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Exploring Rhodes and Lindos

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Ask anybody to describe Greece and I guarantee their vision encompasses white wash walls, winding cobbled streets and pinterest friendly scenery. 

For me, Rhodes wasn't like this. 

There was the odd building that fitted perfectly amongst my pinterest induced fantasies but mostly, its appearance echoed every other town and holiday complex I had visited before. 

Our hotel (you can read all about it here) was based in Kolymbia. A fairly discreet, very tiny coastal resort. There was a cocktail bar, the odd tourist shop and hotels.

Kolymbia was also home to a tiny harbour. A harbour which housed one of the few buildings in Rhodes that satisfied all my idealised imaginings of everything Greek. 

It took us around 10 minutes to reach the Harbour and in spite of the heat we were ready to explore. 

As we ambled up various hidden pathways we were greeted with the prettiest views.

Sat above the harbour was this tiny church. This was one of the few buildings that ticked all my pre-conceived boxes of how Greece looked. 

Another day we ventured into Rhodes old town. It took around 30 minutes to reach by bus. 

Rhodes old town is beautiful but completely unlike the Greece that is romanticised. 

 It is a medieval town full of charming cobbled streets...

Traditional Greek Tavernas...

And beautiful architecture.

The town remains inside the original city walls and is bustling with activity. 

There are souvenir stores, market stalls, restaurants, bars and street entertainers.

Despite being far from what I expected from Greece I completely fell in love with the charm of this town.

The last town we visited was Lindos. This took around 15 minutes by bus.

Sitting above Lindos town lies an Acropolis. 

The walk to the top of the Acropolis in the midday heat was unbearable but reaching the top and seeing the stunning views offered from every angle.. well, suddenly the uncomfortable walk made perfect sense. 

Pulling ourselves away from the picturesque  views we made our way into Lindos. 

Lindos was completely different to Rhodes and was everything I expected from Greece.

Whitewash walls, blue detailing, winding cobbled streets... 

Completely enchanted by a town that brought my Pinterest boards to life, I forgot to take photos (yep, officially the worst blogger ever) Sorry!

The town was  stunning, made up of tiny shops offering local products, fresh juices, gelato and slush puppies. Not only was I living inside a pinterest board I was also able to relive my childhood.

Rhodes old town and Lindos were both beautiful towns and definitely worth a visit! 

I cant wait to discover more of Greece - Mykonos and Santorini are currently top of my travel list.

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