Hiring a boat in Rhodes is the ideal way for you to explore the coastline and the neighboring islands. Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece with a rich historical past and is linked with a strong romantic nature with its rare natural beauty. There is copious amounts of sunshine and numerous beaches with an abundance of marinas where you can find the ideal yacht, sailboat or catamaran of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal boat or allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of available options for sailing:
You have the opportunity to hire a sailboat or a speedboat with a skipper or without if you own a licence, and enjoy an one-day cruise to the nearby island of Alimia or Chalki. If you are under a limited time constraint and want to visit many places at once, the ideal type of vessel for you is a motorboat for day trips to further destinations such as Tilos and Symi. You can simply book and hire a catamaran to throw a birthday or even your bachelor/bachelorette party with your group. Finally, with a luxury sailboat or traditional yacht you can reach even further islands such as Fethiye or Marmaris in Turkey where you can submerge yourself in a different culture and experience.
Rhodes is globally recognized for its timeless traditions and it’s cosmopolitan and contemporary nature. Rhodes will most certainly capture your heart with its wealth of attractions and history. The old town of Rhodes is the best preserved medieval settlement and has been included and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The street of the knights is a charming street of Rhodes which represents palatial residences of 7 different nationalities and will make you gasp in wonder. Walking in the cobble streets, you cannot miss the chance to visit the Palace of the Grand Master which stands as the centerpiece of the walled town, this significant landmark was in fact used as the last line of defense to protect the village during the Byzantine empire. The time capsule that exists within the imposing walls of Rhodes from the past that stand still to the present has symbolized the old town as the ‘coat of arms’, and is one of the very reasons why you must visit this wonder of the world during your summer holidays.
The bronze wonder of the ancient world, The Colossus of Rhodes, at some point stood at the entrance of the city’s harbor. The ships would sail under the feet of the statue of the sun-god Helios and at night the passage was closed with a gargantuan chain. One of the most important archaeological sites in Rhodes is the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, standing 116m above sea level and surrounded by the walls of the knights. Here you will get to see the impressive Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, featuring the 4th century village of Lindos which is Built on a spectacular hilltop above an earlier temple and remains to be the most popular village of the island.
If you are a lover of the sea or a so-called ‘thalassophile’ (from the Greek words filos and thalassa), the island of Rhodes will reward you with a variety of beaches that have a unique beauty and they can be toured by a simple boat charter. Kiotari beach offers daily cruises along the east coast of Rhodes and you can reach the famous beach of Prasonisi which has emerald waters where windsurfers and lovers of watersports can’t seem to get enough of. Anthony Quinn is also a renowned beach where you can spend a leisure day sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling with a catamaran. The beach is 250 meters long and 10 meters wide and in fact, a Mexican actor known as Anthony Quinn bought this private bay and region hoping to create an international center for film-makers and artists. For a romantic cruise in Rhodes you can make several stops to beaches such as Afandou where you can proceed to the Kalithea springs which is known for its spa since ancient times for its therapeutic properties. You can also set sail to St. Paul’s Bay for a lazy day cruise in Lindos, the bay has two beaches that are both very nice for relaxing and you can stop for lunch at a restaurant where you can taste traditional greek food including Aubergine Burek, Grilled Octopus, Fried Zucchini and fried meatballs. Setting out from Kolymbia which is 21km from the town of Rhodes, you can tour the scenic beaches of Agia Agathi, Kokkini Ammos (red sand) and the famous Tsambika beach with a speedboat. Vliha, Mavros Kavos and Trianta are also fantastic beaches with crystal-clear waters that you can add to your list during your Rhodes excursions.
You also have the opportunity to book a full day cruise to Halki island or enjoy a trip from Rhodes to Symi by boat. Chalki (or Halki) is an island with an authentic Greek character that very much resembles the colorful houses that Symi displays. Do not miss the chance to visit Agia Thekla where you can stop for a lovely swim as it has been awarded a top spot in the Dodecanese islands. On the southern tip of Symi, Panormitis harbor offers great shelter for all types of yachts and has the monastery of Archangel Michael standing in the middle of the bay as one of the largest shrines of orthodoxy all over Greece. Finally, for an interesting Rhodes sailing itinerary you can combine your trips with Symi with Fethiye or Marmaris in Turkey where you can immerse in a new oriental atmosphere. Fethiye is a touristic town with lots of shopping opportunities, restaurants and amazingly low prices at the Grand Bazaar that make it a great way to top off your journey with some souvenirs you can bring back home with you.
If you get a glimpse of the map, lay your eyes on Rhodes and you will notice that there are many picturesque villages far from those near the shore. The villages of Rhodes seem to be hidden almost on purpose and are in fact secret gems of the island. The village of Embonas with its famous wines and local costumes, the village of Apollona with it’s impressive folklore museum, the mountainous village of Agios Isidoros that has a height of 532m, the village of Archangelos which has a long tradition in ceramics and music, Afandou which is the island’s weaving tapestry hub, Lardos with it’s Byzantine castles, Kritinia with the castle of Kastellos, Salakos with its many sources, Ialyssos with it’s museum of mineralogy and paleontology, Asklipio with the Byzantine Church and Eleousa with its Venetian buildings and taverns.
Rhodes has some picturesque marinas from which you can hire your ideal yacht:
Rhodes Marina: One of the most impressive marinas of the Mediterranean which is only 14km away from the airport. The marina offers top quality and services to private and commercial boats and has a capacity of 600 berths. All types of boats are moored in a friendly yet professional and secure manner for all yacht owners.
Mandraki Marina: situated in the old town of Rhodes and here sailors can enjoy the ancient mystique of the colossal. The marina is situated 30km away from the airport by car and connects islands in Greece with those in Turkey such as Marmaris. A great marina for mooring with a capacity of 120 berths, easy to spot thanks to the medieval castle sitting above the hill.
Akantia Port: Serves as the largest commercial port of Rhodes
Faliraki Harbour: a small but pretty marina with several fish restaurants aside. May have a few spaces to accommodate vessels more suitable in the range of 20 to 30 feet in size.
Access to Rhodes
Airport: Diagoras international Airport with a distance 13km from the west coast. Direct fights connect Rhodes to Athens and Thessaloniki daily.
There are ferry routes from Piraeus to Rhodes. The intermediate stops of the routes are the Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos and Kos islands while the journey lasts approximately 12 hours.
There also ferry connections to other Dodecanese islands and Crete.
Transport: Buses operate from Rhodes to Lindos with 20 routes a day at various times. Buses make stops to most beaches and covers the island efficiently.
Many pharmacies around the island.
In all the towns, villages, resorts and all the islands of Dodecanese.
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