Normally home to just 2,500 full-time residents, the population of charming Paradisi swells in the summer months when visitors flock to the attractive village situated on the Greek island of Rhodes. Positioned a short drive away from Rhodes Town, Paradisi is the perfect destination for a Greek holiday in 2019 / 2020. It boasts a spectacularly scenic backdrop, with a bustling town square lined with centuries-old homes, that you’re bound to fall in love with. Paradisi’s popularity as a holiday destination ensures that you’ll find no shortage of modern conveniences placed next to the historic pastel-coloured houses. It also has a lively nightlife scene and plentiful cafes and shops. Spend your days here exploring the surrounding countryside or simply relax on Paridisi’s inviting main beach, with its water sports facilities and seaside eateries. Explore all of the old world elegance of Rhodes during your Paradisi holiday. This Dodecanese getaway features thick woodlands, craggy mountains, and crystal clear waters tailor-made for paddling and swimming.
Famed for its sprawling expanse of sandy beaches, Paradisi has an intriguing history too. It dates back to the era when the Saint John Knights occupied the island of Rhodes. The magister Villeneuve constructed a castle nearby in order to protect the island from pirates, and over time households sprang up around this central castle. During the centuries to come, Paradisi earned its name from the exotic flowers planted throughout the village, and is still known for its gardens.
You can see remnants of this time during a holiday in Paradisi, from Byzantine churches in and around the village to the UNESCO World Heritage site of nearby Rhodes Town’s cobblestoned Old Town. A must-see attraction is the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes Town, with its twisting Street of the Knights. History buffs also won’t want to miss a visit to the Acropolis in Lindos, with its panoramic sea views and well-preserved architecture. Within Paradisi village itself, narrow lanes and a picturesque central town square are lined with quaint little shops and friendly tavernas to explore.
Paradisi’s social life revolves around its historic village square, and this is where you will find a concentration of bars, cafeterias, and restaurants. There’s no better place to sample traditional, authentic Greek cuisine prepared lovingly with recipes handed down for generations. A simple pleasure is enjoying a lunch of freshly prepared gyros with lashings of garlicky tzatziki sauce. Freshly caught seafood is simply grilled and served with seasonal salads and lemon-scented dressings, and it’s easy to fill up on small, tempting dishes like fried calamari, feta cheese with honey, or grilled aubergine with pine nuts.
The village is particularly well known for its bakeries. As you stroll down the main road, you’ll be lured in by the scent of freshly baked pastries and bread each morning. Typical pastries are crafted from flaky phyllo dough, stuffed with chopped nuts, egg custard, and local fruits. Venture into Rhodes Town for a wider selection of restaurants, particularly in the modern New Town. Here you’ll find everything from Italian to Chinese cuisines on offer.
With its friendly residents, quiet atmosphere, and pristine pebbled beach, Paradisi is very popular with families. You’ll find a wealth of attractions nearby to keep all ages entertained. Spend your Paradisi holiday at an all-inclusive resort in the area, and you’ll be able to take advantage of onsite babysitting and kids’ clubs. Alternately, spend the day at the beach. With its calm and clear waters it’s safe enough for even the smallest tots to paddle around in while you top up your tan.
For a fun family day out, visit the Faliraki Water Park. There’s a range of water-based activities here, that will delight everyone, whether you’re in the mood to float down a lazy stream or dive headfirst down a vertical chute. The Old Town district of Rhodes Town is another top destination for older children, who can’t help but be fascinated by its legacy of defending against pirates. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Butterfly Valley Park, home to thousands of colourful winged creatures.
Action & Adventure
Water sports can turn any holiday in Paradisi into an adventure. The village’s beach offers an array of facilities, whether you want to have a morning run along the sands, rent a banana boat, or find a glass-bottom boat tour of the island. Action-packed Faliraki not only boasts a thriving nightlife, but it’s also a top destination to get out onto the water. You can dive beneath the sea to view colourful coral and exotic sea creatures. Fanes’ sandy beach is just a few kilometres away, and is famous throughout the region for its kitesurfing and windsurfing. With strong winds in the area, the conditions are perfect to try these exciting sports.
There’s plenty to see and do inland as well. Hire a bike in Paradisi and venture out into the verdant scenery of the mountainous interior, where you’ll pass by Roman ruins and vineyards alike.
Holidays in Paradisi mean you’ll never be far from picture-perfect sea views. Paradisi Beach is a popular destination for visitors from all over Rhodes, positioned just 15 km to the northwest of Rhodes Town itself. It’s known for its translucent, crystalline waters that reflect the pure blue of the sky in the daytime and the warm hues of the sunset in the evening. The beach is primarily covered in soft, powdery sand, but is dotted with small pebbles here and there. You can pull up a beach blanket and soak in the sun, or visit the water sports centre to try your hand at sea kayaking or paddle boarding.
Venture a bit further afield to nearby beaches like the bleached white sands at Psaropoula, ideal for families with its calm waters. For a wider selection of water sports, Faliraki Beach is ideal. Embark on a diving excursion to view the diverse sea life and coral reefs off the coast of Rhodes, or make the most of a breezy day by windsurfing.
Like its restaurants, many of Paradisi’s bars and nightlife outlets are located in its main square, but you’ll also find a smattering of late-night tavernas in its side streets. Being a small and fairly traditional village, Paradisi’s nightlife is fairly mellow and laid-back. It heats up in the summer months with bars staying open until the early hours of the morning, but is relatively quiet during the off-season months.
If you’re seeking a more hedonistic nightlife scene during your Paradisi holidays, nearby Faliraki is the place to go. Dance beats permeate the air in the summer in Faliraki, with beach parties, chic nightclubs, and after-hours cocktail bars filled to the brim with youthful groups of friends sipping ouzo. Rhodes Town also offers a varied nightlife scene, with a pleasant mix of traditional bars and trendy discos like Senso. There’s a full programme of music concerts in the summer, or you could visit the Casino of Rhodes for something a bit different.
If you’re in the process of planning a lavish honeymoon or simply a weekend getaway for two, Paradisi offers unspoilt sea views and a sense of serenity. Wander through the village’s quiet lanes or stroll hand in hand on the beach before enjoying a glass of locally produced wine on your private terrace. Visit a local spa to indulge in a couples’ massage and hydrating beauty treatments, which will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. Explore all of the gastronomy of Rhodes with a wine and olive oil tasting tour, or take a breakfast picnic to the beach composed of pastries prepared each morning in the local bakeries. Whether your idea of romance is getting away from the crowds on an intimate boat trip, exploring historic ruins, or dancing the night away in a flashy disco, you’ll be able to create the ultimate couples’ holiday in Paradisi.
A visit to the island of Rhodes is a dream come true for history buffs and art fans alike. The village houses a number of quaint Byzantine churches that are fascinating to look around. Don’t miss a trip to Rhodes Town to see the impressive Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site due to its ancient architecture and prestigious landmarks. The Palace of the Grand Masters, Roloi Clock Tower, and Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue all reflect the ruling cultures that have resided here over the centuries.
One of the best ways to soak in the culture during your holiday in Paradisi is by experiencing a traditional local festival. The most notable of which is the Saint Marina festival at the end of July, marked by meeting and feasting just outside the village’s main church. Another vibrant event is spring’s Strawberry Festival, featuring plenty of fresh fruit from local producers as well as live music and typical “Sousta” dancing.