A two-week late spring vacation saw us holidaying on the Greek Island of Rhodes. We opted for a last minute deal and our resort and accommodation was allocated on arrival at Rhodes Airport.
We breathed a sigh of relief when we saw where we would spend our two-week holiday.
Our hotel was in a quiet resort that was sandwiched between a beach and the sea, and lovely Greek village.
It also turned out that, for us, we had visited at the perfect time of year. A day or so before we headed back home our small resort was over-rub with young, noisy tourists.
By visiting Rhodes early in the season, we had lovely weather and peaceful surroundings. What you find with Rhodes is that, in high season, it becomes very busy. If you love hustle, bustle and noise that will be fine for you but take heed.
You will still find some peaceful resorts but pick carefully, especially in high season.
The Greek Island of Rhodes
Rhodes is the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands. These Greek islands are the furthest away from the Greek mainland, and other islands. These islands are, however, very near to the Turkish coast and they only united with Greece in 1948.
When we were on our holiday, we would jokingly wave to Turkey from our balcony every morning. If the air was clear, there was a lovely view of the Turkish coast in the distance.
Rhodes has a warm climate and some pretty scenery and villages. There are good beaches around the island and a cosmopolitan feel in Rhodes Town, the Island's capital.
We flew direct from Manchester airport to Rhodes Island, and landed at the airport near Paradisio.
The local buses operate a good service around the island. Buses from Rhodes town travel all over the Island. You may need to take a second bus for longer journeys. We did this when we visited Lindos on the East coast of Rhodes. The bus timetables operate quite well.
Taxis are very cheap but you need to agree your fare first. Hiring cars, motorbikes or bicycles is quick and easy.
The currency of Rhodes is now the Euro.
As always, the Greek locals are warm and friendly. We stayed in a small resort and found the local people lovely. Whenever you visited a Taverna, the staff would give you something extra, at the end of the meal. Perhaps a small drink or a dessert. This may simply be good business practice but it does encourage you to return. We even found that once the staff knew us, they would call to us and offer us titbits, as we were just passing by.
Easter had already passed in England, when we visited Rhodes, but it was their Easter Holiday whilst we were there. On a boat trip one day, a local woman, who could speak no English, gave us a painted boiled egg each, and another gave us home made Easter biscuits. This is a local custom and was much appreciated.
The locals usually speak very good English, and German, but it is good manners to maybe say one or two Greek words, if you able to.
Local food and drink
The food is typically Greek, with European available if you prefer. Gyros are sold in Rhodes town market and they are very tasty. A gyro is pitta bread, with kebab meat and salad, and a gorgeous dressing. I think the dressing is a light flavoured Tsatsiki, but I am not sure. Whatever it is, it is tasty and a good price.
Rhodes Town, the island's capital.
The capital town of Rhodes has lots to offer visitors.
It has a walled area of cobbled streets, where there are many shops, cafes and interesting places to visit. There is Mandraki harbour, where you can fish or watch the boats. Here you can see the remains of the Colossus of Rhodes. Well that is the legend.
There are a couple of good town beaches. We also found a good maritime museum. Rhodes town has a pleasant cosmopolitan feel. It has everything you may need and more. Sit near the market, outside one of the many cafes, and watch the world go racing by.
From Rhodes town we took a ferry to the nearby Greek Island of Symi. This was just a day trip for us. Symi is a lovely, quiet and unspoilt island and would be well worth visiting for longer than a day.
You can also take a ferry to Marmaris, in Turkey, if you fancy a very different day out.
On the Eastern side of the island there is the pretty town of Lindos. Here houses, resembling large sugar cubes, are dotted around a hill. At the top of this hill is an Acropolis. You can walk up to it or take a donkey ride.
Lindos has many tourist shops and a good beach. It is very scenic place. There is a quieter beach, a short walk from the main area, in a secluded bay.
We visited Lindos on the local bus. We needed two buses to get there but had a glorious day out and an easy journey.
The only down side was that this was the first place we encountered a traditional Greek toilet. All Greek toilets require you to put the paper in a bin, and not down the bowl. However, a traditional Greek toilet is two large places to put your feet and a hole in the ground. Sorry for the detail, but it is worth knowing. You may not encounter such a wondrous thing but if you do, you have been warned.
This resort has a massive beach nearby but has seen a fair amount of trouble and commercialism. It was plagued with rowdy visitors in recent years but has tried to clean up its act lately.
There are far too many attractions and places to list. Hopefully, this article may have given you a flavour of Rhodes and whetted your appetite for more.
If you are considering visiting, check out a web site or guide book for full details.
If you pick the most suitable place, and time of year, for yourselves, I am sure that you will have a great holiday. Whether you want to just laze around and chill, enjoy lively nightlife or simply explore the Island, there is something for everyone.