As one of the most charming Greek villages on the island of Rhodes, Paradisi offers as much sun, sea and tasty cuisine as any Mediterranean destination. Steeped in history and just a short 10-mile taxi ride from Rhodes Town, it is a wonderfully serene destination. Small, cosy and with only 3,000 residents, Paradisi is one of the most attractive and charming villages of Rhodes. The name itself is derived from 'Paradise' because of the beautiful surrounding and exotic gardens Arabs once brought to the village. Easy to get around, the locals are friendly and hospitable in one of Europe's top holiday havens.
Whether you are looking to spend the morning touring an archaeological site or enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach, a 2019 / 2020 Paradisi holiday offers something for everyone. It is the perfect place to enjoy glorious sunshine and warm Mediterranean nights as you feel yourself unwind. With a unique cultural personality and a natural, stunning landscape, it is an idyllic setting for any getaway.
A Paradisi holiday is jammed with attractions if you need a break from the glorious beaches. Greece is famous for the range of boat trips on offer. Snorkelling in the calm and clear waters of the Mediterranean combines with sunbathing in the sunshine to make an ideal day trip. All manner of boat trips can be found around Paradisi from speed boats and yachts to sail-boats and catamarans. On dry land, the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is at Rhodes Harbour. Here stands The Colossus of Rhodes, a huge bronze statue completed in 280 BC.
With plenty of churches and monasteries, Paradisi is an enchanting place to walk. If a little family fun is what you are looking for, the waterpark near Faliraki is only a few miles away.
The Mediterranean diet is heralded as the most nutritious diet in Europe, full of healthy ingredients and fresh flavours. Seafood and salads are high on the menu on this Greek island – octopus is a local speciality. Local dishes like pitaroudia, a chick-pea fritter, and katimeria, a cheese pie, are examples of the many vegetarian dishes available here. For sweet dishes and honey-based snacks, Rhodes is second to none. The local Paradisi restaurants serve traditional Greek food at great prices with lovely views of the Med. For a more varied cuisine, head to the capital, Rhodes Town, where you’ll find a wide variety of Asian and European food on the menu.
Despite Paradisi being a popular tourist getaway, the locals have maintained a sociable and friendly persona. With family at the heart of Greek culture, kids will feel safe and comfortable in all environments. Little ones can enjoy building sandcastles and paddling in the calm and clear sea. With the bays mostly protected from the wind, the shallow water extends out allowing you to paddle or swim, while bars and tavernas nearby mean you are never far from a drink or snack. The beaches along the coast on either side of Paradisi are great family-friendly beaches.
For a bit more action, the waterpark near Faliraki has something for all ages, especially teenagers. Reasonably priced and with a large variety of slides and pools, there is something for all the family from those who want a paddle to those who want an adrenaline rush.
Action & Adventure
A Paradisi holiday gives you an easy way to enjoy your water sports, with the beaches of Rhodes home to scuba diving schools, kite schools, sailing lessons or simple boat hire. The larger resorts like Faliraki also have banana boats, para-sailing and jet skiing. On land, horse riding is a fun way to see the interior of the island at a slow pace, while Land Rover safaris are on offer for the more adventurous.
A few kilometres inland from Paradisi, the island becomes mountainous and covered in forest. This gives the perfect environment for either intermediate cyclists who want to explore the roads around the island, or those a little more adventurous who fancy the off-road trails leading into the mountains. Paradisi is the perfect place to find walks for all abilities, with many of the mountain villages still virtually untouched by tourism. For the experienced mountain walker, Attavyros is the highest peak on Rhodes at over 1,200m. You’ll find the ancient Temple of Zeus at its summit.
With gorgeous beaches all around Paradisi, it’s no wonder it is a favourite destination in the summer months. Thanks to its attractive weather and Greek charm, it’s easy to see why Paradisi holidays are popular among all kinds of holidaymakers. It goes without saying that one of the best things to do in Paradisi is relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches that stretch for 10km from Kremasti in the east to Theologos in the west. From topping up your tan to riding the waves on a jet-ski, you can enjoy the coast at your leisure on this island.
Paradisi Beach is a well-developed tourist area with numerous local shops, traditional houses and modern buildings. Quiet and pretty for much of the year, the beach near Paradisi has crystal clear waters and is a lovely place to sunbathe or enjoy a stunning Aegean sunset. If you are looking for the perfect spot for water sports, the southernmost coast of Rhodes at Prasonisi is ideal for windsurfing and has its very own kite beach!
A Paradisi holiday is a good choice for a relaxed and social holiday destination. The nightlife is more subdued than in the larger resorts and the focus is more on a relaxing stay. Paradisi is a great option for couples, more mature holidaymakers or young families. The local bars are good fun with a wide beer selection, sports on TV, free Wi-Fi and friendly staff.
Situated to the west of both Rhodes Town and Faliraki, Paradisi is a good base for trips into the livelier parts of the island. Both Rhodes Town and Faliraki have bars, clubs and discos, and plenty of places for dancing and cocktails.
Paradisi is a paradise for the couple looking for a romantic break. This beautiful village is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the tranquillity. With traditional food and drink available, a Paradisi holiday is a great way to recharge your batteries. The beach isn't the only place to relax in Paradisi, the mineral-rich spring water on the island has led to a multitude of spa resorts offering various health treatments and medicinal baths. Rhodes Town has an excellent reputation for a relaxing massage, as well as traditional markets, bars and restaurants.
On the eastern side of the island is the town of Lindos. A stunning seaside town with some magnificent architecture like the Acropolis of Lindos. The ancient ruins of the town give way to one of the island’s most engaging beaches - the perfect day trip for any couple.
The history of Rhodes Town is right on your doorstep. The walled medieval old town of Rhodes is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the town hosts many fine museums including the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. The island is steeped in history and other sites of historical interest include the Acropolis of Rhodes and the Temple of Pythian Apollo. Near the village of Kalamonas is the beautiful Valley of the Butterflies. In the summer months, this stunning gorge full of brooks and waterfalls becomes populated by millions of butterflies - the perfect place for a family picnic.
Paradisi itself hosts the Strawberry festival, an annual event on the first Sunday of May, including strawberry fruit and products from producers of Paradisi accompanied by music and events. The feast of Roman Catholic Saint Marina is celebrated on the 17th of July every year and is a huge celebration in this pretty and friendly village.