Rhodes is a wonderful sailing destination for yachting in Greece. Our yacht charter base on the island of Rhodes is perfect if you are planning to explore the Dodecanese islands. Our boats in Rhodes are available for both skippered and bareboat rentals and include a wide variety of our most popular sailing yachts and catamarans. The island is the perfect starting point for sailing to Dodecanese. Having Rhodes as starting point you can explore islands like Kos, Patmos, Leros, Symi, Tilos, Astypalaia and Kastellorizo.
Home of the famous Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world, the island of Rhodes is today like a magnet for yacht charter sailors because of the proximity to Turkey, the great sailing opportunities and the lovely weather.
Made famous by the Colossus that was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands from the eastern Aegean Sea. It lies 18km from the Turkish peninsula and is also one of the most visited of the Greek islands thanks to its unique mix of good climate, perfect beaches and lots of historical sights, all the ingredients of a perfect sailing holiday.
Shaped like a spearhead, the island has 220km of coastline, with its most famous city, Rhodes, positioned at the northern tip. Most of that coastline is made up of golden sands and multicolored pebbles. However, any tourist can notice a difference between the western coast and the eastern one, with the west part being more fertile and covered in forest vegetation, whereas the eastern is rockier.
The vegetation here is not your typical Greek flora, but that is due to the fact that Rhodes is actually closer to Asia Minor. The mountainous interior is covered in pine forests and cypress. Along the lower regions close to the shore, the inhabitants have cultivated citrus plants, olives, grapes, and wine grapes, giving the scenery that Greek feel that holidaymakers enjoy.
Due to its eastern position within the Mediterranean basin, Rhodes Island enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. In summer, temperatures go as high as 28 degrees Celsius during the day and 22 degrees at night. As a skipper, you won’t have to worry about rain and bad weather during the tourist season, but during the cold months (October to March) short showers do occur.
The most important town on the island is Rhodes town, home to the ancient Colossus, but even before this wonder of the world the island was inhabited by people, as early as the 16th century BC. By the time-recorded history started, the island already had important cities such as Lindos, Ialysos and Kameiros, which were not only important trade ports but also influential cultural centers.
After a fall from prosperity under the Byzantines, Rhodes once again rose in importance under the Venetians, the Genoese and the Knights Templar until it was conquered by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. All these cultures left some mark on the island, which is why tourists can enjoy 3000 years of history when visiting here.
Getting in and around the island by boat is fairly easy which is why many of the yacht crews end up hopping from island to island around the Dodecanese. You will find that the prevailing winds are blowing from northwest which makes heading into that direction fairly complicated.
The two main harbors on Rhodes are the ones in the town with the same name. The big harbor is used by giant cruise ships while the marina Mandraki (Mandraki harbour) is used by smaller, privately-owned boats, mainly yacht charter sailors.
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