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      10.07.2012 01:32
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      Pefkos is great for romantic getaways or family holidays. I would recommend it.

      Introduction - Now I understand that there are several reviews here already on dooyoo about Pefkos Greece, but I thought an update during this time of trouble may be nice for anyone looking to go there in the near future.

      To put this into context I went to Rhodes in 2006 and again this year coming home on the 5/7/12 (5th July 2012). Now it was lovely the first time in which I stayed near the capital and yet Pefkos or Pefki as it is referred to in Rhodes is absolutely amazing. It is generally for a romantic holiday for a couple or a family holiday as there is little nightlife in Pefkos and it truly is a lovely place to relax and have a fun holiday.

      Has the crisis made Rhodes a bad place to visit?
      No, Rhodes is not a bad place to visit at all. In fact it was the most amazing holiday I could ever have wished for. The trouble in Greece as far as I am aware from news or reading blogs by Greek people is in mainland Greece and even then is only near the government buildings. The entire time I was there, there was no mention of the crisis and people did not seem bothered by what was happening. Of course this could be due to the fact that I do not speak Greek and why would they mention this to a tourist. However, at the end of the day it doesn't matter what these people are like at home or what else goes on in their lives in the aspect of your holiday. The only thing that you will see on your holiday is the great service and lovely people of Rhodes being truly helpful in any way they can.


      Travel - To get to Pefkos is a bit of a long journey from the airport. It takes around an hour by taxi or an hour and a half by bus. If you can hire a car it shouldn't take much longer than the taxi, except for getting lost of course. There is however a motorway that goes almost straight from the airport to Pefkos and Lindos (a nearby town which is definitely worth going to). The bus services in Rhodes are quite poor, as a lot of eastern European countries, the laid back attitude means they can be hours late and probably shouldn't be relied upon for travel throughout your time there. Taxis are great though. They are all run by the government and at each taxi rank is a board telling you the prices to all the main towns and you can easily find the prices to the others. There are also many tours done by agencies which you can book through your hotel or if you are on a package holiday with your estate agent or whoever you booked with. There are also other islands that you can travel to such as Symi or even to mainland turkey to visit a Bazaar.

      People - The people there are the friendliest people I have ever met. In one restaurant in particular called Kavos, they made us feel more like family than customers. I would thoroughly love to go back to see these people and this place for a weekend in the near future if I could, that is how amazing I thought it was. Throughout the entire island of Rhodes I found that the people were very helpful and even if they could not understand you properly they would find a way to provide you with a service or even just give you directions. They were happy to see tourists due to the wealth that it has brought to the island which is very enjoyable as it is welcoming. There can be some problems with people trying to sell you things in the capital of Rodos, however, this is minimal and if you just say no they leave you alone. Haggling is a common thing on the island of Rhodes and if you don't like it then just let them do it themselves. A little hint is to just say you are going to look around to see if you like anything else and then you will come back. I found the shopkeepers bring their prices down a lot to try and make the sale.

      Food - The food is fresh. That is the best word to describe it. Everything is freshly picked, caught and prepared. The salads were crisp in the right places and juicy almost to perfection. Obviously this depended upon the bar or restaurant but in general the food is so much better than in England or anywhere else I have been I truly miss it since I have come home. If going to Pefkos a place I would recommend is called Kavos, the service is brilliant and friendly, the food is the best I have ever eaten and the drinks well I can only say you have to try them yourself. The cocktails or punches or even just a juice are all made and served to perfection just as the food is. There are also many other bars which were very nice and again a lot better than I have eaten in England but Kavos is a place I will never forget and again I cannot stress enough that you should try it if you are going to Pefkos.

      Views - The view from the top of the hill in which I stayed (Ziakis Studio's) was amazing. If you would like to see a picture of the balcony I'm pretty sure you could just Google it, but if you want one specifically from last week as of when I write this if you send me your email in a message I would be happy to send you a picture. The views from all around the island are amazing but Pefkos is a very beautiful place indeed.

      Sea - The Sea is a very busy place in Pefkos due to the temperatures. Depending on what you want it for you can find pretty much what you are looking for though. The sand is very soft and kept cool by the water, and due to the tide being a difference of around 30 centimetres it is available all day. My preference in the sea is to be a little away from people but that is just a personal thing and I found a few spots which are lovely for this. On the main beach in Pefkos the sea is crowded by the two main beaches however, if you are willing to swim a little away from the main beach (along the coast) there is a lovely spot between the two beaches which is basically free all the time I was there. The sea is warm and cold in patches but it is a lovely mix due to the heat of the sun in midday.


      Temperatures - Now this will vary greatly from time to time however a local guide told me that they often see the sun for about a month at a time. Water isn't in short supply on Rhodes Island though, so don't worry about that. The temperature is often above 30 and can reach 40 in the main months of the year (July and August)

      Things to do - In Pefkos it is mainly bars, beaches, shops, hotels and restaurants. Nearby in the town of Lindos is a lovely fort built by the Romans. It includes a temple to the Goddess Athena. There are also lovely sights in Lindos of a market town and donkey travel up and down the hill. Water sports and other entertainments can also be found in Lindos on the other side of the town by the beach. The capital consists of an old town and a new town. The old town has been made a World Heritage City by UNESCO. This basically means that it is protected to stay the same and will for the foreseeable future. There are also trips to other islands and to the mainland of Turkey as I mentioned earlier.

      A few extras - Extra's in many hotels are safe deposit boxes and air conditioning. These between them cost around 70 Euros or around 63 Pounds. This will vary between hotels but it is something to check out before you go. You may even get it in the price but it is worth looking into before you go.

      Last warning - drink plenty and avoid alcohol at midday. It's the same in any hot countries but it can get to you badly as the area is very hilly. Walking up hill and experiencing dehydration can be terribly painful. Bugs are around like most hot countries but a little repellent or bug plug in works fine and I had no problem with any insects or pests. Coming home is horrible as you will not want to leave. That is however, the reason I love it. You know it's been good when coming home is a chore, especially when you love your home like I do.

      Overall - I would seriously recommend Pefkos as a holiday destination as it truly is an amazing place to go. There are lots of things to do in the nearby areas and it is a lovely town to relax and enjoy yourself. Just be careful of people in the capital market or others and be aware as any country that your pockets are at risk when locals see rich tourists. I had no trouble but it helps to be aware. If you're booking a holiday in Pefkos I hope you thoroughly enjoy it as I did. I hope that this review helped and I wish you all the best on your travels wherever you decide to go. If you have any questions, feel free to message me and I will answer as best and as soon as I can.

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        06.10.2010 11:09
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        A very tourist-oriented resort with little charm

        Our recent visit to the Greek island of Rhodes was not our first Greek island holiday but it was our first time on Rhodes. Our selection of resort was largely influenced by a favourable review here on Dooyoo: we were staying at the Pefkos Islands Resort, self-catering. The resort is in the small village of Pefkos or Pefki, as it is also known, just south of Lindos.

        Rhodes' airport is on the west coast, just south of Rhodes town at the northern tip of the island. It's relatively new and so arrival and departure is as acceptable an experience as any such can be. Transfer to Pefkos by coach took around an hour and a half, dropping guests off at two or three other hotels en route. Many of the roads are undergoing maintenance and so delays are inevitable until they are completed.

        Pefkos, for the most part, could not really be called an attractive location: it has evolved from a hamlet of just a few houses to a collection of hotels, apartments, complexes, tourist shops, bars and restaurants purely to serve the burgeoning tourist trade and, it would appear, the British tourist trade in particular. Virtually every bar in the resort features not just one but often two and in some cases even more, large screen TVs showing football. At weekends it seemed possible to watch all of the Premiership matches and during the week, all of the Champions League.

        The upside of all of this is that there is enormous competition between outlets; prices are pretty competitive throughout; you are unlikely to find anywhere where the quality is less than good: they wouldn't be in business long if it wasn't. The downside is that the Pefkos, based on our week here, seems to attract a certain kind of guest: it's been a long time since I saw such a collection of cigarettes, tattoos and pot-bellies all in one place, and that was just the women!

        Of course, I'm exaggerating. A little.

        I know, that sounds awful of me doesn't? Trouble is that it's the smoke that gets me most, being a non-smoker myself. None of the family in the next apartment to us ever seemed to spend more than 5 minutes without lighting up again. It was like living next to a volcano. I'm sure they were nice people but it did ruin our breakfasts, if the wind was in the wrong direction. We were surrounded by smokers at almost every restaurant we visited, with one notable exception. None of the restaurants seem to operate a smoking segregation policy.

        The main area of Pefkos is essentially just one single road running parallel to the beach, about 400 metres back, with a central road running down to the beach. Virtually all of the outlets are located on these two roads. Traffic is not really busy here though as these roads are not through roads. The main coastal road runs much higher up the hill at the back of the village and carries almost all of the through traffic, including the island buses.

        Public transport on the island is either buses or taxis. We took a bus into Lindos, 5 kilometres away, and back one afternoon. The service was perfectly adequate and cost 1½ Euros each, each way. The services run to the major towns and a trip to Rhodes town, about an hour and a half away costs just 5 Euros. Intervals are around an hour and run until quite late. The return bus from Lindos that we caught was at 10pm and that wasn't the last. It enabled us to have an enjoyable visit and to have a meal in a local Lindos restaurant and still be able to get back to our hotel. The bus stops only once in Pefkos, right where the road into the village divides from the through route, outside a bar called "Pefkos by Night".

        You may be wondering about the title to this review. As I've mentioned the beach, let's deal with that now. The beach can be reached by a number or routes. The main one is the road from the centre of the village, which I've already mentioned. There is another towards the entry into the village as well. There are also another couple down from the Pefkos Islands Resort itself.

        If you use the main route then when you reach the beach you will find the Lee Beach restaurant immediately on the left, good for a casual lunch; we ate there twice and found it good value for money.

        The beach here is wider to the right than to the left, where it gets narrower and narrower the further you go, being squashed between the cliffs and the water. Eventually, just below the Pefkos Islands complex, the cliff reaches the water edge, so you have to paddle to reach the next small section or come down the steps from the complex itself.

        The beach narrows from around three sun-loungers wide down to just one. The beach is laid out with sunshades buried into the sand with two sun-loungers to each sunshade. They're not free: there is a fee of 8 Euros for a day's use. The sun-loungers are generally quite old and tatty and many don't have a mattress, just the basic frame. You would be advised to take a beach towel.

        The beach is good, mostly sand with just a few rocks buried beneath the surface. The beach shelves initially steeply into the sea and consequently the tide, such as it is in The Med, doesn't rise very far. Then the sea floor levels out; it is possible to touch the bottom with your toes for quite a distance though here there are more exposed rocks breaking through the sand. The water is reasonably warm due to the semi-enclosed bay. You will spot small shoals of small, black fish near the surface, looking to be fed, and larger silver fish close to the sea bed. These latter can be eaten and we saw a couple of Brit anglers trying their luck.

        I've mentioned the restaurants and in our case that was really the only reason we ventured outside of our hotel complex, other than to visit the beach. Being on a self-catering holiday, it was either cook for ourselves or eat out: life's too short to spend time cooking when you're on holiday, so we ate out.

        Be aware that there are dozens of cats living wild around the resort. Some of these or sorry looking creatures but most are the most beautiful, delightful animals you will ever see. For the most part they obviously come from the Egyptian line, with their long legs, slim bodies and long faces. It appeared to recently have been littering time, based on the number of young kittens we saw, accompanied by their mothers. We were tempted to bring one home but it wouldn't have been fair as they had clearly not yet been weaned.

        These animals live reasonably comfortably around humans though are not domesticated. They know how to work the crowd and wherever there's food there they will be there, mugging you for tit-bits; we succumbed, often.

        Our first evening meal was at the curiously named Roumeli No. 4, right in the centre of the village. It and its neighbour, Zorba's (it's apparently a Greek law or charter or tradition or something that there must always be a Zorba's, just like in ski resorts, where there must always be a Yeti!) offer identical 3 courses for 7.90 Euros deals. Neither restaurant offers what could be called "romantic" surroundings: their large terraces are situated about 5 metres down a steep flight of steps from the road, so you really can't see much except the sky and your fellow guests!

        The food, however, could not be faulted: the service was good, the quantities were generous, the food tasty and with wine included, the total came to less than 30 Euros for the two of us. I had Moussaka; it was excellent. If you really aren't bothered by your surroundings, you could eat here or next door all holiday long and save yourself a packet into the bargain.

        I've also mentioned lunch and the Lee Beach. When using the beach early in the holiday, we ate here, twice. We like to eat a little lighter at lunchtimes and the Lee Beach offers not only a pleasant location close to the beach but a decent and tasty range of starters from which we constructed our own Meze. Once again the food and service was good and, with a half carafe of fairly ordinary house wine, it cost us less than 25 Euros for the two of us. The only reason we didn't eat here more often is that later we took to occupying a spot on the beach much further away, where we discovered what could be the best beach restaurant in the World, but more of that later.

        We also ate at a restaurant at the other end of the village - Spitaki. In a garden terrace and much more attractive setting, the food and service were once again good. We started with a Meze and followed this with Pork Fillet with Feta for my wife and Macedonia Souvlaki for myself, washed down with an inappropriately named Pathos Red. No Baklava for dessert though! For this we paid just over 70 Euros, more than twice what we had paid previously but not twice as good although the surroundings were a definite improvement.

        We also had a very good lunch at Blue Bay, on the landward side of the main road, consisting of a Meze for two, a carafe of white wine plus water for just 16.50 Euros; an absolute bargain.

        We dined one evening at George's. Noticing that they had Rabbit Souvlaki on the menu, I ordered that; it was delicious. Here we tried a Chevalier Red with our meal: quite acceptable. They even had Baklava here, which I had whilst my wife drank coffee. The total came to a more reasonable 50 Euros.

        So far I've only mentioned Greek food; we love it. Other styles are also available, especially Italian, due to the influence of the Italian occupation during WWII. However, traditional British fare is also available if you really must, and many, it seemed, did.

        However, our moment of serendipity was when we discovered Philosophia. Earlier I called it a beach restaurant but it isn't really: it's a cliff-top restaurant, overlooking the beach, 25 metres below, with views from the terrace to die for. We ate here more times than all the others put together, both for lunch and dinner. I will write a separate review of this magical place, once Dooyoo has added it to it's database.

        There are plenty of other restaurants that looked perfectly reasonable but time prevented us from trying them. Enigma looked posh and the menu displayed outside looked interesting, without the prices appearing to be noticeably higher than any other restaurant. Maybe we should have gone for a fortnight instead of just a week but then we'd probably just spent more time at Philosophia anyway!

        So, that's Pefkos. Would we return? Probably not, except for the delights of Philosophia, which would be the only thing to draw us back again. If you're the type of person who just likes to crash out on the beach or around the pool, eat cheap and drink the night away whilst watching footie on a wide-screen TV, this is probably the place for you.

        By all means visit Rhodes though. It's a delightful island and major towns such as Rhodes Town and Lindos have self-evident attractions. There's much more to Rhodes that Pefkos.

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          13.09.2009 14:12
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          A great location for a relaxing hols

          My girlfriend and i have just returned from a two week break at the pefkos village hotel, located on the outskirts of pefkos in rhodes and loved every second of it.

          Daytime things to do - In the daytime, pefkos really lends itself to those looking for a lazy holiday, spent by the pool or the beach, as their is little else to do in the main village/town. Although, in summer temperatures of somewhere between 30 and 40 at all times, thats all you want to do anyway.

          We spent most of our time at our hotel by the pool and had a lovely relaxing holiday, so it certainly ticks all the boxes for that.
          We often strolled into the town for a spot of lunch though and there is an abundance of options for you from just a quick baguette and chips to a full blown moussaka. The restaurant options really are endless.

          At night - At night we chose to walk into town on every single night; having spent most of the day by the hotel it was good to get in amongst it all againt.
          We ate out for 13 nights at a different restaurant every single night and did not have a bad meal, it also had excellent value for money, with a 3 course meal and wine coming to about 20 euros each maximum.

          After we had finished eating we headed to one of the local bars where, once again, value is brilliant. I was drinking pints at 1euro 90 and my girlfriend was on 500ml caraffs of wine at just 5euros a go. It was very easy to have a "good" night!!!

          The only disadvantage is that there can be limited options if you dont have a car and want to do something other than chill in the day, saying that, car hire is relatively cheap and there are plenty of other places to head too, such as rhodes town or lindos.

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          07.09.2009 00:46
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          a brilliant relaxing holiday

          My boyfriend and I booked a trip to Pefkos after being convinced by our Thomas Cook travel agent in Blackburn, who had visited a number of times. We knew we wanted to go somewhere in Greece, and even had thought of Rhodes as one of our options, so we were more than happy to go along with it.
          The weeks holiday cost us about £320 each which I thought was a little bit expensive for a late deal (even if it was the beginning of August) however we did fly 2 weeks after we booked it. We chose the late flights to save money so flew at around half 9 at night on saturday 8th august arriving at our hotel at around 5am Greek time (4 hour flight, 2 hour time difference, 1 hour transfer.) The first thing we did was take some pictures of the beautiful sunrise, we had a brilliant view from our apartment.

          We stayed at the Lia Apartments which were right next to the Finas Hotel which is probabaly more well known. The Lia was clean and we had 3 single beds in the room, so pushed them all together to make one giant bed! The room was spacious, more so than I expected, and everything was very clean. One day I did find a dead cockroach in the shower, but at least it was dead (!). The maids were very friendly and cleaned up most days. The only problem with this hotel I would say is that there is no reception area, the Thomas Cook rep actually let us in with keys from the coach, however this does eliminate checking in times etc. Our hotel didn't actually have its own pool however there was a pool and snack bar right next to the hotel, and the Finas pool was available to be used too, however this was very busy with children and families. We used the Finas facilities on the last night when we were going home as our flight was not until about 5am :-(

          The weather was beautiful everyday and reached about 35 degrees. I am usually a pool girl but the beach is so lovely I spent everyday bar one or two there!! It is around a 10 minute walk from the hotel/main street of Pefkos which is all down hill- bad news when walking back!! I am a healthy 18 year old girl and I found walking home from most places a little difficult! From the main street it was a slight hill, our hotel entrance around 20 metres of serious uphill walking (not good when carrying luggage!) and from the beach some areas were steeper than others. The beach was just one sunbed deep in most places so sometimes harder to get a sunbed, priced at 4 euros each per day. The sea was so blue and clear it was amazing!! As I said i'm not usually one to spend all the time at the beach but I couldn't help it!

          The main street of Pefkos was around a 5 minute walk from our apartments. They featured loads of restaurants all priced around the same. What I liked about the restaurants was that they all had the Greek option as well as English dishes, which from the places I've been in Greece was a first! We liked the resaturant Enigma.
          As well as restaurants, most buildings were supermarkets as well as travel agents for trips around Rhodes. There was not much else to see.

          The trip was just meant for relaxation so we didn't participate in any trip or sightseeing tour. We wanted to spend as little money as possible and ended up spending the whole of our 300 euros that we took however we could have spent a lot less had we decided to! A definite must see are the sunsets everynight, they were so beautiful. Also heard a lot about the towns of Lindos and Largos which are just outside Pefkos that are apparently well worth a visit, especially Lindos.

          I would probably go again, but I would like to see a lot more of the world too. I don't really like going to the same place more than once (although I have been to Florida 5 times and Lanzarote 6 times ha!) but would definitley consider Pefkos again, or recommend it to couples of any age (my boyfriend and I are 18 and 22) for a relaxing break.

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          Book it today, dudes

          I have just returned from a week in the lovely village of Pefkos, Rhodes. and I am going to be totally honest with you- it was the best holiday I've ever had. In the past I have been to Spain, Corfu, Bulgaria, and France, both touristy areas and more rural, and Pefkos has beaten them all!!!

          My holiday was with tour operator Thomas Cook, who usually I would have no business with, but my friend organised the trip so I wasn't too fussed. It cost us £252 each for a week in the sun, at a 3* self catered resort. They were really helpful and easy to get along with, and had everything sorted, including our transfers and ideas for excursions. My party of 3 did not do any of the things TC suggested, but we did explore the village and find some excellent (and cheap) things to do...

          Pefkos is about an hour's drive from Rhodes Airport, and the initial coach journey to our apartments was an easy and pleasant one; nice views of the island and air conditioned!! It is also a very short drive from Lindos, which is a more clubby and shopping part of the island- go there!! 7 euros for a cab, each way.

          We arrived at our apartments, Matina, and were really impressed with our resort. They have a newly built restaurant and bar, both of which are expertly decorated, great, cheap food and absoltuely lovely staff. Don't miss out on the free nightly quiz (with a twist?) which was great fun and with great prizes!! There are other theme nights which were all brilliant- Greek night was fantastic with food and dancing, Kareoke was hilarious and the BBQ was quality!

          Our studio was very clean and tidy, spacious and with a gorgeous sea view (we were in room 105). We had a TV and kitchenette (we were self catered), 3 beds, a veranda with table and chairs, a dining table, desk with mirror and air conditioning at 40 extra euros for the week (WORTH IT!). It was cleaned daily except Sunday and was great value for money.

          The weather was stunning; around 40 degrees every day in early July, and beautifully cool from around 9pm. Lovely light breezes most days, so we didn't boil too much...but make sure you get your cream on every hour as we did see a lot of lobsters!!

          The island itself is stunning- our best day was going out on the Glass Bottomed Boat, which was a short walk from our resort. You'll see signs all along the main road; if you walk through Maria's supermarket you can't miss them. The captain and his assistant are just the friendliest people, and they offer 3 deals; a trip to Lindos, a 1 1/2 hour trip or the 3 bays trip- we picked the 3 bays for 18 euros and with 2 drinks included. It was spectacular!! Don't miss it!!!

          The beach was gorgeous, not too big, with sunbeds at 4 euros each for the day. The sea is just beautiful- clear, warm waters. Just watch out for rocks on the sea bed!!

          There are plenty of shops, restaurants and supermarkets on the main Pefkos village road, I'd recommend Maria's for a wide variety of cheap food, booze (nearly all are cheaper here than at the airport) and cigarettes (you can get Embassy in there and NOT at Rhodes airport). There's also the Tsambikos bakery selling lovely Greek pastry delights; it's on a hill with a huge sign, just up from the taxi rank, you can't miss it.

          I am definitely going back to Pefkos and I'd recommend it along with Matina apartments in a heartbeat- the best holiday everrrr!!!!!

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            Good place for a relaxing holiday as long as you eat meat

            I went to Pefkos with a friend, for two weeks in September 2007. We stayed at the Matina.

            The Matina is, quite frankly, the best apartment complex I have ever come across in Greece. We were in a studio, which had 3 single beds. The beds were not particularly comfortable, they were very hard, but we got by.

            There was a large wardrobe with plenty of coat-hangers, adequate drawer space for two women, a fridge with icebox, cooker with a couple of rings, plenty of crockery and cutlery and even things like a chopping board and a colander. There was a hairdryer, tv and phone in the bedroom part as well. The bathroom had a large sink with plug and counter space, toilet, and a bath with overbath shower and shower curtain. None of your usual wetfloor shower with no curtain. The only things missing were hooks on the bathroom door for hanging up towels/bathrobes etc, and shutters. The large patio doors (we were on the ground floor) had no shutters so at night it was windows open (security risk) or windows shut (too hot).

            The maid came in every day except Sundays, the towels and linen were changed twice a week and she left our sheets and nightwear shaped into - well, shapes- bows, ships etc, which was a lovely touch. The apartment was spotless. There were ants, but that's just par for the course in Greece and the maid left ant spray. One day we saw a cockroach, but only one and it was dealt with promptly. One day the toilet flush broke, we reported it on our way to the beach in the morning and it was fixed when we got back in the evening.

            We didn't bother with aircon - I find the noise harder to sleep through than the heat, but we did use the safety deposit boxes. They're located in reception and I can't remember how much it cost - but it wasn't excessive. There are also computers in reception with internet access, 1 euro for 15 minutes.

            The pool was large and seemed clean and the poolside area seemed clean and in good repair, but we didn't use it at all - we went to the beach instead. The beach is about a 30 second walk from the Matina - couldn't be handier. Loungers and parasols are available at the beach for 8 euros per day. The beach was clean and sandy with a little shingle and the sea was ideal for swimmers and paddlers but not so good for tiny children - the shore shelves quite steeply at first so small children would need to be supervised quite closely.

            The resort itself, I wasn't too impressed with. I don't eat meat or fish and every other time I've been to Greece, I've had no problem at all finding meals, but in Pefkos I lived on tomato pasta. The restaurants really didn't provide for vegetarians at all - no spanakopita, very little briam... There was lots of meat and fish, and my carnivorous friend was delighted with most of her meals, but I really struggled and was bored sick of tomato pasta by the end of the fortnight. I got the impression that it was a very English resort and in catering for "English tastes", the Greekness had been compromised. I daresay a meat eater wouldn't have noticed it though. Something else we both noticed was that the hummus, aubergine salad and taramasalata was the same in every restaurant - they obviously all buy it from the same wholesaler and it really wasn't very nice. The tsatziki seemed to be home made everywhere though and always delicious. We didn't eat in the same restaurant twice while we were there, there is plenty of choice for restaurants and plenty of bars as well. I highly recommend Lee's Beach down on the beachfront.

            The Matina offers lots of entertainment - party nights, barbecue, karaoke etc. I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than spend my holiday around the pool participating in group entertainment, but the people who did go were saying they enjoyed it.

            There are several supermarkets and gift shops in Pefkos, but for more shopping, a trip to Lindos or Rhodes Town would be better. We got taxis into Lindos twice (6 euros each way) and did an organised trip into Rhodes Town one night. I think that was 19 euros each. Rhodes old town is quite confusing and we got very lost on our way back to the bus, so keep your wits about you. The other thing we did was the all day boat trip for about 39 euros each, I think. We were collected by coach and taken to St Paul's Bay where we got on the boat, which took us round to Agathi Bay for swimming and sunbathing. Then we went off to another beach for a barbecue and swimming (my friend says the meat was delicious; I had salad and bread) and then another stop on the way back for swimming off the boat, getting back to St Paul's Bay about 6pm. That was a really good day, very enjoyable trip, but I can imagine it could have been quite different if the sea had been choppy.

            There were plenty of other trips available too, but I can't remember what they were. Tours of the island, the watersports park, the valley of butterflies (actually giant moths) and other stuff too.

            I enjoyed the two weeks very much. It was very, very relaxing but there are activities available if that's what you're looking for. Just don't expect an authentic Greek experience - it is a very English resort.

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              Having booked a holiday in Pefkos on information given in holiday brochures we decided to search for more details on the Internet. Coming across this site (dooyoo.co.uk) and HolidayTruths.co.uk we wondered if the letters were genuine and written by real people. We can now confirm that they are, having met one of the writers who lives in Pefkos and having ascertained for ourselves that information given is accurate. We also agreed with most of the opinions expressed. So what can we add? Position Pefkos snuggles at the base of two groups of hills that meet just behind it and is trapped on the third side of the triangle by the sea. It thus sits in a veritable suntrap and although situated on the east side of the island that is hotter, drier and thereby more barren than the central areas and west coast, Pefkos shares the greenness of these areas. The village is situated on a shelf some 500 m wide and then the hills rise steeply behind it. It is the steepness of these hills that may be a serious problem to some visitors and for such people the rule is get accommodation near to the beach. Quietness The through road lies right at the back of the village and so what I might call the ?high street? is remarkably devoid of traffic. This gives the village an air of a sleepy hamlet basking in the sun. On the high street are many tavernas, and off it run two roads close together that go down to the beach. One of these beach roads also has several tavernas. At night time the village is not much noisier, a blessing for older people such as ourselves. Unfortunately while we were there there was one smallish building under construction and the noise from the digger carving out the foundations from the rock was a nuisance at times. Nearby villages Pefkos lies between the Lindos and Lardos. Lindos is a typical Greek village with extremely narrow streets (no cars) that is now maintained as one large tourist attraction. It is extremely
              quaint, has two beautiful bays and a well preserved acropolis. It is a must to see for all tourists who visit the island which means it is bustling both by day and night. Lardos resort on the other hand is even quieter than Pefkos with long shingly beaches. Most of it also lies on the through road and we did not find it very attractive. On the other hand Lardos village lies a little inland and has very little holiday accommodation but is well worth a visit. It also has two Internet cafes for communicating with home, the one we used is called Fantastico and they were most helpful. Transport We did not hire a car on this holiday but we did observe that whilst there are a number of car hire firms in Pefkos many of the hotel guests had hired them from one called Marathon. We never did understand the local buses completely and the holiday rep didn?t have full information either but we did glean the following. There are two bus stops in the village one in the centre by the little church and one at the end of the village by the Pefkos by Night bar for busses to Lindos and outside the Chinese restaurant, opposite, for busses to Lardos. At these places can be found bus timetables. One bus service runs between Lindos, Pefkos, Lardos and Genadi and at Lindos there are busses to Faliraki and Rhodes town. They are very cheap, usually a little late and can vary between comfortable and quiet to uncomfortable, packed and very noisy. We noticed on more than one occasion the bus travelling to Lardos was still displaying a Lindos sign on the front that was confusing no end of people en route. Taxi fares to Lardos village and Lindos were also very reasonable. Walking When on holiday we like to explore the surrounding countryside on foot (strictly no hiking boots) and we found that we could do this in Pefkos although we were surprised by the number of areas of the coast that were inaccessible as they were fenced off. It is easily possible to walk t
              o Lardos resort but Lardos village and Lindos, at about 6 km distance, are a bit of a treck. Food We tried only a couple of the recommended tavernas as after finding The Greek House we went there every night except one. It is on the main beach road close to the beach and we noticed many people like ourselves who returned night after night. The food is great, well presented but a little more expensive. The only bad meal we had was at the Artemis restaurant that had plenty of custom but our dishes were particularly poor. Shops and prices We found that virtually all shops in Pefkos were supermarket-cum-tourist shops and that for better tourist?s shops (for instance jewellery and linen) it is necessary to visit nearby Lindos (or Rhodes town) and for more ?ordinary? shops a trip to Lardos village is required. We noticed this year that the prices (now in Euros) are virtually the same as in the UK, even in the supermarkets and so it seems that the days of cheap Greek holidays are at an end. In summary, we enjoyed our holiday very much and if and when we return to the island of Rhodes (there are many other places we want to see first) we would go back to Pefkos and the Pefkos Beach Hotel.

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                My friends and I have just returned from a week in Pefkos, Rhodes. We had a fantastic time. The weather was superb, warm and sunny but not too hot. It cost us £220 each not bad for a week in the sun! We stayed in Panayiotas Studios & Aparments with Goldensun hoildays. Panayiotas are at Pefkos Top, which basically means they're at the top of an 800m hill from the main road/beach but as long as you're in reasonable shape don't let that put you off as the breeze by the pool was worth it. The appartment itself was basic but clean. Take your own towles as none are provided. The cooking facilities are limited but as the food is so cheap you'll more than likely be eating out all the time. Take your own kettle if you can't go without a cuppa. Toilet etiquete in Greece is a bit different from here, all toilet roll must go in a bin beside the bog which takes a bit of getting used to but it's not as disgusting as it sounds and in my experience the toilets were all kept very clean. Also be prepared for some cold showers. The Greeks heat their water by solar power which wouldn't be a problem given their weather except that the water tanks on top of the appartments would barely fill a bath so you can imagine even if you are the first person back from the pool you're unlikely to enjoy a long hot shower. We spent the first couple of days lying by the pool chillin and soaking up the sunshine. Panayiotas doesn't have its own pool but residents can use the pool at Dimitris Studios directly accross the road. Dimitris also have a pool bar, great for breakfast, lunch and afternoon shandies. Pefkos itself is quite small and there's not much night life to speak of so don't head there if you're looking for clubbing action every night. That said we had a great night in 'Pefkos by night'. Got absolutely sloshed on a variety of cheap cocktails and sang our hearts out (its not a Ka
                raoke Bar but I defy anyone in their late twenties/early thirties not to sing along to the tunes they were playing after having downed a couple of the colorful cocktails). Watch out for the barmen bouncing bottles off the ceiling! There's not much to do in Pefkos during the day so unless you're happy to sit by a pool every day for a week/fortnight I'd recommend you go on a couple of trips, either via your rep or self organised. We did 'Rhodes by Boat' through the rep, a 2 hour boat trip to the main town which gives you about 4 hours to wander round the shops and old town at your lesiure followed by a 2 hour return boat trip (approx £22). We also spent a day diving with 'Waterhoppers' booked via our rep although you can do it direct via their website if you choose. Some very attractive (although too young for us) 'Waterhoppers' staff visit Dimitris every Sunday and give people the chance to try scuba in the pool then encourage them to sign up for a day diving at Kalithea Bay (1 supervised shallow open water dive). For anyone wanting to try diving for the first time this looked like a good way to do it. As qualified divers we were in the minority on the day. There were 6 of us allocated 1 very attractive (and more appropriately aged) instructor whom we did a 54 min first dive with to appox 10m. During this dive we were taken round the under water caves of Kalithea (Caves isn't really accurate as they're open. They're really rock formations/caverns, but the effect of the light shining through them in some places is beautiful and well worth a visit from beginners and experienced divers alike. We also got the opportunity to swim into a blow hole which was pretty cool). We chose to do 2 dives ( beginners can also do a 2nd if they want). The second dive, with a different instructor (I prefferred Paul - ladies you'll know what I mean), was slighty deeper, approx 12m, for 48mins but there wa
                s practically nothing to see, a couple of rocks, no marine life, pretty disappointing to be honest. We also spent a day in Lindos, the next village. We walked the 5k there which took about 40 mins but its only a 10 mins 5e taxis ride. Lindos is beautiful, very picture postcard, little white houses up a hillside topped off with the Acropolis. We wandered round the village looking at the shops, then climbed the hill to the Acropolis to have a look around before taking a Lindos taxis, donkey to you or I, back down to spend the rest of the day on the beach. On our last day we had to be out of Panayiotas by midday although we were not being picked up for our flights home until midnight (no room extensions are available from Panayiotas). This was the only day of the whole week that it was not blue skies and glorious sunshine but it was only slightly overcast and the threat of rain didn't materialise. We spent the afternoon by the pool then headed for Lindos (we were able to leave our luggage at Dimitris Pool Bar) where we pampered ourselves at Spa Lindos (tel 0244031777 e-mail: spalindos@hotmail.com). This is a fantastic palce, despite still being under construction when we were there. They offer everything, facials, body treatments, manicures/pedicures, waxing to mention just a few. I'd go back just to try the Hydrotherapy tub which unfortunately wasn't ready when we were there. The beatuician, Sam, is a Brit who's lived in Lindos on and off for over 6 years. She was great, she stayed half hour after her finishing time to make sure all three of us got all the treatments we wanted. The spa is frounted by two shops one selling clothes & accessories (my cousin got a beautiful black cocktail dress in time for the x-mas party season for 90e (£60)) and the other selling beauty products. Well worth a visit! You'll end up wishing for rain just so you can spend more time there! Food wise Pefkos was just alright. The
                first night we went to "Nostalgia" where the food was lovely, fresh and loads of it. Directly opposite "Nostalgia" is "Enigma", and this is definitely one to avoid. It looks nice from outside but the food was the worst we had while there. Another place I'd recommend, but can't remember the name of, is half way down the hill, or up if you're coming from the main road/beach. You can't miss it, its the big resteraunt on the right (going up) with a big balcony. But if you want good, fresh, home made food you have to go to Lindos! There were loads of resteraunts in Pefkos and we only tried a few but our experience was that the standard was markably higher in Lindos. We met a lad by the pool who was on his third visit to Rhodes and he recommended 'Marias' in Lindos and boy what a recommendation. The food was fantastic so much so that after the average fare we'd had in Pefkos we went back there 3 nights running. Everything was fresh and home made. I can personnally recommend the freshly caught local fish with spinach, the lamb kelftko & mousaka. I'm sure there were other great places in Lindos, there was certainly more choice than Pefkos, and although we didn't partake it looked like the night life was alot more lively. If I could've taken anything back it would have had to be one of the crepe cafe's. My friend and I are convinced that a fortune could be made if only they'd open a crepe cafe in Glasgow , we'd certainly frequent it on our way home from the pub for our usual with butter, sugar and lemon. All in all I had a great week. I'd definitely go back to Rhodes. I'd probably try to get a place in Lindos but for £220 I can't really complain.

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                  Just come back from this resort, stayed at the matina apartments with direct holidays.These apartments are literally right next to the beach,apartments are lovely, very clean,but make sure you take extra money for the air conditioning,140 euros per a fortnight. Best supermarket is Supermarket Maria this is when you turn right out of the apartments before you get to the top of the bank, the staff are very friendly it is a family run business one of the greek owners his wife is british, they will help you out in anyway they can, my 2 year old daughter wouldn't go past the shop without going in to see them. Eating out we tried nearly every restaurant on the main stretch but found the macedonia and the enigma the best. Macedonia has a scottish chef,very friendly and will do anything you ask for, his steaks and sauces are lovely cooked to perfection, the owner is very friendly too and makes you feel very welcome. Enigma is a restaurant to go to as a couple it is very romantic. Food is lovely and the waiters are to die for. Make sure you take a trip into Lindos and Rhodes old town we got to these by taxi you can go by bus but that is a experience lets just say dont get on one of the old buses if it rains because the windows keep falling down and you get soaked. Pefkos is the hottest part of the island some days you can get a nice breeze coming from the sea which makes it that little bit cooler. The only entertainment for children is what you get at the Apartments, there are a couple of swings in some of the restaurant grounds but be careful because there not fastened to the ground.

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                    A week in Pefkos is not dissimilar to a week in a tandoori oven, what with temperatures climbing to 120 degrees in the direct sun and falling to a tortuous 93 degrees at night. It is possible to sunbathe half an hour after sunrise at 6.30 am, and that relentless heat will continue unabated throughout the day until nightfall at around half past nine. I'm sure there is no word in Greek for "cloud"! I saw many people who were uncomfortably burned after only an hour in the direct sunlight, so please be very careful about how much and for how long you let the sun on to your skin. Pefkos is very much a resort for couples and families. Oddly enough, the three resorts in the district - Pefkos, Lardos and Lindos - seem to attract high percentages of certain nationalities. For examples, the majority of tourists in Lardos are Germans, it's mostly Italians in Lindos, while Pefkos is essentially British, at least 95% of all the holidaymakers who go there. Also, those wanting a good night life should look elsewhere, usually Faliraki, Afandou, Lindos or Rhodes Town itself. There is only one club of note in Pefkos, and that is "After Dark" at the Amphora Bar on the main street. It opens around midnight and will drain your wallet as speedily as if it had burst an artery. On that point, remember to take a whole lot of money with you to Pefkos. A holiday in Greece is an exercise in cash extraction, not that we can blame the Greeks for this because they have only a relatively short time to make enough money to see them through the lean winter months. My primary budget of 200 pounds, along with the 100 pounds reserve, went in five days. In the end I was putting all of my meals on my Visa card and ekeing out what little sterling I had left to get me through the remainder of the week. Dealing in Euros is deceptive, and to be charged 12 Euros for a small fried breakfast plus coffee and orange squash sounds pretty cheap, until you reme
                    mber that 12 Euros is eight pounds. Two lads I met were seriously ripped off in a bar on the first night when they were charged 18 Euros (a princely twelve pounds) for two bottles of Smirnoff Ice. The golden rule here is, if you can't see a price list for what you want, ask how much you will be charged. The basic guide is that prices here are not that far from British prices plus 25% SAT (Sun Added Tax). Unscrupulous locals know when you are fresh out to the resort because your skin will probably be pale, so therefore you are fair game. I stayed at Summer Memories with Cosmos, and the accommodation was good. There were no mosquitoes or other terrifying insects, the bar staff are jolly, and the pool is very nice. However, buying the air conditioning for a week is pretty expensive, but I learned that after four nights of waking up every few minutes and towelling off the sweat, it might have been a good investment after all. Also, if you are after Greek culture and history, Pefkos is not a good choice. It really suits those people who want to lay by the pool or on the beach all day, as there is very little else to do in Pefkos or on the entire island. It took me around four days to see what history there is in Rhodes, and after that I just got bored. Hiring a car or scooter is reasonably cheap, but take great care on the roads. I know of three accidents just from amongst the guests in my hotel during the week, thankfully none were serious. A lot of the Greek drivers are insane on the roads by our standards, and unless you are a skilled rider or driver on the continent, you are running real risks of injury, possibly serious, so please be careful. The food was generally very good, and there are some tasty Greek dishes worth trying. Again, though, keep an eye on those prices. A meal for two with a starter and main course plus wine will probably clock up at 30 to 40 Euro, roughly 20 to 25 pounds in sterling. Add some drinks in a bar o
                    n top, and you will find the average round coming to four or five pounds for two people. The beer is pretty awful too. You can drink Amstel or Mythos all night and not feel tipsy! A night out in Pefkos can easily relieve you of forty pounds, and even then you might go to your bed pretty sober. There was one restaurant that I can safely recommend, and that is "Nostalgia" right opposite the main road leading to the central beach. The food and service were both excellent. Directly opposite "Nostalgia" is "Enigma", and this is definitely one to avoid. The experiences of myself and others who ate there were universally grim. The food is mediocre, but the service is appalling. I waited a whole hour for a main course which arrived lukewarm and pretty tasteless. I guess it had been microwaved too, for it had the texture of something that had been laying around awhile. The beach is good, but wear flipflops on the sand as it will blister your feet in the sun. You can get a sunbed for 3.50 Euro for a day, and the sea is beautiful to swim in. Mind the prices at Lee Beach Restaurant, though, as you can easily be fleeced there as well. You will probably be offered some excursions too. I bought "Rhodes By Boat" and the "Greek Night", costing around 50 pounds for the pair. The boat trip was fun, and you get around four hours to explore in Rhodes Town. The Greek Night consists of lots of inclusive wine (pretty foul, though), some athletic Greek dancers and a two course meal individually prepared for 200 people at a time :) Overall, then, Pefkos is all right if you are primarily a sun-worshipper and ask for little else. Clubbers and culture vultures will be disappointed. My three golden rules are therefore: 1. Take plenty of money, at least 300 pounds per person. 2. Buy the air-conditioning at the accommodation if it's not included in the price you paid. 3. If something you wan
                    t is not clearly priced, ask first. I myself shall not be returning to Rhodes, but that is no reflection on the Greeks, their hospitality, or the amenities to hand. It simply wasn't what I was looking for, but the lesson has been learnt. I met plenty of people who had a great time, so think carefully about what you want from your holiday before booking up.

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                      love this place, would live here if funds and family permitted! - Advantages: friendly, clean, sun - Disadvantages: none!

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                      Last month, I went for a terrific holiday with my girlfriend to the small, peaceful resort of Pefkos on the Greek island of Rhodes. I would highly recommend this resort to people who are more interested in relaxing than partying 24/7, although there is still ample opportunity to have a good time! If this sounds like the sort of holiday you may enjoy then read on and find out some more details. We travelled with Greek holiday specialists Kosmar. The price for each of us for a weeks bed and breakfast was 318 pounds. This is certainly a budget price but the standard of flights and accomodation certainly didnt make it feel like a budget holiday. The flights were roomy and comfortable for a change, with reasonable food and good entertainment. I think it was Air Iceland we flew with, and the flight time was a bearable 4 hours. Granted they were in the in the middle of the night and we arrived at 5am, but what do you expect unless you are prepared to fork out an extra tonne or two. We stayed in the Pefkos Beach hotel, which surpassed my expectations. A large room, ensuite bathroom, ample storage, fridge (extra), air con (extra), comfortable beds, a radio and, best of all, a balcony with a superb sea view! We did have to walk up a short, steep climb to get there, but it was well worth it for the views. The hotel is very centrally located with the nearest supermarket and resteraunt 30 seconds walk from the room. There is a pool with a poolside bar at the hotel which is very pleasant if slightly busy. The breakfast is served here and consists of bread with ham, cheese, jam or marmalade or a bowl of cereal. There is orange juice and some seriously suspect tea and coffee. This is probably the most negative aspect of the place. What can I say about the resort of Pefkos itself? It is hot, with temperatures in the high 30s in early September. Situated on the South of Rhodes it is one of the hottest Greek re
                      sorts so staying out in the sun all day is a bad idea. We tended to go into a nice cool cafe for a long lunch and bottle of Amstel in the middle of the day! The beach is one of the best on Pefkos, which doesnt say all that much for Pefkos's beaches. It was a long stretch of sand, sheltered by cliffs and a few pine trees dotted about. The sea got deep quite quick and therefore the water was a little cool. There are also a few rocks which you need to avoid when swimming. Lee Beach is a good cafe to head to right next to the beach for a light lunch or a drink when you are too hot. However, you will be spoiled for choice at night when Pefkos decides to come alive a little. Some of the places we ate included: Georges: Usual choice of Greek and International food and reasonably priced wine. Approx Cost of meal for two with wine 15 pounds Macedonia: Rooftop resteraunt with moody owner. Food reasonable but service poor. Approx Cost of meal for two with wine 14 pounds The little house: Small garden resteraunt. Delicious local dishes cooked in the traditional way. Be prepared to relax in the garden with a drink cos it takes them a while to prepare the food if busy. Approx cost of meal for two with wine 16 pounds The Coliseum: Excellent resteraunt with friendly quick service and delicious food and wine. Approx Cost of meal for two with wine 14 pounds. Enigma: Nice rooftop resteraunt with average service and good food and wine. Approx cost of meal for two with wine 15 pounds. These are just some of the resteraunts there. There are a good number with quite a bit of variation in the menus and these should be the focus of an enjoyable evening. There are a number of cocktail bars to head for before or after your meal. By far the best is The Peacock Bar which service huge cocktails for under 2 quid. You get lovely views from the rooftop garden and it gets quite lively later. P
                      efkos by Night is another good bar, which is probably the busiest in Pefkos. In summary, a great holiday for simply getting away from it all and relaxing. Not that much in the way of activities or nightlife but it was just my cup of tea. Give it a try sometime!

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                        I have just returned from a lovely week in the small(ish) resort on the East of the Rhodes. Unfortunately my boyfriend (Ross1979) and I were struck down with a bad sickness bug (which we got in the UK!!) for the first 4 days, but we still managed to have a wonderful holiday - probably because we were in such a wonderful place! OUR ACCOMMODATION... We stayed in the fabulous Pefkos Beach Hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis. This particluar accomodation is offered by a range of tour companies but shop around for the best prices - we went with Kosmar and I believe we payed half the price that Airtours were charging. Our twin bedded room with a bathroom and a balcony, was spacious and clean (with a slight ant problem!!) and with the option of paying for a fridge and air conditioning. Safety deposit boxes are availably in reception. The hotel is situated up a steep but very short hill (100m max, depending on the location of your apartment) but the views are well worth it. We were ideally situated with a supermarket at the bottom of our hill, the first of many restaurants across the road and the beach just 5 minutes away. The hotel had it's own swimming pool - but it tends to be very busy during the day. There is a pool bar, an indoor bar and a TV room. And as far as I could tell, we had the best accommodation in the place! WEATHER... Last year we visited Zante at the same time of year and it rained on two days so I was determined to go somewhere really hot. And I got hot - it reached 40 nearly everyday!! The positioning of Pefkos and neighbouring resort Lindos, means it is prone to extremely high temperatures. But don't worry, there is a great wind which means that it's actually bearable to sit out all day! **WARNING - it may not appear to be so warm, but the sun is still very strong and it is advisable to get out of the sun for a few hours in the middle of the day.** THE BEACHES... Pefkos Beach is q
                        uite busy with hundreds of sun loungers for rent (£2 a day I think), but if you walk beyond the loungers, there is a stretch quiet beach. However, don't stray too far as the sea gets quite rocky - both Ross and myself had some spectacular bruises and scrapes! However, just outside Pefkos there is another beach as you head into Lardos. This is not so busy and there are very few rocks in the sea. It does tend to get a bit windy during the middle of the day though. Pefkos beach is supposed to be the best beach in Rhodes, but in my opinion, this other beach is better! EATING OUT... One thing I love about going on holiday, is eating out every night! We visited these restaurants.... ARTEMIS - pretty average, reasonably priced food (avoid Musaka though, it was so salty!!) GEORGES - recommended to us, but to be honest, nothing special. SHANGHAI CHINESE - I was too ill to go out, but Ross had a lovely take away! MACEDONIA - having just recovered from my bug, I could only eat a small amount but when the waiter collected our plates he made such a fuss because he thought I didn't like his food!! On the whole, the waiters were a bit rude. THE LITTLE HOUSE - Delicious and a beautiful place under a ceiling of flowers! But takes ages to arrive...order a Carafe of wine (1 litre) and a starter and be prepared to wait - it's worth it! THE COLISEUM - Great food, good choice - all British waiters. ENIGMA - Our last night and we decided to share a Greek Plate for 2...gorgeous, our best meal in Pefkos. Wine was a little odd though. LEE BEACH - a small snack bar next to Pefkos Beach with a great selection of things for lunch - the Greek salad was delicious (providing its not too windy!) but they also do great burgers, omlettes etc. All menus in Pefkos had a range of food, traditional Greek things, Italian, British, vegetarian and some great but expensive fish dishes. My advice is to be adventurous - a package holid
                        ay is a bit of a sheltered foriegn experience so the food is really the only way to experience a slice of the Greek culture (try Sword fish!). DRINKING(!)... Having recovered from our illness, we were ready to make up for lost time!! There are many bars in Pefkos. We found two places which did fantastic and very cheap (less than £2) cocktails - with as many as 4 'shots'. ELASEMA is the cheapest but THE PEACOCK BAR has a roof garden (time you visit with the sunset and it's amazing!). Later in the evening, this bar gets very lively indeed. We also visited the reknowned PEFKOS BY NIGHT BAR which was pretty good, again selling cocktails (watch the barmen bounce the bottles off the ceiling!!) and a wide range of other alcoholic and soft drinks. OVERALL.. We had a lovely, relaxing holiday soaking up the well deserved sunshine. However, if you want to do more things other than sit on the beach, Pefkos may be too quiet. There are mopeds for rent but they are not recommended as the emergency medical care in Rhodes (and Crete) is the worst in Europe (according to a recent report in the Times) and the roads are narrow and busy. If you do rent a moped it is interesting to know that if you don't wear a helmet you can be fined, at least 100! Peddle bikes are also available but again the roads are not really suitable for this. Car hire is common and I think Pefkos is a good base for exploring the rest of the island. There are regular buses to Lindos and Rhodes - investigate these before signing up for tours arranged by your tour operator as it is generally cheaper to arrange a trip yourself. There are also tours to the Water Park in Faliraki (£17 per person!!) and boat trips to Lindos and Turkey. All in all, a brilliant holiday and I enjoyed every second (after the 4th day!). I have some great photos and some even better memories - I recommend Pefkos and the Pefkos Beach Hotel to anyone. PS - Watch out for
                        an opinion by Ross1979 for the mans view!

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                      Pefkos, Greek: Pefki, is a small town located in the south of the Greek island of Rhodes, 56Km from the capital city Rhodes. The island of Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, just west of Turkey. Pefkos town is built in an old village, which was once known as a fisherman's town and is between the larger towns of Lindos and Lardos. Visiting Pefkos by day will leave one with the impression of a sleepy and relaxed holiday resort, however when the lights come on the resort is bustling with warm friendly activity. Pefkos beach was awarded Blue Flag status for 2006. The beach is busy with tourists during the day and has amenities such as a toilet, several cafes and bars. Pedalos, speed-boats and jet-skis are also available to rent on the beach.