Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes a Greek island in the Aegean sea, is the largest in terms both of land and population (115000) of the Dodecanese group of islands and its capital. It is located southeast of Athens and just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Rhodes' nickname is “The island of the Knights”.

How to get there

Distances

Diagoras airport, with terminals old and new (most international flights arrive at the new one), is about 15km south-west of the main town on the west coast. From a stop between the two terminals, a bus into town (6.30am-midnight), otherwise, taxis will set you to your destination.

Rhodes is a major ferry destination from all the other Dodecanese islands, Crete and several Cyclades, as well as Piraeus. Almost all craft – except cruise ships and catamarans/hydrofoils – dock at remote Akandiá,the easternmost of Rhodes Town’s three ports, well outside the medieval walls.

What we love the most

A walk around the world's best preserved medieval city is essential. The old city, included in Unesco list of world heritage sites, is an impressive complex of palaces, towers and water fountains.

Also visit the archeological sites. See the remains of a Doric temple at the Ancient Acropolis of Lalysos. A monumental fountain dating to the 4th century BC is located on the southern slope of the hill. At Kamiros, the ancient settlement has survived almost in its entirely. Enjoy the view from the medieval castles at Monolithos and Kritinia.

Tour the winery and distillery areas. The road headed to Attavyros leads to the island's viticultural heartland.

Visit Piges in the Kalithea area, a health spa built in 1929, for a dip in its refreshing waters and a look around the small local museum.

Also visit the Panagia tis Tsabikas monastery, at the top of a hill with a breathtaking view between the areas of Kolympia and Achangelos.

Go windsurfing or kitesurfing at Prasonisi, a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts.

Go swimming at the island 's breathtaking beaches. In town Elli beach, widely known as Trampolino is ideal if you are looking for something close.

Anthony Quinn beach, named so because scenes featuring the celebrated actor for "The Guns of Navarone" where shot here, is also great for swimming.

The nearby coves of Ladiko and Tragano have turquoise waters. Apostolos Pavlos in Lindos is endowed with an impressive inlet blessed with wonderful waters.

Glystra, an exotic and windless spot, features oak trees and sand dunes. Lahania, an enormous beach covered with fine pebbles, has a Caribbean-style beach bar. On the West side of the island Fourni and Monolithos beaches are quiet and impressive. And also Aghati beach , tsambika beach , Kalithea and Prassonissi.

 

Restaurants and Bars

Try the island's traditional culinary delights, such as melekouni, a snack bar made with sesame seeds, thyme honey, almonds, orange peel, bergamot and a mix of spices, which can be found at the women's cooperative in Appollona, and at its store in the main town.
The food on the island of Rhodes is too good to miss:
Mavrikos restaurant situated in the main square offers dishes such as cuttlefish risotto as well as calamari sautéed with saffron.
Alexis fish restaurant one of Onassis' favourites.
Marco Polo restaurant where patrons dine in the magical garden of a 15th century medieval building.
Dinoris restaurant offers fish as fresh as can be, wonderful salads and shrimps from the local waters.
Avantis serving excellent fresh fish, pasta with lobster or langoustine.
Perigiali a taverna by the waves in the villa of Stegna for small rouzetia fish.
Bakis brothers restaurant for lambs chops, steaks, sausages.
Pigi Fasouli is a good taverna in a lovely mountain setting. Dishes prepared with local meat, delicious staffed baked baby goat.
Mediterraneo restaurant has superb pasta dishes.
And also some more restaurants:
At Pefkos : 
Corrali , Enigma , Artemis, Terpsis , Hellas, Philosophia, Spitaki tavern, and Kyma.
A Lardos : 
El greco , Valantina , Roulas.

 

Geographical location

Dodecanese
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