It is obvious that visitors seek to explore the beauty of a destination and make new friends there. Most tourist packages offer rather the ‘fast food’ experience with no personal contact. In our team we think that we can offer the services needed by a traveler rather than the typical tourist. Our main desire is to offer multiple day packages so that we can be a group of friends just visiting together, enjoying the beauty of our island.
Elafos Hotel is an imposing building of Italian structure and finesse, which preserves all the influences and colours of its history, while offering the ultimate resort experience with the services you dream of, together with various recreational, social and cultural events.
Recently refurbished with absolute respect, so not to alter its special physiognomy and aesthetics, the hotel has acquired all the necessary comforts and infrastructures that make it an ideal “shelter” for those seeking alternative forms of trips and holidays. With extraordinary views to the sea that literally cut one’s breath, with images of the forest that come up from the windows and the room verandas, as if taken from a fairy tale, with sounds and scents from the intact nature, Hotel Elafos provokes and simultaneously seduces the senses!
RHODESCAPE – OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
Day 1 : Horse Riding – Southern island
We start from Dimitris’ ranch, for an experience to remember. We ride beautiful horses in the mountain and on the beach. The best part is when we will ‘swim’ with the horses! We continue a little more to the south for some juice and a snack in a beach bar where we swim in crystal-clear waters. In the afternoon we are visiting Arnitha where, under the tall plane trees, Andreas is waiting for us with food made from local produce.
At the end of the day, we are meeting a local farmer who will help us collect fruit and maybe make our own cocktail overlooking the lake of the village.
Day 2 : Scuba Diving & Hiking – Eastern island
We reach the eastern part of the island and after a short dive theory lesson and an explanation on how to use scuba equipment underwater, we get ready for a unique dive. In the meantime, the members of our team prepare a barbeque for lunch in the diving center.
After a short time of relaxation we visit Lindos, where you are free to stroll in the village. Next we head north to walk in the orange tree valley which ends at a beautiful location with water streams and plane trees. This day ends with a visit to the ‘Association for the protection and safeguard of the small horse (pony) of Rhodes’ where you can see the Rhodian Horse which is in danger of extinction.
Day 3 : Cycling & Botanology – Central island
Starting our day with the bikes we cross a forest of pine, cypress trees and yews, and we arrive at a beautiful lake with different kinds of birds. We snack and chat after a stroll around the lake to get to know each other better and be informed about the area. Next, we head to Agios Isidoros, a mountainous village, where Petros and his family are expecting us. Here we taste the local cuisine. All food and wine are produced in the village. In the afternoon, we visit the Monolithos castle (14th century) with a magical view and enjoy a swim at the beach beneath the castle and away from the crowded summer beaches.
Day 4 : Hiking & Cycling – Northern island
We start by hiking along the lush vegetation river path in Petaloudes with orange trees, plane trees and maple trees. At the end of the trail we stop and have a ‘melekouni’ (a local sesame and honey sweet). The next trail is in a forest of oak trees, yews and cypress trees. We reach a chapel with a panoramic view to the west side of the island. Here we have some fruit and get ready to go on an enjoyable descent with our bikes through a thick forest of pines. Our final stop is at another chapel to have a picnic in the forest. The day ends at the famous and beautiful beach of Panagia Tsampika.
Day 5 : Hiking & Botanology – Western island
On the western shore we will meet perhaps the wildest part of the island. A full day is ahead for both young and old who will enjoy the beauty of the area. We go to Kritinia where during our first stop we can see the medieval castle of the village. We get to the castle through a pine forest. We have a short break with some fruit and water and continue to the castle, where Antonis is expecting us along with coffee, something to eat and some of the secrets of The Castle! We are now ready for a swim at a small beach of wild beauty. After so much hiking and swimming comes a delicious meal. Giorgos is expecting us back at the village where he prepares simple, but delicious, Greek cuisine from local products. From his tavern the view to the sea and the castle is rewarding.
Please contact us at Rhodescape to plan your own package.
Recommended Airline flying into Rhodes Airport : Aegean Airlines.
*With Aegean Airlines you can travel to Rhodes through Athens from almost every big city of Europe.