Enjoy an alternative holiday experience of genuine and unspoiled traditional mountain village life while staying in the Mountain Village Traditional Home on the beautiful Greek Island of Rhodes..
Salakos is a charming and unique Greek mountain village, nestled in the foothills of Profitis Ilias and surrounded by beautiful natural countryside, olive groves, vineyards, orange groves, freshwater springs and lovely walking trails, with views over the Aegean Sea, Symi Island and Turkey’s coastline.
Within a few minutes stroll of the Mountain Village Traditional Home, village life is unhurried and friendly, centred around the pretty plateia, (village square) with its ancient fountain and handsome plane tree.
Three Tavernas and a Greek Café offering a selection of traditional Greek food surround the plateia, and the nearby hotel has a cosy bar, while the two village shops offer local produce and a good selection of groceries and wine.
For early risers you can buy bread from the mobile bakery that visits three times a week, or order traditional stone baked bread from Maria’s Shop. Often you will be able to buy cheese, eggs, or vegetables from the local farmers, who come to the plateia with their produce.
The people of Salakos are warm and friendly and with their natural generosity you may well return to the Traditional Home after an evening in the plateia with a gift of delicious local produce picked fresh from someone’s garden or farm.
Salakos is ideally situated within 25 minutes of Rhodes International Airport, 45 minutes from Rhodes Old Town and 55 minutes from beautiful Lindos.
The quieter beaches of Rhodes west coast are only a short ten minute drive away, where one can enjoy relaxing days on pretty beaches, or kite surf in ideal conditions. Nearer to home there are many walking trails including a trail to the summet of Profitis Ilias and the historic Hotel Elaphos.
Salakos is at the crossroads of many island roads, making it an ideal central location for many of Rhodes lovely attractions. A scenic 30 minute drive over the mountains will take one to the busier tourist areas of Rhodes East Coast, where the many beautiful beaches, including Anthony Quinn and Tsambika beach can be found. Visit Kalithea Springs, Faliraki and Afantou, to mention only a few of the lovely places to visit.
Nearer Salakos there are many popular mountain villages to visit including Embonas and its wineries, Eleousa and Apollona.
After a day of sightseeing and exploring, return to Salakos and spend your evenings on your terrace listening to the chirping of cicadas, and other gentle mountain countryside sounds. Take a night-time stroll and gaze at the night sky blanketed with a million twinkling stars you will never see in towns, or socialise with the locals in the hub of the village, the plateia.
The traditional home is a charming traditional one room house with a three hundred year old wooden ceiling, cosy living area with a corner fireplace, and delightful traditional platform bed. It has a well-equilpped kitchen dining area and a seperate bathroom with shower, bidet and washing machine.
A lovely walnut tree offers shade to the spacious terrace which has a private entrance and looks out onto views of the Aegean Sea.
The studio adjoins my house, with its own entrance and terrace, so while guests have complete privacy, I am on hand to welcome guests and assist them to settle into mountain village life, and with my passion for travel I love to meet people from different countries and cultures.
Car rental is highly recommended for this mountain village location, and there is free parking near the studio. Main roads are well maintained and all locations are easily accessible.
However, buses do operate between Salakos and Rhodes Town several times a day and Salakos is on a popular cycling route.