Rhodes

Susan Hegarty on 11 September 2004

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Set quite far south in the Mediterranean Sea, Rhodes is a good place to get some early summer sun. The temperatures here rise early in the season and the weather is more reliable than other spots in Europe in May.

Our apartments, The Rodos Sun, were a few minutes’ walk away from the lively centre of Faliraki. We had the best of both worlds, being able to relax at the pool and dine in the nearby restaurants or go into town where there was a huge selection of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Rhodes is a paradise for water lovers. Lindos is probably the best known area with its crystal clear water and gorgeous beach. There are an assortment of water sports in Rhodes including kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as boat and fishing trips. There is also a waterpark, perfect for cooling down on a hot Greek day. You can hire bikes, scooters, quads and cars to get around the island and taxis are reasonably priced.

We fell in love with gorgeous Rhodes town with it chequered history and fantastic atmosphere, wandering through the narrow cobbled streets is a real pleasure. The Acropolis is well worth seeing with a 2nd century stadium which once staged competitions in preparation for the Olympic Games. The magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters, now a museum, is also very interesting as is the Archaeological Museum.

You also have the opportunity to visit the lovely Turkish resort of Marmaris on a day trip. After a short boat journey we arrived at the marina and lovely promenade that runs along the town. Packed with waterfront bars and restaurants we spent a very nice day relaxing and checking out the shops and markets where incredible bargains were to be had. A shopper’s paradise!

This was a lovely holiday and depending on the resort you choose Rhodes is suitable for families and couples alike as well as people looking for a young and lively holiday.

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