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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.

Afandou golf course
Rhodes golf course

Plans to sell off the island-run golf course in the Rhodes resort of Afandou have sparked outrage. Islanders fear the sale to developers could mark the end of public access to the beach at Afandou.

Old Town gateway Rhodes
Alarm at beggars

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 . . .

Rhodes castle a major attraction
Best season

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 . . .

homson Boeing737 manchester
Brits first on Rhodes

Rhodes is set to spearhead the Greek Island tourist invasion later this month when the first charter plane lands at Rhodes' Diagoras Airport. The Boeing 757 from Manchester is expected to land at around 8.15pm on March 28 - the first of 2015.

Ryanair may axe winter flights
Cheap 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 . . .

rhodes storm
Islands suffer winter storms

The sun-kissed island of Rhodes may be a blaze of sunshine during the peak summer holiday season but this winter is one of the worst ever with torrential downpours and floods.

Kolymbia harbour Rhodes
Kolymbia chaos

Bewildered holidaymakers on a visit to the holiday resort of Kolymbia on the Greek island of Rhodes are going round in circles. It's all thanks to a new one-way road traffic system that is causing chaos.

Acropolis at Lindos Rhodes
Lindos lights

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.

Rhodes marina
Dock in Rhodes

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 . . .

villa de vechi rhodes
Mussolini villa goes on sale

A Greek luxury holiday villa Villa de Vecchi on Rhodes, built for the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, has been put on the open market after lying derelict for more than 50 years

Poisonous puffer fish
Poison fish alert

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

Tsambika beach on Rhodes
Rhodes acts to protect tourists

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 . . .

Tsambika beach on Rhodes
Beach clean-up

Thousands turned out to give thebeaches of Rhodes a massive clean-up in time for the 2013 tourist season. Organisers were astonished at the number volunteers who turned up for a 'Let's Do It Greece' beach resort cleaning day.

Rhodes castle a major attraction
Rhodes traders

The city mayor of Rhodes has pledged to crack down on illegal street traders over the summer holiday season in Rhodes. Many say the traders add extra local colour to the street scene in old Rhodes where thousands of tourists are attracted to the medieval buildings.

Lindos castle and beach Rhodes
Rhodes a hit with Russians

Latest figures reveal a major reversal of the tourism landscape in Rhodes with more Russian visitors arrivals than any other country, including former table toppers Britain and Germany

Locust
Rhodes locusts

Tourists probably wouldn't find fighting off locusts one of the highlights of abeach holiday on Rhodes. Local farmers too are particularly concerned at the 'biblical' danger to crops if their numbers get too high.

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