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Nice port visit from cruise ship

Written by Rodney T W
When I went up on deck of the Costa Concordia early in the morning to get a look at Rhodes, I was surprised to see the walls, turrets and castle around the city. It had a Disneyland-look I didn't expect. For a cruise
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Our personal advice & unofficial Tips!

- In Greece we drive on the right hand side of the road, the same as in the United States and most of Europe. Vehicles coming from the right have the right of way unless otherwise stated. This means that cars entering a traffic ring road have the right of way, drivers already in the ring road must yield.

- Usually there is little room to pass on the road, so fast drivers expect slow drivers to pull onto the hard shoulder in order to let them pass. Be aware though that the hard shoulders can end suddenly - Hard shoulder is the emergency lane, which in Rhodes is very narrow.

- Traffic signs throughout Greece are generally in Greek and English, and Greece use internationally recognized traffic control and stop signs.

- Parking is permitted along most city streets, but vacant places may be difficult to find. In areas marked in blue colour you have to purchase a parking ticket,  which should be placed on the window screen of your car.  This can be obtained at a nearby ticket issuing machine, which are readily available at various locations around the town. There are also areas in white lines on the outskirts of the tow which are free of charge. The yellow lines are restricted to Chemists/Embassies/Hotels and some private houses.

- Use of a vehicle's horn in towns is allowed only in cases of immediate and extreme danger.

- Speed limits in Rhodes are as follows: 50 km p.h. in built-up areas and 80 km p.h. on the highway. There are road signs informing you about the speed limits, which vary in shape/size and colour, from one area to another, for no specific reason.  The East coast highway is vast, straight and a good road to easily pick up speed on, but suddenly along the highway an unexpected road sign indicates a low speed limit, of course if you are driving too fast these will be impossible to notice,  but do note that  these are prime 'check points' for the traffic police, therefore, we recommend that you do drive cautiously and sensibly.

- Safety Belts are required by the law.

- In order to estimate the time it will take you to cover a specific distance, you simply have to know that on average that you will need 1 min per kilometre.
- Alcohol tests are frequent and in Greece the laws are very strict.   The limit is 0, 50 mg. Do not expect the police to be lenient with you just because you are a tourist. You have to pay heavy fines at the tax office in the area where the 'ticket' is issued or -in liaise- pay directly to your rent a car company and they will handle it.

- Fuel.The majority of petrol stations close at 19:00 with the exception of stations on the highway which close much later.   In several locations on the island there will be petrol stations open during the night (working on a rotation). .
Some stations accept credit cards. There is a member of staff at the station who will fill your vehicle for you, but there are also some self-service stations with slightly cheaper prices.
As a rule, non-international petrol-station brands are cheaper than the international ones.