On the east coasr of Rhodes we found this remote monastery - a short detour of the main road down to Prasonisi. Bit of a stark white building is the monastery of Zoodohos Pigi (source of life).
It dates from teh 1840's and is built over the ruins of an early Christian church. Notice the classical colums with Corinthinthian capitals in the exterior ogf the monaastery. Rhodes has countless monasteries and chapels - every few miles there seems to be a brown sign indicatring one.
It would be very easy to miss seeing this delightful village of Kattavia as you head for the coast road towards the tip of the island to Prasonisi but that would be a real shame. We made a point of stopping here for a drink on the return from Prasonis and we found a real greek gem. Mainly congregated around a crossroad are several tavernas with gingham checked tableclothes and little old greek men and women just waiting to serve you some refresments - it was a bit like stepping back in time and so so different from Rhodes Town.
Just a few metres away fro the centre is the Church of St Paraskevi with its italinate bell tower - in red!
Rhodes Old Town is a definite must do on any tourists itinerary. Its a beautiful place to see both during the daytime and evening. In the evenings the old walls are lit up and a stroll around the moat is a must.
However if you go away from the center of the old town and stray up any of the multitude of little cobbled alleyways you enter the real old town. Here locals sit only feet opposite eachother outside their homes in the narrow alleys. They simply pass away the hours chatting and chilling whilst their open aired ovens cook their evening meals.
These folk seem to be oblivious to the rat race we seem to live in and they seem to exist in a culture that is still a hell of a lot slower and more relaxed than ours.
It is easy to become disorientated within this labrynth of alleyways but in reality you are never far from the more tourist trodden areas. It is a real eye opener just to experience this real Rhodes.
A visit to kameiros skala and Kritinia castle.
some lovely seafood resturants, two in kameiros skala itself, both of which we tried. Althaimeni is the busiest and most expensive, but it has a huge tank of lobsters and i would say its still good value. we had a big platter of fish with 2 lobsters and plenty of the trimmings. with 2 beers the bill was nearly €100, free watermelon for dessert.
across the road the fare is a little simpler but very good value, we had a fish platter there (NOT the same day) for about half the price including a bottle of wine and beers.
Just south of the village is a lovely little cove (see picture 2), take a fork right signposted for Kritinia castle, and then right again (says beach/ resturant). parking at the bottom for a dozen cars, a shingle beach with lovely clear wtaer. great for snorkelling. it has the usual shower and little changing cubicle.
On up the road to the castle, you must go for sunset!!! An old lady will stop you close to the castle and try to sell you a bag of cold drinks. we said no because we wanted to stop and sit on the way back down. that was a great decision. Her drinks were as cheap as any supermarket, and she brought us grapes and peaches for free as we tried to chat (without sharing any language) She also does coffee (greek) and souma (grappa)
If you like shopping then make sure you go to Turkey you can get just about anything and its cheap but make sure you barter with them.
I got all sorts of designer fakes, not that anyone would know, you could get all the Chav stuff if thats what your into. But they also had some realy nice designer stuff like Miss Sixty, Diesel, D&G etc. and there are some amazing bags i treated myself to a nice D&G bag, a few pairs of jeans a skirt some new shoes and a watch and of course theres plenty for the lads.
At the end of our shopping we all met up in a carpet shop, and before heading back where shown lots of rugs and stuff and recieved a cold drink.
Bookable trough the hotel or localy in Pefkos i think we booked this through Pallas Travel and cost about 40 to 50 pounds each.
Early morning pick up, driving to Rhodes Town where we travelled by Katamaran across to Turkey this took about an hour.
Once we arrived we where all taken for breakfast which inlcluded bread, cheese, salad and yoghurt etc very continental.
After we had eaten we set off to a Turkish Delight Factory (see picture 2) this was very intresting and we even got to sample some of the different types they make. And of course like nearly everybody else we bought some.
We were then taken into Marmaris were we would have time to browse the shops on our own.
It is one of the nicest Churches which we have seen in Rhodes Island.
The Church Agios Nikolaos Foundoukli comes from 14th century. It is Byzantine Church where you can admire interesting frescos inside on the walls of Church.
You can find it on the drive to Elousa.
This is a small village up in the mountans and is famous for honey and the local wine Souma. I suggest you to go here by car and have lunch at one of the small restaurants since it's a little cheaper here.
There are many Ceramics Shops on the way from Rhodes City to Faliraki. As most tourist agencies take people there, the prices are pretty high. I'll advise seeing it anyway as these crafts are really beautiful.
Rhodes people are extremly nice. They are very open, warm and helpful. They seem very relaxed and peaceful. They don't run, they are just taking their time, which is something most people in big cities are longing for so much.
To see more pictures check out the Rhodes People travelogue.
Long lonesome beaches you can find at the east coast of Rhodes. Between the villages lindos and archangelos there are calm places where you can go swim. Near faliraki the peace is gone. Faliraki and kallithea are very popular by young german and especially English. If you want get drunk, that’s the place to go.
One of my favorite places on Rhodes is the small village embonas. Most of the people living there are very old and very hospitable. You may sit there, taste their delicious self made honey and have a talk with some wise people. Once it was really unknown but today it is better to go there in the evening cause during the day there are more and more tourists.
Symi is a beautiful island about 1 hour from Rhodes by fast hydrofoil or catermeran. You can go for a daytrip - this will usually call at the monestary of Panormitis at the other end of Symi Island before continuing up to the main town of Symi - Symi Town!
The boats leave from Mandraki Harbour at about 9:30 each day and return at about 3:30 (all times approximate and seasonal, and an occasional boat leaves from Kolonna rather than Mandraki, so check).
You don't have to do the daytrip though - you can stay over on Symi. Hoteliers and the like wait for the daytrip boats and hold placards saying "rooms to rent". We stayed for 4 nights on Symi at the Hotel Opera House. It was a wonderful place - if you do decide to stay on Symi stay there. I doubt you'd be disappointed.
There's enough to see and do on Symi to last you a few days, in fact we'd like to have stayed longer. It's a different pace of life to Rhodes, and so very relaxing.
Marmaris is also only a day trip away. An expensive daytrip though - the port taxes are high on this trip, due no doubt to Greek/Turkish "rivalries". Also, with this trip you cannot stay overnight, it's not allowed and could invalidate your flight ticket for your return home (this might not always be the case - check!).
It was a pleasant trip - well, more than that, it was lovely. And I'm glad that I got to see this little part of Turkey, it made me feel that I'd like to come back, either to here or another part.
The boat to Marmaris leaves the Kolonna harbour every day.
When I was there, there were 3 karting sites on the island: Damatria on the northwest part of the island (the cheapest, but...you get what you pay for - I just looked at it and turned away), Faliraki the expensive tourist area of the northeast (with prices to match, but a reasonably good course), and Lardos, just west of Lindos - the central-eastern part of the island (reasonable rates, good course and not at all crowded). The latter is where I spent my money, and I would have had to take out a second mortgage on my home if I would have let them ride around all the wanted. :) They really enjoyed it.
A new bowling alley opened up at the time (spring, 2002) near the airport. Really first-class equipment with the usual other games around too.