Holidays to Ixia can be as livewire or as laid-back as you like. This modern, mild-mannered resort is a haven for watersports fans, and it’s within easy reach of Rhodes Town too
Set on the northwest tip of Rhodes, Ixia is a small, purpose-built resort that punches well above its weight in the easygoing luxury and watersports stakes. Ixia’s pebbled sweep of coast is overlooked by some of the island’s most high-end hotels, and attracts a flag-stiffening breeze that pulls in the windsurfers, too. As for culture, you’ve got UNESCO big hitter Rhodes Town just down the road.
Ixia’s action-packed shoreline actually divides up into a string of separate beaches, all lined with an esplanade that cosies up to the coastal road. The sea can get a little choppy in these parts, especially in the late afternoon – a good time to stroll up to one of the beachfront bakeries for a spinach and feta spanakopita, a traditional filo pastry snack.
Historic high point
The area’s archaeological high point is high indeed – it sits on top of Filerimos Hill, above the neighbouring village of Trianda. It’s a steep climb, so many people take a taxi for the brief drive up to the summit. Here you can pad around the remains of a Roman temple, and scale the steps of a rebuilt Byzantine monastery for 360-degree views of the island.
Close to Rhodes Town
A 10-minute drive gets you to the capital, Rhodes Town. The old town’s skyline is a mishmash of domes, minarets and battlements, while at street level you’ve got shops, bars and restaurants to root around. Lose yourself in the maze of over 200 streets – a happy hunting ground for spendaholics, culture buffs and revellers alike.