Rhodes is one of the Dodecanes islands of Greece and it is located to the southeast of the country's capital, Athens. It has a low population density, however, this figure increases especially during the summer months when tourists flock to its sandy beaches from all over the world. Because of its generally warm climate all year round, there are direct flight connections from the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
The main airport is the Rhodes International Airport also known as the Diagoras Airport. Flights to Rhodes can also land in the second airport which is the Marista Airport. Smaller charter planes and helicopters often land at the Kattavia airstrip.
The airlines which fly this route and offer direct flights include Thomson Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Jet 2 Airlines, and Jetairfly Airlines. Aegean Airlines offers an in-direct flight from Paris, with an interchange at the Athens International Airport. There are similar flight patterns of departures from Germany, Poland, and Denmark
Booking a plane ticket to Rhodes is the best option available because there is no road network linking mainland Greece to the Dodecanese islands. Even using a reliable bus service or a train, the trip must conclude at the mainland where travelers can board a ferry service to the island. It takes much longer and the ferries have specified departure times. A plane, on the other hand, is comfortable and much faster. The main airport is very central on the island, so onward travel is easy for passengers arriving in Rhodes.
Planning for accommodation beforehand is always a great idea and so is organizing the means to get there. The island has over 200 public and private buses and some 450 taxis and it gets a little hectic during rush hour. Motorbikes are a faster option especially during the summer months when most of the vehicles are in business and the traffic situation is a little less impressive. Among the notable attractions is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes which was built between the 7th century and 14th century by knights. It is currently a gothic style museum with numerous ancient artifacts from the medieval times.