I’m convinced that I have got the name wrong, (Autosafari Embona) however if anyone remembers please let me know.
In 1974 I was the head guy for Club 33 Rhodes. Together with Liv, Lena, Stefan, and Belle we were a pretty good team, (I’m sure I have missed someone out, sorry) I just must include “the special one” Andreas and all the staff at Hotel Saronis with Costas being responsible for the smallest Club bar in the whole Club 33 program.
One of our many activities was the popular full-day adventure Auto safari Embona. I believe it’s right to say that over 40 years ago we found dust tracks and country roads more common than today. I can remember by the time you returned to Rhodes town you all looked like ghosts.
Of course, many of the beaches and villages look different today, it’s busier, with more buildings and heavier traffic, that’s called development! For instance, there was only one taverna with a few rooms for rent on Faliraki beach 42 years ago, well today it is a different picture.
The center of the Rhodes wine region is around the mountain village Embona, situated at around 800 meters above sea level and set in the Attavyros mountain range. Embona became a natural stop during our safari, with its small, narrow alleys and colourful handmade rugs sold by the local women. Friendly local people, some dressed up in traditional clothes.
Profitis Ilias is nearly 800 meters high up the mountain. This becomes another popular stop, mostly for the fresh pine smell and coolness that gave a good break from the heat and sunshine. The Italian occupiers of Rhodes left several buildings here. The Italian Governor of Rhodes between 1936 -1940 used a villa (part of the hotel) for his summer residence, allegedly it was also intended as a retirement home for Benito Mussolini. Other buildings include the village of Eleousa and the Elafos hotel built in the late 1920s.
Beach stops could include Tsambika, Stegna, and Charak which are not too far from Embona. Kamiros Skala was perhaps not the best beach, but the taverna was great.
N.B. All these places are described before the development took place.