Faliraki, 85100, Greece
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Standing in the courtyard
Harbour of Rhodes
Taxi from the airport
Can anyone advise on the price of a taxi from the airport to Rhodes town, please. I am arranging a trip for my mother. Would also be glad of any ideas for a one night stay - not too expensive, possibly in the old town, before she catches the ferry to Nisyros the next day. Thank you
Re: Taxi from the airport
We were there 3 months ago, 16 Euros to the city, approx 20 to 25 minutes depending on traffic. Some turn metre on, others don't. On our departure trip the meter was on, he picked up another passanger along the way and dropped them off( got 5 Euro) then delivered us to airport 20 Euros but we travelled a different route. Some charge for luggage.
Taxi from the airport
Last summer I was in Rhodes and I have taken a taxi to get me to the aiport.If I do remember well, I should have paid around 20 or 25 euros.Do not be afraid, no taxi driver is going to cheat you, because at the taxi station, there is a big board with all the taxi destinations and their respective fares.Once you have noticed that board, you know very well what you should expect to pay.That is the reason that they do not have to put on the meter: the price is already fixed!
Rhodes is wonderful!
Travel Tips for Rhodes (Island)
butterflies, butterflies and a small river
You have to visited the butterfly valley. Not that is very spectacular but is famous in Rhodes. There is only one kind of butterfly in the Valley but the Valley itself is very beautiful with a little river and waterfalls.
The building of the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodos was built during the period 1934-36. In 1937, under the Italian rule, used to be operated as the Reale Istituto di Ricerce Biologiche di Rodi tilll 1945, when it was renamed "Hellenic Hydrobiological Institute" following to the union of the Dodecanese with Greece.
Nowadays, the Institut operates as an Aquarium, a Museum as well as a Research Centre.
Kos Street, 851 00
Embonas. Small town inland...
Embonas. Small town inland off the western shore of Rhodes. Wonderful little town with just a few streets. I have been there several times and recommend it to anyone wanting to see more of the small town Greece instead of the madhouses of the shore side holiday towns.
This dusty mountain village has a lovely Byzantine church filled with magnificent frescoes. The foundations of the Church of the Dormition are ancient, dating from 1060. Amongst the saints and figures painted on the walls I spotted the Archangel Michael, Saint Nicholas and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
A note on visiting churches: modesty reigns! Don't go prancing in fresh from the beach as women should cover their shoulders and men shouldn't wear shorts (we kept trousers in the car). Photography is frowned upon (but I snuck a couple, I couldn't resist--without a flash, because you have to treat frescoes like any other art).
A small folklore museum next door in a former olive press has some more icons and religious artefacts plus some farm implements and homeware to give you an idea of local life. I think admission to this museum was one euro.
There are lovely views from the pebbled courtyard of the church. There's a ruined fortress higher up above the town although it didn't look worth visiting on its own. It certainly looked like a rough track to walk up, although from there you could take in what is probably a superb view of the coast. Otherwise there's nowt much else to see locally, but it's a worthwhile detour for a half hour or so if you're passing by.
There's only one way into Asklepio and that's to look for the turn-off from the main coastal road at the small resort of Kiotari. The road up into the hills and to Asklepio is fine, plus there's a shaded car park adjacent to the church.
Some options for getting around
Depending on where you're staying and what you want to see, you could easily get by without a car.
If you're in Rhodes Town there are daytrips by ferry to Turkey and Symi, excursion boats and coaches to take you around the island, plus taxis to hire and a bus service. However, even in a shoulder season like early October we noticed the bus was standing room only. Maybe they run more often in the summer, otherwise I can't see how they would cope.
If you're in one of the resorts there will be a local bus service to take you up and down the coast or into Rhodes. There are also travel agencies who can book you onto a group excursion if you tire of the beach. Car rental is easy to find and fairly cheap in the resorts (from 30 euro a day). I would warn you though that the economy cars have hardly any horsepower for tackling what can be tricky inland roads. But it beats riding a donkey.
If you're shifting luggage around the island you will want to hire a taxi instead of taking the bus, although a taxi cost us 10 times as much (4 euro bus trip vs 40 euro taxi ride from Pefki to Rhodes Harbour). Be sure to book your taxi for a long journey the day before, especially if you're needing to get anywhere on a Wednesday as it's the changeover day.
Some ideas for travelling around the island:-
Siana...lovely mountain village famous for its honey and firewater
Monolithos...dramatic castle ruins next to the sea
Glifada beach...no sand but a great taverna
Kattavia...quiet backroads village
Asklepio...beautiful church with small museum
Mountain drives...great views to enjoy
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