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With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s easy to see what makes Rhodes such a popular tourist destination in Greece. Weather in Rhodes is very hot in summer, with daytime temperatures regularly reaching above 31°C during July and August. Cooling winds usually bring relief along the coast on hot summer days, with night-time temperatures averaging 20 - 23°C. While winters are mild and sunny, it can also be quite wet with up to 60% of Rhodes’ rainfall occurring between December and February. Winter temperatures on average are 8 - 11°C at night and 15 - 17°C during the day.
- The ancient Greeks called Rhodes ‘The Island of the Sun’ and it was dedicated to the sun god Helios.
- The Apostle Paul visited Rhodes in 51AD at the end of his third missionary journey.
- Rhodes’ Golden Age is said to have been between 408 and 164BC during which time the Colossus was built and sea trade and shipbuilding were very prosperous.
- The city’s newly formed rugby team is called Colossoi of Rhodes.
- Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, a group of over 150 islands of varying size off the coast of Turkey.