August 16th, 2017
Secrets of the Aegean
Resting on the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is one of the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. It is surrounded by crystal clear waters, stunning landscapes and not to mention outstanding beauty that you cannot help but fall in love with.
From the views of the Aegean right outside your hotel room, to wandering the mountains and wine tasting in the valleys of Rhodes. I fell in love with Rhodes the moment the plane started to descend. The views were breath-taking. The water was of shades of turquoise, white, deep blue and light blue. I had never seen anything quite like it. Each place that I have been to in Greece, I have fallen in love with and it is always love at first sight.
After being on holiday there in early 2016, I can see why Rhodes is a popular holiday destination. My trip included a unique tour of some of the most beautiful parts of the island and some of the most interesting sites, which included visiting the Acropolis of Rhodes.
1. Anthony Quinn Bay
Situated in Faliraki, Anthony Quinn Bay is probably the best-looking beach I have ever seen. It is a hidden gem, a magical bay. I instantly fell in love with the views. Surrounded by cliffs of green and yellow, a cove of tranquil turquoise blue and clear waters, washing up against the pebbles was truly one of the highlights of my trip. Luckily, I was there out of peak season so there were not many people there to spoil the view. If you’re ever in Rhodes, please make sure you don’t miss this one out! This bay, obviously named after the actor himself Anthony Quinn, he loved Greece so much and especially this little bay, that he bought it whilst filming “The Guns of Navarone”. I love Greece this much too – if only I could buy myself a little bay like this!
2. Greek wine tasting in Kritinia
I enjoyed this excursion a lot. This little village was very cute and pretty. The wine was great. Anyone who knows me will know that I enjoy my wine, so this suited me completely. I tried their local produce (“the drink of the Gods”), and it was the first time I tried dessert wine – very sweet but fulfilling. The village here was so picturesque, just standing there I felt like I was in a painting.
Filerimos is situated in the rural hills, 267 meters above Rhodes. A beautiful village to wander and explore. The panoramic views are breathtaking, overlooking the bay of Ixia and Trianda. Filerimos is about 15km from Rhodes centre.
As we stepped out of the car once we arrived to Filerimos, all I could hear were cries of some kind of animal and low and behold, a load of peacocks were roaming and wandering this part of the mountain. They were so pretty to look at but I kept my distance, not really a big fan of being chased by one. Captured a few shots of them though.
Filerimos is also be known as the Church of our Lady which is the Filerimos Monastery. The monastery was built in the 15th century, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Walking towards a staircase, you will find a giant cross called Filerimos Cross which overlooks the bay and Rhodes. The cross stands at an 18 meter height and I really struggled getting the whole cross in a photo.
Filerimos is an important ancient archaeological site – The Acropolis of the Ancient Ialyssos was once there.
This area is so pretty, it’s an old Italian village. Up somewhat 700 meters in rural Rhodes, lying between Eleousa and Profitis Ilias, we came across a church called Agios Nikolaos Foundoukli resting on the side road. The trees surrounding this church are fig trees. Just a small distance away, there is also a beautiful fountain and pond with a selection of fish and I recall one of them being called Alexander.
5. Acropolis of Rhodes
On the tour, we visited the Acropolis of Rhodes (Monte Smith), it is a beautiful site and I really enjoyed exploring and wandering the area. From the top of Monte Smith, the panoramic views of Rhodes were outstanding. On one side is the Temple of Pythion Apollo also known as the City’s Guardian. And, on the other side, there is the theatre which can sit up to 800 people. The theatre is also known as the Odeon. At the Odeon, they had musical performances where spectators would come and watch.
You will notice scaffolding on the Temple of Pythion Apollo because the Acropolis of Rhodes is currently undergoing restoration work. This has been since the Italians were on the island between 1912-1945.
These are my highlights of my time in Rhodes, and I hope to go back! There is so much more to see.
Have you been to Rhodes? Where was your favourite place?
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