Rhodes: December Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||2 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||26 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||39 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||21 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||20 %|
Averages for Rhodes in December
December is the quietest time of the year, as the number of tourists has dwindled considerably, as have the temperatures and daily sunshine hours.
The average high temperature for December is around 16°C, while the minimum temperature tends to be around 11°C on an average. The daily average temperature is 14°C.
The days are shorter with the month experiencing an average of only 4 hours of sunshine per day.
The average temperature of the sea has dropped to 18°C, although that’s still pretty inviting by UK waters’ standards!
The chance of experiencing wet weather in December increases significantly with an average rainfall of 145.3 mm over 12 days expected throughout the month.
With the increased chance of wet weather, the humidity at this time of year also rises, to its peak humidity for the year, at 72%.
Things to do
A top place for history enthusiasts to visit, the Acropolis of Lindos is close to the top of almost everyone’s to-visit list during their holiday in Rhodes. Suitable footwear is recommended if you plan on visiting these ruins, because there is a lot of walking and steps involved. The Acropolis is a fascinating place to explore and is full of photo opportunities. There are several panels to be found throughout the site which give you an idea of what the ruins looked like when they were first built. If you’re not interested in ancient ruins, the Acropolis of Lindos is also a great location to appreciate beautiful sea views which stretch on for miles.
Acropolis of Lindos with its sea views.
Hit the beach
Found along the south east coast of the island in Lindos, the Blue Flag Gennadi boasts a number of facilities and services, including sun lounger and shade rental, water sports, bars, restaurants and kiosks which serve Greek food and drinks throughout the day. Mostly popular with the locals, Gennadi is split into sections – vast stretches of sand with plenty of room for the little ones to play and the lively areas where you’ll find regular parties held on Sundays with guest DJs attracting people from all over the island.
Gennadi beach, with kiosks and sun loungers. Photo courtesy of Mr.Gormand.
Where to eat & drink
Situated in the heart of Lindos, Bojangles Restaurant is open every day from 1pm and offers a fusion of Greek and International cuisine, ensuring something for everyone. The evening menu features options such as mussels in sambuca and roasted vegetable pate to start, followed by lamb shank in red wine, pan-seared white fish and penne arrabiata to follow. There is also a small dessert menu available, with dishes like tiramisu, millionaire shortbread and Bailey’s crème brulee.
Inspired by Greek cuisine, Ambrosia’s menu is full of traditional Mediterranean specialities, many of which incorporate a pleasantly surprising modern twist. Here you’ll find a variety of starters to choose from, such as sautéed calamari, beef carpaccio and souzoukakia with yogurt, followed by a selection of mains, including catch of the day, fillet mignon and spinach tagliatelle. If you’re still feeling hungry, take a glance at the dessert menu, where you’ll find puddings such as ice cream, chocolate lava cake and homemade pie.
Situated in Ixia, Coconut offers a wide selection of modern European dishes which are a hit amongst diners of all ages. Here you’ll find a menu full of tempting options, such as steamed mussels in white wine, garlic prawns, mixed grill, chicken kebab and grilled octopus. If you’re strapped for cash, opt for the affordable set menu which includes a starter, main, dessert and drink all for a very low price. To accompany your meal, there is a comprehensive wine list available, with at least one bottle to suit every dish.
One of the few karaoke bars in Rhodes, Kelly’s Irish Bar in Falkiraki is popular with holidaymakers of all ages. This bar hosts live music twice each week, in addition to nightly karaoke competitions in which the winners and runners-up are awarded with fantastic prizes. You’ll find a top selection of drinks available behind the bar, including international beers, wines and spirits.
Another top sports bar situated in Ixia, The Luna Bar is a must-visit during your holiday in Rhodes. Established since 1983, this bar offers visitors free WiFi access, on top of plenty of flat screen TVs which show all major sporting events. There is a wide selection of drinks available behind the bar, including beers, wines, spirits and frappe coffees, as well as a vast array food and snacks.
Boasting the reputation as the best nightclub in Rhodes, Colorado simply can’t be missed. Found in the heart of Old Town, the club features three stages where a number of singers, dancers and rock bands perform each evening. Colorado plays a variety of house club, live rock and RnB music, so no matter which scene you’re into, you’re bound to have a great night here.
Panorama of Lindos. Rhodes, Greece.
Where to stay
Atrium Palace is the ideal place to enjoy a luxury spa holiday in Kalathos, Rhodes. Here guests are provided with accommodation in the form of classical rooms and signature villas, many of which come with superb sea views. The Thalasso spa is a great place to relax and features a selection of treatments and therapies, as well as aqua beds, hyro-massage suites and underwater jet-massages. There are also plenty of other amenities to enjoy, such as bars, restaurants, swimming pools, sports facilities, gym, WiFi access, mini market and internet corner.
Atrium Palace, Kalathos.
Families and couples who want to prepare their own meals during their holiday in Rhodes should consider staying at Filerimos Hotel. This self-catering complex offers accommodation in the form of studios, double rooms, apartments and family rooms, all of which come with a fully-equipped kitchenette. Guests are invited to take advantage of the onsite amenities which include swimming pool, tennis court, animation team, 24-hour reception, supermarket, restaurant, playground and internet corner.
December events in Rhodes
25th December 2014
Although it's not as big an event as Easter, Christmas Day in Rhodes is still a major holiday. On this day, almost all banks, shops and supermarkets will be closed whilst locals attend special masses at churches throughout the island, including Roman Catholic church of Saint Francisco in Rhodes Old Town, the Catholic Church of Agia Triada and the Panagia Tsambika church in Archangelos.
New Year’s Eve
31st December 2014
New Year's Eve is a huge event in Rhodes, celebrated in almost every town and village throughout the island. The best place to join in with the festivities is in Rhodes Town where you'll be able to enjoy carol singing, card games, special themed food, street parties, music concerts at the Grand Masters Palace, dancing and live entertainment which goes on well into the early hours. Hotels, bars and restaurants all usually throw their own festive parties, with buffets and live entertainment.