Rhodes is a Greek island located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The distance from the south-west coast of Turkey is less than 18 kilometers. This is one of the southern-most islands of Greece and belongs to a group of islands, bearing the name Dodecanese. They are located in the southeastern part of the country. The largest city and capital of Rhodes is the homonymous city, that is situated in the northernmost part of the island.
The population of the island is about 120 000 people, 50% of whom live in the capital of Rhodes – Rhodes.
The other 50% from the island’s population live mostly along the coast, because the relief in the central part is mostly mountainous.
The other reason is that for one so warm and shiny climate as the local, the closeness of the sea attract people since ancient times.
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Rhodes is called „the pearl of Greece”. The country is very proud with the beauty of this piece of the paradise, which is about 500km from the coast of the African continent.
Magnificent beaches, crystal water, wonderful Mediterranean climate and plenty of sunny days throughout the year, attracting millions of tourists.
If you visit Rhodes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the typical Mediterranean landscapes, unique Greek culture, traditional food and excellent wines.
Not few of the visitors dream to buy in this blessed piece of the paradise among the waters of the Mediterranean Sea their dream home with swimming pool, garden and view to the sea.
However, for many people Rhodes is one forbidden paradise, because the island is located in the periphery of Greece and Europe and here are entitled to buy real estate only citizens of Greece and the European Union.
During the summer months the land is permanently yellow because the scorching sun dries out the vegetation. The tree species are mainly represented by various palms, citruses, olives and evergreen trees and shrubs.
In the central mountainous part of the island the vegetation is coniferous. Because of the significant altitude the winter here is quite cold. Ataviros peak is the highest on the island.
It rises to 1215 meters. Here the snow fall is frequent. The biggest attraction of Rhodes in fact do not exists today.
This is a giant statue known as the Colossus of Rhodes. Its exact location is not exactly known, but with certainly is known that the statue has made of bronze, depict the God – Sun and is the highest statue in the antiquity.
It is assumed that its high reaches 40 meters. It has been destroyed in an earthquake and its debris has been gradually with drown because the material they have made.
But even today, when this statue exists only in legends and paintings left by the ancient people it continues to attract the crowds of foreigners wishing to learn more about this monument. It is believed that the statue was built in 3rd or 4th century BC.
Because of the reason that Rhodes is an island, the visitors arrive here by air or sea. During the active tourist season there are many charter flights, because of the huge number of visitors.
The airport Diagoras, that receive the groups of tourists is located in the northern part of the island, in about 13km from the center of the capital Rhodes.
Climate. The climate of Rhodes is subtropical Mediterranean. This is one of the warmest and sunniest places in the European continent.
The average daily temperature in January, which is the coldest month in the year, is 15°C. This is a nice weather for outdoor activities, biking, picnics and long walks among the nature.
Moreover, the vegetation of Rhodes is evergreen, and even in the winter is a fresher. The minimum winter temperatures rarely fall below 10°C. The summers are long and hot.
The hottest month is August, when the daily temperatures are constantly more than 30°C. Overall, the rainfall is scarce all year around, but this fact does not apply to the winter months.
In January and February the precipitations are more than 100mm (150mm in January). Usually in July and August there is no any rain. From early April to late October the perfect beach weather is guaranteed.
Wonderful days for swimming and sun bathing there is even in November, though the weather is not so hot. At the end of November the weather starts cooling and the precipitations increase.
Of course, daily temperature of 20°C at the end of November can not disappoint almost anyone, provided that in many countries of Europe in this part of the year there is snowfalls.
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