Rhodes is famous for its vibrant hospitality sector featuring all-inclusive resorts, luxury spas, and beachside accommodations. Vacationers can spend their time exploring the alpine beaches, medieval quarters, wine-making…
Our neighbours across the balcony said, "You must see Symi; It's beautiful." Caroline and sailing don't mix, so I booked a solo ticket to see this enchanting island, just a couple of miles from the Turkish coast, a 2-hour sail north from Rhodes Town.
Rhodes has always attracted the interest of the cinema industry. The majority of Greek films produced during the '60s feature the beautiful physical scenery of the island. There is also a large number of foreign film productions, including some of the Hollywood finest that where shot in Rhodes. In the recent years a growing number of advertising productions choose Rhodes for its stunning physical scenery. So while in Rhodes, it is not uncommon to find yourself in front of a filming set.
Religious festivals and saints’ days in Greece are always a big deal. They bring families together – the younger members of which are often named after their elder relatives – reinforce the bonds of local communities, resuscitate age-old traditions and buttress the people’s faith. They can also serve as excellent occasions for matchmaking and even for settling old scores – many a local festival degenerates into a brawl that is later settled amicably over food and even more wine. Every saint is revered, but none as gloriously as the Virgin Mary, or Panaghia (All-Saintly), is on August 15, the biggest religious event in Greece after Easter and Christmas, a national holiday that is observed by the civil service and private sector.
Lindos swarms with tourists in the summer months, all thronging to see this most picturesque of Rhodian villages. Lindos is set into a hillside and is flanked by several wonderful beaches, three harbours, the sublimely lovely St Paul’s Bay to its south, and the awe-inspiring Acropolis and Knights’ castle atop of the 350-foot-high crag that looks over the village and is visible for miles around. The alleyways teem with shops offering porcelain, woven rugs, leather, jewellery, pottery, lace, and paintings, their sun blinds forming a canopy over the alleys that keeps the searing summer sun out, but has the effect of creating the largest sauna in the world.