Top

I had a day or two to relax upon coming to Rhodes and decided to spend it on the beach and stroll around town’s narrow streets. On the eastern part of the island, they say, the Mediterranean Sea is usually peaceful with a wave or two. But the western coast (the Aegean side) is just too windy! If you are into surfing, you know where to go. Also, here is when to go to Rhodes Greece.

Beaches in the city

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Sunbeds at Elli Beach

Since the town of Rhodes is right on the peak of the island, overlooking the Turkish coast (the Turkish resort of Marmaris is, for example, less than 45 kilometers away), you will always see a beautiful mountain range on the horizon. From this spot, you can go east or west and enjoy the island at your preference. This is also the line that separates the two seas.

There I was, walking from the Windy Beach towards the serene one, and it only took five minutes or so to get from one to the other. The famous beach with calm waters in the city is Elli Beach.

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Details from Rhodes streets

Cafes and restaurants are lined up along the coast, offering sunbeds and refreshments. Since it’s not the peak of the season yet, sunbeds are still around five euros each, and you can have a coffee or a drink for two or three euros. You have already guessed that at the Elli beach families with children are common, while the other one, more to the west, is almost deserted nowadays. But that is all to change soon because more and more tourists are coming every day.

Shopping and eating

The first thing they will tell you when you come here is that the place is safe, that the island is well equipped and supplied with everything you need. The city is also well known for shopping and after large cruise ships arrive with more than 6,000 tourists, the goods that are left in stores are always on discount. There is a range of famous brands to chose from.

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Beautiful sunset at the harbor

When it comes to food, fear not! So many colorful restaurants with traditional Greek cuisine, uzo with meze, stuffed vegetables, souvlaki, gyros, etc. You can choose whether to sit and have souvlaki for about 7.5 euros (or a small plate for 5.5), or to have gyros to go for 2 to 2.60. Pastry, fresh fruit, nuts, olives, honey, seafood…

You will be called out by waiters to come in, no matter how many times you pass by the exact same place, telling the guy that you have “just had lunch and were not interested in another one”! But then again, strolling through narrow Greek streets would just not be the same without them.

“Take me to Rhodes, please”

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Colorful windows in the city

The place is still not full, so it’s not that noisy and crowded. If you are into all night-clubs and bars, it would be better to come later in the season, because now it’s just too early for such fun. But if you want to relax and enjoy those 30 degrees Celsius with a bit of a wind, then make sure to come now. And let me tell you, Odeon World Travel Belgrade’s agency made it so easy! Instead of trying to find a good flight or a hotel deal, to worry about finding my accommodation after landing, and so on, I have just booked a trip with them. They provided a charter flight, transfer from and to the airport, hotel booking, etc.

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Charming blues and whites

There are different hotels in Rhodes, some better than others, more spacious or less, food is better or worse, the service also, some are equipped with a swimming pool, etc, but there are so many that you can choose from according to your preferences and budget. And even though I knew I would work here every day, it did feel like a small vacation because I would let someone else take care of trip details this time. It felt like saying “take me to Rhodes, please”, and they did, no drama what so ever!

Helios’ yellow “chariot”

They say that prices in stores, car rentals, and island tours with local operators usually go up in July and August. Now, you can buy a large bottle of water for 0.60, rent a bike for 7 euros, a scooter for 12-15 per day, or a car for about 30-50. I was lucky enough to find Nikos and his Ruote Car Rental.

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-glimpses-of-the-world

Driving around in a small yellow ‘cruiser’

He provided me with such a cute yellow car for driving around the island, and I was telling myself that it wasn’t by accident that the small car is in the color of the Sun, or the Sun god. (Well, I did dedicate my first Rhodes Glimpse to Helios, didn’t I!)

Joking aside, it came to be really useful, since all the cars in often crowded parking lots along the island were gray, black or white. And mine was easy to spot, that nice little Helios’ yellow “chariot”.

Local travel agencies offer different tours around the island, and those are still not expensive, but one would have to be careful about the state boats or buses are in.

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

A cat posing next to a bike

For example, the tour to the Symi island nearby now costs 25 to 30 euros with local agencies, but I have heard stories about some boats in such a state that you think you cannot wash the dirt off “no matter how many showers you take afterwards”. Few of them are just too old or neglected, it seems, but not all, of course. I didn’t want to risk it, since in just about 15 euros more, you can have a good ride by one fast and comfortable boat, accompanied by a couple of experienced guides who know the place well.

The same “Ivana and Toma”?!

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-tour-glimpses-of-the-world

With Ivana on Symi island

Anyway, I have stumbled upon a couple of guys I went to school with, and saw them again more than 10 years ago (they have guided tours in Tunisia back then). When planning to come here, I was told back in Belgrade not to worry about a thing, since “Ivana and Toma are going to be there all the time”. It did cross my mind that they might be the same Ivana and Toma I had coffee with in Sidi Bou Said the last time, but then I dismissed it. “It’s probably just a coincidence”, I thought.

At least I did until I came out of the airplane and went to the counter to ask about the transfer to the hotel – and there was Ivana! “You will see Toma later”, she said, “this is our third year here, don’t worry about a thing, we’re here!”

rhodes-travel-greek-islands-old-town-city-walk-glimpses-of-the-world

Toma with tourists at the Old Town

And then I knew, this is going to be one swell journey and I am not going to rush around the island, why should I! I will just enjoy the ride and write since by coming here with Odeon and now exploring the island with these guys, it would be so much easier to blog about the place.

One of the next Glimpses will be about the astonishing Old Town since we took a walking tour with Toma last week – one great stroll back in time!

Meanwhile, let me just dive back into another myth and celebrate one of the seven ancient wonders of the world!

Next: THERE STOOD THE COLOSSUS (3)

The full Rhodes Greece SERIES

Rhodes-Greece-summer-vacation-Glimpses-of-The-World

0

Comments:

  • 20/06/2017

    isited Rhodes a few years ago and it is a beautiful island. Thanks for bringing back great memories.

    reply...
    • 20/06/2017

      So glad I did. 🙂 Love the diversity of the island, such a nice place.

      reply...
  • 20/06/2017

    Would go to Rhodes anytime. When I think of any Greek island, can’t help remembering “The Magus” by John Fowles.
    Thanks for the informative post, photos and inspiration.

    reply...
  • 20/06/2017

    I’d love to return to Rhodes as I just stopped there on a cruise. The prices for food sound quite reasonable!

    reply...
    • 20/06/2017

      You didn’t have enough time then to see the city, not to mention the island itself. Well, next time, go to Rhodes and stay for a week or so, I know you’ll love it. 🙂

      reply...
  • 20/06/2017

    Looks beautiful. I love just taking time and walking around a place. You get to see so much more and meet some really great people.

    reply...
    • 20/06/2017

      I agree, and that’s the time one can actually refer to as a vacation, just strolling and looking around. 🙂

      reply...
  • Andjela Krkljes

    20/06/2017

    Didn’t have many chances travelling to Greece but since I might move closer to that part of the world….who knows.Sounds wonderful.

    reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    Great story! Looks like you had the most out of your time in Rhodes!

    reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    Rhodes sounds like such a lovely place! I absolutely love Greek food, so most definitely need to visit in the near future!

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      Somehow, it has always been hard for me to resist that souvlaki! 😛 😀

      reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    Thanks for this post! I am bookmarking it for later when planning my itinerary for Greece next summer!

    reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    We did Chania instead of Rhodes last year – The cruise decided to change its course :)… I loved your pics and Rhodes probably seems like the place to try out next summer!

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      Oh yes, but not with a cruise, since there won’t be enough time to explore, not even the city itself. 😉 Come for few days more and you’ll see! 😀

      reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    Never been to Rhodes but you make it sound like such a fun place to visit!

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      It is, believe me! Stay tuned, since there are going to be posts on its mythology, history, but also various beaches around the island! 😉

      reply...
  • 21/06/2017

    Rhodes looks really nice. Adding it to my bucket list 🙂
    Thanks for the great and informative post

    reply...
  • princeandthepear

    22/06/2017

    I am going to be honest.. I’ve actually never heard of this place! Thank you so much for showing me a destination I’ll have to add to my list 😀

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      It’s one of the most popular islands in Greece and it’s lovely, a lot to see and do. Hope you’ll get there soon! 🙂

      reply...
  • 22/06/2017

    Yes, the Greek food is indeed nice, and not that expensive from what I remember. Though it was a shock for me that Greek salad is kind of fancy salad back home, but in Greece it’s just a few leaves and cheese 🙂

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      Heheh, it’s not just “few leaves”, it doesn’t have any leaves actually. 😀 But I know what you mean, it’s common in Greece – tomato, cucamber, olives, onions, cheese, origano, not fancy, just everyday dish. And I love it! 😛

      reply...
  • 22/06/2017

    Rhodes definitely looks alluring and the way you describe it, I can’t wait to experience all that fun. You must have had a wonderful time exploring this not so noisy island. 🙂

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      It’s not noisy for another week or two, and then it’s going to be crowded! 😀

      reply...
  • 22/06/2017

    Rhodes looks like such a cute island destination. I like the little blue lamp you took a picture of! So adorable! And those blue shutters! The car you were using is so cute, too. Great post!

    reply...
  • 22/06/2017

    My aunt used to go to Rhodes every year and absolutely loves it! Looks like you had an amazing time!

    reply...
    • 22/06/2017

      Oh, yes, it’s lovely, a lot to see and still, you can relax a bit on the beach. 🙂

      reply...
  • xxwalker

    23/06/2017

    Rhodes seems so dreamy! I’ve never been to Greece but it is definitely on my list. You make me really wanna get to this island!

    reply...
    • 23/06/2017

      So glad! And you should get there, it’s really lovely, so worth it. 🙂

      reply...
  • 22/06/2018

    I’ve heard about Rhodes before and you just explained very well. You’ve made it sounds a beautiful place that i should put it on my list! Love the pictures too

    reply...
    • 22/06/2018

      So glad you like the post. 🙂
      And I really love the island, with beautiful beaches and so rich in history. Thank you so much! <3

      reply...

post a comment

If you find this interesting and would like to see your country, city, tourist attractions, flight, tours, accommodation, etc., presented on the blog, drop me an email.

I am looking forward to working with you.

Danijela ćirović

Slide

GET TRAVEL EBOOKS

Great stories in one place.

INSTAGRAM

Share