thomascook.com and stayed at the all-inclusive Smartline Cosmopolitan Hotel in Ixia. Although this holiday was all about stuffing our faces with moussaka and Greek salad (hey it's all about balance), abusing that all-inclusive pool bar and floating our troubles away on lilos (sadly no, the inflatable flamingos and swans haven't made it to Rhodes yet), we soon started to get itchy feet just staying by the pool and hitting the beach everyday, so we decided to rent a car for the day and explore the Island. I know a lot of people are put off by the idea of renting a car abroad...driving on the wrong side of the road with blasé European road etiquette can be pretty daunting, but if you're travelling with a confident driver then definitely, definitely rent a car! Yes, there's always boat or coach trips which take you on excursions from your hotel, but nothing gives you the freedom quite like having your own car for the day and being free to drive wherever you want and having the ability to stop at whatever little hidden gems you discover along the way, whether they be secluded beaches or authentic little restaurants in a local village. And when holidaying on an Island as small as Rhodes, where you can drive from the top to the bottom of the Island in as little as 2 hours, renting a car really is the best thing you can do to explore as much as you possibly can.
Suzy The Suzuki
So for just something silly like £25 each, we hired this adorable little Suzuki for the day. We originally wanted to hire a white Jeep, but the rental company wanted a crazy deposit for it and we figured as Instagramable and as 'road trip goals' (did I really just use 'goals' in a serious way) as it would have been, we settled for Suzy the Suzuki instead and she was a pretty good consolation...and yes, we do name all our rental cars. So with nothing on us but a paper map of the island and some broken English instructions, we headed South of Ixia in search of Anthony Quinn Bay.
Anthony Quinn Bay
A Day On Pefki Beach
Rhodes Town is the perfect destination to spend an afternoon/evening wandering around the harbour, sampling the Greek cuisine, braving some ouzo in the bars and spending those euros in the shops.
It was the perfect week with the perfect balance of relaxation and exploring and I honestly cannot recommend Rhodes enough.xoxo