Here are a few details you need to know about the Rhodes weather.
I had a day or two to relax upon coming to the island and decided to spend it on the beach and stroll around the town’s narrow streets. They say that on the eastern part of the island the Mediterranean Sea is usually peaceful with a wave or two. But the west coast (the Aegean side) is always too windy. If you are into surfing, you know where to go. The Rhodes weather is somewhat specific in general.
Since the town of Rhodes is right on the peak of the island, overlooking the Turkish coast (the Turkish resort of Marmaris is, for example, less than 45 kilometers away), you will always see a beautiful mountain range on the horizon. From this spot, you can go east or west and enjoy the island at your preference. This is also the line that separates the two seas.
There I was, walking from the Windy Beach towards the serene one, and it only took five minutes or so to get from one to the other. The famous beach with calm waters in the capital city is called Elli Beach.
Cafes and restaurants are lined up along the coast, offering sunbeds and refreshments. Since it’s not the peak of the season yet, sunbeds are still about five euros each, and you can have a coffee or a drink for two or three euros. You have already guessed that at Elli beach families with children are common, while the other one, more to the west, is almost deserted nowadays. But that is all to change soon because more and more tourists are coming every day. Also, Rhodes weather in June is quite pleasant and not as hot as in July and August.
Shopping and eating
The first thing they will tell you when you come here is that the place is safe and that the island is well-equipped and supplied with everything you need. The city is also well known for shopping and after large cruise ships arrive with more than 6,000 tourists, the goods that are left in stores are always on discount. There is a range of famous brands to choose from.
When it comes to food, fear not! So many colorful restaurants with traditional Greek cuisine, ouzo with meze, stuffed vegetables, souvlaki, gyros, etc. You can choose whether to sit and have souvlaki for about 7.5 euros (or a small plate for 5.5) or to have gyros to go for 2 to 2.60. Pastry, fresh fruit, nuts, olives, honey, seafood, you name it.
You will be called out by waiters to come in, no matter how many times you pass by the exact same place telling the guy that you have “just had lunch and were not interested in another one”. But then again, strolling through narrow Greek streets would not be the same without them.
“Take me to Rhodes”
The place is still not full (I’m writing this at the beginning of June), so it’s not that noisy and crowded. If you are into all-night clubs and bars, it would be better to come later in the season. But if you want to relax and enjoy these 30 degrees Celsius with a bit of wind, then make sure to come now because the Rhodes weather is just perfect in June. And let me tell you, Odeon World Travel Belgrade’s agency made it so easy. Instead of trying to find a good flight or a hotel deal, worrying about finding my accommodation after landing, and so on, I just booked a trip with them. They provided a charter flight, transfer from and to the airport, hotel booking, etc.
There are different hotels in Rhodes, some better and bigger than others, but there are so many that you can choose from according to your preferences and budget. And even though I knew I would work here every day, it did feel like a small vacation because I would let someone else take care of trip details this time. It felt like saying “take me to Rhodes, please”. And they did, with no drama whatsoever.
The yellow “chariot”
They say that prices in stores, car rentals, and island tours with local operators usually go up in July and August. Now, you can buy a large bottle of water for 0.60, rent a bike for 7 euros, a scooter for 12-15 per day, or a car for about 30-50. I was lucky enough to find Nikos and his Ruote Car Rental.
He provided me with such a cute yellow car for driving around the island, and I was telling myself that it wasn’t by accident that the small car is in the color of the sun or the Sun god. (Well, I did dedicate my first Rhodes post to Helios, didn’t I?)
Joking aside, it came to be really useful, since all the cars in often crowded parking lots around the island were gray, black, or white. And mine was easy to spot, that nice little Helios’ “chariot”.
Local travel agencies offer different tours around the island, and those are still not expensive, but one would have to be careful about the state boats or buses are in.
For example, the tour to the nearby Symi island now costs 25 to 30 euros with local agencies, but I heard that a few of those boats can get too old or neglected. This time I chose to go on a fast and comfortable boat, accompanied by a couple of experienced guides who know the place well.
Anyway, I stumbled upon a couple of guys I went to school with, and saw them again more than 10 years ago (they have guided tours in Tunisia back then). When planning to come here, I was told back in Belgrade not to worry about a thing, since “Ivana and Toma are going to be there all the time”. It did cross my mind that they might be the same Ivana and Toma I had coffee with in Sidi Bou Said the last time, but then I dismissed it. “It’s probably just a coincidence”, I thought.
At least I did until I came out of the airplane and went to the counter to ask about the transfer to the hotel – and there was Ivana. “You will see Toma later”, she said, “this is our third year here, don’t worry about anything, we’re here.”
And then I knew, this is going to be a lovely journey.
One of the next posts will be about the astonishing Old Town since we took a walking tour with Toma last week – a great stroll back in time.
Meanwhile, let me just dive back into another myth and celebrate one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
Next: THERE STOOD THE COLOSSUS
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isited Rhodes a few years ago and it is a beautiful island. Thanks for bringing back great memories.
So glad I did. 🙂 Love the diversity of the island, such a nice place.
Would go to Rhodes anytime. When I think of any Greek island, can’t help remembering “The Magus” by John Fowles.
Thanks for the informative post, photos and inspiration.
Thank you for stopping by, so glad it’s useful. 🙂
A Taste for Travel (@atastefortravel)
I’d love to return to Rhodes as I just stopped there on a cruise. The prices for food sound quite reasonable!
You didn’t have enough time then to see the city, not to mention the island itself. Well, next time, go to Rhodes and stay for a week or so, I know you’ll love it. 🙂
The Traveling Fool (@thetravelfool)
Looks beautiful. I love just taking time and walking around a place. You get to see so much more and meet some really great people.
I agree, and that’s the time one can actually refer to as a vacation, just strolling and looking around. 🙂
Didn’t have many chances travelling to Greece but since I might move closer to that part of the world….who knows.Sounds wonderful.
Thank you! 🙂
Bistra | The Magic of Traveling
Great story! Looks like you had the most out of your time in Rhodes!
Oh yes, covered it all! 😀 Thanks!
A Pair of Passports (@apairofpassport)
Rhodes sounds like such a lovely place! I absolutely love Greek food, so most definitely need to visit in the near future!
Somehow, it has always been hard for me to resist that souvlaki! 😛 😀
Thanks for this post! I am bookmarking it for later when planning my itinerary for Greece next summer!
Thanks, so glad it will be useful for you. 🙂
We did Chania instead of Rhodes last year – The cruise decided to change its course :)… I loved your pics and Rhodes probably seems like the place to try out next summer!
Oh yes, but not with a cruise, since there won’t be enough time to explore, not even the city itself. 😉 Come for few days more and you’ll see! 😀
Never been to Rhodes but you make it sound like such a fun place to visit!
It is, believe me! Stay tuned, since there are going to be posts on its mythology, history, but also various beaches around the island! 😉
Rhodes looks really nice. Adding it to my bucket list 🙂
Thanks for the great and informative post
So glad it’s helpful. 🙂
I am going to be honest.. I’ve actually never heard of this place! Thank you so much for showing me a destination I’ll have to add to my list 😀
It’s one of the most popular islands in Greece and it’s lovely, a lot to see and do. Hope you’ll get there soon! 🙂
Alina Linca Andrusaite
Yes, the Greek food is indeed nice, and not that expensive from what I remember. Though it was a shock for me that Greek salad is kind of fancy salad back home, but in Greece it’s just a few leaves and cheese 🙂
Heheh, it’s not just “few leaves”, it doesn’t have any leaves actually. 😀 But I know what you mean, it’s common in Greece – tomato, cucamber, olives, onions, cheese, origano, not fancy, just everyday dish. And I love it! 😛
Rhodes definitely looks alluring and the way you describe it, I can’t wait to experience all that fun. You must have had a wonderful time exploring this not so noisy island. 🙂
It’s not noisy for another week or two, and then it’s going to be crowded! 😀
Rhodes looks like such a cute island destination. I like the little blue lamp you took a picture of! So adorable! And those blue shutters! The car you were using is so cute, too. Great post!
Thank you, so glad you like it! 😀
My aunt used to go to Rhodes every year and absolutely loves it! Looks like you had an amazing time!
Oh, yes, it’s lovely, a lot to see and still, you can relax a bit on the beach. 🙂
Rhodes seems so dreamy! I’ve never been to Greece but it is definitely on my list. You make me really wanna get to this island!
So glad! And you should get there, it’s really lovely, so worth it. 🙂
I’ve heard about Rhodes before and you just explained very well. You’ve made it sounds a beautiful place that i should put it on my list! Love the pictures too
So glad you like the post. 🙂
And I really love the island, with beautiful beaches and so rich in history. Thank you so much! <3