It’s taken me a little while to actually sit down and start writing this post. I didn’t want to rush straight after my trip as it was just such a nice holiday. Wish I was still there chilling by the pool. I’ve been to Rhodes a few times so it’s pretty easy for me to put together my own guide on how to spend a week in Rhodes. Hope you like it!
If you visit Rhodes then Rhodes Town is a sight you will not want to miss. Set within the grounds of an ancient medieval town built in 408 BC. Rhodes Town is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns and was declared a world heritage sight in 1988.
From the outer walls it looks like a huge castle. If you take a walk inside one of the many entrances you will find streets and streets filled with hundreds of market type shops selling everything from tourist souvenirs to high end diamonds. There are also some great restaurants with terrace style dining and the grilled fish here is just delicious. Make sure you try it!
If you walk out of the old town a bit you can find all the mainstream stores and designer boutiques too.
Where To Eat
There are so many hidden restaurants in Rhodes. On my first trip, my brother in law discovered this amazing family run restaurant that we now seem to return to every year. You will have to take a bit of a walk from the hustle and bustle of Rhodes Town to find Tamam. It is set on a small side road by the name of Leontos.
Everything on the menu tastes amazing but I would highly recommend the rack of ribs. You will be served by one of the daughters of the family whilst the food is prepared by the mother, in the open kitchen. Desert is complementary here and you will more than likely be sent on your way with a shot of greek ouzo that will blow your head off! Make sure you arrive early to avoid disappointment. There are daily queues as bookings are not accepted here at one of Rhodes most popular restaurants.
If you don’t visit Lindos during your stay you will be missing out on the best part of Rhodes….fact! Lindos is a traditional Greek style town founded in 10th Century BC. A maze of winding cobbled streets and typical greek village flat roof buildings interwoven with each other. The town of Lindos makes for such a beautiful day out. Every building is painted white and there are arrays of flowered vines and beautifully carved wooden doors around every corner.
You will find a bunch of greek style restaurants including a few set on the rooftops overlooking the village. The streets of Lindos are filled with souvenir shops and some really great crepe places. You will even find a couple of gelato style ice cream parlours.
Above the town sits the ruin of the acropolis of Lindos from which you can see some stunning views including the Temple of Athena Lindina, which dates back to 300 BC. It will take some strong walking shoes and a large bottle of water, as the climb to the top is steep and slightly dangerous…..not for the faint hearted!
Pagotomania Ice Cream Parlour
Although I love Rhodes, Faliraki is somewhere I had no aspiration to visit. A bit of a ghost town with abandoned clubs and bars from back when it was the top spot for UK teens to party the night away. Because my husband used to be one of those teens, he always ends up dragging us round his old haunts whilst he reminisces. The only good thing to come out of the worlds most boring tour this year was that we discovered the most amazing ice cream place.
The Pagotomania Ice Cream parlour is set on one of the main shopping streets in Faliraki. This place doesn’t just sell ice cream it actually has an open gallery kitchen where you can watch all the different concoctions being made. I’m telling you, I have never tasted anything like this. I’ve been to Italy several times and even the gelato parlours there can not compare! Normally I’m a mint choc chip kind of gal but this time I decided to venture out a bit and went for Kinder Bueno flavour. It was so good, I’m literally craving it as we speak.
Anthony Quinn Bay
Named after the British Actor, Anthony Quinn who fell in love with Rhodes after filming ‘The Guns of Navarone’ on the island. The bay which is hidden away from the main tourist areas in Rhodes, has become a famous attraction. The bay was bought by the actor but later claimed back by the Greek government.
There is even a diving centre based here and the bay boasts some of the best diving spots on the island with a great variety of fish in the shallow waters. Be careful if you decide to venture out as it gets very deep, very quickly. There are huge boulders just under the water though. So it’s perfect for a quick rest when you get a bit tired.
Golden Sands Beach – Agathi
Unfortunately Rhodes is filled with mostly rocky beaches. There is a sand beach at Faliraki but the surroundings are not ideal.
However, if you drive away from Rhodes Town along the straight road to Lindos you will come across a sign pointing to Golden Sands beach. Pretty much does what it says on the tin and is by far the best beach on Rhodes. Clear waters and yellow gold sands are formed in a large cove. The food served at the bar here is also quite appetising. You will need to fork out a pretty penny for a couple of sun beds but it’s worth it!
Where To Stay?
When travelling to the Greek Islands I prefer to stay in smaller boutique style hotels. You will find that they are much more modern with better views and luxury is their main focus.
I have hunted out a few for you, including a couple I have stayed at myself and highly recommend!
Mitsis Alila Exclusive Resort & Spa – £736 5 nts
Ixian All Suites by Sentido – £638 5 nts
Elysium Resort & Spa – £442 5 nts
Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites – £1249 5 nts
Flights to Rhodes can be found for as little as £169 return and having just travelled there in late October I can tell you it does make for great winter sun too.
Which is your favourite Greek Island?
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