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Rhodes Island Greece is steeped in history, boasts 300 days sunshine a year and Is one of the most popular of the Greek beach holiday Islands. Rhodes lies at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain that skirts the Turkish coast. Many resorts are devoted to package tourism but Rhodes is big enough to take all types of travellers — from beach holiday families to independent backpackers.

Medieval Rhodes

Plans to launch a tourist train through the historic centre of medieval Rhodes have been derailed. But a scheme to run a tourist train through a popular butterfly valley have been given the go-ahead.

Acropolis at Lindos Rhodes

One of the most popular tourist attraction in Lindos Rhodes is to get new lighting to make it more attractive for visitors and to help out nesting birds. The Acropolis of Lindos attracts thousands of day trip visitors.

Lindos castle and beach Rhodes

Hotel owners on the holiday island of Rhodes are delighted at a 15% surge in airlines booking slots at the island airport as the 2013 Rhodes tourist season gets under way. Rhodes airport reports an early rise in the number of airline arrivals.

Greek island goats

Sheep and goat breeders on the Greek islands are in despair as a deadly virus sweeps through their flocks. Greek livestock farmers have reported outbreaks of bluetongue in Kos, Rhodes and other islands.

Wildfire outbreaks across Greek Islands

It's that time of year again and wildfires have broken out all over the Greek Islands with the biggest outbreaks on the islands of Rhodes, Hydra, Zakynthos, and Crete near Chania. A state of emergency has been declared on Rhodes . . .

Lindos beach on Rhodes

UK holidaymakers are booking more holidays in Rhodes as fears of economic problems in Greece fade. Latest figures show UK visitors up 7.5% in the first three months of 2012 against the same period last year. Germans are also returning . . .

Rhodes castle a major attraction

Holidays in Rhodes are more popular than ever this year with more than 2.5 million holidaymakers forecast to visit Rhodes in 2011. Tourism experts say holiday visitors to Rhodes will break all records this year if the seasonal trend continues . . .

Ryanair may axe winter flights

Tourism leaders are alarmed at reports that cheap flight airline Ryanair could axe out-of-season flights to the Greek holiday islands of Rhodes and Kos. Rumours of the suspension of late season cheap holiday flights to the Greek islands . . .

Tsambika beach on Rhodes

Port authorities in Rhodes are to crack down on activities that could cause problems or inconvenience to holiday visitors arriving in Rhodes. Street traders, room owners and others who pester tourists arrivals face tough action from the police . . .

Old Town gateway Rhodes

Gangs of street beggars in the historic city of Rhodes, Greece, could drive away Greek island holiday tourists, city authorities have been warned. The Rhodes Hotel Association warns that the Medieval city, a World Heritage Site . . .

Tsambika beach on Rhodes

Tax officials have raided beach sunbed operators on a Rhodes beach in a tough crackdown on tax evasion. Officials from the Special Audit Office (SDOE) carried out early morning raids on sunbed operators on Tsambika beach on Rhodes . . .

Rhodes marina

Passenger traffic through the post of Rhodes, Greece rose by around 12,000 last month, according to immigration officials. A total of 98,889 passed through the ports in June compared to 86,629 in the same period last year . . .

Greek island cruise ship

Rhodes plans to tempt giant luxury cruise lines to use the port to launch Mediterranean cruises in an attempt to boost the island economy. The move follows disappointment that a major cruise operator ruled out Rhodes as a suitable port . . .

Poisonous puffer fish

Bathers in Greek Islands' holiday resorts and other Mediterranean tourist hotspots are warned to be on the lookout for a poisonous puffer fish.

Greek island cruise ship

Port authorities in the Greek Islands predict a rise in cruise ship visits in 2011 of up to 15% following the lifting of restrictions. Under new laws passed recently, international cruise companies can now embark and disembark . . .

Rhodes castle a major attraction

Rhodes looks poised to make a bid to extend the summer season and bring in more holiday visitors out of season. The moves were discussed at a meeting of the Association of Directors Hotel Rhodes.

Artists impression of new marina

Having got ropes snagged more times than I can remember it's good to hear that the new marina is to open shortly in Rhodes.  After years in the making and delays that could only happen in Greece, the £60m marina complex is expected to open . . .

Poster for Zorba the Greek

Since the 1960s, Greece and the Greek Islands have set the scene for any number of international and Hollywood movies that helped put Greece on the holiday map.

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