Loyals of Rhodes
I have read many comments on all my travels abroad and have found that a holiday or travel adventure is only what you make it. I have been to Rhodes six times and they are nothing like the last, and just get better. Rhodes has everything, if you explore. Locals can tell you places to visit that no book can. I have heard other visitors to this wonderful island comment that they did not like Rhodes. Well, with the most friendliest people, the most beautiful beaches, the most magnificent castle, the most wonderful scenery, the most brilliant weather and lets not forget the most marvelous food, you cannot help but adore Rhodes.
I have been to Rhodes twice now and am going back. I went some years ago and we visited lots of different places and, me being only a child, must have caused my parents hell wanting to go everywhere with them. This is because I am adventurous. But surprisingly I found these places to be beautiful and exciting and it draws me to the island every time I think of planning a holiday. The valley of the butterflies was amazing and well worth the visit, but I do agree you must leave the butterflies in peace or there will be no butterflies, and that would be a shame. The Old Town leaves much to be desired in places but get yourself lost and you can find a whole different world from the rest of the island. But I am serious - you must get LOST. We did and it’s the best way to see the things you would miss following the maps. It's also a lot of fun. It's like a maze, but a good maze. We also visited the monastery behind Trianda and view from up there is breathtaking. Really I love this island and it is very beautiful if you look past the dirt and there really isn't a lot of it.
I am going to Rhodes with 22 friends to celebrate my 60th birthday. This will be my 66th trip to the island. Over the years the island has changed dramatically but is still the "island of dreams". I have found the people to be the friendliest I have ever known. I stay in the town when I am with friends but when I travel on my own I stay at the home of Greek friends. It's a wonderful island. Yes, parts of it are "touristy" but that is the livelihood of the Rhodians. There are still many unspoilt areas. Orfanidou St in the heart of the season can be a nightmare but there are still some friendly bars where you are treated as a valued customer, namely Pete's Pub at the Blue Sky end of the street. Do try this island, it's "poli kala".
Returning for my 50th after first going for my 40th I have never been anywhere since. The two brothers, Mike and Dimitri now have their own apartment block, which has everything you could want, at basement prices. The village never changes, we have many friends there now, and it's great to see them at least once, if not twice a year. Our best dinner is always at Daniels. Both Mikes bar and the Acapulco are the best yamasbars.I hope I am still going to this small paradise place of peace till I die.
D W Pen Chester
Worthy of a visit. I almost forgot I was in Greece - one of the most historical countries on the planet - while in Rhodes given the sun, sea, and sand vibe but would now be kicking myself if I had passed up an opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes in Rhodes Town. This is without a doubt the best restored building from when the knights ran the show and is an old house they used to rest at.
I'd love to retire here. Lindos was epic yet at the same time seemed completely peaceful and content regardless of its eventful history. I could see myself retiring here one day. Would be great even without the ancient ruins and various other historic sites it has. So cheap as well.
Beaches, beaches, beaches! Rhodes has plenty of them and it had me awake at night trying to pick my favourite once I got back to England. St. Pauls Bay is of course the most obvious choice, and where I first went for a friend's wedding, but Tsambika, Faliraki, and Pefkos are all worth a shout. Try and get accommodation as near as possible to these if you can though, or you will run up quite a bill just getting to and from in taxis!