Rhodes, about as good as it gets.
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July 21st, 2008 – by: Pavlos2008
If you travel by boat from Athens, it's a long journey at a minimum of 14 hours. You stop by several islands on the way, such as Syros, Leros, Kos.. Once you approach the port, you forget about how tired you may be and are compensated by a wonderful view of the town, modern and old.
This was my third visit to the island, and in the tradition of my previous visits, first thing to do upon greeting my friends was have breakfast at a Swedish bakery. You can find several Swedish cafes / bakeries in Rhodes town, pick your own bread and make any sandwich that will provide enough energy for the start of your adventure.
Although food is not hard to get at any time, it's everywhere, and you can get anything from Greek to Mexican, French, Chinese, Arabic cuisine and more.
People are friendly and welcoming, and surprisingly drivers will halt their cars if they see pedestrians about to cross the street. Something you hardly see anywhere else in Greece.
The Old Town of Rhodes, home to Knights Hospitaller of St. John from 1309 to 1522, is the crown jewel of the island. The impressive architecture, with everything very well preserved as the town is still inhabited. Socratous street is where you'll find most of the shops in the Old Town, but get a map and wonder around the narrow streets. You'll be surprised at what you'll discover in every other step you make. Do try to avoid noon in the summer, as it tends to get too hot for walking.
Faliraki with it's famous "bar street" is probably the crown jewel of Rhodes for the majority of low budget British tourists who tend to get drunk by noon and stay like that for the remaining of their visit. Not really worth a visit when there's so much more to see and do on the island.
Make sure you visit Lindos. Founded in the 10th century BC, the view from the Acropolis is stunning, and if you're into archaeological visits this is where you need to be. And then there's a beach right below to provide the necessary cooling effect after playing Indiana Jones.
If you have access to a car or bike, try to venture a bit off the island's capital of Rhodes, since there's many better places to go swimming than right under the hotel you may be staying which are worth it.
Rhodes is capital of the Dodecanese islands and unlike the Cyclades (Mykonos, Santorini, etc), it is not a dry island. There's lots of water, and lots of green. Explore the island's inner parts with a visit to Petaloudes, and Epta Piges.
There's few parts of the island I haven't been to yet, but I sure plan to visit next time I'm there. I had a brilliant vacation, and would definitely recommend Rhodes to anyone thinking about it.
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