Thursday, 24 July 2014

Rhodes Holiday


Rhodes Old Town Square

The day after my Harry Potter party I was a very lucky girl and jetted off on holiday to Rhodes with Rich. It was the first holiday abroad either of us had had in about 7 years, so it was much anticipated! We stayed at Vivian Studios in Ilyasos and flew with Jet2, in case you were wondering, but absolutely none of this is sponsored. How I wish it was!

Ilaysos Town Square, Rhodes

It was glorious weather in Rhodes, about 30 degrees every day and bright sunshine. Our hotel was in a very non-touristy area of Ilyasos, which meant that we were surrounded by peoples homes and local shops, but we were only about a 15 minute walk from the beach and all of the restaurants and touristy bits.

Ilyasos Beach, Rhodes

A word of warning if you ever visit Rhodes, the beaches are a bit rocky, so I recommend beach shoes, or some substantial flip flops at least. The beach at Ilaysos was gorgeous, but to get in and out of the sea there was a very steep gradient change on rocks before it evened out nicely in lovely soft sand. Getting in was okay as you could just throw yourself into the water, but getting out was interesting. As it hurt your feet to start walking on the pebbles, and the water was ebbing backwards to pull you back in, it took me several attempts each time to get out of the sea! I was definately living up to my name of the Inelegant Wench. In the end Rich would just get out and laugh at me because I was such a sight!

Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes Old Town

As well as relaxing on the beach for a couple of days we went on several trips out around the island. Luckily there were bus stops very near our hotel which would take us to the various places we wanted to visit. We caught the bus into Rhodes town one of the days and wandered around the old town for hours, and eating the best Gyros in the world as well as some amazing frozen yoghurt. It was such a picturesque place, if a little busy.

Kalithea Springs

Flowers at Kalithea Springs

Kalithea Springs

We hired a car one day to explore the eastern side of the island, and the first place we visited was Kalithea Springs. This is the most favourite place for couples to get married in Rhodes, and I can understand why! I felt like I was on a movie set the whole time we were there, and it even has it's own private section of beach. Highly recommended as a place to visit.

Lindos Street, Rhodes

Donkeys in Lindos, Rhodes

Lindos, Rhodes

After Kalithea, and a quick stop in Falaraki (to see what it was like - not as I expected!) we headed to Lindos, as we had heard it was another picturesque place, and it really did live up to the hype! Lots of winding streets between white buildings, and lots of little shops and restaurants to pop into to cool down, it was gorgeous. The only downside of it was the heat, it is consistently about 5 degrees hotter in Lindos than the rest of Rhodes, so I was melting a bit by the end of the day.
Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

Butterfly Valley, Rhodes

After hearing about the valley of the butterflies I immediatley wanted to visit, and the prostpect of being in the shade all day made it fantastic. We got the bus there and spent a happy few hours walking up the valley, attempting to take a picture of butterflies in flight, but they move so damn fast! The picture of the tree trunk shows the butterflies when they were folded up resting, you can see there the sheer amount of them. At one point thousands of them flew up in the air and it was awe inspiring! At the top of the valley was a monastry which did the best greek yoghurt and honey either of us has ever tasted in our lives. It has officially got us obsessed with it now, but we can't quite get it as good as this place did. If you ever visit you have to go get greek yoghurt and honey, even if you don't think you like it, because you will.

Filerimos Cross

Peacock at Filerimos, Rhodes

Filerimos, Rhodes

Filerimos, Rhodes

On our next to last day of the holiday we went to Filerimos which involved going up a mountain along some very steep hairpin bends, on a bus where the driver was rolling a cigarette. It was very scary, but as you can tell, I survived! It was another amazing place, and the views from the top across Rhodes were incredible. It was an active monastry so as there were monks about the place it felt very authentic.


Sorry for yet another photo heavy post! And for the holiday envy if you aren't lucky enough to be going on holiday this year. If you are ever going to visit Rhodes, I highly recommend the island, and if you'd like any tips or ideas of what to do, don't hesitate to ask. The only problem with writing this blog post is that it has made me excited to go on holiday again, but we probably won't do now until our honeymoon - boo!


Rachel xx
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4 comments

  1. Oooooooooh we went to Rhodes last year (and I did a little blog post about it - http://www.newgirlintoon.co.uk/2013/09/sunny-rhodes.html) ... we went to a few of the same places as you - Lindos, Rhodes, the Butterfly Valley. We loved it and would definitely go back x

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  2. Oh, Rhodes looks like such a lovely place to visit. I'm wishing for a holiday but I'm not sure I'll manage to get time for one this year.

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  3. It looks beautiful and so romantic and dreamy! So glad you had a lovely time away!

    Hayley-Eszti | www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

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  4. What an amazing looking holiday- everything is so colourful! I LOVE Greek yoghurt and will no doubt gain six stone from all the yoghurt and honey if we visit Rhodes one day xxx

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