Ixia Travel Guide
The Parthenon © Nathan Hughes Hamilton
Just three miles (5km) from Rhodes Town is the developed resort of Ixia with a wide range of accommodation to suit most holidaymakers' tastes. The west coast receives a constant summer breeze, which tempers the heat, and provides excellent conditions for windsurfing.
The shingle beach follows the curve of the main road with most of the tourist accommodation along the road; bathers should take care, as the waves can be a little rough. Most hotels have pools and deckchairs for those who prefer not to brave the sea.
Ixia is ideal for family holidays or an older clientele; there are only a few pubs and bars that close at midnight, but most hotels provide family entertainment programmes, and while there aren't many attractions in Ixia itself, its proximity to other resorts like Falariki and Rhodes Town means that all the amenities of a larger town are only a short taxi ride away.
Ixia is a resort town and as such has all the amenities visitors could desire, including some decent shopping opportunities. The esplanade behind the beach front is full of shops, supermarkets, bakeries, cafes and bars and this is a good street to wander looking for local food and souvenirs. If you are self-catering you shouldn't struggle to find reasonably priced groceries. As it is generally quite 'touristy' those looking to experience authentic Rhodes markets and shopping may have to travel a little further afield to one of the more traditional villages.
There are loads of restaurants, bars and cafes in Ixia - the main avenue in particular is full of places to eat out. The restaurants used to serve 'a bit of everything' in true resort style to try and accommodate tourist tastes and foreign preferences but increasingly eateries are starting to specialise in certain kinds of food, ranging from traditional Greek meals to pizza or Chinese food, and everything in between.
Ixia is not known for its nightlife and is ideal for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a quiet and relaxing beach break. However, for those who do want to party Rhodes Town and Faliraki - one of the most famous resorts for those who get feisty after dark - are very close by and easily visited.
The most impressive archaeological site near Ixia is the hill of Filerimos, where visitors can explore the remains of the Temple of Zeus and Athena Poliada, as well as the Byzantine fortifications, a 14th-century church and several other shrines. For those who want to head out on excursions Rhodes is full of exciting and fascinating places to visit.
Ixia boasts a series of adjacent beaches which are attractive but not ideal for swimming. They compensate for this by being a favourite with windsurfers and other watersports fanatics with whom the resort is popular. Some of the beaches are private and reserved for hotel guests but others are open to the public.
Ixia is a very 'touristy' resort, dominated by foreign visitors and tailored to their needs. This has some advantages but certain people may feel that the area lacks authentic Greek spirit and has been over-commercialised.
Things to see in Ixia
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