Places Of Interest In Rhodes

The natural beauty of Rhodes and the historical sites makes this Greek Island a popular holiday destination for all types of holiday makers, from family beach holidays to fun seeking groups. The appropriately named "sun island" or "island of light" offers all year round sunshine and activities. The spectacular landscapes and ancient towns of Lindos, Pefkos and Lardos are the national treasures of Greece, whilst offering quaint little shops and restaurants to suit a variety of tastes.

Rhodes Town Rhodes Town is a great place to explore, with its two harbours, shops, restaurants and historical buildings, this makes Rhodes Town a must see whilst on your villa holiday. Surrounded by walls the Old Town is one of the best preserved fortresses in Europe. When you step into the New City of Rhodes, built in 1522 you will embrace the cosmopolitan liefstyle the resort has to offer.

Lindos Lindos founded more than 1500 years ago, is the most famous village in Rhodes. It needs little introduction as it has been at the forefront of tourism in Rhodes and no visitor to Rhodes has not gone to the village. Lindos has a charm all of its own, with its white washed one storey sugar cubed buildings nestling under an impressive Acropolis high above. The Acropolis can be visited by foot, or why not try a 'Lindian Taxi' a donkey! Most of the old fisherman’s houses have been converted to apartments, restaurants and bars. Beautiful court yards and mosaic floors called ‘chokiaki’ add unlimited character to the village. Pallas Beach and St Paul’s Bay are ideal beaches to relax and cool off in the Mediterranean. This gorgeous village is government protected and remains untouched by the 21stcentury.

Pefkos Built along a single street running parallel to the beach, Pefkos is made up of modern, low-rise hotels, luxury villas and self-catering apartment complexes set in gardens with pools. As most buildings are no higher than three storeys, it still bears some resemblance to the village it once was. People come here for the peace and calm, so it is not much of a party animal at night. It’s more about relaxed conversation over cocktails, cold beers or local wine, or chatting over an ouzo in the garden of a little tavern. If you don’t want to cook at your villa, great food is to be found in the restaurants along Main Road and Main Beach Road but if you feel like late night dancing or a burst of live music, head for Lindos, just a 10 minute drive from your villa.

Lardos Lardos and Lardos Beach is another resort close to Lindos. As with many traditional Greek resorts there are two distinct areas. If you want a taste of traditional village life then you should head for Lardos. Lardos Village is situated 2km in from the coast. This traditional village with a square, complete with fountain and Italian architecture. Nearby is the mini golf and go karts as well as a good choice of watersports on Lardos beach. Sit in the square and watch the world go by. There is a good choice of restaurants, tavernas and bars with a little night life. A relatively new resort for clients, the sand and pebbled beach of Lardos has most things for a day’s activities. You can lay on a sun bed and work on your tan, admire the beautiful sea scenery, swim in the crystal clear blue waters, or try your hand at the water sports, generously displayed at the Lardos beach. There are many beach tavernas to invite you for a refreshing drink and a quick traditional Greek snack. Grab an ice-coffee and relax watching the idyllic atmosphere of the waves caressing the beautiful Lardos beach. Although the road does not run along the shoreline, it is possible to walk along the beach to take advantage of all the restaurants and bars.

St Pauls Chapel This is one of the best chapel locations in Greece. The surrounding area around the chapel are truely breathaking with the ancient ruins and views of the bay and beyond it is well worth a visit.

Kalathos Village Kalathos is a small traditional village located on a hillside overlooking Kalathos beach and the blue Aegean Sea. Local amenities include a pharmacy, a couple of petrol stations, bakery and a mini market. Sample some Greek dishes in one of the tavernas in the village or along the sea front and enjoy a relaxing evening with the locals in one of the bars. Every Sunday the church bells will ring at Saint Mary’s, which is built into the rock side and holds paintings of the 12th century. Following the main road just 3 miles south is the historical village of Lindos.

Haraki The village is a summer retreat for the locals of nearby villages, with a wealth of friendly bars and taverna's there is a great sense of community whilst children play along the promenade and families enjoy a cool refreshing drink and relax in this small haven of a village. The beach though stony is perfect for snorkelling and at night you can see the jumping fish! Shortly before Haraki lays Agathi, a small, beautiful beach with golden sand sheltered from the wind with shallow waters, with 3 tavernas and plenty of sunbeds we truly believe we have discovered one of Rhodes best kept secrets!

Feraklos Castle A castle actually used by pirates until the Knights of St. John ousted them, then reinforced the castle and used it as a prison. It is a good climb and fairly rough underfoot. Like many of these fortifications on the islands, the walls are the only significant remains. This one is no exception and the inside is overgrown with shrubs and other vegetation. Narrow footpaths lead around the enclosure and there are excellent views from the walls down to Agathi beach and to Haraki in the other direction.

Monastery of Tsambika You will have to walk up the hill, following the 350 steps. On the top of the hill you will find the tiny, Byzantine church, dedicated to Our Lady. It's perched high at 300 m with commanding coastal views, both north over Kolymbia and south over Tsambika beach until Lindos, which makes it worth, to climb up.

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