A WEEK EXPLORING RHODES
For a week in August, I spent some time in Faliraki Rhodes, exploring their towns, beaches and some of their amazing scenery along the way. It was a lovely trip away spent with family and an unlimited supply of food and wine. It felt weird returning without just helping yourself when we came back that’s for sure.
The weather was so lovely and hot! By the time we went back to the UK our heatwave had ended though, my swollen ankles are relieved but I’m a little disappointed that I cannot keep up with the small tan I started to get whilst I was away.
We had a couple of days to chill in the hotel where we stayed at Sun Palace chilling out by the pool and trying to read my book- although that really didn’t happen with all the other exciting activities I could do around the hotel. There were loads of activities for everyone: yoga (although that was the weirdest yoga I have ever done, I mean they didn’t even do downward facing dog-what??), volleyball, water polo, table tennis and so much more!
All the staff working there were all lovely and accommodating to anything that you needed and a special hat off to all the cleaners and hospitality staff for tidying up after us in the background! They work so hard!
With a beach 5 minutes down the road, 3 pools one of which had a waterpark and a 5 minute walk into Faliraki town with access to shops, bars, restaurants and a great night life it was also situated in a fantastic loaction.
Rhodes Town At Night
As we went with Tui, we could pay to go on some trips with a tour guide, and the first one we decided to go on was Rhodes by night. This was my choice and probably my favourite out of the excursions we chose to go on. We went through the medieval city of Rhodes and the tour guide gave us some history behind the place. I have never seen a city like it before and it was fascinating to learn more about it. I’m no history expert but it’s a walled city within the modern present-day Rhodes city and is the second largest medieval city in the world. We ate at the seven seasons- their moussaka was amazing- and we watched the sunset on the roof terrace, it was magical. Once the sun went down, Rhodes city lit up like something out of a fairy book, there were rows of shops everywhere you looked, the atmosphere was electric with most people coming out at night due to the weather being cooler, although watch your toes because they like to speed past you on motorbikes and it never looks like they are about to stop. The boat trip allowed us to see the city from the outside and was a very relaxing way to finish the tour.
Anthony Quinn Bay
We took an hour and a half walk to this bay. The views were worth it, although my swollen ankles may disagree with that one. It is named after a Hollywood star known for being in The Guns of Navarone- yeh I have never heard of it either! The bay was small and great for sporting activities like snorkelling and scuba diving. We went for a dip in the sea, the water was so clean and warm, I didn’t want to get out and we also climbed over some rocks just to make walking a little bit more fun before our hour and a half walk back.
Symi is a Greek Island near Turkey with a gorgeous view of multi-coloured houses, like something off Balamory-do you remember that blast from the past? With the only way to make it up the hill is to climb up stairs, imagine carrying shopping bags up 500 stairs?!? Once we were there we went to the north side of the island first to find some lunch, walk up half of the stairs- for the views of course (it was way too hot to walk up 500!) and look around the shops. We then went to the south side and saw the monastery.
2 and a half cities
Lindos was first on the city to do list and it was a cute little town. We also walked to a acropolis which consisted of some very slippery steps; the view was pretty spectacular though! Rhodes was next and it was nice to see it in the daytime- it wasn’t as busy as when we went there at night time but it was still impressive! The half city was a new city-Hellenistic city of Rhodes with an old Olympic stadium and some ancient temple columns which unfortunately were surrounded by scaffolding so it wasn’t that clear to see.
I really enjoyed my time in Rhodes; I feel like we didn’t have enough days to explore this island, we only did the East side! I would definitely go back to explore some more one day!