Six days in Rhodes
We arrived in Rhodes Town at the beginning of June. We were staying six nights at Svea Hotel (highly recommended – it was cheap, quite new, and everyone working there was really friendly) in the newer part of the city, which has more of a resort feel than the much prettier old town. Still, it wasn’t far from the main sites, and we were a two-minute walk from the beach.
On our first full day, we explored the old town and city walls. We also went to the Archaeological Museum, a place where you wander in and out of gardens and rooms, stumbling on ruins and small exhibition spaces.
We also checked out Prince Bakery Café because it had been mentioned in several guidebooks, but we didn’t think it was anything special and would recommend skipping it for something else.
The next day, we took a coach bus to the Valley of the Butterflies. We didn’t see too many butterflies (it was still a bit early in the season), but the walk through the woods was lovely.
We also saw the monastery at Filerimos, which is a good place to stop by on your way to another location.
Our second day trip was to the Seven Springs and Lindos. The Seven Springs are at the beginning of a beautiful stretch of woods that we didn’t have much time to explore. It seemed like the perfect spot to spend the day with a few friends and a picnic.
Lindos is a lovely cliffside town and home to an impressive ancient acropolis.
We walked up the hill to visit the ruins and check out the views of the sea, then went down to the beach below. The water in the bay was clear and quite shallow, and we were reluctant to leave when it was time to catch the bus. Next time, I think I would book a room for at least a couple of days there in addition to staying in Rhodes Town.
We had mainly reserved the next two days for work (with some breaks for the beach) but we did have a nice meal at a restaurant called Thomas Taverna It’s in the new town, but on a less busy street with several other restaurants that also looked good, including Tamam. On our last morning, we saw some new parts of the old town and walked to the port, where we boarded the ferry to Symi.