The ancient city of Ialysoss occupies a picturesque position upon the coastal crescent of Rhodes Island. Atmospheric ruins, crumbling churches and cypress tree lined boulevards comprise this delightful seaside resort, which allures thousands of tourists with its blissful beaches and authentic Grecian atmosphere. Golden sand tumbles into the iridescent blue of the sea, creating a perfect ocean panorama when viewed from one of the town’s many vertiginous vantage points.
Sink your toes into the silken sands of the village’s principal beach, a serene sprawl of golden sand and shimmering water. Here, energetic activities are offered for those wanting to fly high above the crashing waves, while relaxation is also possible in one of the many beach bars that decorate the promenade.
Travellers seeking more than a simple seaside sojourn will delight in the rich cultural inheritance of the Hill of Filerimos, an archaeological site considered to be one of Greece’s most important. The ubiquity of ruins is awe-inspiring and an ancient atmosphere permeates remarkable relics such as the Temple of Zeus, the 14th century church and the Byzantine fortifications. At the northern tip of the hilltop is a 70m cross which can be ascended by courageous climbers; predictably, from the soaring summit, viewers can behold some of the most breath-taking views imaginable.
Enjoying a beautiful beachfront location, Kaliva Restaurant is a rustic yet remarkable restaurant that serves seafood caught from the sea diners practically sit upon. An ever changing menu depends on the day’s catch, however signature dishes include steamed mussels with salty feta cheese, grilled shrimp and seafood spaghetti. Sip a refreshing glass of crisp chardonnay and stare into the shimmering sea at sunset for an unforgettable dining experience. (Ialyssos Beach, Ialisos 851 01, Greece)