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Police

100

Tourist Police

22410 - 27423.

EOT (Greek Tourism Organization)

23255, 23655.

Fire Brigade

199

Emergencies

166

Port Police

108

Traffic Police

22410 – 44131

Airport

22410 - 88700

Animal Welfare

22410 - 37727

 

EOT (Greek Tourism Organization)

The Greek Tourism Organization provides information to tourists. It has offices in the major cities round the world. Its offices are at the city of Rhodes and are open Monday to Friday, 08:00-14:00. For more information please visit the organization’s web site: www.gnto.gr

Tourist Police

The Tourist Police office is located next to the National Tourist Organization (EOT) office in Rhodes Town. The Tourist Police will be happy to assist with general information, complaints, legal problems, financial matters, etc. Their office is open 24 hours a day.

CONSULATES

Amongst other helpful matters, consulates can assist foreign visitors with emergency passports or travel documents, provide a list of local doctors, lawyers and interpreters, contact relatives for financial or other means of help, etc.

 

Belgium: Mrs. Evi Kambourakis

   Mediterranean Hotel, 35 Kos Street, Tel.: 24661.

Denmark: Mrs Evagelia Papathanassis

   114 Australias Str, Tel.: 89332

Finland: Mr G. Karayiannis

   11, Politehniou Street, Tel.: 35780.

France: Mrs. Mosxi Aliki

   Ippoton, Tel.:22318

Germany: Mr Dilanas

   Monte Smith, Parodos Issodou, Tel.: 63730.

Ireland: Mr S. Mougros

   111 Amerikis Street, Tel.: 22461.

Italy: Mrs Don-Karayiannis

   Ippoton Street, Old Town, Tel.: 27342.

Netherlands: Mr and Mrs N. Sevastakis

   25 Diakou Street, Ialysos Tel.: 31571

Norway: Mr. Stelios Geordamnis

   54 Orfanidou Str, Tel.: 28816

Spain: Mrs. Soula Kaili.

   13 Theodoraki Street, Tel.: 37052 / 35564 / 22350  Fax 35582

Sweden: Mr Andreas Andreadis

   34 Theodoraki Str, Tel.: 31822 Fax 77758

United Kingdom: Mrs. Kosiori

   29 Grigoriou Lambraki Str, Tel.: 22005

Turkey:        Mr. Ahmet Arda

          10 -12  Iroon Politehniou, Tel 23362

United States 

   American Embassy, Athens, Tel.: 01 721 2951.

Thefts and Lost Property

Any incidents to do with thefts or lost property must be reported to the police station in the district where they occurred. If you are insured, your insurer will probably require an appropriate certificate from the local police before any compensation can be paid.

Telephone and Fax

The main offices of the Greek Telephone Company (OTE) are located in Rhodes Town. Services include telephone money orders, telegrams, long-distance calls, and faxes. Opening hours are 07:30-13:30. Card-phones may be found in most public places. Phone-cards are available in units of 100 or 1000 and are widely sold by OTE, kiosks, travel agencies, and other outlets.

Religion

The official religion in Greece is Christianity, as about 95 of the population are Christians. There are, however, minorities, the biggest of which is the Muslims.

Greek Time 

Greece is normally 2 hours ahead of Britain, 1 hour ahead of European countries (on Central European Time), 7 hours ahead of New York, 10 hours ahead of Los Angeles, and 8 hours behind Sydney.

Electricity

The Greek current conforms to the continental European standard of 220-240 volts AC

Water

With rare exceptions, especially in the smaller islands where there is little or no subsoil water, tap water is drinkable all over Greece. Bottled mineral water is cheap and available everywhere.

Units of measurement

The Metric system is used for measurements in Greece. The following tables give conversions between the Metric and Imperial systems.

Imperial to Metric

1 inch = 2.54 centimetres

1 foot = 30 centimetres

1 mile = 6 kilometres

1 ounce = 28 grams

1 pound = 454 grams

1 pint = 0.6 litres

1 gallon = 4.6 litres

 

Metric to Imperial

1 millimetre = 0.04 inches

1 centimetre = 0.4 inches

1 metre = 3 feet 3 inches

1 kilometre = 0.6 miles

1 gram = 0.04 ounces

1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds

1 litre = 1.8 pints

Climate

Climate on the island is Mediterranean with a lot of sunny days, mild temperatures and limited rain. In the summer that lasts 5 months (from May till September) the dry hot days often get cooler by the seasonal winds called meltemia. The main features of the weather in the summer are the sunny days, low humidity, weak winds and high temperatures mainly in August. Winters are mild with some rainfall and low temperatures that almost never go below zero.

Currency

Since 2002 the official currency of the country, as in many other countries in Europe, is Euro.

The coins are: 1 cent , 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro και 2 euro.

The notes are : 5  euro, 10 euro, 20 euro, 50 euro, 100 euro, 200 euro και 500 euro

Money exchange

You can exchange currencies at the Banks, the Post Office, special Money Exchange bureaus, travel bureaus, hotel receptions as well as at some specially licensed shops.

Credit cards, travellers cheques, eurocheques

Credit cards are accepted in most transactions. The most common credit cards are: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club και Maestro. A credit card may also be used for withdrawing local currency either from a bank or ATMs. A small processing charge is usually made.

American Express and Thomas Cook are the best-known travellers cheques in Greece and it is usually the safest way to carry larger sums of money.

Eurocheques are available only to holders of a European bank account.

Both travellers cheques and eurocheques may be cashed at most banks, post offices, hotels, shops, travel agencies, etc.

Libraries

There are two public libraries in Rhodes town.

Etiquette

During visits to churches and monasteries trousers for men and skirts for women is considered to be the proper clothing.

Topless sunbathing is generally tolerated but nude bathing is officially restricted only to certain beaches. 

Tips are completely discretionary and show your voluntary appreciation of food, service, etc. and are not to be confused with service charges, VAT and local tax, which are included in the prices. It is never expected, but usually a tip of around 5% of the total amount of the bill may be left on the table if the service has been to your satisfaction. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Newspapers - Magazines

Foreign newspapers and magazines are available from central kiosks, bookshops, tourist shops, etc.

Radio TV

There are satellite TV channel in almost all types of accommodation, and as for radio stations there are several local and international to choose from.

Business Hours

The shops are open Monday to Friday 9:00- 13:00 and 17:00 – 21:00 and on Saturdays 09:00 – 13:30. Most tourist shops and supermarkets are open Monday to Saturday, 09:00-21:00. Sunday shopping is also possible in most tourist resorts.

VAT and TAX-FREE shopping

Almost always in prices FPA (the equivalent of VAT) is included, which is 13%. Visitors from non EU countries can claim this money back for purchases over 120€. A form for Tax refund must be completed at the shop a copy of which is given at the customs authorities on departure.

Internet

You can have access to internet at many hotels and the internet cafés.

Smoking

Smoking is generally allowed, apart from some specified areas where you will see the relevant “no-smoking” signs.

PhotosVideo

Taking photos and videos is allowed in most place, apart from some specified areas where you will see prohibition signs. Photography inside churches and monasteries is officially forbidden. Within most archaeological sites photography is usually permitted, but flashes and tripods are often not. Photographic films are available in most tourist shops and are relatively cheap. Development usually lasts no more than 24 hours.

Driving

Traffic levels in Rhodes rise significantly during the summer season, even until the early morning hours. Much attention is required while driving along the highways leading to the villages. All road signs are internationally recognized. The speed limit for main roads is 80 Km/h unless otherwise signed. The town limit is 50 Km/h. The vehicles move on the right side of the road.

Camping

Free camping is forbidden in Greece apart from designated areas which are licenced from the National Tourism Organization.

Geographical Information

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and the third largest island in Greece. It lies on the South Eastern section of the Aegean Sea, opposite the south-western Coast of Asia Minor at a distance of about 13 Km. It is 78 Km (49 miles) long, with a maximum width of 38 Km. Its surface area is 1.398 sq.km., with a coastline of 220 Km. The highest mountain is Mt. Ataviros at 1215m (3985 ft). The island’s resident population is 90,000 of whom 50-60,000 live in the city of Rhodes itself.

Parking

Although there are no organized parking spaces, it is quite easy to park your car. Parking is free in the whole region.