June 15, 2015

Lovely Lindos

When visiting the island of Rhodes, the village of Lindos is a must-see. It’s winding streets and whitewashed buildings create scenes that are any Pinterest lover’s dream.

The city is completely pedestrianized, making it perfect for a stroll. But as this is quite a popular destination, it’s advised to arrive in the early morning before other tourists land and the streets become overrun.  

Overlooking Lindos, Rhodes, Greece


What to visit

The Acropolis of Lindos is an impressive architectural site perched high above the village. The ruins are extremely well preserved, and offer breathtaking views over Saint Paul’s Bay and Lindos’ famous white buildings. The acropolis can be reached on foot or by “Lindos taxi” (a donkey).  Rides cost 5€ per donkey each way (keep in mind that the donkeys travel in pairs, meaning a minimum of 10€) and entry to the acropolis is 6€ per person.

Another point of interest is the ornate orthodox Church of Panagia. Getting lost amongst Lindos’ tiny streets and shops is also a fun way to spend the day.

Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Donkeys ("Lindos taxi") in Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Saint Paul's Bay Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

 

Where to take a break

When walking up or down the main trail to the acropolis, keep an eye out for Melenos Lindos. Stop in for an ice-cold frappe and take in the exquisite views from your table. 


June 12, 2015

Let's Hit the Rhodes!

One of Paris’ many attributes is its proximity to a number of other fabulous European destinations. Taking off from Charles de Gaulle or Orly, some of the world’s most magical places are just a few hours away.

Recently, we embarked on a week-long getaway on the Greek island of Rhodes. Only 3 ½ hours from Paris, we landed in what can only be described as a dream: rolling mountains, tropical flowers, clear blue skies and the azure Mediterranean sea.

Our home base for the trip was the lesser-known resort town of Kolimbia. Quieter than some of the island’s more popular cities like Rhodes or Lindos, here we found our own little haven.

Beach in Kolimbia, Rhodes, Greece
Olive trees in Kolimbia, Rhodes, Greece

Kolimbia

 

Where to stay

Located around 40 minutes from Diagoros International Airport, the Sentido Port Royal is an adults-only resort and spa with spectacular amenities, views and service. The staff are extremely warm and many speak impeccable English and/or French.

Upon arriving, guests are treated to a welcome cocktail in the lobby, followed by a golf cart tour of the resort and transport to their villa. It’s the details like this that really make the Port Royal stand out. Features include two beautiful outdoor pools, direct beach access, an indoor pool and spa, and three restaurants.
Sentido Port Royal in Kolimbia, Rhodes, Greece

Where to eat

Taverna Manolis
Efcalypton
Kolimbia, Greece
 
Taverna Manolis is a casual place where you’ll find delicious traditional Greek food at unbeatable prices. On one particular afternoon, we enjoyed a small feast here for just under 12€! (1 gyro, 1 chicken souvlaki, 1 beer, 1 bottle of water, 1 baklava + 2 small deserts on the house)

Baklava at Taverna Manolis in Kolimbia, Rhodes, Greece


Kapari Meat & Sea
Kolimbia Beach 
Kolimbia, Greece

Tucked away in Nissaki Bay, Kapari Meat & Sea offers lovely seaside dining. Customers take in an exceptional view as they have their fill of a variety of Greek specialties.

Mythos beer at Kapari Meat & Sea, Kolimbia, Rhodes, Greece


Where to visit

Kolimbia is conveniently located between the cities of Rhodes and Lindos (more on that to come!). Each city can be easily accessed by public transport (around 40 minutes starting from the bus stop in front of the Sentido Port Royal). Bus fare is 3.50€ per person each way.

If staying local, you can wander down the famous Eucalyptus Street, which is home to a variety of laid-back tavernas, bars and souvenir shops.