5 Reasons to visit Rhodes island
Why Rhodes is worth your visit
What makes Rhodes such a different place than most Greek islands? One thing is for certain, it is not just the long and beautiful beaches, or the 300 days of sunshine it offers. Sea and sand you can find all over Greece.
There are plenty of reasons why someone should choose Rhodes island for his vacations. Lets leave out its beautiful beaches and resorts for a minute, and find out what else there is to explore. Here are 5 reasons to tempt you!
Rhodes island offers it's visitors a history that goes back in time thousands of years, to the ages of mythology.
The beautiful myth of Rhodes says that after Zeus's victory against the Giants, he decided to divide the earth among the Olympian gods; The only god who received nothing was Helios, the god of the Sun.
He, according the myth, was absent and "No one remembered to include him in the draw"! When he came back he demanded his share, but Zeus told him that he was not able to make the cast again because the rest of the gods would not agree. Helios was disappointed but asked Zeus and the other gods to promise that the land that was to rise out of the sea could be his.
As he spoke, a beautiful island slowly emerged from the bottom of the blue sea, Rhodes. Helios bathed Rhodes with his own radiance and made it the most beautiful island in the Aegean Sea.
The visitor can find monuments and evidence of Rhode's long history scattered all over the island, and on almost any place he goes there is a piece of history and myth to explore.
Some of the most important historical sights and monuments are
More about Rhode's history can be found here
Nature and excursions
Rhodes offers an enormous variety of natural beauties. Driving through central Rhodes and visiting the small villages with their friendly people and great village food (and local wine!) is a unique and inviting experience by itself. Here are some of the most beautiful places.
- The valley of Butterflies, famous throughout the world
- Seven Springs, Lush greenery and a pleasant stop to get a break from the summer heat
- The Tsampika Monastery, Extraordinary views towards all directions
- Prasonisi, Windsurfers paradise
- The Marine Aquarium, See what the mediterranean waters hide inside their deeps
- Antony Quinn Bay, Probably the most beautiful bay on the island
- Mountain Profitis Ilias, offers great walking paths and greenery
- Mountain Atavyros, offers great walking paths. Being Rhodes's highest mountain, it offers breathtaking views all over the island from certain spots.
- Mountain Akramitis, offers great walking paths and great views towards south west.
Rhodes offers a large variety of options if you are looking for nightlife fun. There is a large number of night clubs and bars offering entertainment for all tastes. If you would like to get more information and find out about nightlife events, visit RodosNightlife.com, a website dedicated to the nightlife of Rhodes.
Eating out, is everybody's favorite, and Rhodes has something for everyone. The island offers a great variety of restaurants for superb dining, with a large choice of local delicacies or international novelty or gourmet cuisine.
Choose a traditional Ouzerie for a tasting a selection of Greek mezedes, a selection of dishes and appetizers, which are placed around the table for everyone to taste.
A few of the most important appetizers (Mezedes) are: tarama salad (fish roe spread), melizanosalata (Eggplant salad), olives, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), keftedes (meatballs), kalamaraki (squid), saganaki (baked cheese), tiropitakia (small cheese pies) or fasolia (white beans).
The more comfortable and classic variation for Greek eating places are Greek Tavernas. Here you'll find the Mezedes served as appetizers and a choice of main dishes which are usually grilled fish or meat, at reasonable prices.
If you like fish, a fish taverna (Psarotaverna) is what you are looking for. Here you will have a fine selection of freshly caught fish, such as lobsters, shrimps, Barbounia (red mullets) perhaps the most expensive but seemingly so, the most popular. Other types are Tsipoura (sea bream), Lithinia (red sea breams), Fagria, Melanouria, Sargoi and Synagrides all very tasty grilled or fried. Other favourites are Octopus (grilled or boiled with vinegar) , Kalamari (squid) and Sword Fish. Not to mention a typical Fish Soup containing excerpts of fishes, -usually Synagrida or Fagri-, usually teamed up with a Greek Salad.
Rhodes have a fine range of international restaurants for those who prefer a more versatile choice of eating such as gourmet cuisine, Chinese/Soushi/Mexican/Indian restaurants to a trendy floating restaurant which are slightly more expensive than the typical Greek taverna but deliciously different.
Several of the restaurants in Rhodes have acclaimed international distinction and are recommended in most popular restaurant guides. The same applies to the wines produced by the local wineries in Rhodes which have also received awards at many international wine exhibitions.
Tradition and Villages
Although Rhodes is becoming more and more cosmopolitan, there are still many places that have kept their traditional character. Exploring those places can be a unique experience, offering the opportunity to feel what Rhodes once was like and how people were living. Some villages we recommend
Authored by Spyros Spyropoulos