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Ialissos, Overall a good family destination

Written by Bryan
We stayed in Ialissos. If I were on my honeymoon or single, I would choose another island (or perhaps I would choose another part of Rhodes), but for a family with small children, or a wind/kite surfer, or people who don't want to be in a total party spot, Ialissos works just fine.
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Hints for safe driving in Rhodes


-  We advise you to pay particular attention to motorbikes when driving in Rhodes. Motorbike riders tend to overtake on the right instead of the left as they should. Even if you leave enough space for them to pass from the left, they are so addicted to passing from the right, that they will do anything to achieve their preferred mode of overtaking! It is better to keep your distance or reduce speed when you see a motorcyclist approaching, the sensible option rather than risking a collision.

- If you notice in your mirror an approaching car flashing its lights at you, the driver is usually asking you to move to your right to allow him to overtake.

- If you notice a car from the opposite side of the road flashing its lights at you during daylight, then there is high possibility that there is a police checkpoint in the next 200 meters.  This is a warning!

- Drive extra carefully on Saturday nights! The reality is that too many people will be out, drinking more than they should when driving, and will drive dangerously as a result of this.

- When driving in the town be aware of pedestrians walking in the street. Often the sidewalks are narrow or non-existent and people cannot avoid walking in the street.

- On occasion the Greek and tourist when driving forget to use their indicators to signal a left or right turn. Try and develop a sixth sense to predict what they may be about to do in the absence of an indication. Expect the unexpected or drive slowly!

- The quality of asphalt road surfaces are not always good as road surfaces are affected by a number of factors including floods and rock falls in winter and extreme heat in summer. Pot holes and loose gravel surfaces are very common as a result. This makes some roads particularly hazardous for motorcyclists.

- Goats are everywhere in Rhodes and they like to feed next to the road. It is not uncommon to see a few of them walking on the road, even around a main highway.

- In Rhodes city, in many cases there are no white lines dividing one section of the road from another, therefore be careful not to mistake the road as a one-way street.  Always bear right when driving, no mater how narrow it might be.

- The highways are heavily loaded with tourist coaches, heavy duty vehicles and everyday traffic build up.  It is quite common to see drivers overtaking on double white lines.

- On the highways in Rhodes, strangely enough, it is permitted to take a right 90o degree turn to cross over to the opposite lane. You should be extremely aware of this, because the vehicle in front of you may take a sudden turn which will force you also to stop immediately.

- Part of the beauty of Rhodes is that the pace of life is generally far more relaxed than in many other parts of Greece.  Note that this pace is applied by some drivers on the roads at times.
 
- As you experience driving around Rhodes island you will soon get the hand of the flow of the traffic and experience their driving peculiarities.  Just remember to drive slowly, carefully and keep you eyes in all directions, at ALL times.



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