I want to talk to you briefly here about the occupations in Rhodes. Now when I say occupations, in this instance I am not referring to the history of the island and the people that have occupied it in the past, but more about the working life here.
Of course Rhodes has survived many historic events as I have talked about in the history pages on this site, but how has that affected the local Rhodian people of today?
Well, as these historic events were happening, the Rhodians had to be able to adapt at that time in order to survive.
They Were Able To Change And Adapt
For example in the Middle Ages, the island had to deal with The Roman Empire, The Knights of Saint John and the Ottoman Rule. In order to get through these times the local people had to be able to not only conform, but also to revise their way of living.
Over the years the island and its people were a great naval power, and later it fell to commerce during the Ottoman rule and the Rhodians were able to produce a very strong fiscal growth for themselves.
As this growth later diminished a lot of the local people turned to the land. They favored farming and living off the land. They looked after animals and took care of the agriculture.
As you are most probably aware, due to the location and its beauty, Rhodes has
now become a hot spot for tourism.
Naturally this has boosted the island in a massive way, as millions of people visit during the summer which has led to the flourishing of businesses.
Nowadays a lot of the work that you will see being undertaken on the island will be connected to tourism. Of course this is where the money is, so it is only natural for people to look for work in these areas. There is a demand for work when the summer comes and people are happy to get stuck in and do their part for their slice of the pie.
The Old Way Of Life
On the other hand, there are those who prefer to embrace the old way of life. A lot of the local people still love to spend their time on the land growing their own food and taking care of their own.
Me personally, I have some friends that love being outdoors. One of them has
some land filled with olive trees, and he makes his own olive oil and sells it. Another friend has his own allotment and grows his own vegetables which he sells to small shops. I really respect them for that!
There are others that earn their way by keeping bees and producing honey, others go fishing for a living and earn their crust.
If you visit the island, you will see a lot of the time people like this set up a small stalls on the side of the roads on certain parts of the island. The tourists stop in their thousands every year to taste and buy a little something.
Embroidery, carpet making and Greek Pottery are also popular here with some local people designing, making and selling their work. These are definitely things not to miss.
I think it is great that people come here and see the highlighted areas such as the Medieval City, The Acropolis of Lindos and The Ancient City of Kamiros etc, but some of these other hidden little secrets can allow you to really see the pride the Greeks have!
They undoubtedly have skills when it comes to handcrafts, and some of the work they produce really is breathtaking. If you get the chance to see it, do not let it pass you by!
As you can see, although the island is dominantly tourism when it comes to the working life here, there are other areas too which can be easily overlooked.
Have you visited Rhodes before and tasted the beautiful homemade honey or the amazing olive oil? Maybe you have seen some of the ceramics produced here by the local people?
I would love to hear from you, and if you have not been here to see the island, I would still love to hear from you 🙂
Leave me a comment below and I will get right back to you!