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Escape the crowds of the bigger resorts on Rhodes and take a trip to the small traditional town of Archangelos. With just 6,000 residents and full to the brim with quaint Greek charm, the narrow winding streets of Archangelos are a joy to explore. Whitewashed buildings are surrounded by forests, mountains and ruins. Breathe in the tempting smell of bread freshly baked in traditional wood-fired ovens, discover the town’s pretty churches and colourful tiled houses, and feel yourself unwind as you step back in time and sink in to the slower pace of life that Archangelos has preserved so well. The bright lights of Rhodes Town are just 28km away if you want to visit the attractions there, or simply enjoy the nearby beaches, caves, mountains and lovely rural surroundings of Archangelos. And of course, some delicious Greek food and drink - yamas!
We all love some time on the beach when we’re visiting the beautiful Greek islands and the entire island of Rhodes is scattered with picture-perfect golden beaches. While Archangelos is located just inland and does not have its own beach, the lovely Stegna Beach is within easy reach at just 500 metres from town. A mixture of soft sand and small pebbles, this large unspoilt beach is a beautiful place to indulge yourself with some serious beach relaxation in the warm Greek sunshine. The clear waters are great for swimming and snorkelling, as well as being popular with families. You’ll find some fun water sports on offer, as well as some friendly beachside tavernas and bars when you need to cool off with a drink. Visitors are often treated to live traditional music with their beers, and the views out to sea over the bay are breath-taking. You can even stay right on the beach here at an all inclusive hotel.
Archangelos itself is a relatively quiet destination, but there are some great sights to see during your visit. The 19th century Church of Archangel Michael is at the heart of the town and well worth a visit to take in the impressive towers, while the Church of Saint John is home to some colourful fresco paintings daring back as far as the 14th century. Keep your eyes peeled for houses decorated with traditional ceramic tiles from the town of Lindos, the vivid designs are beautiful. Situated on a small hill above the town, just 20 minutes walk away, the ruined Castle of St John, is a great historical site to visit. Explore the ruins, feel the ancient history and admire the panoramic views of the town and the ocean beyond.
For more attractions, Rhodes Town has lots going on and is easily reached by bus. History and culture lovers will have a great time exploring the medieval city and some of its iconic landmarks, such as the impressive Palace of Grand Master of Knights and the ancient Olympic stadium. Families will love a visit to the Old Town Aquarium to get up close and personal with the local marine life, and night owls will find plenty of bars and clubs to dance the night away in.