The island of Rhodes is located 300 miles southeast of Athens and just 8 miles off the coast of Turkey. Rhodes, being far from the industrialised centers of Europe, is part of the Aegean Sea, one of the largest marine ecosystems in the world, made up of almost 3000 islands.
Accessibility over the years has become easier. Rhodes International Airport operates daily flights between Rhodes and major European destinations, either directly or via Athens International Airport, which is a 50-minute flight away. During the winter months, when direct charter flights do not operate services, Rhodes is connected to Athens with very frequent and reliable services.
Rhodes is a major harbour in the southeast Mediterranean with sea links to Athens, Crete and many Aegean islands as well as Turkey. Rhodes is also an important International Home Port for major cruise lines offering its visitors and residents the opportunity to embark on a cruise directly from the island. It also hosts a considerable number of yachts during the summer months in its marinas.
ADSL Digital accessibility is at extremely good levels with all locations on the island having high speed internet through ADSL telephone lines. Three mobile telephone networks cover 95% of all the island while satellite reception is ideal for the major european satellites.
Rhodes is renowned around the world for its natural beauty and landscape contrasts, from rock wild scenery to lush green valleys making the island quite special. Within a few kilometres the visitor can experience the emerald waters of the untouched beaches to the dense vegetation of its secular pinewood forests at high altitudes. Remote parts of those areas are rich with wildlife including the fallow deer (dama dama) and ghizani fish both endemic to the island since antiquity. The scenery of the island’s mainland is complete with plains and hills full of hundreds of olive groves and vineyards. Occasionally streams cross fields full of herbs and wildflowers or beautiful valleys such as the Seven Springs area or at the Valley of the Butterflies. Rhodes’ extensive coastline is a pleasant surprise to visitors and locals alike as one can discover a wealth of little coves, secluded bays, impressive capes, sandy beaches, islets and endless dunes. Large parts of Rhodes are protected by the Natura 2000 network ensuring mild tourism development while at the same time the low density of the island’s population (only 83 inhabitants per km2) are both contributing factors that the island’s rich ecosystem will be well preserved for future generations.
Rhodes has been embellished throughout the centuries by its many conquerors that left the footprints of their legacy in the numerous monuments around the island.
Monumental evidence of the legacies left by important civilisations complete the natural beauty of the island in a spectacular manner.
The Ancient Greeks and in particular the Dorians who appeared on the island before the Trojan War (1184) founded the famous cities of Rhodes, Lindos, Ialysos and Kamiros.
The Acropolis of Lindos, the Apollo’s Temple at the foothills of Rhodes, the Ancient Stadium and the Theatre below can be admired today.
The Knights of St. John that conquered Rhodes in 1309AD, left impressive evidence of their presence on the island and gave it much of the character that it still retains to this day. They built one of the most spectacular medieval cities of all times using engineering techniques very advanced for their time. Medieval castles such as the ones in Monolithos, Kritinia or Haraki are important landmarks in the Rhodian countryside.
A large number of mosques, residences, fountains and villages, mostly agricultural, are testimony to the 400 years of the Ottoman presence on the island.
Ultimately the Italians, that landed on the island in 1912 and stayed until the end of World War II, have marked their presence with impressive colonial buildings along the Mandraki promenade, romantic art deco homes in the City Centre and beautiful tree-lined roads and green parks.
Rhodes’ healthy climate has been known since the ancient times with historic reports mentioning the healing qualities of the island’s weather and its waters. Due to its location in the southeast of the Aegean Sea, as well as its rich vegetation, Rhodes developed its own micro climate which is unique in the world. Rhodes is one of the sunniest spots in Europe with an average of 300 days sunshine each year making it an ideal place to live. The yearly average temperature is 19.5° Celsius. The hottest months are July and August with a daily average of 26° and 27° Celsius, respectively. Rain is almost unheard of in the summer months, especially in July and August when monthly average rainfall is 0.1mm. During these months the western winds called meltemi, cool the air and make it much more pleasant to stay outdoors especially along the west coast of the island. Although rain is very rare during the summer, in the winter it is very common to have rain and sunshine in the same day.
Quality of Life
The warmth of the islanders and their relaxed pace of life are pleasantly contagious. Life in Rhodes is just great. In Rhodes, family and community life are important due to the deep rooted traditions and values of the Greek culture. This is easily reflected in the expressions of daily life. Neighbours and strangers smile and say hello to a passerby in the street offering whatever they may hold in their hands, be it fruit, bread, olive oil or sometimes even ouzo. Laughter and excitement can be heard from children of all ages playing outside in the evening, perfectly safe and free. Most enjoyable of all is that people care enough to stop should somebody need help.
Rhodes’ society is well known for being welcoming to foreigners. Hundreds of foreigners (mostly north Europeans) have chosen the island as their home since the 70’s enhancing the local community with their own cultures in an effortless merge of costumes and civilisations. The number of consulates and International associations in the City is testimony to the island’s multicultural society. People from all religions coexist peacefully. Although predominantly orthodox, the residents in Rhodes can celebrate openly their religious rituals in mosques, catholic churches or synagogues. On top of the great community living, life in Rhodes is so easy. Commuting to work is a pleasure as roads are always free of traffic, the beach is always there not more than five-ten minutes drive, health care is similar to that of a modern city and safety is a given as crime rates are the lowest in Europe.
Great Value for Money
The property market in Rhodes has solid foundations. Transactions and prices have seen stable growth since the beginning of the 70’s in line with tourism development on the island. The island enjoys a strong extrovert economy, acclaimed as one of the top tourist destinations in the world for the last 40 years. More than 1,700,000 tourists visit Rhodes every year, filling its modern hotels to full capacity. Rhodes’ property market has shown a remarkable resilience since the start of the world economic crisis in 2008. While classic second home destinations in the Mediterranean, such as Southern Spain and Cyprus have experienced a steep decline in their property markets, Rhodes has weathered the storm very well. For people that know the local economy and the dynamics of the island’s property market, this came as no surprise.
Limited Supply: The stock of houses for sale on the island has always been at normal levels. Unlike Spain, Cyprus or Ireland where local and international developers have created a massive building industry Rhodes’ development of second homes has grown on a limited scale. Second homes have been mostly built by small and medium sized family run companies. It is worth mentioning that throughout the island between 2001-2009 there has only been four development projects with not more than 25 houses each!
Classic Demand: The beauty of the island, its rich heritage, the healthy weather and the authentic Greek lifestyle have been and will continue to stimulate the demand for a home in Rhodes. The internet revolution, the mobile communications, satellite televisions and cheaper flights are making it easier to relocate without feeling isolated. Rhodes’ land registry together with the island’s strict building regulations are a guarantee for an easy and safe purchase procedure.
Value for Money: Rhodes’ prices are great value for money compared to the rest of the Mediterranean.