Famous for its lush vegetation, carpet manufacture and restful atmosphere, as well as its plentiful restaurants and bars, Afandou is a fantastic place to unwind secure in the knowledge that the bright spots of Rhodes Town and the vibrant nightlife of Faliraki are both nearby. From restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine, to those specialising in an international menu or offering stylish cocktails as well as stunning food, Afandou caters for all tastes. Its friendly atmosphere and relaxing vibe mean unwinding is easy – and here are our suggestions for 10 of the best restaurants in the village.
Famed for its wonderful array of cheese, its stunning views as well as its music, Sky-Line is also popular for its grilled dishes and ice-cream. You can polish off your meal with an amaretto, almond or caramel-flavoured chocolate, or opt for one of the restaurant's large selection of cocktails.
Danielle's offers you the option of eating in the restaurant or taking away your delicious, freshly baked pizza. If you prefer to stick with Greek food, then try the mixed grill or lamb Kefaloni – slow-cooked lamb marinated in wine and lemon juice. The portions at Danielle's are generous and the prices reasonable.
As well as serving fantastic Italian-based meals you can also sample the tasty Mexican chicken, garlic mushrooms and wide range of other international favourites. Free dough-balls and garlic bread add to the pleasure of a meal at the Four Seasons.
Anyone looking for some fantastic cuisine should head down to Avantis, situated right on Afandou bay. Octopus and sardines are on the menu as well as sea urchins and lobster. Open late, this is a blissful setting to sit back, enjoy the view and savour the first-class fish dishes.
Situated just outside the village centre, Katholiki is popular with locals and visitors alike. The restaurant is open all day Sunday and only in the evenings for the rest of the week. The menu is home-cooked and offers mainly traditional Greek fare. The local speciality Pitaroudia – chickpea fritter – is a must try.
Anyone looking for good home-cooked local food will enjoy the Old House's menu. From traditional mezze and moussaka, to grills and kebabs, this reasonably priced eatery is open for lunch and during the evening.
With a wide range of Greek and other types of salads, balsamic-roasted vegetables and extensive seafood menu, George's is suitable for both vegetarians and omnivores. Famed for its standards of cleanliness and the hospitality of its hosts, George and his wife have created a family-friendly restaurant.
If anything typifies the range of Greek cuisine, then the menu at Ouzeria o Thioris certainly does. Try delicious succulent garides – shrimp – prepared in an ouzo sauce, or opt for other Greek flavours. You can always ask the friendly staff what's fresh on the night. Finish your meal with the strong Rhodes alcoholic favourite, sumo, and you'll have experienced an authentic Greek meal.
Location is always important and the Hidden Garden Farm Shop Cafe, situated close to Afandou golf course, is surrounded by greenery in the form of a landscaped garden. Whether you're looking for light snacks or a main meal, this little gem, with its extensive menu and competitive prices, will suit many tastes.
Friendly service, traditional home-cooked local food and budget prices mean that O Mimis is very popular. Make friends with the owner, George, and he'll recommend the dishes of the day. The restaurant also welcomes children and supplies high-chairs to make life a little easier.