Rhodes Journals

A Tour of the Island

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A June 2007 trip to Rhodes by MichaelJM

Tharri Monastry Photo, Rhodes, Greece More Photos
Quote: This was our third day tour of the island and there's much to commend itself to the island outside of Old Rhodes Town.

A Tour of the Island

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Overview

Monolithos castle Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The journey around the island was, for the greater part, most pleasurable with some amazing views, beautiful gradients of colors from the turquoise to deep blue of the sea, varying hues in the hills and inland vegetation, and rich blue skies. We saw intriguing sea mists and beautiful sunsets across the island. Long stretches of countryside when we seemed to be the only people on the island and enjoyed snacks in isolated tavernas with the exclusive attention of the owners.However, I guess the memory that will be etched into my mind are the times that we inadvertently ended up on a road which was less than well maintained—that’s a euphemism for a really bad highway. One example of this was whe...Read More

Coralli Restaurant

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Restaurant

Coralli Restaurant Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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This is a roadside restaurant on the Pefkos/Lardos road just inside the ‘town line’ of Lardos. It has got a lot going for it with waterfall and water fountain as center pieces, but jousting for prime position with a well lit ‘rock garden’ with aloe vera and other succulents.We really struggled to choose from the appetizing menu, which had mouth-watering descriptions of all the dishes. After a while, distracted by the many visual sights in the garden, I opted for an uninspiring sounding ‘Special Village Lamb’ whilst my wife, sticking with the lamb theme, went for Corallis Special Lamb with raisins, plums, almonds, and a hint of brandy (truth be known, it was probably the brandy that swayed ...Read More

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Coralli Restaurant

Rhodes, Greece

Valley of the Butterflies

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Attraction

Valley of the Butterflies Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Parking at the top of a small hill we strolled, following the signposts, to the bottom end of the walk. There is a very small parking area down here if you don’t fancy the walk. To reach the entrance to the valley we had to run the gauntlet of small shops and pass through the courtyard of an old established taverna. Nothing demanded our attention and in fairness the shop owners were fairly laid back and gently pointed out their wares to us. We reached the entrance to the relatively unscathed! We were visiting this unique place a little too early in the season and were told that were only a few butterflies in the valley. However, as the entrance fee was only 3 euros, which also gave us admission to the...Read More

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Valley of the Butterflies
Petaloudes Valley
Rhodes, Greece

Karemos

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Attraction

Ancient Kamiros Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The ruins of ancient Karemos are on the western side of Rhodes and are well worth a visit. Despite their ruined state (well, they are quite old!), it is not difficult to identify the different living and working accommodation on this really imposing site.I would think little restoration work has been undertaken and although each building type has a description, you need to let your imagination work a little to get a clearer picture, but I do believe that this is the largest ancient site that I’ve ever seen. There is a modest admission charge to the site (students get in free and pensioners get a reduction) but I reckon it's well worth paying, as the whole of the site rises above you as you ...Read More

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The monastery of Tharri

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Tharri Monastry Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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There were three monasteries fairly close by and we set off with the intention of visiting them all. The monastery of Tharri is by far the grandest and, if you’re tight on time, this is the one to go for. It’s nicely set in the hills of Rhodes and is hidden from view until you are almost upon it. A large car park points the way to the monastery gates with a small shop to the left selling religious memorabilia, honey, and ouzo made on the premises.There were no shortage of monks here and, whilst many sat in the shady area around the church, listening to the tales of the ‘main man’, one stood out as being the worker. He was everywhere, hosing down two large outdoor baths, carrying ...Read More

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