The ferry we took to Rhodes was a bloody long one. 16 hours. I have never travelled for that long on one mode of transportation before. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. It was an overnight ferry from 6PM to 10AM (Although, it didn’t arrive until 11).
The waters were calm and we were able to sleep (rather uncomfortablely) on some couches in the lounge. Many people took the overnight ferry, and I was surprised that not of people had cabins. I mean, it was an expensive ferry just for the deck, but it was a long trip to sleep on a small hard couch. We also had two middle age men next to us playing video games and europop on their computer at 8 in the morning. Rude.
By the time we arrived, we were beat, but determined not to sleep the day away. We jumped into our bathing suits and walked to the nearest beach, which was awesome. What a view.
We ended up spending the rest of the day swimming, tanning and relaxing on the beach all falling asleep in the sun.
The hotel we stayed in was quite nice. It was modeled after a castle like Rhodes Old Town. For the amount of money we paid for it (not a lot) I was genuinely surprised with the view and room. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and stored our luggage for the full day, and let us hang out in their courtyard while we waited for the ferry.
Our Hotel’s Courtyard.
The next day we spent on a bus tour to Lindos. A beautiful old town on the east coast of Rhodes, Lindos is very traditional and boasts the Acropolis that has spanned through four ages: Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Christian Medieval. It was at the top of a mountain and was a bitch to climb, but it was well worth it. The view from atop was awesome.
Lindos from afar
Bee is here!
Temple of Athena Lindos, Rhodes
One of the cool things about Lindos is St. Paul’s Bay. Paul landed, well, he was detoured in Lindos in 57 AD preaching Jesus and had a bay named after him. From atop the Acropolis, the bay appears to be closed, but in fact, there is an opening. (See photos) We didn’t have a lot of time left in the tour, so only Elizabeth swam, while Bridget and I stuck our feet in looking at the crabs. The lagoon was crystal clear, I would have loved to go snorkeling there.
St. Paul’s Bay from the ground.
St. Paul’s Bay from atop the Acropolis
The town itself was another sight, it was so charming with its shops and stores, all painted white. It’s windy streets are all cobblestone mosaic pebbles. If you get off the main road you come across beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic streets. Everyone was so kind in that town, I didn’t want to leave.
Me in Lindos, Rhodes
The last half of the day – we had a lot of time to kill before our ferry at 2:30 AM – we spent in Rhodes Old Town, a medieval fortress turned tourist destination. It was really pretty to walk through, but all the shops sold the same things. We ended up at the harbour looking at all the boat shops and came across this boat that sold sea shells and sponges made into things. It was rather pretty.
We found Stan Lee in Rhodes
Unfortunately, that day didn’t end well. It turns out that the ferries in Rhodes are disorganized or that no one knows anything about them. We ended up at the wrong port, fighting to get tickets, and probably double charged for them. I was so frustrated that when I finally got on the boat, I broke down in tears. But we are on the boat and heading toward Santorini, which will be week of beaches and sunsets. I am so ready.