If you're after a taste of traditional Rhodian life in an area that combines mountainous and coastal beauty, consider the village of Salakos as one of the most ideal spots for a villa holiday in Rhodes. Thanks to its lush location at the foot of Profitis Ilias (The Mountain of Prophet Elijah) on the northwestern coast, green vegetation, olive groves and vineyards complete this elevated village’s idyllic landscape.
There's a dash of history anywhere you look; from a folklore museum in an old restored house near the square and two Byzantine churches, to the historical Cave of Makarouna and many workshops where locals keep up their old traditions. You’re more than likely to see villagers carving wooden chairs that made the area famous, or toasting walnuts in traditional wood-fired ovens ready to be served in one of the tavernas.
For a day at the beach, the main two options are the long sand and shingle beach at Fanes, or Kamiros Beach which is blessed with golden sand and crystal-clear waters. For a change of scenery, Rhodes Town is around a 45-minute drive away where a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern is demonstrated in the medieval Old Town and the busy port filled with shops and restaurants.