A sleepy town on the northern coast of Rhodes, Pastida is the perfect place to get away from it all and recharge your batteries on relaxing Greece package holidays. Forget your cares and kick back in this wonderfully remote town set in the foothills of Mt Filerimos, just a few miles back from the coastline and a 20-minute drive from the island's capital, Rhodes Town.
Friendly locals and fun-filled days
Overlooked by Mt Filemiros, Pastida couldn't be more laid-back if it was lying down. The centre of the town is completely free from cars and other automobiles, with only the odd scooter or motorbike zipping along the narrow streets. Its pedestrianised nature means it's a great place to wander round and soak up some of the local banter from the very friendly residents. Alternatively, you could visit one of the many tavernas clustered around the town square and watch the world go by.
While relaxation is most certainly the name of the game here, that doesn't mean you'll be kicking your heels in Pastida. The aforementioned tavernas often offer traditional live music and serve food until long after the sun goes down, so there's no need to travel far when you choose this spot for All Inclusive holidays to Rhodes. Those in search of a more raucous night out can always head to Faliraki, the island's party hub, 20 minutes' drive away.
Beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts won't be disappointed either - Kremasti, the beach, is just five minutes north of the town, here, the mix of shingle and soft sand is an ideal spot to top up your tan, while the strong breezes which bless all of Rhodes' northern coast make for model windsurfing conditions.
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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.