Here’s an idea for your next Symi holiday, or rather for when you return via Rhodes airport from your next Symi holiday.
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You know how it can be when you have to catch an early boat because it’s the only one and your flight isn’t until much later? Or maybe when you only have a couple of hours between arriving on Rhodes and checking in, and all that jazz? Well, we often recommend that people head to the Plaza hotel and hang out there, have lunch and so on, if you've got all day. But if you are a bit tight for time though you still want to eat, you can do what we did last Sunday.
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Crossing with Dodecanese Seaways[/caption]
We arrived in Rhodes more or less on time despite the boat leaving two hours late due to the swell at Rhodes harbour; we simply didn’t stop at Panormitis for an hour en route, though we did stop there and collect a cacophony of wedding guests. So, into Rhodes at six and a flight taking off at 22.30 – what to do? You want to go and have a meal but if you find a place in, say, the new town, you’re sitting there watching the clock and wondering how long it will take to get served, then eat, then find a cab and then get to the airport. So, you may not always enjoy yourself.
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Instead of doing that we, after I’d checked in at the Lydia (and been told off for booking online and not phoning to book where I would have received an even better deal on a room) we went straight to the airport. We checked that the flight was listed as leaving on time and then went across the road to a place called ΔΕΙΡΝΟΣ. (δειπνο-, "dinner") This is a place for ‘handmade souvlaki and gyros’ (I’ve yet to see a machine made one) that has ‘local traditional cuisine’ and that also does deliveries. I also note, reading the cover of the free wet-wipe they give you, that it calls itself, in Latin letters, ‘Deipnos’ so the P of the Greek title is actually a P, but don’t get me started on that one.
Anyway, the flight was on time for leaving and we had about three hours to wait. So, mother and I went for dinner near the airport, and that meant there was no worry about getting back to the flight when the time came. Check in had already been done on line so that was also out of the way, and there was only hand luggage so not even any drop off to do.
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You find this restaurant thus: come out of the airport terminal so you've got the cars, taxis and road in front of you and look right; at that end you will see the coach park. Head that way and, carefully, cross the coach park to the far, road, side. There, looking right you will find some old steps and a ramp heading up to a small church, there are also steeper steps further along. Go up, and about ten feet more to your right and opposite is the entrance to the taverna. (There is also a handy kiosk there.) You have to cross the road to get there, so watch out for that. They’ve got inside seating, with lots of TVs showing football, quietly, as well as a terrace and outside seating. There’s no departures board or anything, It's not got anything to do with the airport, and that also means prices are reasonable.
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Outside Rainbow with mother.[/caption]
Example: Huge slab of moussaka, plate of (decently cooked) chips, a huge omelette, half a kilo of red and a large water, €25.00 – where as a small glass of wine at the airport QU snack bar costs €5.00 on its own, and where I can only assume Q.U. stands for Quite Undrinkable. Okay, so the taverna is right next to the airport and convenient but it’s also a bit noisy when planes take off, but you can't have everything.
By the time we got back and mother went up to go through the security with plenty of time to spare and no need to rush dinner, the airport was pretty quiet. We disturbed the teenager in a uniform who was playing with his hand-held as we approached. He looked up briefly, ‘London?’ he said, ‘yes’ we said, ‘go through’, he said hardly lifting his eyes from his all-important Facebook page, and that was that.
Anyway, I hope you find that little tip helpful. I’m not on commission but if you do go, make sure you mention that the Symi Dream blog sent you. [Small print: other tavernas may be available in your area, the price of meals can go up as well as down, and some dishes may contain nuts. There’s a Health and Safety blog post brewing behind these pages. Be warned.