There are approximately 17 studios and three apartments and we stayed in both the studios and an apartment.
The studios were spacious by Greek standards but average by UK/American standards. Basically its a big room containing your kitchen, two single beds, dressing table, wardrobe, bedside cabinets, kitchen table with two chairs and sliding balcony doors. The bathroom was fairly good but you couldn't swing a facecloth in it! Hot water did run out on occasions so get it first in the first and evenings before 7.30pm. Water pressure in Studio 21 was third world standard. In Apartment 25, it was fantastic!!!
Ants were a huge problem in Apartment 25 and were becoming so in studio 21.
Studios 21/21/11/12 were more modern as were added to the building later so have better doors, windows etc and this marvellous ventilated metal door on the sliding doors which is very useful for airflow, security and for keeping the sun out during the day!!!!
Our lovely cleaner, an Australian lady of Greek descent called Georgina maintained the property very well cleaning the floors every day and replacing the towels daily and sheets regularly. You will need to bring your own dish washing liquid etc as not provided. An airer is provided on your balcony for drying clothes.
Serious downsides ..... serious downsides were that it cost nearly 60 euros per week, 100 euros per fortnight or 10 euros per day. THIS WAS A BIG BIG BIG PROBLEM as although I could afford it, I seriously resented having to pay this much for what is now considered a necessity in hot climates for North Western Europeans like the Irish/British. We held out for nine days but relented for the last four as the nights were so hot and leaving the balcony door open only helped marginally but subjected you to mosquito attack!! SHAME on the owners and Kosmar Travel Agency for suck lousy consideration!!!! If you want to hire your safe, its 10 euros per week, again we baulked at this as pure money making and came to the conclusion that as crime is so rare on Rhodes, we would not use the safe but swap credit cards etc so if something happened to one of our wallets, a spare credit card would be held by the other person (!) and we had bought travewl insurance afterall to provide for theft etc so we might as well use it!!!!!!!
If you want to use your studio until 6pm on the day of departure, this MAY be possible for 20 euros or 25 euros for an apartment. If you want to stay later its 40 euros. XL flight times usually mean that you have to do this!!!!!
Another pain in the glass was that the electricity supply was attched to your door key and we could not separate these meaning that when we wanted to lock the apartment door each evening we would have to do so by first removing the key from the electricity slot and guiding ourselves towards the door look using light from our mobile phones. How Lousy!!!!
The apartments are located about 12 minutes from the centre of Pefkos which is uphill at times and a drag if done between 10.30am and 6pm!
Supermarkets in Pefkos are expensive if you compare the prices to those of the bigger supermatkets located after Lindos on the main road towards Rhodes Town (AB is a great supermarket by Greek Standards). Try to shop in the bigger supermarkets if you have a hire car.
Hire Cars - Kosmar will push Marathon Car Hire, but deals can be done over the internet before you go much cheaper and would recommend hiring at Diageras Airport and returning it there when lkeaving a sthe coach journey is very very long to Pefkos especially if you are arriving departing at night/early morning.
Nice Indian restaurant near the bus stop for Lindos/Rhodes. Taxi's are reasonible to Lindos (6 euros for upto 4 passengers).
DO NOT HIRE MOPEDS OR MOTORBIKES AS YOU ARE NOT INSURED ONLY THE MOTORBIKE AND WE SAW A HORRENDOUS ACCIDENT, IT IS NOT A SAFE PLACE TO RIDE THESE BIKES....BELIEVE ME!!!
Flights - Both outbound and return were with XL Airways which owns Kosmar Holidays. The flight left Gatwick on a Saturday at 8pm (only 20 mins late) and arrived early. It was a big Boeing 767-200 and we had two seats together in thisa twin aisled aircraft which has a 2-4-2 seat configuration. Meal was served and we were impressed! Staff were nice. Bar prices onboard were reasonable and complementary tea/coffee.
Return flight was on time and left at 3am. This again was the 767-200 and the 2-4-2 seat configuration except this time we were in the 4 part of the configuration. This was the worst flight of my life and I have travelled extensively. The arm rests barely had enough room between the four medium/thin individuals sitting together. We certainly couldn't eat our meals at the same time, no room to read....not even the emergency instrucions, the temperature was so hot onboard, people couldn't breath and the clostrophobic levels were extreme for the entire four hour trip. Four large individuals sat behind us and screamed in pain as hot coffee was accidently spilt on them and they could not escape due to the lack of space between them and one screamed so much we thought he was having a heart attack at first or that something had gone terribly wrong with the aircraft. For the remainder of the flight, two of those four individuals had to stand!!! The flight was both tiring, irritating, nerve-wracking and so terribly uncomfortable that the two weeks I had spent relaxing was now defunct!!! It was so so so beyond uncomfortable with narky, irritable, attitude dispensing cabin attendants. NEVER EVER fly in the 4 part of the 2-4-2 seat configuration with XL Airways, I cannot imagine how anyone could have coped with this arrangement on one of XL's transatlantic crossings.
Pefkos itself is a small town south of Lindos which is quite quaint and safe of course and it is charming. The beaches are not great here, just alright and the cost of 2 sunbeds and an umbrella is about 7/8 euros per day. Lots of other good beaches around Lardos etc and fiurther south easily accessible by car if you hire one.
Eating out is very very reasonable and alcohol and cigarettes are cheap as chips. Fruit and vegatables are so fresh its fantastic. Would recommend keeping away from the chips and egg establishments as they are inferior quality, inferior company and lack any Greek atmosphere whatsoever....be bold, try the wonderfully fresh food at fantastic proces in Greek restaurants!!! Alcohol also appeared 'watered down' in UK run bars.
Overall, a good fortnight with some serious downsides. Will seriously review travelling with Kosmar Holidays and XL airways in future even though I had travelled with them previously. Thomson flights appear much more comfortable, so will make detailed comparisons.
Pefkos is good for relaxing, taking young kids abroad, or purely for sunbathing. You can use it as a good base in Rhodes if you have a hire car, but otherwise you will be bored to tears here so make decide what your priorities are before you go. I don't think you would have aparticular burning need to return to Pefkos UNLESS you really wanted one of the prioroities described four lines above.
Enjoy your trip!
- Also Known As:
- Yannis Studios & Apartments Pefkos, Rhodes