Spent a great 2 weeks at the Asterias. A few British families there on our first week, then 2nd week mainly Russian/Eastern Europeans, but this wasn't a problem. Like all nationalities - some are friendly, some are not. We go to Greece to live the Greek life for a while, so this hotel was just what we wanted. Lovely fresh Greek food. Loads of salad available and fruit for afters. The All Inclusive was ok for us. Finished at 10pm. but that was fine. A few nights, if we wanted to continue, we bought a few drinks at the bar or went out to another bar for a change. Billy's Bar nearby was one we went to a few times. Friendly and showed all the sport, football etc. Good cocktails too !! The Asterias did good cocktails too from 6.30pm til 10pm. Pool looked lovely although we don't do pools. We go to beaches every day. The beach - just a few steps infront of hotel was pebbly, but again was not a problem. I prefer sand, but took beach shoes, then once in the sea, it turned to sand. Amazing breeze so never felt 'hot' even in August !! Lots of places to see nearby. Rhodes Town about 40 mins on bus. Regular service from road nearby. Tickets can be bought at reception. 2.50 euro each way. A place you must visit. Castle, Old Town and the harbours. We visited the old village. Think there is a bus, but not very regular, so we walked. Took about 30mins to get there. Set off early. We didn't meet a soul ! Very quiet. Tourists don't go there anymore apparantly because of the All Inclusive culture ! We did come across a supermarket that was selling things at a fraction of the price that you would pay in the tourist spots ! Another nearby place worth a visit is Valley of the Butterflies. Bit awkward to get to cause no direct bus service. To save hastle, we got a taxi there and back. Set off early to miss all the coach trips !! It is a lovely place and you can get a train to the top to see the Monastery before walking down. There are lots of butterflies sleeping. Read the notices to be quiet while in this area. I went there 30 years ago and the butterflies have dramatically decreased due to being a tourist attraction. Felt sad when I saw it. A final note ! Would definately visit this place again. Forgot to mention the Kite Surfers. Wonderful to watch.
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