Have you ever been to a place which makes your heart skip a beat and your soul goes wildly jubilant at the sight of immense beauty? Well, if you are planning to visit Rhodes, then you should not miss the chance for this experience by witnessing the one of the most beautiful sunsets you may come across in your life, at Monolithos.
When in Rhodes, dine like Sophia Loren or Barbra Streisand! On the main square before the entrance to the city of Lindos, stands the oldest restaurant there and one of the most famous on Rhodes and even in the whole of Greece. Founded in 1933, Mavrikos is still run by the same family.
Like Ialysos, Lindos was founded by the legendary King Tlepolemus of Rhodes. Located on the east of the island, Lindos rose to become an important trading post between Greeks and Phoenicians by the 8th century BC. But with the founding of Rhodes in 408 BC, Lindos gradually declined.
Less than half an hour’s drive from Lindos lies the village of Asklipio, where one of the most impressive castles were built by the Knights Hospitaller who ruled the island of Rhodes from 1310 until 1522.
Ialysos was a Classical city in the northern part of the Rhodes island, supposedly founded by King Tlepolemus of Rhodes in Greek mythology. A son of Heracles and Astyoche (daughter of Phylas, King of Ephyra), Tlepolemus fled to Rhodes after killing Licymnius, Heracles’ aged maternal uncle. Once arrived, he divided the island into three and created three city-states: Ialyssos, Kamiros and Lindos.
On the northwestern coast of the island of Rhodes, lies the ruins of the ancient city of Kamiros. It is the only existing ancient Greek city that is entirely intact.
‘Piatakia’ means ‘saucers’ in Greek. Located on the horrendously touristy Leontos street in the modern quarter of Rhodes, this cute cosy restaurant is run by two Swedish Greeks, chefs Daniel Kyramarios and Sylvia Palermo. Bringing quirky Nordic inventiveness to classic Greek and Mediterranean ingredients and tastes, Piatakia is such a great gastronomic experience one shouldn’t miss on Rhodes.
Founded in 1947, Traditional Cafe Symi Παραδοσιακό Καφενείο Σύμη is an institution in the modern city of Rhodes. It is small though, easily missed, when you walk inside the courtyard of the Neo Agora (New Market). A must for any seafood-lover, this is definitely the best spot for a relaxing light lunch for any visitor to Rhodes.
A classy gentlemen’s bar right in the middle of the street is the last thing you would expect to find in the modern city of Rhodes. Yet this makes The Last Butler all the more extraordinary, especially under the cool, late-summer evening sky on this southern Aegean Greek paradise, compared to something similar you’d come across easily in London or Tokyo.