Close to the centre of Ialyssos and Filerimos Park, Villa Vikelas can be found around halfway between Rhodes Town and its international airport. This gorgeous 4-bedroom villa offers all you could want in an island holiday home, including an outdoor pool and private garden.
You will enjoy the view of this architecturally modern villa from the spacious lawn area, where several sun loungers line up beside the pool. A covered terrace area right outside the house offers a pleasant space for dining and relaxing, and there’s a barbecue too.
Inside, there is a large and comfortable living area with a corner sofa, flat screen TV, DVD and fireplace. A dining area is just a few steps away, and the kitchen is both stylish and packed with useful amenities, including a dishwasher and coffee machine.
The villa has three double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, as well as two bathrooms. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished, with plenty of storage space. Some also have terrace access. You will keep comfortable with air-conditioning and stay connected with Wi-Fi available throughout the house.
The town of Rhodes is the capital of the island and well worth a visit, especially when you are as close as this. In just a few minutes, you can explore the Old Town’s history and more recent additions including an aquarium, cinema, countless restaurants and some fascinating museums. The Colossus of Rhodes and the Acropolis of Rhodes are among the attractions which attract visitors to the northern tip of the island.
Much more awaits you to the south of Rhodes, whether you head for the coast, or travel inland. Among a long list of island highlights are the Valley of the Butterflies, Epta Piges nature reserve, Tsambika Beach and the Lindos Acropolis, and you will no doubt discover many more of your own.
Hugely popular as a tourist destination, Rhodes is an island with more than its fair share of natural beauty and landmark sights. Easy to reach, with an international airport, Diagoras, about 20 minutes’ drive from the capital, it would be a shame to miss out on discovering its charms for yourself.
The town of Rhodes is as good a place to start as any and lies on the northern tip of the island. A walk along the medieval walls of the Old Town will offer you some beautiful views, accessible from the must-see Palace of the Grand Masters. Part of a World Heritage Site, this is also the location of a fine museum which offers the chance to familiarise yourself with Rhodian history, extending as far back as the 3rd century BC.
Another museum worth checking out is the Museum of Modern Greek Art, with an eclectic collection only rivalled by Athens. The New Town area is visually appealing itself, with an Art Deco influence present in much of its architecture. Mandráki harbour is the home of Evangelismós Cathedral, where you can find some impressive frescoes.
Along the coast Lindos Acropolis is as spectacular as the coastal views it enjoys, and definitely worth seeing. Down the coast, you also have resorts such as Ammoudes, Kolympia and, perhaps best-known, Faliraki. While its reputation may precede it, this is not the hedonism capital it once was. A children’s water-park and the beautiful Anthony Quinn Bay may tempt you there during the day, and an aquarium and scuba-diving school also embrace the aquatic theme.
At the very southern tip of the island, Prasonisi’s location – dividing the Aegean and the Mediterranean – is considered prime wind-surfing territory. But if that sounds a little too exhilarating, Rhodes’ more sedate attractions like the Valley of the Butterflies, numerous wineries and the seven springs of the wonderfully scenic Epta Piges nature reserve, will provide just as pleasant a day out.
A holiday at Villa Vakelas is sure to get the approval of the family’s younger members. After all, who could resist a place with such a gorgeous pool and garden? There are all sorts of places in the area which will make great day trips, from the Rhodes Aquarium to the shopping district with lots of big-name stores. A little further away, the Faliraki Water Park is a great place to have fun together, and if beaches are their thing, there’s no shortage of choice.