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Urge to visit again
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Rhodes is this beautiful green island that all tourists want to visit. This summer I had the chance to spend my two months vacation in a lovely suburb of Athens and in this beautiful island with a close friend of mine from Greece. He is a tour guide and Rhodes is one of his favorite places to visit and I felt so safe with him knowing every little detail.

The long hour trip from Piraeus lasted for 14 hours but we managed to get enough sleep at the boat. When we reached the port we went straight to the hotel somewhere at the centre of Rhodes. We spent a whole day walking through the medieval city, the narrow alleys and the huge fortress walls. There you can see the amazing Knights Fortress, the ancient remains, the beautiful buildings and the medieval temples. I was literally left spellbound. Nikos offered me such insight about the history of the island while being surrounded by the historical walls. Outside of these borders is the modern town with its busy streets, old buildings and nice shops to accommodate all visitors. During the day we witnessed the authentic picture of the island, children playing at the main beach and people taking long walks along the waterfront, a typical summer vacation in Greece.

By car we traveled to Ialysos, a beautiful town that lies in a green valley, the ideal destination for nice and relaxing holidays. However, you will still find a great number of tourists there and wonderful beaches to enjoy a swim. About 10 km from the town is one of the most good-looking villages of Rhodes called Kremasti. It is worth visiting if you have time.

As for swimming, I loved Kallithea (swimming with the impressive springs at the background), Tsambika and Saint Paul's beach in Lindos. The castle above Lindos is also great. Lindos and the Town are two places not to miss in Rhodes.


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foodhols wrote on Jun 20, 2012

I would urge everyone to visit Greece and Rhodes in particular. I fell in love with this fantastic island 7 years ago and it breaks my heart every time I have to leave. If you have never been to the Greek Islands you just have to go!!


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Family trip
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Rhodes is a big island and you will need a car to get around. If that is not possible, there are local buses that depart from the city center to many villages and beaches. Especially the tourist places have very frequent connection to Rhodes Town.

As a family of 5, it is often difficult for us to find the right accommodation, but in Rhodes our apartment was fine. We stayed in Ialissos, a beautiful resort about 20 minutes from the town where we visited almost every afternoon. We loved the Medieval look, the old port, the castle, the small cafes hidden in the corners of the old town. The boutiques and jewelry stores were also lovely!

If you visit in summer, you will also get a perfect idea of the bustling nightlife in Rhodes. Don't miss the archeological museum and the Acropolis. For a couple of days, we rented a car to see the places inaccessible by bus. In the centre of the island, there are some very nice mountainous villages.

Faliraki was nice if you are under 30s but for a family it is way too noisy. Afandou beach was absolutely fantastic and so was Tsambika. Head up to the monastery on the hill and catch the breathtaking view. Lindos is also must to visit, but the way up to the Acropolis will get you tired. The donkey is a relaxing alternative but bit smelly.



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See for yourself
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If you think of visiting a Greek island for their family vacations, I can say that Rhodes is definitely this place. Rhodes is among the biggest islands in Greece and has many beauties to see. I went to Rhodes last summer with my two daughters. We stayed in a wonderful hotel in Kallithea with great facilities, especially for my two children. Rhodes is totally worth a visit for the pristine beaches and the Medieval monuments.

The valley of Butterflies is a natural park with thousands of colorful butterflies appearing every year from June to September. We walked all the way to the dark paths that cross the forest. The children loved the small wooden bridges, it almost looks like you are in a magical world.

We visited some magnificent beaches close to Kallithea and Faliraki. Clean water, soft sand, nice beach bars where we enjoyed our meals with the relaxing noise of the beaches. My kids loved the island and they wanted to stay in the beach all day. Fortunatey we avoided sunburns!

No need to talk about the Old Town of Rhodes and Lindos. You have to see yourself.



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Watch the world go by
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My husband and I visited Rhodes last Sept. We stayed in Rhodes Town, our hotel was close to Mandraki Harbour a wonderful place with lots of boat trips available. Rhodes Old Town is so beautiful, the cobbled streets transport you back in time, lots to do and see. We took boat trips to Lindos and Simi and they are not to be missed. Lots of great restaurants to relax and enjoy a nice meal and watch the world go by. We are going back this year in Sept and I am counting the days till I can swim in that beautiful sea again. Feel free to contact me if you want to ask me anything.


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konrad wrote on Nov 14, 2011

very nice review:) Rhodos is not mya fav Greek island but i agree with You. It's really friendly place with very nice beaches and very good wine in Tavernas :)


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New things to do every time
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I have been to Rhodes four times in the last 5 years and every time I visit this island, I seem to be seeing and doing new things, and my holiday seems to be getting more interesting than the previous one. Personally, I don't care much about reviews, raving or otherwise, because I am one of those who believe that a holiday is what you make it out to be. All places have a balance of the good and the bad, and t is up to us to make the most of what's good.

One of my favorite things on my list-of-things-to-do in Rhodes is a visit to the medieval city. I just wander around the walled city, making a sincere attempt to lose my way in the maze of streets. Seriously, if you ask me, this is the best way to discover things that no map or tourist brochure would let you on to. The place is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and I sincerely hope the authorities would do something to stop turning the ancient city into a shopping mall.

The island has some of the finest beaches in Greece. Although, Faliraki is the most talked about and highly organized, it is a crowded hotspot and a tad too pricy. If you are not up to blaring music and discos, then take my advice and head for the less crowded beaches like the Afandou, a quiet one with some water sports and amazingly clear and warm waters. I also managed to visit a few beaches, including Stegna and Tsampika, all a short taxi ride away. Both these beaches are lined with fabulous traditional tavernas, and I had tasty grilled fish prepared from the catch of the day.



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Imposing sites and beaches
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I spent a week in Rhodes, and I realized that it wasn't quite enough. The island is one of the largest in the Dodecanese and has so much to offer that it is quite impossible to see all of it in a week. I also needed to do a project on a historical site for my term assignment and what better place to choose than the Old Town of Rhodes with its Knight's street, the Palace of the Grandmaster and the imposing fortifications. I spent a whole day walking the old city enclosed by the medieval walls, took in all I could and by sunset, I was happy with how my assignment was shaping up. Don't miss the archaeological museum, if you are keen on history and that sort of things. I boarded a bus to Rhodes Acropolis, the ruins from the Hellenistic era which encompasses the temple of Apollo, a small theater, and a stadium. The new town of Rhodes is fairly nondescript, or perhaps appeared so after the magnificent sights that I saw at the Old Town.

Over the next few days, I visited some of the popular beaches in Rhodes. Faliraki, a long sandy beach with water sporting facilities and plenty of taverns to choose was quite good. I ventured to the southern end, where the rocky beach was relatively less crowded, and this was the only legal nudist beach on the island. The next was Lindos, a beautiful beach which also has a picturesque village by the same name which is home to a spectacular Acropolis. The climb to the village was quite steep, and I took a donkey ride for 5 euros. Looking back, it was a very interesting experience, although I must confess, I was feeling a bit queasy at the time. On my return, I stopped off at the beach resort of Kolymbia, midway between Lindos and Rhodes. The eucalyptus avenue leading to the beach was one of the most unforgettable things about this beach.



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Let yourself go crazy
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Rhodes is one of the biggest and most beautiful islands we have visited in Greece! We've been there twice and still we haven't seen everything! I love it mostly because in Rhodesthere is something for all tastes: amazing beaches, green forests in the centre of Rhodes to walk, delicious food, great sightseeing. Do not go by ferry as you will lose two days (go and back) from your vacations and you will get too tired (unless of course you like travelling bt ferry, which I hate!). The ferry ride from Athens to Rhodes is 20 hours, when the plane takes only 1 hour, so choose your transport wisely!

Our studio was in Kallithea to be close to the Town and the amazing beaches of the north: Afandou, Kallithea, Faliraki, Tsambika. My kids loved the sea sports and we could hardly get them out of the sea (and the hotel pool)!! The Town and the inland were lovely evening spots. A Saturday night we saw a Greek rock concert in the Old Port and we loved how people were singing the songs! Unfortunately we didn't experience any of the panygiria, maybe next time if we are lucky! Do not miss Lindos (by tour boat from Town) and if you rent a car go to the isolate south part of the island. It is amazing how the northern part is so tourist and the southern part so remote! Also visit the Aquarium and let your kids go crazy!



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Holidays to remember for long
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Rhodes is a very big island and certainly you will not see it all in a few days. That's my first point. Have at least a week to spare, or you will love it so much that you'll want to come back to see what you've left out. My second point. Do not book far from the most popular resorts (unless you have a car) because buses go only to the frequented places.

Beaches in Rhodes are so many and so beautiful! You will love every coast, from the narrow rocky beaches around Ladiko to the busy watersports centres in Afandou. We were a family of four and booked a studio a nice, budget studio in Kallithea. The ferry ride from Athens from very long (16 hours? or so) and we knew the children would get tired, but we don't frequently travel by boat, so we thought it would be a nice and unusual experience. Maybe if we had booked a cabin, things would be more comfortable...

The rental car waited for us at the port when we arrived and it turned out very necessary. Otherwise, we would have missed all these nice villages in the inland, the ruined castles, the abandoned monasteries, the beautiful forests...

It was a pleasure to walk in the forest and we even saw a deer!!! My kids got mad, they loved it! Of course, we just saw it at a glance because my son screaming made it leave in terror! Our favourites beaches were the sandy beaches to avoid any injury on the rocks. Tsabika, Afandou, Faliraki were great and the day in the waterpark was great fun. Definitely holidays to remember for long!!



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Loved each beach separately
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All beaches in Rhodes are great, we loved each one separately and for different reasons. Faliraki for its music beach bars, Afandou for the watersports, Kallithea for the rocky landscape, Tsambika for the clean water and the list goes on...

Our hotel was in Afandou and this is where we spent most of our days but we travelled a lot around and saw beautiful places. Rhodeshas everything you want on your holidays: sites to see and beaches to swim.

We saw many castles and ancient sites. I loved Lindos, I was disappointed with Ancient Kameiros (you should take more care of this site, it is a pity to leave it almost abandoned and to allow vegetation to grow among the ruins!!!) and unfortunately we saw only a few butterflies in the Butterfly Valley!! Probably it was not their time to fly...

Walking in the Medieval Town was so relaxing and interesting and one day we took a tour to Simi, a lovely island only an hour away. A tour to Turkey would also be cool but we didn't have passports, only our EU identity cards. In Rhodes Town, you can find some gourmet restaurants to eat but we prefered the small taverns by the beach. After all, the food is fresh and prices are cheaper there!



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Feel the history
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Rhodes is an island that always reminds me of my teenage years since it is an old tradition here in Greece that during your last years in school you go a five day tour with your classmates and teachers. We were wearing huge sombrero hats and going all way round the magnificent medieval castle in the night (it is almost half of the city and it's a monument listed in Unesco!!) in the center of the town and the traditional alleys. You could feel the history walking near you with all the tombs, the statues and the relics there!

Needless to say, the nightlife (the coffee shop in the pirate ship which was on a swimming pool was my favorite) was fantastic and you had opportunities to try extreme water sports since the island offers an extremely well developed tourism full of 5 star hotels, casino, bars, pubs, restaurant for all tastes which attracts thousands of tourists from all over Europe.

What impressed me most was the aquarium there with species that are rare and sometimes common in the Aegean Sea in a structure that looks like an underwater cave! Truly magic! And of course do not forget to visit the near by island of Simi which will totally conquer your heart.

Try definitely the famous local wines, the koriantolino which is a liqueur made from a flower that grows only there and you will love the decoration of its bottle and melekouni, a traditional sweet with honey and sesame.

Rhodesis for everyone really and it is a pity that regions like Faliraki attract so negative types of tourism (which in many cases it is just an exaggeration of the media that may scare you a little bit). In general, I believe that Greece and the Greek islands are perfectly safe and sometimes it is just our lack of caution and judgment that may cause problems!



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