Cheap flights to Rhodes
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year it is not difficult to see why the Greek island of Rhodes is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular holiday destinations.
Tourists come to Rhodes for its huge number of crystal clear turquoise beaches and ancient monuments. But this is also an island of staggering natural beauty, in addition to having an excellent tourist infrastructure that sees some of the best and most modern hotels offered at great rates. Tempted? Well you should be because this infrastructure also means there is literally thousands of things for year-round tourists to do, with action-packed resorts and isolated mountain villages. Whether you are into your water sports and water parks, or simply want to spend the day meandering around an ancient Greek temple or two, it’s all here.
Blutopia Marine Park is Greece's first private marine reserve, run by an experienced marine biologist. Snorkel amongst amazing marine life including tuna, rays, swordfish, schooling barracuda and friendly dolphins. €35 per person (minimum group 4); scuba also arranged. Tel 22410 60170, blutopia.gr, until 31 Oct.
Among Rhodes' Italian expat community, qualified chef Rosanna Nagliero is recognized as the best, crafting menus for local tavernas. She gives cooking lessons every Thursday, starting with a visit to a street market. €20 per person, plus wine; book on 6932 099533 or email@example.com
Go scuba diving along Rhodes' southeast facing coast; since 2007 the number of legal sites has multiplied to include Ladiko, Kalithea, Kolymbia, Lindos, Pefkos and Plimyri. Waterhoppers (waterhoppers.com), based at Mandráki port, offer dive days out from 88 euros with full equipment.
The best Old Town views are from up on the medieval walls (Mon to Fri noon to 3pm, €2), accessed from the courtyard of the Grand Master's Palace. The partial circuit takes you up to the Kókkini Pórta in the southeast corner.
At the far northwest end of Elli beach, the whimsical, Italian-built Rhodes Aquarium is well worth an hour or two. Visit the subterranean sea-life tanks by following pebble-mosaic walkways through a man-made sea cave. Daily May to Oct 9am to 8.30pm; earlier closure Nov to Apr.
Traganoú (Traounoú) beach, at the north end of Afándou strip, has lots of sun beds, wooden walkways, and an affordable full-service taverna. The remotest cove has grottos to explore, the clearest sea, and shelter from northern winds.
At least once weekly, the Dodekanisos Express catamaran permits a day trip to postcard perfect Hálki islet, leaving at 8.30am and returning at 5pm.