Rhodes (Island) Things to Do

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  • Mike’s Sweets

    by dimilag Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is THE name for hand made ice cream and sweets in the town of Rhodos. Its secret isn’t only the quality of the ingredients that he uses but also to the friendly staff, the clean shop and the nice atmosphere of its pastry shop. Michalis Konstantinou, well known as Mike, has a continiusly growing reputation between the tourists like us, famous or not.

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    Ippoton

    by gale.blog.pl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ippoton or as others say The Knights' Street is the primary target of all tourists visiting the town of Rhodes. That is why it is almost impossible to take a picture of Ippoton without anyone standing right in front of your camera.

    There's not much I'll say about the place - just because my VT Colleagues have already said everything about it ;-) I can only say that despite the noisy crowds the street is still very special, it still holds its unique atmosphere and is definetely a must-see. I recommend that you try and enter one of the gates along your way. If you're lucky, you'll be able to admire beautiful patio gardens arranged by present owners of the ancient buildings.

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    The Colossus

    by SirRichard Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Me & the columns

    There are no remains of this huge famous monument, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.
    So U can believe it or not, but tales say it was placed at the entrance of the harbour, each feet at the place where now stand these columns you can see in the pic.

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    Rhodes old town

    by SirRichard Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    one of the busy streets of the Hora

    The main attraction of Rhodes capital is the old town, surrounded by walls . There are 3 parts:
    - Hora (turkish quartier) where most of the shops are. Near the harbour.
    - Kollakio (knights' quartier), up the hill. Here U have the wonderful Palace of the Grand Masters.
    - Jewish quartier, residential, nice buildings. At the east side.

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    The Medieval City of Rhodes

    by stevemt Written Mar 19, 2011
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    This is a must see/walk around. Very very interesting although it is a very touristy area with many tourist shops.

    However you can still see much of the old life here, modern has not taken over compleatly.

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    Lady of the Castle Cathedral (Panagia tou Kastrou)

    by stevemt Written Mar 19, 2011

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    This church is one of the major tourist attractions in Rhodes, and rightly so.

    The church dating from 11 & 12th centuries has wonderful fresco's and Icons.

    The building itself is not bad either.

    Well worth the visit

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    Driving on Rhodes (the Island lol)

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    We hired a car for a couple of days & had a wail of a time exploring the Island. Even though driving here is on the opposite side of the road from the UK, the Island has very good quality roads. Gareth did the driving and said the mountain roads have been improved greatly over the years. If you're driving to Lindos, be sure to get there early before the coach parties. If planning on driving to Rhodes town, I would give up on the idea and catch a bus, take a taxi or you can even take a ferry boat from some of the major resorts. The traffic in Rhodes Town is horrendous and we were told by a local cafe owner that the charges for parking are extortionate.

    When driving around the mountainous regions keep an eye out for Goats in the road, they don't seem to have much road sense!!

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    Ancient Kamiros

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 31, 2010

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    Archaelogical evidence suggests that there was a Minoan settlement at Kamiros - legend goes further to say that the Grandson of King Minos of Crete was the founder and that a son of Hercules lived here. It was re-built as a Hellenistic City after a violent earthquake in 226BC but was abandoned and forgotten after another earthquake in AD142. Fortunately the layout has remained intact. Extensive excavations have exposed the foundations of Ancient Kamiros to show row after row of Hellenistic houses, a modest Acropolis, public baths and right up on the hill, the Temple to Athena. As well as the great historic remains at Kamiros, the views from the top of the settlement are out of this world with the beautiful rolling hills all around you, dropping down to the beautiful western coastline.

    Open Tues- Sun
    08:00-19:00 Summer
    09:00-15:00 Winter

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    The Wine Factory

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 31, 2010

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    The Emery wine factory is situated in the prosperous village of Embonas. Here you can taste the wines before you buy & I can vouch that the wine from this region is very nice indeed.

    The Wine factory is open to visitors Mon - Sat 09:00-15:20.

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    Panagia Tsambika

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    Whilst sunning youself on a sunbed at Tsambika you may notice a tiny white building atop the hill on the left hand side of the bay (as you face the sea). This is Tsambika monastery, sometimes also known as Kyra. If you want to visit it or admire the tremendous views there must be from the top of the cone-shaped hill, then then you have to navigate a concrete road that twist and turns steeply up from the main road. The rest of the journey has to be made on foot - 307 stony stairs I'm told - now you know why I stayed on the beach! The monastery itself is tiny but has a reputation for helping women conceive - on its festa day barren women climb on their knees up here to pray for children and when the happy event occurs the child is often called Tamsin or something similar.

    Oct 2006 having a car hire I was half tempted to do the climb - we got up the road where the walk started but then felt the heat and the temptation to head back to th beach was just too much. First though we had a drink at the panoramic restaurant here - the view over the bay was wonderful (pic 1) and was surprised to see somepeople hiking up from the bay below!

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    Lindos

    by Evenith666 Written Oct 25, 2010

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    Lindos was one of the early cities on Rhodes built by king Tlempolemus of Rhodes. It served as an important trading post, given its position on the east coast. This position also made it a natural meeting point between the Greeks and Pheonecians. However, its imprtance declined after the foudnation of the City of Rhodes.
    The acropolis of Lindos, rising high above the town, is home to the huge temple of Athena Lindia, finished around 300BC. The complex grew throughout the Hellenistic and Roman times as mroe temples were built, but by the early medieval period these had fell into disuse.
    Identifiying and interpreting archeology on the Acropolis is difficult as it has been heavily fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans.
    Lindos is the sight of the well-known relief of the Rhodian Tiereme carved into the rock, and can be seen on the way up to the top.

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    Go to the Beach

    by Myfanwe Updated Oct 14, 2010

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    There are many great beaches on Rhodes. Many are great for snorkelling and all are really safe for swimming or if you fancy a relaxing day sunbathing there are plenty of beaches which can offer sunbeds and sun umbrella's for hire.

    During our time in Rhodes we visited some of the beaches on the East coast;

    Afandou has a huge pebble beach, with a few bars and cafe's dotted along the beachside. I loved it here because the beach was so big you could find a nice quiet spot all to yourselves.

    Faliraki Beach is the livlier sandy beach where you can enjoy a plethora of watersports, hire a sunlounger and grab a bite to eat at the nearby MacDonalds.

    Kalithea Spa is a wonderful rocky exclusive cove which is ideal for snorkelling, lounging in the sun and taking in a bit of history in the recently refurbished spa buildings. There is an entrance fee of 1 Euro which give access to all of the above.

    Kolymbia has a great sandy beach which has some nice quiet areas to it, traditional harbour area with a great beachside cafe bar right at the waters edge. The rocky areas here are very good for snorkelling.

    Lindos has some great beaches and coves, many of which we saw while walking up to the Acropolis. St Pauls Bay looked fantastic and I imagine another area which is great for snorkelling.

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    Faliraki

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 3, 2010

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    Faliraki is well know as the Party Capital of Rhodes and I'm sure during the night-time it really does earn its' reputation. We called by during the day & found it to be quite a pleasant place to walk around with no shortage of restaurants, gift shops and beachside bars. Just off the main road into Faliraki is a lovely Church which in my opinion was one of the nicest i'd seen in a week travelling around Rhodes.

    There is a lovely beach at Faliraki with lots of sunbeds for hire and lots of watersports if you fancy some fun and excitement.

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    Petaloudes

    by Myfanwe Written Sep 26, 2010

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    The area of Petaloudes is home to the extremely popular 'Valley of the Butterflies'. This is where thousands of Jersey Tiger Moths migrate from various parts of the Island during the months of July and August. The Moths are attracted to this area by the sweet secretions of the Liquidamber Orientalis trees which grow in abundance here. These wonderful insects are nocturnal so can be seen at rest on the bark of trees and rocks in abundance. At rest they are brown in colour with cream strips on the underside of their wings. Occasionally you can see them in flight if they are disturbed from their sleep. In flight, they are a vibrant orange colour. As you walk around Petaloudes you will see many signs asking visitors not to disturb the moths. In years gone by tour guides would clap their hands to disturb the moths from their sleep. Sadly this has resulted in a decrease in the species as daytime flying uses up vital energy needed for survival.

    Visitors follow the course of the stream which cascades down the valley, forming waterfalls and pools along the way. There are several uneven paths and steps to contemplate but if you can manage it, the scenery and views of the Moths are well worth it. The sleeping Moths on the bark of the trees are so numerous in places from a distance they look like leaves! This is a wonderful place to visit and the wooded valley provides some welcome shades in the summer months away from the heat of the sun.

    Entrance fee to the Valley is 5 Euros for Adults

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    Castle of Monolithos

    by Balam Updated Sep 21, 2010

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    The castle of Monolithos was built on the top of a rock , a very large rock. It is one of the most note worthy and picturesque sites on Rhodes, not so much because of the architecture but more for its imposing position. It offers a superb view of the sea and of the Island.
    Inside the castle there is a small church dedicated to Ayios Panteleimonas, which was probably built in the 15th Century. This part of the Island is not as frequented by tourists and so it is not normaly busy and entry is free.

    It is not suitable for those who find walking hard or who don't like heights.

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