity to really experience Greek culture with music, food and dancing and probably lots of Raki.
There are many places to shop from local shops in quiet villages to Lindos or Rhodes City where there are stalls and shops geared to the tourist trade selling traditional Greek souvenirs like pottery, ceramics, Raki, local honey, local wine and some leather goods. There are always lots of jewellery shops too as the quality of the silver is very good.
A major attraction of the island of Rhodes is that it is the home of the ruins of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. A giant bronze statue once stood in the harbour of Lindos and was built in 280 BC but destroyed by an earthquake later that century. There has been no trace of the statue ever found since its destruction in 224BC. There is Apollo’s temple and an Acropolis to visit on the island of Rhodes allowing you to see the ruins of an ancient culture. Although getting around on the island can sometime be difficult as there is very limited public transport available, many Rhodesian families own more than one car and even have motorbikes for the summer months when the tourist trade picks up and the roads get busy.