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Good overview, some inaccuracies
on 24 June 2013
As Greek islands go, Rhodes is fairly large - large enough for its own guidebook, but without the vast number of tourist attractions that would need a weightier tome.
This book provides a good overview of all the main tourist attractions across the island. Everything I had been able to find online was also included in the guidebook so I believe it is quite comprehensive. It is broken down into reasonably sensible sections by area. Mostly it details the main town in one area, then follows with other villages and places to go. There are a few suggested restaurants to suit different budgets, beaches etc. in all the main areas.
It also includes some details about the nearby islands, the usual practical information and phrase guides and a little guide to history and culture.
It is not overly in-depth, there is not a massive amount of historical information, but the level of detail is just right if you are looking for something to do, and in the days of the internet, it's easy to find further information online rather than relying solely on a guidebook. The insider tips, although at first appearing a little gimmicky, are actually quite interesting and good for drawing your attention to slightly less obvious things.
The included maps of Rhodes and Rhodes town were useful and at a reasonable level of detail. Map references are provided throughout the book. I would have liked a map of Lindos as well.
My only gripe is that there are some mistakes in the information provided. For example, the opening hours of the Lindos acropolis apparently always differ from year to year, but there was no mention of this in the guidebook and they were different from when they were published. The book suggests that there is absolutely no bathing at the seven springs, and yet the primary route to get the big spring is through a tunnel, where the only option is to walk through the water and paddle out into a spring.