As one of the Aegean’s most developed tourist islands, Rhodes may not be your first choice for a walking holiday. But look a little closer, back from the tourist beaches and built-up areas, and you’ll find trails and tracks aplenty.
Rhodes and the other 11 main Dodecanese Islands are just the mountian tops of far larger landmasses, currently buried beneath the Aegean Sea.
With a climate ranging from temperate to dry tropical, this island chain serves up a long summer period and cooler spring and autumns that may suit walkers better.
With thousands of windswept islands, warm Mediterranean water, and countless coves, bays, lagoons, and beaches, windsurfing in Greece you’ll enjoy European destinations that are unmatched in terms of their beauty.
The sport exploded in the region in the mid 1990s and has really gained popularity since.
Especially strong throughout the summer months, wind in the region is the product of recurring opposing pressure systems over Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. The resulting Meltemi winds help create some of the most ideal windsurfing locations along the Greek coastline.
And here are the best 10 for you to check out:
Work week got you down? Jonesing for some wind and waves when your local spot is flat and listless? Searching for last minute holidays in Europe can range everywhere from exciting to excruciating.
Some places need to know you’ll be arriving months in advance. Other hotels offer incredible rates to fill their unreserved rooms in the coming weeks.
But in order to stumble upon a sweet deal you’ll need to focus on a destination first. After all, you are going primarily for the windsurfing and will be spending your days out on the water.
So here’s 5 best spots for last minute windsurfing holidays Europe has to offer. Get packing!
Officials in the Greek island of Rhodes have predicted that this year will see a huge rise in visitor numbers.
Tourists visiting Greece and the Greek islands have many options when it comes to entertainment, with a yacht charter in Greece among the many things to do.
With rising visitor numbers expected, there could be a rise in holidaymakers taking a yacht charter or flotilla in Greece while on the Island of Rhodes or from the mainland.
The prediction comes as bookings show that Rhodes will be visited by more than 600 cruise ships by the end of the year.
The 600-plus ships will bring more than 700,000 tourists to the island – almost 25% up on the figure for last year.
In 2010 539 cruise ships docked in Rhodes, seeing 561,000 visitors head onto the island.
Figures for last month show that visitor numbers were up 42% on those recorded 12 months earlier – from 11,802 to 19,256.
Policy changes introduced by the Greek government have had a positive effect on the Rhodes cruise industry.
Britons on yacht charters in Greece this summer will be able to enjoy the benefits of a new 100 million euro (£88 million) marina opening on the island of Rhodes.
It is hoped that the marina, which is based on the east side of the island, will become a tourist destination as well as provide relief to the congestion often builds up at the island’s only yacht harbour.
Scheduled to open by June, the marina is due to become fully operational by 2012, and will be able to accommodate the newest ‘mega-yachts’ as well as more than 400 vessels.
People on sailing holidays will be able to stock up on necessary goods using the onshore shops, as well as enjoy the restaurants, cafes and spa.
A ring road connecting the island’s international airport to the marina is also under construction, and is currently 70% complete. Plans to construct a five-star hotel and shopping centre in the area are under discussion.
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