Best Times to Visit Rhodes
The best times to visit Rhodes are March to May and October to November, when you can skirt the more expensive summer season -- but not the comfortable temps. Long, dry and crowded, Rhodes summers buzz with tourists (though the hordes are not as intense as those at other Greek destinations). The shoulder seasons will not only save you money but will also prove to be more peaceful. The winter off-season is not a good time to visit as the weather precludes relaxing outdoors. Note: The northern coast (where most of the attractions are) is a bit cooler than the southern coast and drier than the hilly interior. You can also expect a 10 to 20 degree drop in evening temps in this area.
Spring breathes life back into Rhodes. The wet winter leaves the landscape ready to blossom, and tourist season has yet to boom. Daily highs in March start off in the low 60s and steadily increase into the high 70s by May. The Valley of the Butterflies is particularly spectacular at this time of year, and the Easter festivities exhibit the population's best cultural celebrations.
As it's the peak season -- in terms of tourists, prices and temperatures -- summer will make you sweat. Daytime highs averaging in the mid 80s and low 90s will demand that visitors carry water bottles and sunscreen. A larger-than-normal wallet will also help aid the nerves when the bill comes around; summer prices (though not exorbitant) are higher.
In the fall, residents reclaim their island as most tourists head to other towns. While you won't experience the spring blossoms, you'll have nice daytime temps (think 60s and 70s) with warm waters. The summer heat spell lingers in the sea for these two months, hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rainy and brisk, winter is not a good time to visit. Tourist attractions will have decreased hours, hotels and restaurants can close, and sunbathing is unappealing, if not impossible due to increased rain showers.