Back to island life again, whilst I love a city break there’s just something so special about watching the sunrise on the harbour with the fishermen out catching seafood. This time we move onto Rhodes, also very famous for being one of the 7 Wonders of the World (The Colossus of Rhodes).
So, why did I fall in love with this island? Well it’s split into two, Rhodes Old Town and Rhodes New Town. Let me start with Rhodes Old Town, again one for soaking up culture where you are at the heart of Greek history. It is well known for being the oldest medieval town in the whole of Europe – therefore you’d be silly not to take in this beauty!
Whilst Rhodes New Town is modern with a range of café’s shops and bars you’ve really got a good balance and plenty to see…
Now my top tips… you must visit a bakery! I know I’m a foodie and maybe I shouldn’t put this first on the list but honestly, you will not be disappointed (I recently gave this advice to my friends who own a landscaping company in Dorchester and they couldn’t thank me enough!). We visited one in the Old Town just as they’d opened their doors for the morning; the aromas of the freshly cooked homemade pastries welcomed me. I went for one of the sweet pastries topped with sugar as it was literally sparkling at me, I just couldn’t resist. Of course I accompanied this with a coffee, a perfect start to the morning. However for those of you with not such a sweet tooth like me (guilty) I heard the spinach pies were amazing!
My second top tip is visit the beach. Now if you’re a beach lover like me, I’d recommend going to one in the eastern side as these are sandy. Of course it’s personal preference so if you prefer a pebble beach opt for one in the west! And if you like diving, then the crystal clear seas of Lindos beach is the best. This beach is boarded by rocks making it a great diving spot for many travellers and a chance to get that go pro on and snap some underwater shots! Aside from the beach, Lindos is also really rated for the village. The whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and rooftop terraces make this village highly spoken of and not to mention you can pick up a donkey ride and visit the Acropolis – what better way to soak up the culture!? For another top beach spot visit Agios Pavlos Beach, it’s a small bay with a white chapel at the end of it – probably more of a quiet spot for couples but nonetheless beautiful!
If you’re more of the adventurous type like me, then check out the water park in Faliraki – a great day out for all ages, I think I ended up having more fun than some of those kids… And that’s also where the party scene is at. A lot of British holiday makers will come to Faliraki predominantly for the party scene, so if you fancy a wild night out check out what they have to offer. Some say it’s “one of the best destinations in Europe for nightlife”, I know I definitely had fun!
So now I’ve given you an overview of what I did in Rhodes – where’s best to stay? Well I’ve heard amazing things from fellow travellers who have stayed in the Lindos Blu and Rodos Palladium so if your budget is at the higher end of the spectrum definitely pick one of these however sadly these were both slightly out of my budget so I opted for a Guest House which had received great reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor, over 4 stars!
The Apollo Guest House was so cute and had lovely character! Situated in Rhodes town it’s a very small place in the Old Town in perfect walking distance from the shops, restaurants and cafes and some of the best too, you can find some real gems! The owners are lovely and the view over the Palace of the Grand Master and the medieval city are just phenomenal – great for any of you who have a passion for photography, you can get some great shots! Rooms were basic but nice and the interior had a shabby chic feel to it. The courtyard garden is beautiful and is the perfect spot to eat your breakfast – there’s just something about those pink flowers that makes everything so much better! But honestly, no faults – this place was perfect and just what I needed for my trip! If you’re interested here’s the link.
Also a top tip – opting for a B&B is always nice as it means you can still get out and about exploring different restaurants rather than being limited to a restaurant or 2 in an hotel!
So all in all another beautiful place to visit and I’m starting to think, will I ever come home?