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Ialissos, Overall a good family destination

Written by Bryan
We stayed in Ialissos. If I were on my honeymoon or single, I would choose another island (or perhaps I would choose another part of Rhodes), but for a family with small children, or a wind/kite surfer, or people who don't want to be in a total party spot, Ialissos works just fine.
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Afandou - Afandou Village

Municipality of Afandou
Population: 5,933
18.5 km from Rhodes town

The Village of Afandou has a history spanning over 3.000 years, 'Afandou' when translated means 'invisible'. The village until the 10th century was situated on and nearby the beach. This peaceful village was constantly under attack by pirates from the surrounding seas. For this reason the villagers cleverly decided to move the village behind the mountains, which made it impossible to see from the surrounding sea. Only one building remained which was a small chapel namely, 'Katholiki'. During an earthquake in the 6th century is was destroyed but the villagers decided to rebuild it. But again during the 8th and 10th century the pirates attacked the chapel, destroying it once again, only to be restored and it is now still standing and open to the public.

The village of Afandou avails shops, restaurants, café bars and pubs catering for everyone's needs during the day and well into the night. The very hospitable locals speak with a characteristic accent and are only too happy to mingle in with their visitors.

On the beach there is a wide range of water sports, from windsurfing to sea pedals, jet ski and paragliding, a small park for children plus canteens for light refreshments. There is a good selection of nearby restaurants offering a variety of fish menus or Greek meze. A popular attraction with the old and young , is the blue open air train that will take you from the main square, through the village, along the olive groves, to the exceptional 4 km long beach stretching as far as Kolymbia. On board you will also see the 18 hole golf course which attracts international golf enthusiasts but is also open to the public.



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