On the first day of my Rhodes road trip I explored the west coast of Rhodes from Ialyssós all the way down to Fourni Beach and returned back to Ialyssós via mountains and cute little inland villages. Earlier I had also discovered the medieval Rhodes old town together with the more modern part of Rhodes town, so on the second day of my road trip it was time to hit the east coast of Rhodes.This was my route on the east coast: Rhodes town – Koskinou – Lindos – Haraki – Agathi Beach – Tsambika Monastery – Tsambika Beach – Afandou Beach – Anthony Quinn Bay – Rhodes town
The charming village of Koskinou 8 km south of Rhodes Town was my first destination. From the village square a countless number of small lanes and narrow cobble stone streets lead to the historical part of the village where traditional Rhodian houses, window, doors, gates and doorways are painted in all possible colours. Red. Blue. Yellow. Green. Brown. Pink. Turquoise. Walking the quiet narrow lanes in this colourful little village feels like wonderland. More about my adventures in Koskinou here.
From Koskinou I continued all the way down south to Lindos. I wanted to get to Lindos as early as possible as I knew that it gets very hot and crowded during the day. I parked the car outside the village (cars are not allowed in Lindos village) and walked downhill to Lindos main square. After getting lost in the narrow lanes I finally found my way up to the Acropolis of Lindos.
After exploring the Acropolis I headed back down to the village getting again totally lost in the labyrinth of narrow alleys and whitewashed houses. It was good fun and I found a quiet small taverna overlooking the sea for lunch.
Next I headed down to Lindos beach to cool off. I had a swim in the turquoise waters and spent some relaxing time on the beach before hitting the road again. You can read more about my adventures in Lindos here.
After Lindos I drove northbound along the main road and stopped in Haraki to buy some cold water on the way to Agathi Beach. Haraki is a small fishing and holiday village with a nice seaside promenade.
Only a short drive from Haraki lies Agathi Beach. I had heard that this is a quiet and picturesque place to relax. Agathi Beach indeed was very beautiful with golden sands and turquoise clear waters. But surely it was not quiet, just the opposite. Okay it was Sunday and there were lost of locals too enjoying the weekend. The beach was filled with sun loungers and umbrellas. I found my quiet spot a little bit further away from the crowds and enjoyed swimming in the calm sea and taking in the stunning seaviews.
My next destination was Tsambika Monastery, a tiny white Byzantine church, not far from the main coastal road. I parked my car in the car park halfway up the hill as the latter stretch was very steep, knowing that my cheap rental car would not make it to the top and I did not want to risk it since the road was very narrow too. The steep hike up the hill felt like forever and once I got to the upper car park I found out that it was still a long way to go: 350 steps uphill.
At that stage I thought I was going to die so I took a break to catch my breath. After a while up the 350 steps I went and felt like a winner when I reached Tsambika Monastery on top of the hill. Views from here were magnificent over the sea and inland over the mountains.
Many people say that Tsambika Beach is one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Rhodes. I was running out of time so I only enjoyed the magnificent views over Tsambika Beach from Tsambika Monastery.
Instead of Tsambika Beach I headed next to Afandou Beach which is a huge and uncrowded beach north of Tsambika Monastery. The beach is mainly pebbles but I found a small sandy patch for my beach towel. I took a swim and just relaxed enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.
Anthony Quinn Bay
The last destination of my road trip on the east coast was Anthony Quinn Bay, a small bay where Quinn’s film The Guns of Navarone was originally filmed. The bay is surrounded by lush green vegetation and large rocks. Here I went for a stroll just to see what the bay is like before heading back to my hotel in Rhodes town.
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