I love Greece. Having been to Kos a few years ago, me and my husband decided to visit Rhodes this time and stayed on the north side of the island in Ialyssos.
We booked the trip about three weeks before we went through Tui as part of a last minute deal. We previously booked with Tui in December when we visited Malta over Christmas and as we found the whole trip smooth and enjoyable, we decided to book with Tui again.
We arrived on the Saturday evening at around 11pm local time. The journey from the airport to our hotel was about 25 minutes. We were staying in Ialyssos at the Alea Hotel which was in a very good central location, surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. Blaze was one of our favourite bars and we watched the England game here.
Alea Hotel had it’s own café bar underneath with outside seating. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We ate here a few times and the food was lovely and good value for money. We also made good use of the hotel pool which was quiet and peaceful. It got the sun from about 11am onwards and we always managed to get a sunbed. Our room was self catering and had a small kitchen. It was on the top floor which gave us great views.
The beach was a five minute walk away and we hired sunbeds for five euros. Ialyssos beach is a pebble beach with sand once you are in the water so it is advisable to wear beach shoes. The water is the most amazing azure blue colour. The pictures do not do it justice, you have to see it to believe it. The water was warm too which made it very pleasurable to swim in. You can see views of Turkey in the distance and there is a nice breeze so this beach is frequented by kite surfers.
There are lots of bars and restaurants along the sea front which means you can spend the entire day at the beach. The food is great and there is lots of variety. Along the seafront is also an old windmill which has been turned into an art gallery, this is worth checking out too.
The sunset at Ialyssos beach is breath taking and is a must see. There were lots of people taking photographs and videos capturing the moment the sun disappears behind Turkey.
Whilst we were on our holiday, I chose to go horse riding on the beach and booked the trip with The Riding Club of Rhodes, Kamdos. I was picked up at the hotel and driven to the beach where we were met with the horse box. The staff were so lovely and friendly and we had a great time riding on the beach at 7am before taking off the saddles and going for a swim with the horses. This was truly one of the best moments of my life and I would definitely love to do this again!
My husband chose to go scuba diving whilst we were in Rhodes and he was collected from the hotel and taken out by boat to do two dives throughout the course of the day. They cater for all levels of experience and he was happy to dive in Greece having only been diving in England so far!
There is lots to do in Rhodes and the public transport makes it easy to get about. You can also hire cars, mopeds or quad bikes. Rhodes town is about 25 minutes from Ialyssos on the bus and a single ticket is 2.60 euro. You can also get the bus to Faliraki. When we visited Rhodes town, we visited the park and castle, walked around the shops and had a walk down the marina where you could take boat trips. We chose a trip where you got to sit underneath the boat and watch a dive show.
We fell in love with Greece when we first visited in 2012 and we were keen to go back. There is something so magical about Greece. The weather, the vibrant colours of the sky and the water, the food, the people, the atmosphere…there is so much to soak up. My soul feels happy in Greece and I can’t wait to go back!