Get your watersports fix at Kremasti
Pastida’s inland location needn’t deter lovers of the deep blue sea – a mere five-minute drive will take you to Kremasti Beach. As well as being blessed with long stretch of sand and beautifully clear water, the beach is also well equipped with sunloungers, parasols and a wide range of watersports gear that ensures nobody will ever get bored, even on cheap Rhodes holidays.
The strong winds on the northern coast – especially in the afternoon – make windsurfing and kitesurfing popular choices round the year. Other alternatives for aquatic adrenaline junkies include renting a jet ski or trying your hand at wakeboarding and water-skiing.
The birds and the bees
You can reach the summit of nearby Mt Filerimos on foot or by bike. At the top, you can visit the quaint Monastery with its giant cross and an abundance of peacocks that strut around like they own the place. The views across Rhodes and the Aegean Sea are not to be beaten either.
In the town itself, one of the more popular tourist attractions is the Bee Museum. Free to enter, this small building contains a network of working hives, safely contained behind glass so that you can witness the bees’ busy schedule without running the risk of being stung. The interactive exhibits are great fun for the little ones, while the freshly made honey on sale at the gift shop is sure to delight the palate of visitors of all ages.
Get your culture fix
On a daily basis, Pastida offers a window into the traditional way of rural life on a Greek island, with its relaxed pace of life, charming courtyards and garrulously friendly locals. However, time your visit right and you’ll be treated to an extra-large dose of culture.
For one entire week in September, the town puts on the Cultural Festival of Pastida. Held in the courtyard of the town’s Cultural Centre, each night offers something different – from theatre pieces to traditional music and dancing – and all are free to enter.