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|The village and the beach of Gennadi on the island of Rhodes
Just like Lindos Gennadi is an old village which lies on the sea. Of course there are also new buildings to be found here. The number of really big buildings is negligible. You will especially see many luxury villas, some of which are for rent for tourists. There are approximately 600 people living in Gennadi and you will find a bakery (with delicious bread and tasty biscuits), two supermarkets, a medical center, a pharmacy, a post office, a motorcycle rental, a greengrocer, an ATM and a fair number of tavernas and some bars. There is also an olive oil museum in Gennadi and there are various springs in the village where you can drink water from the natural water taps. This water comes from an ancient cave which lies in the neighborhood in an area called Pano Vrisi. The water runs from a waterfall into the cave here. The village is in the southeast of the island of Rhodes, about 20 km from Lindos and not far from the tourist resort of Kiotari, where you find mostly new, and larger hotels. The distance to Rhodes town is about 65 kilometers and you can reach Gennadi from there in about an hour.
There are a couple of interesting churches to be found in Gennadi. The Saint Ioannis Theologos church (with its high white bell tower) dates from the 19th century and the Byzantine Saint Anastasia the Roman church, which dates from the 12th century. The latter church was built on foundations dating back to the 6th century AD and is decorated with frescoes that were made in the 13th and 17th centuries. This church we missed, but the paintings inside are really lovely. The church stands in the cemetery of the village. You can view pictures of the beautiful interior at this page.
The actual village of Gennadi is separated from the beach by the highway. From the highway it is a few minutes walk to the beach (200 meters), so there are no cars speeding by once you are there. On a part of the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, but most of it is unspoiled and it's clean. It is also one of kilometers long and wide beach, with sand and pebbles, and you can always find a place to quietly enjoy the sun. There are three tavernas on the beach where you can eat something (Antonis, Klimis and Sposa). Two of these taverns we have tried and we liked them. To us Sposa made more made the impression of a kind lounge bar and there was a bunch of little kids running around making much noise, so after we had a look we immediately left.
For all accommodations in the village of Gennadi - click here.