Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!
August 24, 2011
Today we’ve sailed our way back to Greece to begin a quick hop of the Greek Isles, starting with Rhodes. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and our ship docked in the main city of the same name, Rhodes (Rhodes is a town on the island of Rhodes-confusing, I know). After doing a bit of research before the cruise, we decided it would be best to forgo an excursion and explore the town on our own. The entrance to the Old Town is just a quick walk from the port, so we followed the walls along the outside of the city until we found our entrance through the Gate of the Virgin.
Besides some very basic research beforehand, none of us knew a whole lot about Rhodes going into the trip. Rhodes Old Town is still completely surrounded by an outer wall and moat and is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage City. Unfortunately this area can be pretty packed with tourists in the summer months which can get annoying-just be prepared for slow-moving crowds! Exploring Old Town on foot is the best way to go and you’ll find plenty of shopping along with many beautiful (old) buildings within these walls. My tips: wear comfortable shoes, have some euros on hand if you’re looking for souveniers, and get your camera ready for some great photographs!
After spending a couple hours exploring Old Town we were all getting a little hangry so we knew it was time for lunch. I found a restaurant on TripAdvisor called Restaurant Agalma that was a short walk from the walls of Old Town and that is where we headed. We arrived very shortly after they opened and were the only people there, besides the servers, which was fine by us! We enjoyed the shade of the outdoor patio along with a few chilly bottles of Mythos beer and waited patiently for our food to arrive. We ordered several different dishes to share and each one was better than the next. Everything just seemed to taste so much better here! Refreshing tomato and cucumber salad with delicious feta cheese, cool tzatziki dip served with hot, buttery pita bread, shrimp saganaki, keftedakia (Greek meatballs), calamari as big as onion rings, moussaka…we were so stuffed by the end but we wanted to try as much as possible!
After stuffing ourselves silly we decided to walk down to the water that was visible from the restaurant and return to our ship the long way. Doesn’t it always seem that the unexpected plans yield the best results?! When the beach was in full view we were all in complete awe of the beautiful water. It was like a collection of the most beautiful blue colors you’ve ever seen. We hadn’t worn swimsuits because we weren’t planning on visiting the beach, but you just can’t see water like this and not jump in (plus it was really, really hot out)! So my brother and I decided to go for it and take the plunge! The current was so ridiculous that I spent most of the time attempting to not drown, and I did have to walk about a mile back to the ship with wet shorts, but it was such a fun, random experience and totally worth it!
We walked the rest of the way back to the ship along the beach and it was the perfect way to end our time here on Rhodes. Rhodes was never one of the Greek islands that I was dying to see like Santorini or Mykonos, but I really enjoyed our time here and would love to return!