Feel the wind in your hair
It's no suprise Trianda is known as a windsurfing hotspot. As well as offering fantastic views across the Aegean, the town's northern location means it enjoys year-round strong winds. Harness their power by renting a windsurfing board - or bring your own - and join the throngs of enthusiasts who come to ride the crests each year.
Those powerful gusts aren't just good news for windsurfers either. They also encourage heavy swells and large waves, meaning surfers can take advantage too. Alternatively, you could just kick back on the shore and watch others playing in the wind.
Luxury right on the beach
Trianda's beachfront is a shingled and pebbled strand which runs for several miles and is well stocked with sunloungers, parasols, toilets, lifeguards and all the other facilities you'd expect from a thriving beach resort. Its proximity to the town means there's an abundance of dining options right on the coast, while luxury hotel towers fringe the beach as well.
While the water is perhaps more of an attraction than the beach itself, those looking for a softer surface shouldn't fret. A short bus ride will take you to the neighbouring town of Ixia, where a stretch of golden sand awaits. What's more, the extra effort needed to get there means you'll most likely have a more relaxed and secluded beach experience than in Trianda town.
History through the ages, for all ages
Trianda - or Ialysos as it was formerly known - was once a municipality on the island and some relics from that age remain today. The Filerimos Monastery is of particular note, while the relaxed pace of life further back from the beachfront – complete with orange and olive orchards - gives you a sense of Greek life at its most authentic.
However, the serious history buff shouldn't miss out on a trip to Rhodes Town itself. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval part of the capital is an absolute delight for lovers of antiquity. Get lost in the narrow winding nameless streets and then take a load off in one of the many tavernas scattered throughout the town. The castle and the surrounding walls are a particular highlight.
Venturing beyond Trianda
As well as being rich in natural history, Rhodes Town is also the best place on the island to bag a few bargains in the selection of souvenir and curio stores, as well as offering a chance to prolong the night's activities when the sun goes down in one of the many lively bars and clubs.
Further afield, Faliraki is just over a 20-minute drive away and offers even more bang for your buck when it comes to nightlife. It's also home to a sizable waterpark complete with flumes, slides and chutes to suit all ages and temperaments. Or you could branch out altogether and visit a different country completely – Marmaris in Turkey is reachable within an hour by regular boats. Due to its nearby location, it can serve as the perfect day trip to soak up an alternative culture and cuisine, before heading home with a full belly and a shedload of memories.