Another place which is worth seeing during your stay on the island is the village of Paradisi in Rhodes.
Paradisi Village sits just outside of Diagoras Airport and has a population of approximately three thousand people. It is 15 kilometers away from Rhodes City.
As with the village of Kremasti, the main road runs from the city of Rhodes, past the airport and through Paradisi too, so you will experience the same traffic issues here. Again the road is very narrow in this village, so you need to take care both when driving and as a pedestrian!
A little History
During the occupation of The Knights Of Saint John in Rhodes, a castle was constructed.
This castle was built to deter and safeguard the island from pirates and their activities back in the day. After the castle was completed, naturally people built around it and later, Arabs arrived and resided here. These Arab citizens went on to plant beautiful, colorful and alluring flowers. This is turn made the village look like ‘Paradise’, and this is where the village inherited its name from.
The Italians occupied the island of Rhodes from 1912 until 1943. During their stay here they named the village of Paradisi ‘Villanova’. In fact, there is a grill house (taverna) still today that bears the name ‘Villanova’. See the photo here!
Rhodes was finally taken back by Greece in 1947 and the name Paradisi was restored to the village.
The Village Today
As you pass down the narrow street in Paradisi, you cannot help but notice the buildings from centuries ago. Of course, more modern structures have been built since, but they sit together really well and the village has a warm friendly feel to it.
At the entrance to the village and as you approach, you can witness the fortress ruins from the times of the Knights Of Saint John.
As you progress down the road, there is a beautiful village square. Here you will always see the locals gathering and enjoying the cafeterias and restaurants. It is a very friendly place, and if you want a real taste of the Greek Cuisine, this is a great place to do it!
Paradisi today is also famous for its freshly baked bread. There are handfuls of bakeries that line the street, and people from all over the island come to take their bread from here. If you visit early in the morning, you can smell the fresh bread being baked as you pass down the street.
Also, as you pass through the area of Paradisi, you will find a beautiful ceramic shop on the main street. Make sure you stop here and see some of the amazing pottery that is designed and produced. This is a great place to pick up as a souvenir too.
One Negative Point
As with any place that sits next to an airport, you have the noise and the smell from the aircraft. Again, there is nothing one can do about this, but it is maybe good to be aware of it.
The runway at Diagoras Airport runs parallel and behind the whole length of the village, and on the back road you can see the aircraft during take-off and landing. You will often see a lot of people gathering here.
If you like aircraft then you will love this place, if you do not like noise then you will not 🙂
Although Paradisi is a simple village, I really like it here.
The ceramic shop I mentioned is well worth a visit. Having a look here and then going to enjoy a nice bite to eat in the village square is a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
Many times I have passed by with friends to sit in the square with a nice glass of Ouzo, it passes the time quite nicely 🙂
Thanks for reading, and if you have anything to add or share I would love to hear from you. Maybe you have been to the island of Rhodes and passed through (or even stayed in) Paradisi. Maybe you are hoping to visit and have something you need to ask?
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