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Rhodes has the longest season of any of the Greek islands as it is one of the southern most islands, and it generally lasts from the beginning of April until the end of November. With an abundance of things to see, you'll have plenty to do in the off season, and while known as a resort island, the City of Rhodes doesn’t entirely close down for the winter. Some shops, restaurants and hotels are open throughout the year.
The hottest time of the year is, of course, summer. And the heat in July and August might be too much for some. This is when the youth of Europe head to Rhodes amazing beaches. But even in the hottest days of summer you’ll find plenty of places to sit in the shade, while you cool off at a café. April and May, as well as September and October are considered the most ideal times to visit as you still get warm and sunny days, and warm nights with pleasant island breezes.
Getting to the island in the off months from December to March can be a little tricky. The ferries only travel in good weather, and unless you have a strong stomach the trip by water can be a bit much for some visitors. There are flights to and from Rhodes throughout the winter, but you have to go via Athens. It is better to try and book both flights (e.g. London to Athens, Athens to Rhodes) through the same airline. If your first flight is delayed and you miss the follow-on flight from Athens, the airline will cover this and get you on their next available flight free of charge. This won't be the case if you have booked with two different airlines. The weather isn’t exactly cold in Rhodes during the winter months, but it is likely too chilly to swim. This can be a good time to explore the island’s numerous historic sites when there are far fewer tourists.