Holidays to Ialyssos offer a traditional Greek village life, 3 kilometres of beach, and lots of interesting ruins. And the sights and shops of Rhodes Town are just 20 minutes away.
A mix of old and new
Back in the day, Ialyssos – AKA Trianta – was one of the hubs of ancient Greek society. It’s still got the ruins to prove it, but today this resort on the northwest coast of Rhodes is up to speed as a holiday getaway. You’ve got a traditional village here where you can shoot the breeze with the locals, while down at the waterfront there’s a 3-kilometre beach with your name on it. And Rhodes Town is just 20 minutes away.
The long shingle beach runs all the way from Ialyssos to neighbouring Kremasti. There’s a good quota of sunloungers to go round and you’ve got kiosks, cafés and shops here. Paddlers and pedalo riders will love the calm water, while windsurfers make the most of the gentle breeze
At Ialyssos, you can’t get much closer to history. Just east of the village, you’ve got Filerimos Hill where you can see the ruins of ancient temples and what’s left of an old church. There’s also a monastery here, and if you take the path from here it leads you to a 70-metre-high crucifix on the hilltop.
Easy day trips
Twenty minutes’ drive and you’re at Petaloudes. Better known as the Valley of the Butterflies, this beauty spot certainly lives up to its name – and along with the winged ones, you’ve got waterfalls and winding rivers. And after refuelling at the café, a 20-minute walk will take you up to the whitewashed Kalopetra Monastery.
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