Something I inherited from my dad, because of his affinity with Greece, is a lifelong love of the Greek islands. Our first experience of the islands as a family was Rhodes, and since then I’ve been to many other islands, but my favourite Greek island is still Rhodes. The last time I visited was with No 1 Son a few years ago, and honestly, Faliraki was as quiet as could be. Rhodes Town is brilliant for kids, because of the castle, but we also went on a jeep safari of the island, and visited deserted beaches and pretty villages, and it was absolutely stunning.
And of course tiny Lindos, with its gorgeous cove and incredible azure water, has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
From Mandraki Harbour we caught a ferry along the Turkish coastline to the post-card pretty island of Symi, with its ice-cream coloured cottages, harbourside bars and restaurants. In addition to fresh fish, souvlaki and dolmades (my dad’s favourite dish – vine leaves stuffed with rice and mince), the baklava we ate there was absolutely moreish, the best I’ve ever had.
We travelled with Cosmos and stayed at a very nice 5* resort right on the beach, and although the water was a little fresh (it was late May), it was the most blissful setting. After our evening game of pool (this is a bit of a ritual when we go on holiday), it was wonderful to be able to sit on the terrace of the bar, just looking at the fabulous view.
Rhodes is the perfect destination for a family holiday – and I’d really love to go back.