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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Rhodes

When to go

Rhodes famously gets more sun than any of the other Greek islands and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. With such a warm Mediterranean climate it is little surprise that this island is one of the most visited holiday destinations in Greece. July and August are Rhodes' busiest times - and also its hottest months, with temperatures averaging out at 28°C. Cool breezes often blow over the island, relieving some of the heat, but rain clouds are almost unheard of in the summer so make sure to bring a hat and some sun cream.

If you're staying on the north side of the island during your holidays in Rhodes, bear in mind it's a lot cooler here and temperatures usually drop by between 10 and 20 degrees in the evening. It's a good idea to bring a cardigan or jumper with you when you head out for the day.

There are fewer tourists circulating in the off season, which last between November and March and is a prime time for finding cheap holidays to Rhodes. The weather in this period is still relatively warm, with averages of around 15°C, if you're looking to do a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling this is a great time to visit. One thing to be aware of is that some restaurants and bars will be closed over the winter months, so do your research before booking.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card - EHIC - before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you are visiting Rhodes specifically to take part in sports - including hiking - or watersports, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Greece but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Rhodes is easily accessible by hire car, public buses and taxis. If you want to check out the surrounding towns and cities one of the cheapest ways is by hopping on a bus route. There's a good bus service in operation around the island and tourist offices and hotel concierges will be able to show you the nearest bus stop and give you a list of times. Usually within the city you can expect to pay as little as one euro, although longer trips to more remote destinations can cost up to 20 euros.

Taxis are a slightly more expensive way to travel, but they are available throughout the island and most have set fares for one-way trips. Cab drivers also speak a decent level of English and know where all the most popular tourist destinations are located.

Cars and motorbikes can be rented in Rhodes as long as you have the relevant license. There are numerous care hire places around the island including larger international companies. If you're planning on travelling far, renting a car is a great option - some of the smaller local companies will only charge 40 euros a day.

Hotel shuttles are available as well as taxis, buses and car hire companies to get you to your next destination, and you'll find that airport transfers are included in most Greece package holidays.

Advice for travellers with children

Rhodes is a family-friendly island with plenty to see and do for travellers with children. The island is said to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and kids will love playing in the sand and joining in on some of the watersports on offer, which often include banana-boating and snorkelling.

Rhodes also has some fun day trips out including the Faliraki Waterpark with its crazy slides, as well as the Marine Aquarium in Rhodes Town. The capital city, Rhodes Town, also has some fantastic historical ruins and cobble stone streets that make for excellent exploration.

Electricity

Connector type: In general, round two-pin plugs

Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50Hz

Emergency services

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.

British consulate

If you are a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate.

Address: 29 Gr. Lambraki Street, 85 100 Rhodes, Greece

Email: Rhodes@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +30 22410 22005

Hospital

Rhodes General Hospital (State Hospital)

Address: Agii Apostoli, Rhodes 85100, Greece

Tel: (0030) 22410 80000