Rhodes (Rodos) (English: Rhodes, Greek: Ρόδος Ródos) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that is part of the Dodecanese. The Dodecanese forms a region of Greece (Europe). Rhodes is located off the coast of Turkey. The capital of Rhodes is the homonymous Rhodes (Rhodes City). A number of major cities on Rhodes are: Ialysos, Afantou, Faliraki and Kalithies. See existingcountries for 10 best medical schools in Europe.
Rhodes is a green and hilly island that is best known for its old center. Within the impressive city walls of Rhodes you will find many old buildings and you can also visit the many shopping streets, bars, restaurants and the old port. Rhodes Town is also included in the World Heritage List. In addition to visiting Rhodes town, many tourists also come for the rocky coastline with the many sand and pebble beaches and clear blue water. On these beaches you can sunbathe but also practice excellent water sports. The island is also known for the seventh wonder of the world “the Colossus of Rhodes”. This is a 30 meter high bronze statue that stood at the beginning of the harbor of Rhodes.
Where is Rhodes?
Travel information of Rhodes
Official name: Rhodes
Area: 1,398 km²
Capital: Rhodes (Rhodes city, Rhodes)
Country code: GR, GRC
Population: 115,290 inhabitants (2011)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,215 m (Attavyros)
Distance (Amsterdam – Rhodes): 2,525 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Rhodes that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Rhodes, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Rhodes. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Rhodes?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Rhodes at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Rhodes has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 to 15 degrees and in the summer months around 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Rhodes can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Rhodes can be found at Climate info.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Rhodes. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Greek is the official language on Rhodes. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Greek for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Greece: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Rhodes.
Money and Currency matters
On Rhodes you pay with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Rhodes can be found on our ATMs page.
The prices on Rhodes are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -22% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (18% cheaper), food (1% cheaper), imported beer in catering (8% cheaper), cigarettes (35% cheaper) and public transport (30% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Rhodes it is customary to tip, even if this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.
On Rhodes it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on Rhodes is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Rhodes can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Rhodes you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Rhodes.
Information about public transport in Rhodes can be found on Ando.gr.
An overview of all ferry connections between the various Greek islands can be found on GTP.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Rhodes.
On Rhodes the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Rhodes can be found on our electricity page (look under Greece).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 100
– Fire: 112 or 199
– Ambulance: 112 or 166
The water from the tap is drinkable, but due to the high chlorine content in many places, we recommend drinking bottled water.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Rhodes can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Rhodes can be found on Abyznewslinks (under Notio Aigaio).
Rhodes websites end in.gr.
Rhodes official websites: rodosisland.gr and visitgreece.gr.
The country code (international access code) to call someone on Rhodes is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Rhodes? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Rhodes Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Rhodes.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Rhodes.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Rhodes.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Rhodes can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Greece (Rhodes) in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Rhodes, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Rhodes?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Rhodes. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Rhodes can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Rhodes can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Rhodes? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Rhodes, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Rhodes, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Rhodes.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5 for cars and 0.2 for motorcycles and novice drivers up to 2 years old.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know…
…Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece?
…In Rhodes stood 1 of the 7 wonders of the world?
…Rhodes has an average of 260 days of sunshine per year?
…Rhodes was voted the best travel destination in 2008?
…Rhodes city is the most touristic city in Greece?