Rhodes info - Rhodes National & Religious Holidays
Rhodes- an island in the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea surface 1,4 thousand s.q km, the largest of the Dodecanese Archipelago.
located on the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa, and
nowadays (only since 1947) remains within Greek borders. It is only 20km away
from the Turkish coast. The length of the island is 80km, and the widest point
it measures 40km. The coastline is 250km.
The highest peak is mountain Attaviros (1215m above the sea). The island has around 120.000 inhabitants, 60% of which lives in the capital- the town of Rhodes and the rest in 48 small villages and towns.
Main religion is the Orthodox Church -97,6% of the population. Remaining minorities are; Muslims; 1.5%, Catholics; 0.4%, Protestants; 0.1% and other 0.4%.
Health care in Rhodes is easily accessible. You have the right to medical services both in state and private hospitals. Pharmacies are called in Greece “Farmakion” and are marked by a red or a green cross.
Banks and currency
Since 1/1 2002 the monetary unit of Greece is Euro.
Banks are open from Monday - Friday 8 a.m – 2 p.m. There is well developed cashpoint network. You can use your debit – and creditcards.
Area code to Rhodes: 0030-22410..
Buses go to all towns and villages on the island. Timetable (frequent changes) can be obtained at the main terminal. The terminal is situated in front of the New Market (Nea Agora).
The other option on the island is to take a taxi. Fare prices to the main places are fixed. Price lists are put up at taxi ranks in main towns. Attention: the prices apply to fare, not per/passenger. For more info about taxiprices, read here
Rent a car/motorbike
There are many rental companies spread around the island. The prices start at 35 euro/day for a car and 12 euro for a motorbike. You must be 21 years old to rent a car.
Shops, opening hours
Shops are open from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, and from 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm. Shops in the Old Town and in the touristic resorts are open during the siesta time and late at night.The big supermarkets, situated outside Rhodes Town are opened from 08.00 am – 09.00 pm, without siesta. Some of them are also opened on Sundays.
Rhodes National & Religious Holidays
- January 1- 2 New Year’s Eve
- January 6 Epiphany Day
- “Clean Monday” Variable dates, the first day of the Lent
- March 7 The re-unification of the Dodecanese islands with Greece, 1947
- March 25 Greek Independence Day
- Good Friday Easter Sunday and Monday
- May 1 Labor Day and the Feast of the Flowers
- August 15 The day of Panagia (Virgin Mary)
- October 28 Ochi Day, celebrating the Greek refusal to let Italy occupy the country during the second World War
- November 7 Archangel Michael’s Day
- November 14 Constantine Hydraios Day, the Rhodes City Patron’s Day
- December 24-25 Christmas Eve
- World Tourism Day on 27th of September is celebrated with a party which lasts four days in the district of Theologos
- To celebrate 15th of August, at the magnificent church of Dormitron in Kremasti, there is one of the largest feasts on the island which lasts 9 days from 11th – 23rd August. It takes place in parallel with the Pan-Hellenic Handicrafts Fair. Every evening there are dances, theatrical performances, musical evenings, concerts with choirs and the philharmonic band, beach parties, backgammon, draughts and chess competitions while local cuisine is served up.
- Paradisi Festival on 12th – 17th of July is organized to coincide with the feast day of Agia Marina and includes dance shows, concerts by the local philharmonic band an d musical evenings
- At Maritsa on 6th of August the Monastery of the Transfiguration celebrates and on 7th November the patron saints, Archangels Michael and Gabriel are celebrated. Maritsa Festival is from 1st- 7thAugust. During this time concerts, dance shows and theatrical performances are staged.
- Pastida Festival id from 1st -7th September and Damatria Festival is from 11th-14th with various cultural events. On 13th of September a major celebration is held at Holy Cross Monastery Damatria. On 5th of December Agios Nikolaos is celebrated in Pastida. On 12th December Agios Spyridon is celebrated in Tholos. At all feasts the procession of the icons is done accompanied by the Municipality’s Philharmonic Band.
- During Carnival there is a major feast in the square of Maritsa on a day known as “Tsiknopempti” (roast meat Thursday) with abundant wine, dance and sleight of hand performances