Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Rhodes Island is the second largest of the Greek islands and has long been a very popular summer sun holiday destination with Northern Europeans so there are lots of flights from many regional airports.
The beach of Ialysos, in front of the homonymous tourist resort, is situated at a distance of 8 km far from the town of Rhodes. Many people call it with its alternative name, Trianda (like the village). It is a long beach, divided in parts with free access, which alternate with the parts in front of the big hotel complexes, which are reserved only for the hotels’ guests. This makes Rhodes a great place for a short haul family windsurf holiday as well as a more focused pure windsurf trip. Because of the narrow and crowded beaches, there are almost no kitesurfers in Trianda.
Medium Months: May, October
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Onshore
Blowing at: Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
On the west coast of Rhodes the island get the well-known Meltemi wind, but specifically at the windsurf bay of Trianda there is a thermal wind which is generated from the venture effect between islands, Turkey and the hills of Mont Smith.
During the summer months of May to September almost every afternoon the wind picks up to a nice 20 knots! The wind is blasting and the average wind-range is between 16 and 25 knots. The wind blows across onshore at the windsurf spot. In the morning, the conditions are suitable for beginners. In autumn and spring the spot has different winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
There is a great sandy beach entry and a great flat water section, especially good for beginners in the mornings. But as Trianda beach is north-facing onshore winds can, even in high summer, bring heavy swells and crashing waves, creating text-book bump and jump weather.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Trianda beach is not particularly good - mixture of sand and pebbles - but it doesn't need to be. Location is everything here, with a long sea front so near to Rhodes City and hotels offering their all-inclusive holidays with extravagant swimming pools and plenty facilities.
The beach of Trianda is long and consists largely of gravel. Lots of tourists in front of their hotels, especially during summer time.
Access to Trianda East: Access to the beach from the town of Rhodes is very easy by public buses with frequent service, by taxi (a taxi station is also available at the settlement), as well as by rented or private car and motorbikes. From Rhodes drive westwards to get to Trianda; the distance is 9 km (about 15 minutes).
Holidays to Trianda have an airport transfer of only minutes with the airport, as it’s just 5,5 km away from the resort.
Access to Rhodes: The cheapest and fastest way to get to Rhodes is a flight to Rhodes International Airport. Other ways, such as flights via Athens, other islands or Turkey, possibly combined with ferries, are time consuming and usually more expensive.
Arrival by Airplane: Located in the eastern Aegean Sea, Rhodes’ International Airport “Diagoras” (RHO) is one of the biggest airports in Greece and the 4th busiest. It is situated on the west coast of the island, about 14 km from Rhodes Town. It is the main entrance exit point for both locals and tourists. During high season these can reach 150-180 movements per day -the airport parking area is small.
Domestic flights connect the island of Rhodes very frequently from all the major Greek airports. Most flights arrive from Athens (ATH), Thessaloniki (SKG) and Heraklion (HER). However there are flights from smaller airports as well. Many chartered flights come directly to Diagoras airport (RHO) from almost every European capital. (Bergamo, Bournemouth, Milan, Frankfurt-Hahn, Pisa, Kaunas and Rome, Amsterdam etc.).
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There is daily connection with the largest port of Greece, Piraeus. The trip lasts 11-14 hours depending on the boat. There is also a ferry from Thessaloniki once every week. Rhodes is also accessible via ferry from Symi and Tilos Greek Islands, but also via Bodrum, Fethiye, Datca and Marmaris in Turkey. Cruise ships dock at the Commercial Port, east of Rhodes (city)'s Old Town.
Arrival by Car: It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory possible. You can rent a car at the airport or via any hotel and at many local dealers. Local dealers are the best option for renting a car on the island, the services provided by some of the companies is outstanding. They can give you all the insider tips you will need so your road trips around will give you the possibility to discover all the natural beauties and enjoy your visits to the endless archaeological sites and places of interest on the island.
Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, especially the last couple of years the road system is improved a lot!
Arrival by Motorcycle: Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of Rhodes city. If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find.
Arrival by Bus: All public bus lines radiate from Rhodes town and reach almost every relevant place throughout the island. The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Nea Agora (New Market). Buses run by both companies stop there, but ticket booths, as well as timetables and prices, are distinct. Rhodes town lines are run by Roda, but have a separate stop, along Mandraki sea promenade, across the street from the new market. Tickets can also be bought in the bus from a cashier or directly from the driver. Keep your ticket until the end of your voyage. The price of a bus ticket will depend on the destination.
Bus stops on the road are marked by a sign, but do not hesitate to signal a bus driver that you wish to board. Only part of the bus stops have the timetables displayed, and the buses are often late. Also, note that most villages and resorts have more than one line passing through and stopping in different places.
Arrival by Taxi: Taxis on Rhodes are dark blue with white roofs. There is a list of expected maximum taxi charges you can obtain from the tourist information office. Never let the driver turn off the meter. You can radio a taxi via telephone number. This adds a standard surcharge. Between midnight and 05:00 am you will have to pay twice the normal rates. You can book ahead to avoid delays at high traffic times such as weekends. Within Rhodes city limits, fixed rates are applied.