Welcome to my last post on Greece, it’s actually quite sad that there will be no more. I love how beautiful and different each of the places we visited had been and I’m glad to be able to share their beauty with you all. Now you just have to book flights and make the trip over there to see for yourselves (and also help the Greek economy along the way).
Whilst in Rhodes we were lucky enough to stay with Ana’s family who were so lovely and looked after us really well. We stayed in their village which was right near Faliraki, a popular beach side resort. If you are looking to book accommodation I personally loved Rhodes Town which is where you will find plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops, bars, clubs and the beautiful Old Town. From there you can hire a car/moped or easily get buses to different places on the island each day. Faliraki is beautiful as it’s situated right on a huge stretch of beach, but it is inundated each summer by crazy, young, inebriated Brits and does not feel like you are in Greece at all.
One morning we got up super early and headed into Rhodes town by about 7am. It was beautiful because the place was deserted (Greek are not morning people it seems) and we got to walk around without the chaos.
Sunrise over the port…this is where you will come off the huge ferries that travel from the other islands and from Athens. All along the harbour is a wall that goes around the Old Town which is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and also a World Heritage site
Inside the walls…a deserted street in the Old Town. At night you can easily get lost walking around all the small paths but that is probably the best part about it. Getting lost and finding something new around every corner.
One of my favourite photos taken on the Island…
We stopped off for some breakfast at a little bakery. This pastry is a tiropita which is filo wrapped around cheese which is normally a mixture of feta and ricotta. You can get these in all shapes and sizes and they are typically eaten for breakfast or as a snack but feel free to have them anytime in the day.
This is a spanakopita, similar to above this pastry is filled with spinach and cheese. Served with a frappe I could quite happily enjoy this for breakfast every morning.
After exploring the Old Town we headed down to Elli Beach for a day of tanning and swimming. The water was beautifully refreshing and amazingly clean considering beach is right next to the city.
Along the beach you can find plenty of places to grab a coffee or some food.
This is what I call the stairway to heaven. At Elli Beach they have this floating staircase that everyone swims out to and jumps off. Feeling up for it we swam out and climbed the stairs. Once your at the top it’s actually a lot higher then it looks…Ana just went for it but it took me a few minutes to work up the courage for the jump.
In the afternoon we walked up to one of the beach side cafes and ordered some salad for lunch. It consisted of spinach, tomatoes, prosciutto, parmesan, dried berries and walnuts with a thick balsamic reduction. Perfect summer salad!
Selfies whilst waiting to go home….we are most definitely bronzed here and looking very relaxed.
On another day we visited a beach near Faliraki and walked up to the taverna on the water for lunch. They had the cutest little pet goat that was wondering around the outside of the restaurant. Ana and I instantly fell in love.
Come here little katsiki….
Unfortunately I did not capture the whole meal, but this is one of the dishes we ordered. Freshly grilled squid in a lemon and oil dressing. Get in my mouth!
Staying with family is perfect as they suggest the best things to see and do around the place. One of these was a visit to Lindos, also known as the White City and 50km from Rhodes Town with buses going frequently throughout the day.
Pristine waters surround the whole coast line…
Lindos is a big tourist area, with many choosing to take part in Donkey rides up and down the cliff side. I felt sorry for the poor little things.
Selfie shot with Lindos beach in the background.
We decided to climb the cliff side and made our way up to the Acropolis of Lindos which offered amazing views of the coastline and surrounding harbours.
The view was so beautiful and surreal…
This had to be one of the most interesting patches of water I have ever seen. We spotted this below the Acropolis and there were even boats and people swimming.
Such amazing workmanship to have lasted for thousands of years, shame half of them are missing.
The water below the cliff side looks ever so inviting.
Green and blue…Lindos you are beautiful.
Ana’s family found out about our love for figs and took us to their fig trees to pick some for ourselves. I have trees in my backyard in Sydney but they never produce this many figs and to the same size. It must be the different climate and soil.
We ended up filling two buckets and devoured a heap of them whilst the picking process was occurring. They are best eaten fresh but Ana’s family also sun dries them.
We stopped off at a picturesque church to light a candle that afternoon…imagine having a traditional Greek wedding in the village. In comes the bride on the back of a donkey, who needs vintage cars.
This was just a quick snapshot of all the things we saw, did and ate whilst in Rhodes but I’m pretty sure you have all slightly fallen in love with it. We took a very uncomfortable overnight ferry back to Athens where we spent the next week of our trip. I didn’t really take any photos whilst we were there so my next post will be on Budapest in Hungary.
The weekend is nearly here, I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday. My weekend is packed with birthday celebrations for my best friend Isi so I can’t wait for work to finish up tomorrow.