Located in the North West of the island, Ialyssos - also known as Trianda – is just a short transfer from the airport and just 8 kilometres 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.
The village of Ialyssos and neighbouring village of Kremasti offer a good variety of local shops and produce. There is a family butcher, grocers, bakery and cake shop 5 minutes' drive away and you’ll find the larger supermarkets along the busy main coastal road.
Rhodes Town is also a short drive away and is the best place on the island for a shopping spree. Designer labels along with well-known 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.
The local 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. As you make your way towards the main coastal road and to the sea there is a good number of restaurants from traditional Greek to Sushi, Chinese and Italian. There's a good choice of cocktail bars, sports bars and beach bars, in Ialyssos too.
Rhodes Town is also just 15 minutes' drive from Ialyssos. Both the old and new town offer a wonderful collection restaurants serving both local and international cuisine. Why not explore the cobbled alleyways and enjoy a typical Greek meze, visit the bustling new town with restaurants on every corner, or try a fish taverna on the seafront.
The beaches on the western side of the city stretch for miles around the bay and a welcoming breeze from the north provides the pebbled shoreline with excellent conditions for wind surfing and kite surfing. The main street in the newer part of Ialyssos, known as Ferenakis, leads up to a lovely beach which is rarely overcrowded, and has a selection of watersports on offer and sunbeds to hire in the summer. 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.
The beaches around this area, including Ixia Beach, a little further away, are mainly pebble.
For a bit of fun, locally, jump on the road train in Ialyssos and visit the old village and Filerimos Hill. The Filerimos Monastery sits at the top, 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.
Rodini Park, approximately 20 minutes' drive from Ialyssos, 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.
At the northern tip of the island, around 15 minutes away by car, you'll find Rhodes Aquarium, where children will love getting up close with a variety of marine life, reefs, sea flowers, octopuses and different fish.
The lively resort of Faliraki is also within easy reach, home to the largest water park in Europe, a magic castle and Luna Park.
Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a trip to Monte Smith, the highest point in Rhodes Town, with panoramic views over the town below, the Aegean Sea and nearby islands. You can also see relics of ancient Greece including a theatre, stadium and temple dedicated to Apollo.
Visit Ancient Kamiros, 40 minutes' west of Ialyssos, for archaeology and history, and is one of the three ancient cities of the island (Ialyssos, Lindos and Kamiros).
Closer to home, why not take a drive to Petaloudes - the Valley of the Butterflies – just a 30 minute drive from Ialyssos. You can take a train up to the monastery and then enjoy walking back down the shaded valley - a natural habitat to thousands of butterflies.
The Kalithea Springs are also within a a short drive and is well worth a visit. Legend tells us that many visited the springs for its thermal healing water. Today, although it no longer operates as a spa, it's a great spot for swimming with beautiful gardens and steep rocky creeks that offer diving adventures.
Lindos and its Ancient Acropolis are also within easy reach by car, just 49 kilometres from Ialyssos. 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.