This island is celebrated for its natural beauty and delightful climate. It is a major tourist attraction for the seekers of sunny beaches. Many of its beaches are gravel, not sand. Whether you arrive in search of buzzing nightlife, sun or diving in crystal-clear waters; The Island of Rhodes has it all!
My husband and I, after having so many excursions, (For more on our excursions, you can read more on the post over Lindos, Symi and The Medieval city of Rhodes) we decided to drive around the island, which brought to us to magnificent beaches, impressive sightseeing and picturesque villages. These are some of our experiences:
The Wine Estates
It has been said that Rhodes was the first island in the Aegean Sea to cultivate a vineyard and make wine. We decided to visit a Wine Estate that we found on our way. I was a little bit curious because I had never drunk a Greek wine. The wines are excellent. To learn about the History of wine processing in Rhodes and the wine tasting was not a bad idea, after all. We learnt also about the Ouzo, a Greek cultural drink. Ouzo is traditionally mixed with water, becoming cloudy white, and served with ice cubes in a small glass. It can also be drunk straight from a shot glass. Ouzo has a smooth yet distinctly sweetened taste that can make you tipsy in only a few shots.
We are beach lovers and that’s why we chose the Island of Rhodes. The beaches are all nice, with gravel or sand, crystal-clear water and great for water sports. The beaches with gravel were something new to me having been born and raised in Kenya, our beaches have white sand. In Rhodes, I had to get the appropriate shoes. We really enjoyed the stunning views of the beaches. In Greece, tourists have to hire a sunbed and umbrella to use. I found it alittle bit odd especially for the hotel that we stayed which was on a private beach.
Olive oil Factory
Throughout our drive, there were beautiful olive trees that grew in valleys and mountainous areas of Rhodes Island. The Greeks have been cultivating the olive trees and have been using olive oil since 3500 BC. We drove into an Olive oil Factory that was in a very beautiful Greek village. They had only one worker who could speak English but they were very friendly. They allowed us to see the factory and it was very interesting and informative. The olive oil is still being used for medical purposes and religious purposes in Greece. Moreover, it has been proved to be an essential ingredient of a healthy diet in the whole world. I think that the people of Rhodes are so lucky to have olive trees as their cash crop. They were not only friendly, but also generous. Before we left, they gave us a bottle of Olive oil and Greek spices. I think that was the biggest art of kindness that I have ever seen.
Generally, the Greek people are very religious. Religion in Greece is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Churches. It represents the majority of the population and is constitutionally recognized as the prevailing religion of Greece. To visit either the churches or the mosques, conservative dressing was required. We visited several of the Orthodox Churches. The architecture is breathtaking.
If you are lucky enough to have traveled to a foreign place before, then you know the pull to keep on exploring. It’s addictive but hey, I had an amazing experience in the Island of Rhodes and I hope to visit again! See you there!
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes