Tiny Tilos


The view down to the beach from our balcony

On a whim and in search of some peace and quiet, I recently decided to take my family to Tilos for 3 days of glorious doing nothing.  Tilos is one of the smallest islands in the group of dodecanese and just over an hours catamaran ride from Rhodes where we are lucky enough to live.

I did no research beforehand on what there was to do on the island, I just knew it was a favourite for nature lovers and ramblers.  However, this time around the only nature loving I intended to do was a bit of snorkelling in the bay beneath our hotel.  We consulted our good friends (and Tilos specialist) 3 red bags and they booked us into the Ilidi Rock Hotel.

View to Ilidi Rock from the harbour

The catamaran left promptly (yes, I was surprised too) at 9am from mandraki Harbour in Rhodes and we sped over the waves with very little turbulence and arrived in Tilos just over an hour later.  As we stepped out onto the quayside we could see across the sparkling bay to our hotel.  The first impression was a sigh, relaxing of the shoulders and an overwhelming sense of timelessness.  We were met and transported by the hotels minibus so we didnt have to carry our cases (4 snorkels and 4 changes of clothes can be quite heavy in the heat, you know).

We checked in to our apartment and spent several moments just admiring the fantastic view from the balcony.  Just beautiful.

The view from our balcony out to sea


The View from our Balcony over to Livadia

The view down to the beach from our balcony

The Ilidi has 50 rooms/apartments and is the largest hotel on the island (great, isnt it?) The hotel is built into the cliff side which affords the great views across the bay of Livadia, the main tourist spot on the island.  The downside of course is that being so high up you have to walk down – and then back up again.  The glass half full take on this is that you definitely burn off enough calories walking from the beach to your room or the snack bar to earn yourself something delicious to eat or drink each time!  The snack is open daily and provides a nice service with a home cooked dish of the day or a simple menu with freshly cooked snacks.

Looking down from the snack bar at ilidi beach - very Cycladic!

If you have the energy to venture out to the rest of Livadia in the evenings there is a plethora of good tavernas and a few cafe bars.  I particularly liked the mohito ice cream and could have stayed longer just to sample some more flavours!  The whole atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly and the restaurants good value for money.

We did hire a car the second day.  I’m not sure why, I think we felt we should see some of the island.  We were back by 1pm having seen some lovely views, a nice monastery and a tiny fishing harbour where we stopped for coffee and watched a fisherman untangle his nets.  In hindsight we should have joined a boat trip which were being offered at a table along the promenade in the evenings.

Would I recommend Tilos?  Most definitely!  If you are staying in Rhodes and you fancy a bit of the ‘old Greece’, or you are a keen walker who would relish the chance to see some rare birds and some great flora and fauna then its right up your street.  Then again, if you are like me and just want some good old R&R (thats rest and relaxation, not rock ‘n’ roll) go and see it!

We stayed at the Ilidi Rock and booked with 3 Red Bags.  You can combine a couple of days or weekend in Tilos with any of our Greek Boutique Villa Holidays in Rhodes – for requests or more information just drop me an email at elizabeth@boutiquegreece.com and I would be happy to answer any questions!

  • Nicole says:

    Thanks for an informative and enjoyable read. Have booked the Ilidi Rock and feel inspired by your description!

    • elizabeth says:

      Thats wonderful! You will have a great time, its so beautiful. Thank you for your feedback :)

  • Julia Tsiaka says:

    The photographs definitely make me want to visit the island! Beautiful – everyone dreams of Greece looking like this.

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