The largest and southern most island in the Greek Dodecanese island group is Rhodes, also known as ‘the island of the sun’.
Rhodes in the eastern Aegean Sea, boasts a mixture of ancient culture and natural beauty and enjoying one of the longest seasons of all the Greek destinations, with over 300 days of sunshine per year. From its Medieval cobbled Old Town in the North, to the small Greek villages in its interior and lively beach resorts on its shores - history buffs, beach-goers and explorers alike flock here to enjoy the splendour of a holiday in Rhodes. Filled with ancient, Hellenistic and Medieval historical gems, tasty tavernas and olive groves, this spearhead-shaped island is much closer to Turkey than the Greek mainland but is still gloriously Greek. A healthy tourist trade has brought with it all the amenities you could wish for in a comfortable holiday, as well as a nightlife that can get very vibrant in places.
Vistors to our Rhodes Resort, Levante Beach will enjoy sun filled days on the beach, or active days on the water with a watersport centre with a range of equipment for all abilities.
Venture a little further from this modern resort and you are 20 kilometres from Rhodes Town with picturesque little villages, heavenly scented pine and cypress forests and miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches.
As in other parts of Greece, Rhodians are of Greek Orthodox faith and love to celebrate their patrons, saints and key religious events like Easter with food, music and traditional dancing. Cultural events are often historically themed and take place in historical locations.
As you would expect from a major tourist destination, food on Rhodes is super varied and offers something for fussy eaters and more adventurous foodies alike. From simple fast food fare to gourmet dining, international cuisine or typical Greek dishes like Moussaka and Tzatziki, it’s all here. Because the Rhodes soil is so rich, many of the traditional Greek dishes here are based on fresh vegetables, olive oil and local herbs and spices.
Mezedes: Typically Greek, small portioned dishes which are shared as starters, lunch or dinner. They consist of things like stuffed vine leaves (dolmades), dips (tzatziki, taramasalata) and fried feta (saganaki).
Rouzetia with Skordalia: Small fried fish eaten whole and served with garlic sauce. These fish are only found around Rhodes.
Hilopities: Delicious handmade egg pasta, usually accompanied by tomato sauce or meat.
Pitaroudia: Found all over Rhodes, but particularly in Afandou village, plump chick pea fritters made with onions, tomatoes, mint and of course, olive oil.
Casserole meat dishes: With onions and potatoes in earthenware pots are another famous speciality of Afandou village.
Rhodian honey: Famous for being high in antioxidants and is used in many sweet desserts.
With so much sun and fertile soil, there’s a rich viniculture in Rhodes and trying some of its local wines (for example CAIR) can add to your experience while saving you some money too.
Ouzeries are a mixture of a bar and a taverna, based around the Greek national liquor, Ouzo. Greeks very rarely drink alcohol unless accompanied with food and these establishments offer mezedes, as well as beer and wine. Mythos, the local Greek beer, is loved by locals and tourists alike.
The tap water on Rhodes is spring water and is safe to drink. Restaurants will also serve it upon request.
To say the weather is Rhodes is beautiful would be an understatement. With average daily temperatures in the high 20s, and practically no rainfall from June to August, it is the ultimate example of perfect summer holiday weather.
Long hot days you can spend by the pool give way to mild evenings with slight breezes that make any al fresco dining experience around sunset just perfect.
You can expect an average of 14 hours of sun per day in the summer months, and with sea temperatures in the low 20s too, days by the surf at Levante Beach Resort can be blissful. Even well in to September and October, an average daily temperature of 23°C has Mark Warner guests making the most of the autumn sun.
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