Certainly, the Island of Rhodes is celebrated for its natural beauty and delightful climate. No wonder, it is a major tourist attraction for the seekers of sunny beaches.
Without a doubt, whether you arrive in this island in search of buzzing nightlife, or sun, or diving in crystal clear waters; The Island of Rhodes has it all!
Back to our adventures, we decided to go for a road trip around the island after having had quite a number of excursions. This brought us to magnificent beaches, impressive sightseeing , and picturesque villages. This is one of our favourite road trips we’ve ever done. The following are some of our random experiences from our road trip in the Island of Rhodes:
The Island of Rhodes was the first island in the Aegean Sea to cultivate a vineyard and to make wine.
We decided to visit a Wine Estate that we found on our way.
The main reason why we did, was out of curiosity. Personally, I had never drunk a Greek wine and to be honest, from this experience, I think that the Greek Wines are excellent.
Ultimately, learning the History of wine processing in the Island of Rhodes was a crowning accomplishment, while the wine tasting was an icing on the cake. We also learnt about Ouzo, a Greek cultural drink.
Ouzo is a traditional Greek drink that has a smooth yet distinctly sweetened taste that can make you tipsy in only a few shots. It is usually mixed with water, becoming cloudy white. This drink is served with ice cubes in a small glass. It can also be drunk straight from a shot glass.
We are beach lovers and that’s why we chose the Island of Rhodes as our summer holiday destination.
Notably, the majority of these beaches are gravel, not sand. All the beaches in the island are nice, with crystal-clear water and they are great for water sports.
By the way, the beaches with gravel were something new to me and I had to get the appropriate shoes.
As a matter of fact, we did enjoy the stunning views of the beaches in the Island of Rhodes.
First thing to remember when visiting Greek beaches, just like many of the Europea beaches, the tourists have to hire a sunbed and umbrella to use.
3. The Olive Oil Factory
Throughout our drive, there were beautiful olive trees that grew in valleys and mountainous areas of the Island of Rhodes. For this reason, we drove into an Olive oil Factory that was in a very beautiful Greek village.
Basically, the owners and the workers at factory were very friendly but only one worker who could speak English. On our visit, they allowed us to see the factory and we had a guided tour. Indeed, it was very interesting and informative.
The Greeks have been cultivating the olive trees and have been using olive oil since 3500 BC.
In fact, 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.
The Greeks that we met in the Olive Oil Factory were not only friendly, but also generous. At the end of guided tour, they gave us a bottle of Olive oil and Greek spices. I think that this was the biggest art of kindness that I have ever seen!
Last but not least, we visited several of the Orthodox Churches.
Generally, the Greek people are very religious. Religion in Greece is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Churches. This represents the majority of the population and is constitutionally recognized as the prevailing religion of Greece.
The architecture of the churches is breathtaking. It must be remembered that to visit either the churches or the mosques, conservative dressing is required.
Beyond any doubt, I had an amazing experience in the Island of Rhodes. 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 hope this inspires you to try something!
- Be culturally sensitive
- Conservative dressing is required to visit either the churches or the mosques,
- Avoid peak season
- Try out the Greek wines
- Ouzo is served after the meals
A TRAVEL QUOTE…
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes