When you are looking for a beautiful sea, isolated bays, a landscape of white and blue houses, I can tell you that you are looking for Greece and I can recommend the island of Rhodes, in the Aegean Sea. It’s been a few years since I discovered this wonderful island but the memory is still vivid. That’s a good sign, isn’t it?
How to reach the island of Rhodes?
There are several direct flights Venice-Rhodes and it is a convenient one to reach, but in other Greek islands often you have to stop and take a second plane or ferry.
Where to stay and how to get around?
The basis of my adventure on the island of Rhodes was in Faliraki which is located in the middle of the island and is the most “young” part. As soon as I arrived I rented the car to be able to freely turn the island and it was an excellent choice. I paid 140€ for 7 days and it allowed me to turn the island without constraints, in fact the island of Rhodes extends from North to South with a single large highway and the exits lead to the towns and beaches.
The beaches of the island
The beauty of the island of Rhodes is that it is rich in small picture-postcard bays, each of which has a different colouring of the sand. So you can see a unique beach every day, from a pebble beach with golden sand to a beach with almost black sand.
The most beautiful beaches and bays are the bay of Antony Quinn, the bay of Ladikou, the bay of Afandou, the bay of Tsampika, the beaches of Lindos and the bay of Prassonissi.
The latter is very dear to me because here for the first time I saw kitesurfing and I fell in love with it. The southern tip of the island is always windy and is the ideal spot for water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing. Moreover with the low tide it is possible to reach on foot the small island in front that is connected by a small strip of land.
The Valley of Butterflies
I moved inland in search of something different and found it: the Valley of Butterflies!
An entire protected path dedicated to the butterfly of the island of Rhodes where with an alternation of streams and bridges you can take a walk surrounded by greenery and butterflies.
The Old Town of Rhodes
In addition to the beaches, the city of Rhodes is also worth a visit. It is located at the northernmost point of the island and is famous for its port where once stood the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) which unfortunately no longer exists.
The city is a succession of classical Greek alleys and houses with white walls and blue details. The nice thing is that every house and restaurant has a central garden inside and you can dine inside the premises but outdoors and away from the confusion.
What to eat?
The menus are often only in Greek and you will learn to recognize the typical dishes:
- The moussaka resembles lasagne but is composed of aubergines, meat and béchamel and nutmeg;
- The Greek salad where you will not find the salad but only tomato, raw onion, cucumber and Greek feta;
- Gyros is similar to kebab but is made of pork;
- Tzarziki, on the other hand, is a sauce made from yoghurt, cucumbers and garlic.
The thing about the island that amazed me is the few vegetables present and the hotel in the hottest hours had no cold water available but only hot water because of the high temperatures.
Sun, sea and a water that enchants. Rhodes is a holiday recommended by Call me Claire.