Afandou the invisible village of Rhodes

Nestling in the glistening Aegean Sea is the glorious island of Rhodes. This jewel in Greece’ crown has much to attract the discerning traveller, from the ancient ruins to miles of white sands. Mention Rhodes to many and the first thing that springs to mind is the clubbers paradise Faliraki, but there is much more to Rhodes that partying. Travel 5km down the North East coast and you will stumble across Afandou.

This village is one of the oldest and largest on the island. The name, roughly translated, means hidden or invisible village. It is set slightly inland and in days gone by, the marauders who came by boat couldn’t find the village as it wasn’t visible from the sea. This village is unashamedly Greek, and quite rightly so. The inhabitants are very friendly and welcome guests with open arms, but while you are there you will live as the Greeks do.

The centre of the village is dominated by a beautiful Greek Orthodox church called ‘The Church of Our Lady’. Sitting relaxing outside one of the many bars that border the square, you can often see a traditional Greek wedding party, with all the colour and gaiety that is involved. There are more shops in Afandou than you initially may think, as many are tucked away up dusty side streets, many gems have been discovered in these stores.

The Town Square is also where all the buses stop that you may take to go exploring. Rhodes Town and Lindos are two popular places for days out while staying in Afandou, and the buses are quite luxurious and very cheap. As the beach is quite a walk from the village, a little tourist trains runs back and forth all day every day during high season.

Those who holiday abroad but choose to eat and drink what they do at home really shouldn’t go to Afandou, and boy are the missing out. The choice of dishes freshly cooked for you is staggering, and nobody gets a bad meal in Afandou. Greek food is one of the greatest cuisines in the world of gastronomy, and to sit in a restaurant in Afandou washing down your meal with a delicious Greek wine is pure heaven.