Rhodes is one of the most famous of the Greek islands. Its capital city, which is called Rhodes City, is the gateway for hundreds of thousands of tourists, seasonal workers and expats every year. The island is known as "The Emerald of the Aegean Sea" and it boasts some of the clearest waters and brightest beaches in the Aegean Sea. Ancient sites such as the Acropolis of Rhodes and the ruins of the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, will remind any expatriate on Rhodes of the impressive past of this small island. One can find out more about the island’s extraordinary history at the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. Expats living on Rhodes should also not pass on the opportunity to do some island-hopping while they are there, kids and adults will love exploring some of the smaller islands, and snorkeling or diving in the shallow waters.
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Rhodes is served with a large international airport, with daily flights from all across Europe, the Middle East and Russia, so it should be relatively easy for any expat moving to Rhodes to get to their location. Arrange your accommodation beforehand, as you don’t want to be caught paying tourist rates for short-term lettings while you look for an apartment, and consider getting a car or motorcycle if you think you will have to travel from one end of the island to the other. Most importantly, make sure you have all your visa paperwork in order before you travel to Rhodes - most embassies are situated in Athens, which is a fairly long way from Rhodes. Greece is a member of the European Union, so all EU citizens have the right to work there. However, if you have any doubts or concerns about your situation, ask for some advice from fellow expats through the InterNations community.
You will be no means be the only expatriate working on Rhodes. For decades, the island has been a holiday hotspot, attracting families, singles and couples from all over Europe. The island’s location to the east of the Mediterranean means that there are a lot of Turkish, Cypriot and North African expats working in the various resorts and in the city of Rhodes. English is spoken widely, as well as Arabic, Turkish and of course, Greek. Try to learn a few words of Greek before arriving to work on Rhodes, particularly if you intend to travel around the less-touristy Greek islands. For tips on picking up a new language, information on how to best cope with culture shock and much more, sign up on InterNations and have a browse through the valuable content section, including the Expat Magazine. Or use the discussion boards and forums to get in touch with other expats living on Rhodes, in other parts of Greece, or across the world.