For those of you that didn’t see my first post on Athens (our first stop), check it out here! After Athens, we traveled to Rhodes, which is where Antoni was baptized and where his godfather still lives!
Overall it was a very beautiful city, with lots to do! So, here goes…enjoy!
I’ll start by saying Rhodes has the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen in my life. We were lucky enough to stay at a hotel with a rooftop pool and were able to watch the sun set over Turkey from the water every single night. We stayed here from Tuesday mid-day until Friday mid-day, and I felt like it was the perfect amount of time! If you’re looking for other areas to stay, I also highly recommend Lindos!
We stayed at the very tip of the island, at Bellevue Suites! This was by far the nicest sleeping accommodations that we had the whole time. I shared a hotel room with my parents for the trip, and at this hotel, we each had our own bedroom and bathroom and shared a living room. The beds were so incredibly comfortable, which is pretty rare to find in Europe, so I would highly recommend it. This location was settled in between two beaches. One of the beaches (closest to Turkey) had huge waves that I would definitely not recommend for a family, but they were very fun. The other side of the island was a 5-minute walk across and the beaches were very calm – I even brought out a raft to float around on this side.
Besides spending all day at the beach, there are a few different things to do on the island. Rhodes was a medieval town and still has this section of the city called Old Town where the castle and walls are in tact. If you’re a history buff, it could take you all day to walk through the Old Town and visit the museum. If you’re not a history buff, the town is still fun to walk through, grab food, and shop at the local shops. Because my relatives are huge history buffs, we took a full day for Old Town. To end the day, my cousins and I headed to a few bars. My favorite was Ronda Beach Bar – it had lanterns across the yard with greenery hanging from the porch – it was absolutely beautiful.
The next day, we took a full day tour around the island. Our first stop was Filerimos, a monastery on the top of a hill. The monastery is a beautiful overlook of the island, with some ancient ruins! One fun fact is that they have wild Peacocks running around everywhere. It’s pretty funny to see, but some actually sit in the trees too! Our next stop was the Valley of Butterflies. From Spring to Fall, these butterflies fly down the mountain and rest on trees covering this forest. It’s a pretty crazy sight because there are literally thousands. Our next stop was one of my favorite – The Springs of Kallithea. These springs are known for curing conditions and diseases. People from around the world travel here to bath and drink this spring water. People have claimed these waters have made them live longer, cure skin diseases, even arthritis.
On our last stop, we traveled to Lindos Village, a beautiful town with an Acropolis on top. The day we visited they closed the Acropolis because it was so hot, but I heard it’s an amazing sight. This town is one of my favorites because of the classic white buildings with the blue roofs. We had lunch here at a historic home, then checked out the beaches. There were a few different spots to pick from, and the water was incredibly clear! After a few hours here, we headed back to end the day with another sunset.
If we would have had an extra day, I would have loved to visit Symi. The island is known for the colorful houses and their beaches!