Located in the North West part of the island, Ialyssos - also known as Trianda – is just a short transfer from the airport and just 5 miles from Rhodes Town. It’s one of the three ancient cities of the island. The shoreline is very much the same wherever you may stay and stretches from Kremasti to Ixia. Hotels, cafes and restaurants line the waterfront whilst the villages are traditional with the local way of life much unchanged.
Local Markets and Shopping You can find almost anything you want in the village of Ialyssos and neighbouring village of Kremasti. There are all the amenities you’d expect including banks, a post office, small family owned shops, grocery stores, as well as a butcher and a bakery. You’ll find the larger supermarkets along the busy main coastal road. Rhodes Town is just up the road and is the busiest and best place on the island for a shopping spree. Designer labels along with well-known global brands line the high street. In the heart of the old town, some of the shops have been around for centuries specialising in pottery, carpets and leather. It’s a colourful scene and fun just to browse and soak up the atmosphere.
Bars and Restaurants The nightlife is relaxed and varied – you can enjoy alfresco dining sat in the village square by the church in Kremasti, or a traditional meze in the old village of Ialyssos. Pull over anywhere along the main coastal road heading to Rhodes Town and enjoy a pizza, pasta, Chinese food, a grill or a 5 course al a carte meal. Our favourite spot is on the beach road with plenty of tavernas and sophisticated pool bars serving cocktails alongside in-house DJs - the perfect spot to relax in the evening and witness amazing sunsets.
Beaches The beaches on the western side of the city stretch for miles around the bay. A welcoming breeze from the north provides the pebbled shoreline with excellent conditions for wind surfing and kite surfing. If you prefer to spectate, choose a beachfront bar, or hire a sunbed and enjoy the sea air and amazing views along with great food.
Family Fun Jump on the road train in Ialyssos and have a whistle stop tour of the old village and Filerimos Hill. Rodini Park, built by the Romans, is said to be one of the oldest in the world. With an abundance of trees creating natural shade, as well as various streams and ponds, it’s the perfect place for exploring or relaxing with a picnic. And you will love Rhodes Aquarium, where you’ll love getting up close and personal with a variety of marine life, reefs, sea flowers, octopuses and different fish. Or there are regular daily excursions from Mandraki Harbour, offering both short trips around the harbour and island hops to the nearby islands of Symi and Chalki. Why not hop on and off the red double decker bus and get a good idea of the lay of the land? The lively resort of Faliraki is also within easy reach, home to the largest water park in Europe, a magic castle and Luna Park.
Places of Interest Filerimos Monastery sits at the top of Filerimos Hill, nestled amongst pine trees with panoramic views overlooking Ialyssos and the bay of Ixia. With a serene setting, an impressive cross, stunning mosaics and ancient ruins guarded by 100s of wonderful peacocks, it’s a great place to visit. The town of Rhodes (Rodos) was once famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which has been lost in time. Today, the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a trip to Monte Smith, the highest point in Rhodes Town, with panoramic views of Rhodes Town, the Aegean Sea and nearby islands. You can also see relics of an ancient Greek civilisation including a theatre, stadium and temple dedicated to Apollo. Visit Ancient Kamiros for archaeology and history - one of the three ancient cities of the island (Ialyssos, Lindos and Kamiros). Alternatively, there’s Petaloudes - the Valley of the Butterflies – where you can take the butterfly train up to the monastery and then enjoy walking back down the shaded valley - a natural habitat to thousands of butterflies. Kallithea Springs became popular in the early 20th century due to its therapeutic thermal springs. With beautiful gardens and steep rocky creeks that offer diving adventures, its one place not to be missed. Lindos and its Ancient Acropolis are also within each reach by car, just 28 miles away. Or, you can sail to Lindos from Mandraki Harbour, with enough time to walk up to the Acropolis, have some lunch and a swim before sailing back along the East Coast.