SEEK OUT TRADITION: THE VILLAGES OF RHODES
One of the largest and oldest villages of the island, Afandou is a very lively Greek holiday settlement 19 km from the Rhodes city and only 5 km away from the crazy Faliraki village. The name comes from the word “afando” (“hidden” in Greek), reminding of the old Pirates times, when the village was built in such a way not to be seen from the sea. The main highlight of Afandou is the amazing 18-hole golf course with the famous Donald Harradine signature.
The picturesque village of Archangelos lies on the eastern coast of the island, south of the city of Rhodes. You will be charmed from the moment you leave your car and get into the distinctive atmosphere of the cozy narrow streets, of the small and colourful old houses and squares.
Embonas is the highest village of Rhodes Island, situated at over 800 metres altitude, south of the Rhodes city. Up there, in the mountain of Attaviros, the village was kept completely unspoiled, like a cocoon – the inhabitants still wear local costumes, traditions are kept with conviction and, like every piece of heaven, Embonas is also blessed with one of the best wines on earth.
If your summer holiday means beach, fun and great nightlife, then Faliraki is definitely your spot! Frequently compared with other Mediteranean party resorts like Agia Napa and Magaluf, Faliraki is the primary beach resort of Rhodes Island. The village lies on the northeastern coast, about 14 km south of the town of Rhodes and boasts hotels of any range, from cosmopolitan ones to small and family owned, as self-catered apartments and rooms to let.
The third largest settlement in Rhodes is known for the important ancient site nearby, which dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C. It is also famous for its long, sandy, and windy beach, where the European Windsurfing Championship takes place.
Consider Kiotari the ideal spot for your Rhodes holiday if you are looking for complete relaxation in a cosmopolitan and modern environment, with plenty of hotels offering full touristy facilities, and an almost private beach. The resort is situated 60 km southern to the city of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island, only a short drive away from the picturesque village of Lindos.
Only 55 kilometers away from Rhodes city lies Lindos – one of the most popular and picturesque villages of Rhodes island. Lindos will give you the feeling that you are walking into a painting – a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, small white houses climbing the hill to the Acropolis, breathtaking views from the cliff top, medieval walls, simple architecture, with wonderful black and white “chochlaki” pebbled floors and painted ceilings.
Monolithos is located on the southern side of the island, 80 km from Rhodes Town, so you definitely need a car to get there. It is one of the most impressive villages with a Venetian castle, which was built by the knights in the 15th century, on the top of a rock. The village is very beautiful with stone-built houses and cobblestone paths, but it is worth the walk for a couple of km to see the castle and the church climbing over the top.