An elaborate architectural mix of ancient, medieval, Byzantine, Ottoman and Italian influences unfolds in the narrow streets of the medieval town of Rhodes, with the most emblematic of all the Knights Street, and remarkable sights such as the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Archaeological Museum of the Knights Great Hospital, the Suleiman Mosque, the Jewish Synagogue, and of course the refurbished and fully-functioning Ottoman Baths. Aristotelous Street and Ippokratous Square, with its shops, cafes and restaurants, are the standard meeting places, while the most beautiful spot of the modern city is the beach promenade with the casino in the historic “Hotel of the Roses” and the photogenic beach.
Rhodes’ second-largest city, with Cycladic character in its gorgeous captains’ residences and the ancient acropolis placed as a crown on its top, Lindos is also known for its elaborate ceramic plates, whose impressive variety can be admired not only in its many ceramic traditional workshops but also by visiting captains’ residences (those not bought by cosmopolites and artists). Characteristic of these imposing settlements is the picture-perfect medieval captains’ residences built around votsalotó (meaning pebbly) courtyards with painted enchanting wooden ceilings. Do not forget to visit the acropolis, ideally just before sunset, whose rays give the ruins and the view a unique glow.
Most of them are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities, Rhodes’ most famous beaches are on the east coast: the long sandy beach of Tsambika is even more beautiful when gazing at it from the end of the demanding ascent towards the church hill, the natural stone sunbeds loved by Anthony Quinn during the shooting of “Canons of Navarone”, are a timeless sight, while the sequence of many small creeks equipped with canteens in Kalithea have a charm of their own. For unspoiled sandy beaches with sand dunes and cedars, ride the jeep and head to Saint Paul and Gennadi, while at the most southern end of the island, Prasonissi’s islet is a challenge for any self-respecting surfer.
More or less similar to “pasteli”, its main ingredients are roasted sesame, honey, almonds, a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Soft and chewy, with orange aroma, melekouni was so related to joys of everyday life that it was sent to the wedding guests instead of an invitation while served freshly baked, out of the church. Today it is sold prepacked and still remains nutritional and delicious.
Dolmades and Cyclamens
The cyclamens known as “kamilakia” in Rhodes have a special and unique place in the local cuisine. The delicious dolmades dish is made out of blanched cyclamens’ tender leaves, stuffed with rice and cooked in a pot where they finally pour a mixture of eggs and lemon juice (known as avgolemono). A delicious spoon sweet, made out of cyclamen’s bulbs, is produced on the island; the bulbs are peeled and scraped, boiled to take the bitterness away and sugar and nutmeg is finally added.
The local wines thrive in both the island’s restaurants and the local wineries. White Athiri dominates, but so does Mandilaria, here called Amorgiano – a rare variety of red grape that gives red wines with rich flavour and lively warm colour.
Useful phone numbers
Tourist Police: 2241027423
Port Authority: 2241028666
Radio Taxi: 2241066555
General Hospital: 2241360000