Although it may now seem like a distant dream and as though I have never been away, just a few weeks ago today I was waking up to my last full day on the Dodecanese Island of Rhodes. I’ve always wanted to go to Greece and I certainly wasn’t disappointed during my time there.
In reality, Rhodes is actually quite a small island and one that you can easily explore in a day if your heart desires to do so. In recent years Paul and I have preferred the option of hiring a car to get around our holiday destinations as opposed to relying on hotel transport or transfers whilst away. This year was no different and we hired a cute little Fiat 500 convertible from Green Motion to ferry us around during our stay.
We chose to stay in Rhodes for 10 days in total and whilst in hindsight we wish we had booked 5 days on one side of the island and 5 days on the other, we were really pleased with our time there and think we managed to cram a lot in. So looking back here are just a few recomendations if you are heading to Rhodes this Summer;
Where to Stay … We stayed at the Esperos Village Resort just outside Faliraki on the eastern side of the island. Our room for the duration of our stay was one of their recently refurbished Belvedere Villas which have private terraces and pools, meaning that we barely had to leave our room during the day and on an evening we had a wonderful moonlit view of the Aegean.
Where to Chill … A short walk from the main area of Faliraki is the Ammades Seaside Restaurant & Bar, a wonderful beach front club where you can while away the hours on one of their sun-loungers (€6 per day for two loungers) or sun-beds (€40 Front Row, €30 Second Row – but this is redeemable on food and drink). You get waiter service all day, swim out to their pontoon that sits adrift of the shoreline and unwind to your hearts content.
Where to Explore … Within the main town of Rhodes lies the medieval citadel of Rhodes, an UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and an idyllic labyrinth in which to lose yourself for a day.
Where to Play … One thing we spotted on good old Google Maps before we set off on our vacation was the Water Park, conveniently located right next door to our hotel! I decided to conquer my fears and spend the afternoon there with Paul and I loved every minute. The Triple Cones slide was by far my favourite and I would highly recommend equipping yourself with a pair of scuba shoes to avoid burning your feet! I was highly impressed at the €24 entry fee and the low cost of Gyros (€8) inside too.
Where to Beach … The one thing that Rhodes has in abundance is beaches and my favourites are definitely Kalithea Springs (€8 per person) and St Paul’s Bay (€5 per person) which of course we had to visit during our stay. I think St. Paul’s was actually my favourite spot in the whole of Rhodes as it was just so peaceful and beautiful, but both are good spots for spotting tropical fish and swimming as well as sunbathing.
In all honesty there wasn’t a single thing (except maybe the mosquitoes) that I didn’t like about Rhodes; I loved the was of life, the food and being able to sit outside on an evening without fear of it getting chilly. There is so much to see and do on the Island meaning that even on a break longer than we would usually take, we never once felt bored or as though we had nothing to do. We even visited some spots more than once because we enjoyed them so much.
Have you been to Rhodes or any of the Greek islands?
What would be your must do or see recommendation?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though xxx
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