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Holidays In Ixia

Ixia Holidays at a Glance

Just two miles from Rhodes Town, the cosmopolitan resort of Ixia is a resplendent display of high-quality hotels around a wide bay bordered with a long coastal boulevard. Its stretch of shingle beach and virtually constant sea breezes make it an absolute haven for kite and windsurfing. As well as some of the island's best hotels, along the beach road you will find mini-markets, shops and cafes. By night the resort comes alive under its cosmopolitan mantle, particularly within the numerous hotels along the seafront. There are bars, discos and some great restaurants in Ixia itself, but for maximum choice, the young and lively head into Rhodes Town, a five minute drive away, for its wide range of cocktail bars and swanky clubs where the atmosphere is electric.

If Ixia is your choice, you can be sure you will never be short of something to do. Read on to find out what goes on in this popular part of Rhodes.

Who holidays in Ixia?

Ixia is ideal for active holidaymakers who enjoy being able to switch with ease between active sporty days, sun-drenched relaxation, and lively, fun-filled nights. It will suit anyone looking for first-rate accommodation on the doorstep of Rhodes Town.



Key Facts - Ixia

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (Approx)

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Ixia

Ixia, with its long stretch of shingle beach, is a haven for watersport lovers. Lining the beach road are some of the best hotels and restaurants on the island. Rhodes Town is only a five minute drive away.

Biotope of Apolakia Dam - A biotope - an area of uniform environmental conditions favouring wildlife - was naturally formed as a result of the construction of a watering dam near the village of Apolakia. A visit to the dam is a must for all twitchers and nature lovers for the diversity of wildlife inhabiting it; combine it with a trip to the nearby traditional village of Apolakia, and a little further on, Skiadi and Messanagros.

Kalithea Spa - Famous from the time of Ancient Greece for the beneficial healing properties of the red waters flowing from the surrounding rocks, Kalithea has been a meeting place for Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Jews over the centuries. In December 1928, the first buildings were constructed by Italian architect, Pietro Lombardi, whose plans made it one of the best architectural creations of the period. More recently, Kalithea's Mayor, Yannis Iatridis decided to take on the important task of renovating the site after it had suffered years of abandonment and neglect. The springs were restored to their earlier glory with tremendous effort and were re-opened to the public on 1 July 2007. Visitors again now flock to the beautifully renovated premises beside the sea where a unique combination of nature, architecture and history offer visitors an experience not to be missed.

Medieval Rhodes Town - Though it may take several visits to unearth all the treasures within it, the old town of Rhodes Town is an attraction in its own right. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is stuffed with historical, cultural or archaeological attractions, from a profusion of art galleries to the Palace of the Grand Masters, Temple of Aphrodite, Museum of Archaeology and the 14th century medieval castle built by the Knights of St John, which dominates the town.

Ostrich Farm and Park - Experience nature with a stroll through the scenery of the Ostrich Farm, observing exotic birds and animals. Situated about 4.5 kms from Kalamonas, there is also a snack bar where you can enjoy an ostrich burger, ostrich fillet and ostrich egg omelette! In the gift shop a variety of items, including products made from ostriches, are on sale.

Rhodes Aquarium - Today, the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes operates as a museum and aquarium which belongs to the National Centre of Marine Research. Its purpose is the preservation and display of embalmed and living creatures of the Mediterranean sea. The 200,000 visitors each year can admire specimens of entozoan, molluscs (gastropods and cephalopods), species of the crab family, echinoderms, many fish families, as well as sea turtles. Exhibits such as various kinds of sharks and other fish, sea turtles, toothed whales, (Odontoceti) and Mediterranean monk seals can also be seen.

Rodini Park - Rodini is reputed to be the site of the School of Rhetoric where famous Greeks and Romans, including Julius Caesar, Cato the Younger, Cicero, Pompey, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Anthony, studied. Today, imagine them wandering amid the meandering streams and oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees, reciting to themselves as they go, their reasoned arguments and concise articulations. Here also is a 3rd-century BC necropolis, or cemetery, with Doric tombs carved into the rock, including the Tomb of Ptolemeus.

Trianda - The old town of Trianda is named after the thirty stone houses built here by the Knights of St John in the middle ages. A Byzantine monastery sits atop Filerimos Hill and the ruined temples of Athena and Zeus Poliea. At the foot of the hill is tranquil Trianda village and resort, surrounded by olive and citrus groves.

Valley of the Butterflies - A short drive inland towards Kalamonas village will take you to a densely wooded scenic gorge of pine and storax trees alongside a trickling stream.The resin exuded by the trees smells like vanilla and is used by local churches to make frankincense. It is this which attracts thousands of eye-catching Quadrina butterflies, or petaloudes (which are actually moths of the calimorpha quadripuctarea family) to mate, between the months of June and September. These delicate creatures flicker white, brown, black and red in flight.

Biotope of Apolakia Dam - A biotope - an area of uniform environmental conditions favouring wildlife - was naturally formed as a result of the construction of a watering dam near the village of Apolakia. A visit to the dam is a must for all twitchers and nature lovers for the diversity of wildlife inhabiting it; combine it with a trip to the nearby traditional village of Apolakia, and a little further on, Skiadi and Messanagros.

Kalithea Spa - Famous from the time of Ancient Greece for the beneficial healing properties of the red waters flowing from the surrounding rocks, Kalithea has been a meeting place for Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Jews over the centuries. In December 1928, the first buildings were constructed by Italian architect, Pietro Lombardi, whose plans made it one of the best architectural creations of the period. More recently, Kalithea's Mayor, Yannis Iatridis decided to take on the important task of renovating the site after it had suffered years of abandonment and neglect. The springs were restored to their earlier glory with tremendous effort and were re-opened to the public on 1 July 2007. Visitors again now flock to the beautifully renovated premises beside the sea where a unique combination of nature, architecture and history offer visitors an experience not to be missed.

Medieval Rhodes Town - Though it may take several visits to unearth all the treasures within it, the old town of Rhodes Town is an attraction in its own right. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is stuffed with historical, cultural or archaeological attractions, from a profusion of art galleries to the Palace of the Grand Masters, Temple of Aphrodite, Museum of Archaeology and the 14th century medieval castle built by the Knights of St John, which dominates the town.

Ostrich Farm and Park - Experience nature with a stroll through the scenery of the Ostrich Farm, observing exotic birds and animals. Situated about 4.5 kms from Kalamonas, there is also a snack bar where you can enjoy an ostrich burger, ostrich fillet and ostrich egg omelette! In the gift shop a variety of items, including products made from ostriches, are on sale.

Rhodes Aquarium - Today, the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes operates as a museum and aquarium which belongs to the National Centre of Marine Research. Its purpose is the preservation and display of embalmed and living creatures of the Mediterranean sea. The 200,000 visitors each year can admire specimens of entozoan, molluscs (gastropods and cephalopods), species of the crab family, echinoderms, many fish families, as well as sea turtles. Exhibits such as various kinds of sharks and other fish, sea turtles, toothed whales, (Odontoceti) and Mediterranean monk seals can also be seen.

Rodini Park - Rodini is reputed to be the site of the School of Rhetoric where famous Greeks and Romans, including Julius Caesar, Cato the Younger, Cicero, Pompey, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Anthony, studied. Today, imagine them wandering amid the meandering streams and oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees, reciting to themselves as they go, their reasoned arguments and concise articulations. Here also is a 3rd-century BC necropolis, or cemetery, with Doric tombs carved into the rock, including the Tomb of Ptolemeus.

Trianda - The old town of Trianda is named after the thirty stone houses built here by the Knights of St John in the middle ages. A Byzantine monastery sits atop Filerimos Hill and the ruined temples of Athena and Zeus Poliea. At the foot of the hill is tranquil Trianda village and resort, surrounded by olive and citrus groves.

Valley of the Butterflies - A short drive inland towards Kalamonas village will take you to a densely wooded scenic gorge of pine and storax trees alongside a trickling stream.The resin exuded by the trees smells like vanilla and is used by local churches to make frankincense. It is this which attracts thousands of eye-catching Quadrina butterflies, or petaloudes (which are actually moths of the calimorpha quadripuctarea family) to mate, between the months of June and September. These delicate creatures flicker white, brown, black and red in flight.

Popular activities during holidays in Ixia include:-

  • Wind and kite surfing,
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Jet ski, jeep safari, Go carts
  • Walking and horseriding
  • Water parks and playgrounds.

A holiday in Ixia is an opportunity to get active. There is no end of sporting opportunities and fun activities that all the family can enjoy. A day out at the beach might incorporate a bit of windsurfing or kitesurfing, or perhaps a scuba diving lesson and snorkeling with the children. You can bounce over the breakers on a jet ski, take a jeep safari around the island, or burn off the adrenaline on a go-cart track. Pay back your partner for beating you at billiards with a splat at paintball, or demonstrate your superior swing in the bowling alley.

But if you require something a little less lively, go inland from Ixia and explore Rhodes Town on foot; the island is an idyll for walkers with many sights to see, hidden villages and secluded coves to discover. Those not feeling so energetic in the glorious sunshine may opt to traverse the beautiful landscape on horseback.

If you're holidaying en-famille, rest assured there's plenty to keep the little ones amused. If you don't fancy a day in Luna Park or Faliraki Water Park, you could try one of the island's numerous well-equipped playgrounds, for example Passagio in Rhodes Town which has swings and slides, a skateboard ramp, giant trampoline, play area, sand pit, and a snack bar for Mum and Dad to watch from over a coffee. Or there's Aktaion, opposite Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes Town, designed for toddlers with soft rubber ground covering, swings and slides and a giant pirate ship. Again there is a cafe on hand for refreshments.

All children love to ride on miniature trains and The Red Mini Train runs every hour between 9.30am and 4.30pm for a 45-minute tour of the walls of the Old Town, climbing up to the citadel to Monte Smith and returning via the town centre to the aquarium, ending at the Town Hall. There are also mini trains in Falaraki and Afandou

Great Excursions during Ixia Holidays

Make your holidays to Ixia extra special by booking one of Olympic's wonderful excursions. We have a range of trips that have been selected to cater for all interests. Some of the most popular are given below:

Simply Symi: Set sail from Mandraki harbour in Rhodes over the glistening sea to the beautiful sister island of Symi. Visit the Panormitis Monastery steeped in the antiquity of centuries past. Then be amazed by the panoramic views of the main harbour of Symi - a delight of boutiques, tavernas and the traditional way of life which makes it one of a few remaining completely unspoilt islands, and well worth discovering.

Turkish Delight: Bring back bargains galore, if you've saved a bit of room in your suitcase, on a trip to Turkey. Revel in the endless displays of typical Turkish goods, intricate gold jewellery, leather goods and clothes with designer logos, but without designer prices. Visit two continents in one day as you enter Asia Minor in the Turkish delight of the pretty port of Marmaris. The Turkish culture and hustle and bustle of the local bazaar will stimulate your senses with a taste of eastern promise not to be missed.

Jeep Safari: Feel the exhilaration of speed and adventure as you whizz towards the very best sights Rhodes has to offer. See enchantingly traditional Greek villages, rugged off-road scenery and quaint monasteries where time appears to have stood still.

Bouzouki Bonanza: Experience the traditional Greek way of life in the village of Pastida, sampling various Greek culinary delights washed down with unlimited village wine all night long. Link up with the locals to dance away to Zorba the Greek and learn new steps to the stirring music and heartwarming rhythms; a night of sheer exuberance and fun, filled with the flavours of Greek culture. So don't forget to pack your dancing shoes!

Lindos by Boat: No visit to Rhodes would be complete without visiting the Jewel in the Crown and that is Lindos. Set sail across the beautiful clear crystal waters to experience the history and culture of a truly magic village built around the main attraction of the Acropolis. Lindos is steeped in history, and filled with shops, Tavernas and beautiful views. This day out can also be taken by coach.

Grand Island Tour: Visit sites of culture and traditions around the beautiful island with a professional guide. The tour begins from Valley of the Butterflies passing down the scenic coast of Soroni, Fanes, Kalavarda and a visit to the ancient Kamerios. Arrive at Embona's wine factory for wine tasting from where, after lunch, the tour continues through the villages of Siana, Monolithos (including the castle), Appollakia and Kiotari - a day experiencing the real Greece.

Moonlight Madness: One not to be missed! A night full of side-splitting moments and pure adult comedy. A free 3-hour bar and entertainment is included to make your night go with a bang. Not for the faint hearted!

We have various other tours including beach breaks, shopping in the capital, lazy-day cruises and waterparks for family fun.

For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Ixia Holidays

This resort offers a wide range of bars and restaurants were you can find every type of cuisine to suit all types of tastes.

Getting Around on Ixia Holidays

Bicycle : For a fun day of exercise and sightseeing, bicycles can be hired at reasonable cost.

Boat : In late spring and summer, there is a daily hydrofoil, or catamaran service from Mandraki Harbour to Kos, Tilos, Nissiros, and Symi, and a less regular service to many other islands including Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Kastellorizo, and Samos. Rhodes is a major port with sea links not only to Athens, Crete, and the islands of the Aegean, but also to Cyprus, Turkey, and Israel.

Bus : There's a good public bus system throughout the island; the schedule of routes and times is available from the tourist information office or kiosks at the bus stations. Buses heading east (except for the eastern coastal road as far as Falaraki) leave from the east side of the bus station in Rhodes Town on Plateia Rimini, while buses heading west, including to the airport and the coastal road to Falaraki, from the west side on Averof. Service across the island is frequent during the week, less so on Saturdays and only a few run on Sundays. Unlimited travel tickets are available for up to three days.

Taxi : In Rhodes Town, on the harbour front at Plateia Rimini is the largest of many taxi ranks. The island is divided into two zones, one being Rhodes Townand the second being the rest of the island. Fares are pre-set and posted up for all to see, but are generally reasonable. Many drivers can speak sufficiently good English to act as a tour guide to small groups at a reasonable cost.

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during your Rhodes holiday, car hire gives you complete flexibility and enables you to explore the whole island at your own pace. Motorcycle hire is also available. Competition for business is fierce and so it is worth bartering the rate.

Ixia Holidays Shopping

Bargain items purchased by those taking holidays in Ixia include:-

  • Jewellery (especially gold)
  • Herbs and spices, honey and olive oil
  • Leather goods
  • Ceramics & pottery
  • Rhodian wine.

Holidays in Ixia - Beaches

Besides Ixia Beach there are a number of beaches in the north of Rhodes. The best - measured in terms of sand and sunny stillness - are probably to be found on the south-easterly coast, and are within easy reach of Ixia. But don't miss out on those on the northwest shore if you are a watersports enthusiast, or just enjoy the refreshing feel of a lively sea breeze.

Rhodos Beach - One of a number of attractive beaches close to the centre of Rhodes Town and the harbour.

Ialysos Beach - A sand and shingle beach with private and public sections within striking distance of Ixia, there is often a good wind here and so it is great for surfers and strong swimmers - the sea deepens rather rapidly. Watersports equipment is available for hire on the beach, and there are kiosks, mini-markets, fast-food outlets, cafes and restaurants all within easy reach.

Cape Aghios Minas - A little further on again, along the northwest coast, you will find this quiet beach where sunbeds and parasols are available. There is also a pleasant taverna nearby offering seafood dishes - perfect for a chilled-out day of unwinding.

Glyfada Beach - For a complete getaway, try this rocky, seaweed-strewn, windy hideaway, hidden by pine trees which imbue the sea with a deep green. With two small tavernas to choose from, it's a great spot to take a book, leave your troubles behind and fill your lungs with some fresh sea air. Coming from Ixia towards Monolithos, look for signs just after Atavyros. If you get to Siana, you've gone too far.

Kalithea Beach - Just on the other side of Rhodes Town and on the east coast, Kalithea is where well-heeled locals gather, drawn by the glamour of the magnificent Italianate Baths (see Things to see, Kalithea Spa) with their mosaics and palm trees, and the tiny inlets and coves with sculptured rocks and clear green water. Not to be confused with the small beach below the Baths, which becomes filled by visitors on boat trips from Rhodes - once you've admired the Baths, drive on in a southerly direction and take the first unmade track to the left. Guided by signs to various eateries in the area, you'll soon reach the real Kalithea. Here you can dive from the rocks for a refreshing dip but the sea is deep, so for strong swimmers only. There are sunbeds for hire, a cafeteria and an entrance fee of a few euros.

Best Family Beaches:

Faliraki Beach - The complete antithesis of Kalithea, Falaraki is a vast open expanse of sand, choc-a-bloc with families and groups of young people. Parts of it are privately owned, but it is well-served with tavernas, umbrellas and nearby hotels. At the southern end is an area popular with nudists, and on the main road is a huge waterpark cut into the rock. There is a daily boat service to Falaraki from Rhodes Town.

Afandou - A huge sandy beach with a few pebbles that never feels crowded, it is favourite among the British and German tourists. It has a smattering of restaurants and tavernas nearby and a small train and bus service link the beach with the village of Afandou. Again, the sea shelves steeply, here, so care should be taken with children.

Tsampika Beach - One of the most beautiful in Rhodes, with fine golden sand, plenty of places to eat, a mini-market and a sports centre. It has lovely clear emerald water for swimming, and is overlooked by the Monastery of the Virgin of Tsampika, said to work miracles for those having difficulty conceiving.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Rhodes 21 23 27 29 29 27 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Rhodes 7 10 12 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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