Hotel location: Ixia
About the resort: Ixia
The first thing that will catch your eye is the large number and variety of hotels extending as far as your eye can see, and all the Sun-baked tourists soaking up the sun at the poolside or the beach, who throw themselves into all sorts of activities - water sports, shopping, tasting some of the specialties offered by the restaurants, which are constantly opening up along the main avenue, moving away from the rationale that was the norm until recently, which was to serve 'a bit of everything'. All along the shoreline and other streets parallel to it, you will find a multitude of hotels and small commercial centers with anything you need. If all the above seems a bit too touristy for your taste, then carry on to the end of the beach (on the way to Kremasti).
If you are not actually staying here, ancient Ialysos, one of the most important archaeological sites on the island located on the hill of Filerimos, would probably be the most important reason for visiting this area. This is where you can find the remains of the temple of Zeus and Athena Polias, as well as the remnants of the Byzantine fortifications, the 14th century church of the Knights (the Virgin Mary of Filerimos was worshiped by both the Orthodox and the Catholic faith) and the Via Dolorsa (Calvary) a cypress tree lined path featuring altars dedicated on the twelve stances of Jesus’ martyrdom and culminating to a gigantic cross, overlooking the plain and a major part of central Rhodes, with bird-eye’s views on the East and West coast.
Nearest beach in the area: Ixia
Unless you are staying at one of the hotels nearby or you are looking for waves, you are unlikely to pick Ixia for a swim. Basically this is a series of adjacent beaches rather than one single beach, most of them organized and operated by the seafront hotels. Some sections are public and others are private. The beaches have a mixture of sand and pebbles. It is a favourite spot for windsurfers with two water sports centres renting boards and jet-skis. Along the esplanade behind the beach there are supermarkets, kiosks, bakeries, patisseries and restaurants.