The Greek island of Rhodes is small, and you can cross it in two hours. However, it is more fun to do it leisurely and tastefully by a hire car.
The island of Rhodes has gorgeous beaches, from prestigious Anthony Quinn Bay and Ladiko Beach (where you'll pay €8 for a sun lounger and umbrella) to small half-wild beaches in sheltered bays with clear water.
Among the famous sights of Rhodes are Seven Springs (Epta Piges), Tsambika Monastery, town of Lindos that mostly consists of small shops and taverns offering Greek cuisine (it is also the only place where you can get into a traffic jam on the whole island), Church of St. Pantaleon in Siana, surfing paradise in Prasonisi, and renowned Petaloudes Valley (Butterfly Valley).
With a vehicle, you’ll visit all the places you want to see.
Documents and insurance
To hire a car in Rhodes, you will need:
- ID or passport
- Driver’s license
- Credit card
You can rent a vehicle when you are over 25 years old and have at least 3 years of driving experience.
By default, car rental companies offer Third-Party Liability Insurance (TPL) or Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). If that is not enough for you, you can purchase Theft Protection (TP), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), etc.
Car hire in Rhodes also requires a deposit.
Parking in Rhodes
A good reason to rent a car in Rhodes is hassle-free parking. There are paid and free parking facilities but the majority of parking spaces are free.
There's a free parking lot or a place where you can easily park your car near most landmarks.
The average price for automotive fuel is €1.7 per litre.
There are many fuel stations where you can refill the fuel tank without leaving your vehicle. You just drive to a fuel dispenser and hand money to the station attendant.
Traffic rules in Rhodes
Some road regulations differ from those used in “continental” Greece. For example, the speed limit on most highways is 50mph (80km/h). In urban areas, you must not exceed the maximum speed limit of 25mph (40km/h). There are traffic enforcement cameras and warning traffic signs.
Use extra caution when driving on mountain roads, watch out for ferrets crossing the road and even goats that can appear out of nowhere.
Mobile service in Rhodes
The cellular coverage is available practically everywhere, although it not always 4G, therefore please think twice before you buy an expensive SIM card with high-speed data because the fast connection can be unavailable at your destination.
There’s free Wi-Fi at the airport, most shopping malls, restaurants, and hotel lobbies.