This summer I was lucky enough to get to spend a week on the Greek island of Rhodes. Yes indeed, I got over my fear of flying, jumped on a Thomson plane with three of my best friends and headed off for a week of sunshine, beautiful sights, cocktails and giggles.
I really wanted to share some of the places I visited and thought it might be useful for anyone planning a holiday to Rhodes next summer.
No matter where you stay on the Greek island of Rhodes, I highly recommend visiting the old, medieval town of Rhodes (Rhodos). There were a number of tours we could have gone on, but we decided to just get the bus there ourselves from Pefkos. We had so much fun wandering the streets and taking in the sights, which were unlike anything I'd ever seen before.
I'm not going to go into it's history - I couldn't do it justice, but there are plenty of online resources, as well as guide books you can pick up if you fancy learning more about the old town.
My most memorable part of our day spent in the Rhodes town was visiting the Roloi Clock Tower pictured above. After stopping off for a quick drink at the bar (included in the €5 admission fee) we took a trip all the way up to the top of the tower. Although I wouldn't recommend it if you are claustrophobic or scared of heights, the views from the top are amazing, as you can see in the picture above! Make sure you take your camera as it's the best way to get a panoramic view of the city.
Lindos was conveniently located just a ten minute drive (or in our case taxi ride) from where we were staying in Pefkos. We enjoyed a lovely meal at one of the rooftop restaurants there and also had a wander around the numerous stalls dotted along the lanes, selling everything from small souvenirs to food, jewellery and clothing.
On our last full day in Greece we went back to Lindos to take a stroll up to the acropolis. Han and Emily hopped on donkeys, but Liz and I decided to take a gentle stroll and let me tell you, it's not half as bad as people are making it out to be on Trip Advisor! However you get up there, it is definitely worth the effort as the views from the top of the acropolis are absolutely stunning. If you are into Greek architecture, history and culture, it is a must-see attraction in Lindos.
One of my favourite days in Greece was spent on a luxury yacht that sailed a long the coast of Rhodes. We were picked up at St Paul’s Bay (featured above), which was literally the most beautiful place I have ever seen and spent the day chilling out at sea, topping up our tans and doing a little sightseeing along the way.
There were a number of swim stops during the coastline cruise, which were super fun! I’m so glad I was able to get over my fear of going in the sea, because it was so, so beautiful.
The VIP cruise (booked through our rep at Thomson) was priced at around €60 but it was so, so worth it. There were only twenty two of us on board, a long with three crew members, so it wasn’t overcrowded and we were able to chill out with plenty of space. It was also an adults only crews (no children YAY) and the price included lunch and drinks, so all in all, well worth the money. The crew were so lovely and the lunch was absolutely delicious, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
During our week in Rhodes, we stayed at a lovely hotel in Pefkos, aptly named the Pefkos Beach Hotel. I can't recommend this hotel enough! The studio apartment we stayed in was ideal for the four of us and we were lucky to be located right near one of the pools. The hotel has it's own snack bar (a must-have when you need a break from perfecting your tan), cocktail bar and a-la-carte restaurant on-site. We loved Nostalgia (the restaurant on-site) so much that we ate their twice! They have such a big menu, with something to offer everyone - even vegetarians like me!
Speaking of vegetarian dishes, I was very impressed that all of the restaurants we visited in Rhodes had plenty of options available. Another restaurant well worth a visit in Pefkos is Tsambikos. Don't be put off by the stroll up the hill, it's not as bad as you think and is definitely worth it for the stunning views of the beach at night from the rooftop restaurant.
There are also plenty of cocktail bars to visit in Pefkos. As you can see in the images above, we made it our duty to try out as many different cocktails as possible! My two favourite places were the Palm Cocktail bar (which also has free Wifi - you just need to enter your email address) and Zig Zag.
So there we have it - a mini guide to my week in Rhodes, a long with a few recommendations for anyone thinking of visiting Pefkos on their next summer holiday! I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any questions or recommendations of your own.
Whilst I'm still here I just want to say a massive thank you to my beautiful best friends Emily, Hannah and Liz for an amazing holiday. Yamas!