Winter in Australia has never been too cold or harsh, and some would say it is just perfect, but I myself, I love warmer and sunnier weather, when I can put on my swimsuit and catch the sun and the waves. That is why last year, I have decided to go to Greece, where the sun shines in entirely different way. Greece’s beauties are so mesmerizing that it was hard to decide where to go, but I have decided to listen to a good friend who visited Rhodes a couple of years ago on a honeymoon. As it turns out, it was a brilliant idea. This area has plentitude of available activities and interesting destinations.
A Place to Rest
I was staying in a charming resort somewhere between Rhodes and Kallithea and I have enjoyed every second of it. The hotel was called Rhodes Palladium and it had its own spa, so I was able to rest upon my arrival to Greece and gather all the necessary energy for the future endeavors. The hotel had an amazing view of the beach and I was fascinated by the great service there. The best thing about this location is that everything I needed was rather near, so I could do more tours during the day and have some leftover time for resting.
The Amazing Fortress of Lindos
One of the most interesting things about Greece is its rich history and culture. That makes it better than other beachside exotic destinations where there is nothing but beach and sun. Do not get me wrong, beach and sun combo is great, but if you can get more, why not? The fortress of Lindos is a staggering acropolis nestled at the foot of a steep rock and surrounded by the charming traditional settlement, additionally surrounded by the sea. Just walking up the monumental staircase leading to the upper level of the centuries old buildings was mesmerizing. I felt like the time stopped to show me all the glory of these monuments.
The Valley of the Butterflies
The name says it all – this unique nature reserve is the resting point of the beautiful Jersey tiger, a nocturnal moth. I can never forget when my guide said: “Stand still, there is a butterfly on your shoulder”, wow. The soothing walk through the shaded, yet green valley, with fabulous waterfalls and river, all the way up to the monastery, reminded me of those fairytale woods I dreamed about when I was a little girl. I was so amazed by the flora and fauna of the area that I had to visit the Museum of Natural History. The museum also has a hatchery – a protected area where a number of butterflies reproduce.
An Excursion to the Symi Island
I took one day to visit the alluring Symi Island. I arrived there with a Dodekanisos ferry, and that short distance looked like a mini-cruise. The beaches may be in short supply, but the tranquility and the piece of the island are great when you want to get some rest from all the adventures and socializing. The island’s neoclassical mansions are reminders of the Symi’s rich history. Also, at the southeast of the island there is spectacular monastery. On the island I had the most amazing lunch in the restaurant at the Agia Marina beach.
Catching the Waves in Prasonisi
Upon my arrival, I have heard about a great surfing point on the very south of the island, so one day, I have decided to rent a car and drive all the way down there to try my luck. Although everyone was carrying their windsurfing gear with them, I have decided to take my stand up paddleboard and stand out from the crowd. The most interesting thing about Prasonisi is the possibility to sail in two different seas – the Mediterranean and Aegean. The stable wind is also great for kiteboarding and windsurfing. I have to try those two the next time I visit Rhodes.
Rhodes is truly a recipe for the perfect vacation: mix in the lovely beaches, the white sand and the azure waters. Add a pinch of history and top it up with nature. Enjoy.