Places to Visit
Rhodes Town offers you two towns for the price of one! The modern island capital has broad tree-lined avenues, excellent shopping, imposing public buildings, smart restaurants and nightclubs, whilst right next door, the magnificent old town is a stunningly well-preserved Crusader fortress city, built by the Knights of St John.
Wandering around the cobbled streets itís easy to picture how it must have looked back in the Middle Ages - despite the modern boutiques, tavernas and souvenir shops! The picturesque harbour, once the site of the 100-foot-tall Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is now full of luxury yachts from all over the world.Rhodes Town is the perfect base for exploring the whole island by local bus, coach excursions, boat trips or hire car - you can even hop across to nearby Kos, Symi or even Turkey, for a day trip! The new town has excellent shopping facilities whereas the old town has a wide range of restaurants and tourist shops.
The Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudhes)
Near the village of Kalamonas is a unique natural habitat where you can see thousands of brightly coloured butterflies.
This shady valley with a stream running through the trees attracts butterflies in the hot months from June to September. Follow the winding paths through the pine trees, enjoying their fragrant resin and cooling canopy. The butterflies will enchant you, as will your surroundings, with wooden bridges, stone steps and a waterfall.
You can easily spend a day at the valley and there is a restaurant and picnic site if you get hungry. An uphill path leads to the Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra where you can get refreshments
At the southern tip of Rhodes, Prassonissi is about 20 m away from the island and you can walk across since the waters are never deeper than 1.2 meters (4 feet).
The shallow waters form a lagoon that is ideal for children and for just splashing about all day long. The waters of the Mediteranean and the Aegean meet here. It is a great place for wind surfing and paragliding.
Afandou Golf Course
Designed by the British architect, David Harradine, this 18 hole championship course (par 72) has a beautiful outlook across Afandou Beach and is open all year round.
Pros rate the course as challenging but fair. Facilities include a clubhouse with bar, changing rooms and equipment hire.
Tel +30 22410 51256 & 2241051451