Rhodes is the most south-eastern island of Greece and one of the largest in size. In Greek mythology the daughter of Aphrodite and Poseidon was the goddess of the island and was named after the island. Perhaps the most remarkable yet is the statue of Colossus, which today is only found in gift shops, but once it stood tall on the main port entrance holding a torch above his head. Rhodes is one of the most visited islands of Greece and has something to offer to everyone. Here is a quick guide of the islands and things to do while you there.
Watersport activities are spread across the island and most popular beaches will have a watersports centre. For those that like windsurfing or kite surfing then head towards Prassonisi, which offers always great wind conditions for these watersports. For families one of the best attractions during the summer months is the Butterfly Valley, home to millions of “Panaxia” butterflies. Be warned to wear comfortable gear for walking through the valley. Or, for a rather easier option you can always visit Hydro Biological Station of Rhodes, which is a museum and aquarium showing fish species in the Mediterranean.
The Medieval city, which nowadays is referred as Rhodes old town is a must see. The beauty of this city is that is still largely intact, with the surrounding walls and access from its seven gates. Strolling around you will find plenty of shops and café’s for you to enjoy, and intake the archaeological and historical values of the old town. If you really enjoy this then another must see is the Acropolis in Lindos, and while you are at it spend the day in this lovely small village.
Faliraki is renowned for its nightlife scene and thousands of party lovers head to this resort year on year. However, if you fancy changing scenes then Rhodes town can offer a great choice of nightclubs and bars. For the best of those head to the Orfanidou Street in Rhodes town and you will be spoiled for choice. Another popular nightlife choice is Lindos, but is usually lively and open for business only during the summer months when the visitors flood the island.
There a number of day trips that can be taken from Rhodes. The closest would be the island of Symi which you can hop on the daily ferry from Rhodes town. Here you will find a relaxed atmosphere and great scenery from all angles. If you do like something more challenging then you can always get on a ferry to Marmaris, where shopping and markets are abundant and relatively cheaper than back home. Check out the gold and jewellery shops for some great romantic gifts.
Guest Author: Ervin is an experienced travel consultant and has a close connection with Rhodes where he spent three years as a rep.