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Ialyssos is a very nice town located on the northwestern part of Rhodes Island, just eight kilometers away from the capital Rhodes Town. It is the second biggest town on the island, offering plenty of things to see and do. This town is one of the three oldest towns at Rhodes, dating back two millenniums BC. It is a great place for relaxing, swimming and it also attracts lots of surfers due to the nice winds and waves.
The weather in Ialyssos is almost the same as on the entire island of Rhodes, with hot summers and average temperatures in the upper 30s C in July and August. Due to the frequent northern winds it sometimes does not feel as hot as it actually is. Spring and autumn seasons are both very nice for sightseeing and exploring the nearby places.
Ialyssos has one long beach, made of sand and shingle. The waters are crystal clear and shallow, which makes the beach ideal for children. It is well equipped and you can hire umbrellas and sunbeds if you wish. There are also plenty of toilets, showers and changing cabins. Northern breeze often feels very nice in the afternoons and you have a few great options for water sports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Near the beach there are mini-markets, kiosks, tavernas and smaller bars where you can get some refreshments. All in all, Ialyssos beach is ideal for families with children, although sometimes there are moderate waves.
Ialyssos resort has a nice, lively atmosphere in the summer months. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for any taste, as well as souvenir shops and markets. When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of options ranging from small hotels to large hotel resorts with large pools and attractive looking gardens. Due to the close proximity to Rhodes Town you can go on excursions to the Old Town of Rhodes, or you can go on a boat trip to visit the nearby places. Ialyssos location is perfect for exploring the wider region on the northern coast of Rhodes.
Ialyssos is a place full of history. Here you will find and see one of the very important archeological places on the Rhodes Island, which is on the hill of Filerimos. At the hill of Filerimos you will find the ancient remains of a structure that once was the temple of Athena and Zeus. There are also remains of old Byzantine fortifications well worth seeing. Another great thing to see is the church of the Knights of St. John, dating back from the 14th century. The scenery is beautiful with lots of olive and cypress trees. Near the church there is an impressive Cross that stands over seventy meters high. There are stairs that lead to the top of the Cross from where you can enjoy some fantastic views. When the day is sunny and clear, like most days on Rhodes, you can even see the town of Kalymnos to the west and Lindos to the east.
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