Get away from it all in Theologos
Utterly enchanting and wonderful relaxing, Theologos (also known as Tholos) is the epitome of a perfect Greek seaside town. Overlooking an uncrowded beach on the north west coast of Rhodes, it has a pretty whitewashed village to explore, some fantastic wind-surfing and other water sports, and a host of traditional tavernas serving the mouthwatering local cuisine. It’s just a short drive from Rhodes Town, the beautiful island capital, which has a perfectly preserved medieval centre (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the Knights of Rhodes. Inland are more drowsy villages dotted around the hills, and the charming Valley of the Butterflies, home to rare Kalimorfa butterfly. It’s also just a 10-minute drive from the airport, making it perfect if you’re travelling with kids.
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Theologos is a picture-postcard seaside town in north west Rhodes, with a fabulous, 10-kilometre-long beach and a charming, whitewashed village on a hilltop surrounded by olive groves. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed holiday on one of the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. The beach is pristine and well equipped with everything you need to enjoy your holiday in comfort, and the crystal clear waters are perfect for a lazy swim. The narrow, whitewashed streets of the old village have a smattering of restaurants and cafés, and are crowned by a pretty old church with a belltower. This is a great destination for wind-surfing or kite-surfing, or you can simply relax in the sun. There are more pretty villages to explore in the hills inland, where you’ll also find the delight Valley of the Butterflies. And gorgeous Rhodes Town, the beautifully preserved island capital, is only a short drive away.
Sleepy little Theologos has a great selection of places to eat and drink for its size, from waterfront tavernas serving traditional cuisine to cosy little cafés where you can enjoy breakfast with the locals. There’s lots of wonderful fresh seafood to try, often served straight off the grill with just a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil to showcase its freshness. The local meats – perhaps some lamb chops, or pork – are also perfect when prepared on the barbecue. Squid is very popular on Rhodes, and is found in dishes like gemisti supia (squid stuffed with feta cheese and herbs) or makaronatha me Thalasina (a baked pasta dish with squid and different shellfish).
Theologos is one of our favourite destinations for an unforgettable family holiday on the sun-soaked island of Rhodes. The wonderful beach stretches for 10 gorgeous kilometres, so there’s always room to set up camp with the kids – even in the height of the summer season. There are plenty of facilities, such as sun loungers and parasols, and the waters are clean and shallow. Older kids will love the chance to try wind-surfing or kite-surfing, and the whole family will be welcomed at the town’s traditional tavernas. You can let the kids run around the narrow streets of the charming old town, or take them off to see the castles and palaces of beautiful Rhodes Town. Inland, kids will be spellbound in the magical Valley of the Butterflies.
Action & Adventure
Theologos boasts a fantastic beach, which stretches for several kilometres along the north west coast of Rhodes. The main water sports on offer here are wind-surfing and kite-surfing – this is one of the best destinations on the island for these adrenaline-pumping activities. There are a couple of schools that offer courses and rent out equipment. If you enjoy walking, you’re in for a treat: the hills and forests of inland Rhodes offer some stunning hikes, suitable for all levels. You could also go mountain-biking, horse-riding or even take one of the off-road 4x4 Jeep excursions into the stunning mountains.
The fabulous beach in Theologos is its biggest attraction. A 10-kilometre-long stretch of sand and fine pebbles, it has pristine, turquoise waters and all the facilities you need for an enjoyable holiday in the sunshine. There are sun loungers and parasols for rent, several charming tavernas where you can tuck into the catch of the day, and lots of shady corners under the trees for picnics and siestas. If you’re feeling active, have a go at wind-surfing or kite-surfing – this stretch of coast is one of the best on Rhodes, and there are a couple of local suppliers that can provide lessons and rent out equipment.
Holiday-makers return again and again to Theologos for its relaxed, low-key appeal, and the nightlife reflects the town’s gentle island charm. If you’ve gone for an all inclusive hotel, there’ll be special entertainment on offer, but you’ll also find a sprinkling of friendly bars and cafés where you can enjoy a good night out. Relax on the terrace of one of the seafront restaurants with a few drinks and soak up the sea views. If you want a big night out, you could head up the coast to lively Ialisos or hang about after nightfall if you’ve been sightseeing in Rhodes Town – both offer plenty of fantastic bars and clubs.
A picture-postcard whitewashed village, an endless beach lapped by clear, blue waters…what could be more romantic? Theologos is a truly wonderful destination for a relaxed holiday in the sunshine with your partner. Laid-back and low-key, it oozes authentic Greek charm. You can sprawl on the beach and soak up the sun, or try some water sports – the kite-surfing and wind-surfing here are fantastic – if you’re in the mood to do something more active. There are lots of beautiful walks, traditional villages and secluded picnic spots in the hills inland, or you could spend the day in gorgeous Rhodes Town, a beautiful medieval city full of enticing shops and cafés.
The lovely old centre of Theologos is an inviting maze of narrow streets, perfect for exploring on a balmy evening. It’s crowned by the whitewashed church of Agios Spiridonas, which has a pretty belfry. Theologos is only half an hour’s drive to the beautiful island capital of Rhodes Town, established by the Knights of Rhodes, and still the main hub for cultural sights and activities. The enchanting walled medieval city, with narrow streets and elegant palaces, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the splendid Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes, now a museum, or the amazing ruins of the ancient Acropolis, which sit on a hilltop just outside the city.