See, no picture here. Well, I haven't actually been to Butterfly Valley and I have to blame all the strawberry margharitas and baileys drunk the night before. Anyway, I stayed in the quiet and dark hotel room while my friends went for a short trip. Apparently, there were almost no butterflies in Butterfly Valley and it wasn't worth visiting at all. I decided to believe them :-)
The hotel we stayed required a 15 Euro deposit for each beach towel. I presume if we lost a towel that is what we would be charge. That is exorbitant. There are very nice beach towel with lots of designs including Rhodes themes on sale around all the hotels for 3.5-5. Euro. We bought several. They make great souvenirs and unused ones make nice gifts.
These resorts are not traditional greek villages. If you are after a Greek experience please do not even contemplate going to these places. The whole area is built up to provide classy hotels for those who get up in the morning and never leave a sunbed whether it be beach or pool side. The shops and supermarkets are expensive and false. There is also a lot of touters going around on scooters trying to coax you into the timeshare market. It was like being in Tenerife!
Unique Suggestions: If big classy hotels are your thing, then at least get off the sunbed , hire a car or take a bus and see the real Rhodes. These resorts do not do it justice.
When walking along the side of the harbour where the day trip boats go from this year 3 women introduced themselves to us and asked where we were from then one started to tie a piece of coloured string with beads on around my wrist then said words in her native language and blew on it saying leave it on for 3 hours for luck and another did the same to my GF then asked for money. As I started to walk away the other woman took my hand and started to read it she said you have children I said no she said now you pay me I said what for and walked away. On a brighter note this year we only got asked where we were from once by the holiday club salesmen.
Unique Suggestions: If the African women speak to you just be polite say hello and carry on walking, don't stop and talk as they are so quick they have you before you realise. Same applies to the holiday club sales last year we were stopped several times this year I just said not interested and carried on walking.
Fun Alternatives: If you like walking round the harbour then head for the road where the windmills are or around the commercial harbour as we never got pestered there.
What is called a municipal market in Rhodes is totally different from what I saw and adored in other Greek towns. The market of Rhodes is a real tourist trap, an ugly building close to Mandraki Harbour and bus station, full of small and expensive shops offering casual tourist stuff. You can also have a snack there in one of numerous stinky bars.
Unique Suggestions: You can drop in, have a look and... leave. It's as simple as that.
Fun Alternatives: I don't really know why people spend their time and money there. Rhodes downtown is only a few minutes away...
In Rhodes Town and other resorts, Club Greece people - students? - capture you and ask you to take a scratchcard with the possibility of winning a prize. Some cards do not have matching symbols and you can win a T shirt or a train ticket for a ride around a town some miles down the coast where the Club Greece resort is. If you have matching symbols - and there you go, I did! - I was a lucky winner!! I would win a video camera, free holiday or a boombox. All I had to do was give up an hour of my time to visit the Club Greece resort with a free taxi there and back. After being persuaded to go (the student claimed this would give her €50) we went. Needless to say, it is a hard sell for buying into their club for discount holidays. We were promised a look around the resort, which is why we went, but that didn't happen. We were just placed at a table or two and given the hard sell. Beware - this organisation is trying to sell you holidays and, in the end, if you sign up to their lifelong club membership is timeshare! What a surprise! If you choose to sign up, and that will be after a prolonged sell - hours apparently - you must pay there and then and because it is a holiday club there is no cooling off period if you decide to cancel. We left exactly 60 minutes after the sell began and have not regretted it other than the waste of our precious holiday time. If you want to be informed before you go, check out the website http://www.holidaytruths.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=6135
Young man on scooters drive by and ask you the same questions over and over again: "Do you speak english" .
All they wanna do is take you to a need bungalow to talk about "time sharing". Ofcourse they all do disguise is like you've won the lotery...
Pay a lot for a nice looking bungalow for your own use.
Well it's not only for your own use, but also for all those other people who have fallen for the "time sharing"trap.
I am not sure if this is really a tourist trap. But... after I read rave reviews of Symi I really wanted to go there.We only had 4 days in Rhodes and we wasted one with the trip to symi and this is why. The ferry boat left Rhodes at 9 am (we had to take a bus from Mandraki harbor to get to it) .The trip took 2 hours so we arrived at Symi at 11am. We asked when the ferry returned and they said 2.30 from Symi and 4pm from Paramitis. We didnot really want to go to Paramitis as it was really hot so we stayed at Symi where there really was not much to do for only 3 hours.Then when the ferry left it stopped at Paramitis for about 30 minutes and everyone got off. We said "Isn't this ferry continuing to Rhodes?" and they said yes later. So we finally got back to Rhodes at 6pm,after 5and a half hours on the boat and only 2 and a half hours on the island. I don't think it was really worth it especially when the weather is so hot..
maybe in the spring when you can walk it is better, but think twice if you don't like the heat.
(we did not want to go and fry ourselves on the beach between 11 and 2pm)
Unique Suggestions: I would only do this trip when the summer heat is not so strong (unless frying yourself is your thing) or if you have a longer trip stay over on the island.but skip it if you are only in Rhodes for a few days
Fun Alternatives: My alternative would definitely have been to have spent that extra day walking around the old City of Rhodes ... there is plenty to see and do there.
If you happen to stay in the western part of the island you won't be too happy seeing the beach. In Rhodes Town it's still quite wide but then it gets really narrow, dirty, shringly, empty. The water colour is beautiful (thanks to the stones) but at the same time it's quite dirty.
The picture below shows the beach in the western part of Rhodes Town. As you see, it's totally empty... and it's the first week of August. Not nice for spending the time on the beach... even for the people who don't like the crowds. This is far from being a secluded cove and there is a busy road and big hotels right next to it. So, if you go to Rhodes, choose the east side!
When you first get to Lindos, you will think that the Acropolis is a long, tiresome walk and you will, probably, be tempted to get a donkey ride. Much to my surprise, it wasn't such a difficult climb and it didn't take more than 15 minutes. The advantage is that you can stop at any time, to take pictures of the breathtaking views.
If you don't rent a car (which is, by far, the best way to see the island) and you have to get a cab to get from Rhodes or Ixia to Lindos, the driver will try to convince you that two hours is all you need in Lindos and they will offer to wait for you there so they can bring you back for the "measly" price of 80 Euro. Don't be fooled. Lindos will take more than two hours to see - and trust me, you don't want to check you watch every five minutes. A one-way drive should cost 30-35 Euros. There are also buses that run between the two towns, but I haven't been able to figure out the schedule.
Fun Alternatives: Take the bus - if you manage to find out the schedule. The ride takes just as long (approximately 80 minutes) and it only costs 7 Euros.
Also, be advised that most of the taxi drivers won't use the meter, but the fares are supposed to be fixed - for instance, a fare from Rhodes Old Town to Ixia was always 6 Euro. If you call a cab from the hotel, it costs more.
These are all over the place in Greece, so they will not come as a surprise. They sell trinkits like cheap earrings and stones, some small statues which you can find in any store. They will hussle you somtimes though to try to get you to approach them or to get a sale, just be warned and don't feel pressured to buy anything.
Fun Alternatives: If you are looking for things like this to bring back home, perhaps go to a real store where you can have some insurances on the product.
It's supposed to be one of top Rhodes attractions but it's nothing extraordinary. This picture shows all seven springs, one right next to another.
It's just one of many same places in the hilly forests making a nice setting for the restaurants, especially with the peacocks walking around. I wouldn't bother to go there unless I had a spare day and had absolutelly nothing to do but sleeping in the hotel room.
After seeing the "Butterfly Valley" my mom, sis , and I decided to head out to see if the ostrich farm would be any better. Our taxi driver said that he would wait for us because it would be near impossible to find one.
No one was at the entrance so we just walked in (don't worry! we paid on our way out). In the brochure the place sounded great!
"...over 120 ostriches, foxes, a kangaroo, llama, a monkey, antelopes, dwarf goats, deer, wild boar, ponies, rabbits, ducks, parrots, partridges, ferrets, skunks, and more".
It seems that a local farmer that decided they could make some money by opening their place to the public. The animals were in poor condition, exposed to the heat and sun. Many of the smaller ones were packed in cages. = /
"Butterfly Valley", I read. Hmm, I thought to myself, imagining a vast meadow with flowers, tall blades of grass, and gorgeous butterflies of different colors.
Wow was I off! The place wasn't totally unfortunate but it just wasn't what I expected, at all. The "valley" was a forest really, a trail in the mountains where nocturnal butterflies rested between migrations. The butterflies were quite uninteresting while still, their beautiful orange color was hidden under folded wings. It is only a place you will want to see once. The tickets are 5 euro a person and it is in the middle of nowhere, you have to pay about 20-25 euro to get there by taxi. I would recommend a relaxing day on the beach instead.