The lights of the city sparkle like thousands of firebugs as your flight slowly descends towards Diagoras International Airport, Pardisi, which is your gateway to the Island of Rhodes. Shaped like an arrowhead, this island covers an area of roughly 1,400 square kilometers and has a coastline of around 220 kilometers. It does not take long for the cab to traverse the distance of 14 kilometers that separate the medieval city of Rhodes, the capital of the island, from the airport. For the uninitiated, a group of 150 small islands along with 12 large Greek islands lies in the Aegean Sea, known as the Dodecanese.
Rhodes Island is the largest of this group and it is the capital of the prefecture of the Dodecanese too. Tourists can also visit the island via ferry from Piraeus with the trip taking 16 hours to complete. Apart from that, this island is also connected via ferry with other Aegean islands like Santorini, Syros, Laros, Kos, Simi, Nisyros, etc. Do not forget to pack along your swimming gear because this island and its neighborhoods boast of many pristine beaches like the Ladiko, the Kallithea, the Tsambika, the Afandou, the Faliraki, and the Lindos beaches.
All of them tend to get crowded during the summer season, but mingling with the crowd adds to the overall pleasure. As far as dining and drinking is concerned, all these beaches have a wide range of amenities including bars and taverns. One can also find water-sports gear for hire in local shops. There are various places near and around the Island of Rhodes that are of interest of tourists. They can opt in for the trip to Marmaris, considered amongst the most gorgeous tourist spots on the western Turkish coast.
If you have the time to spare, take the 9 hours journey to Symi Island, which too is amongst the most picturesque of the Dodecanese. Tourists should spend a day over here and wander around the town. The ferry halts in the bay of Panormitis where tourists can view the monastery of Agios Michael, built in the 17th century. Apart from the above, there are daily tours to Lindos that takes approximately eight hours to cover, and the trip to the East coast that takes eight hours too. Ensure that the trip you are planning to take also boasts of an English-speaking guide.
Hiring a yacht is perhaps the best way to go about the different islands. However, if you are planning to travel within the island itself, then opt in for a hired car. Accommodation is no problem with a good number of hotels available that cater to all budgets. Some of them include the Athineon Hotel Apartments, the Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel, the Spirit of the Night Boutique Hotel, and lots more. It is wise to choose a hotel that lies in close proximity to the beach. Do not forget to book your accommodation and flight tickets well in advance, especially if you are planning to visit the Island of Rhodes during the summer season.
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