The main resort areas on Rhodes are along the east coast of the island. Rhodes Town, at the northern tip, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, perfect for anyone interested in history and exploring its narrow alleys and cobbled streets. The next major resort as you head south is Faliraki, the island's party capital. Faliraki is the ideal choice if your ideal holiday includes lively nightlife and waterparks. Lindos, in southeastern Rhodes, has a more relaxed vibe, with family-friendly pedestrianised streets, whitewashed buildings, and its own famous Acropolis dating back to the 4th century BC. If you're after peace and quiet, consider some of the resorts on the west coast, which is greener and less developed than the eastern side of the island. Ixia is the main large resort area on this part of Rhodes.
You get the freedom to explore at your leisure when renting a car in Rhodes. Holidays are best spent on some of the island's finest beaches, many which are firmly off the beaten track, particularly in the south-east of the island between Plimmiri and Prasonisi. One of the most popular destinations in Rhodes is the Valley of the Butterflies, a 600-acre nature park which fills with butterflies every summer. The shady paths and cool waters in the valley are the perfect place to cool off on a hot afternoon. If history's more your thing, then the must-see sight is the Acropolis in Lindos, which dates back over 2,000 years. It's quite the hike to the top of the hill, but the views from the top make it well worth the effort.
Rhodes is the fourth-largest Greek island by size, with around 50,000 permanent residents. It's one of the most popular Greek islands for travellers, mainly due to the climate. Rhodes barely has any rain between June and September, with temperatures regualrly around 35°C. The main towns on Rhodes are around the coast, as the interior of the island is hilly and wooded. The entire island is just 80km long and 40km wide, so if you decide to rent a car in Rhodes, you should be able to cover most of what it has to offer. Flights to Rhodes arrive at the island's one airport, just to the west of the town of Rhodes. Hotels are mainly on the north and east coasts of the island, so look for options on the west coast or further inland to get away from it all.
Most visitors to Rhodes arrive at the island's airport, and pick up their hire car from one of the main car rental offices there. Rhodes is also a popular island-hopping destination, so if you're arriving by ferry from Thessaloniki or Piraeus, pick up your car in Rhodes town instead. Driving around Rhodes is easy, as the roads are well-maintained and modern. Speed limits of 80km/h on open roads and 50km/h in town are strictly enforced. Seatbelts are compulsory in the front and back, and if you're travelling with younger children, they need appropriate seats too. The only restriction on hire cars is in the medieval part of Rhodes Town, where only residents are allowed to drive or park. Leave your hire car outside the old town fortifications, and explore the narrow streets on foot. One main difference when driving in Greece is a lower blood alcohol limit for drivers with fewer than 2 years' experience—0.02% compared with 0.05% for more experienced drivers.