city forms the capital of the Dodecanese group of Islands, and it is also the largest of all the Islands. Rhodes forms a separate municipality in the Rhodes Region and is located to the northeastern part of Greece
, to the southeastern part of Athens, and off the Turkish Coast. Also referred to as the Island of the Knights, the city is home to one of the wonders of the world - the Colossus of Rhodes and its old town has since been declared a World Heritage Site and has grown to become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destination.
Rhodes is home to the richest and deepest preservation of the history and development of its people visible through the ruins of the St. John knights and the history museum in the Grand Masters Palace. More history is preserved in the medieval Kamiros up the cliff where ruins of ancient development are held and in the Lindos Village as well.
The outdoors is open and fun up the hill in the Monastery of Filerinos amid beautiful parks and gardens, more at the Faliraki open beach with a vast number of water activities, and at Prasonisi where windsurfing is mostly done. Generally, the outskirts of Rhodes have scenic views owing to the sprawling mountain ranges and valleys to behold.
Rhodes, the stunning spearhead-shaped island, is made up of beautiful natural forests and vibrant harbors complete with an intricate road network and limestone as the primary bedrock. The island also has a hold of numerous spa resorts, as well as rich mineral springs for medicinal baths and treatments related to health.
Rhodes experiences a Mediterranean climate that is Köppen classified as Csa. The weather features warm to hot and moderately humid summers and mild, tolerable, and mildly frosty winters. Rainfall in Rhodes is moderate and is received mostly during the cold months; the warm months barely receive any rain.
During summer, from mid-May
, the temperature remains high during the day, reaching up to 31°C (87.8°F) or more and drops to a cold reading of 20.1°C (68.2°F) on average. Occasionally the temperature drops lower, especially at night and early mornings, and during the day it gets even hotter with the thirteen hours of sunshine. Rainfall is scarce in summer, with July
being the driest months, barely receiving any rainfall. With the extended daylight hours, life in Rhodes goes on normally until late into the night.
Winter runs from December
and brings a lot of cool and pleasant days to Rhodes. The temperature seldom goes below the freezing point, sticking to an average of 8°C (46.4°F) on the coldest nights and 18.3°C (64.9°F) on the warmest days. Rainfall is ample during winter, and most of it is received in December and January
, both months averaging 150mm (5.9") in precipitation readings and approximately fifteen and a half rainfall days. Winter enjoys up to five and a half sunshine hours per day, making it a lot warmer than expected.
The peak of the tourist period in Rhodes is between May and September, during summer. Outdoors is more enjoyable and the beaches remain busy with numerous activities and people basking around in the hot sun.