Thimena is a hidden treasure that offers a peaceful escape from the world. Its pristine beaches and quaint village are perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
From traditional tavernas holding time-honored recipes to new-age restaurants blending innovation with tradition, Rhodes’ food scene is a vibrant tapestry waiting to be unraveled.
The small port of Thimena, situated at the tip of Fourni archipelago, welcomes excursion boats and local fishing ships. The village has 150 permanent residents and keeps a rustic character. Its name derives from the thyme plants that grow in abundance here. The quaint restaurant overlooking the port offers fresh fish specialities in both a la carte and tasting menus. Chef Lefteris Lazarou combines time-honoured techniques with high-end gastronomy.
Guests can sample nicely cooked grilled squid, octopus or fish soup in this elegantly decorated restaurant with spectacular vistas of the Caldera sea. There are also tasty desserts like lemon pie and parfait on offer. A good selection of wines is available for a decent price. This spot is open all year round and provides hospitable staff. A great chocolate mousse is worth trying. This is a great place for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner. The service is fast and efficient. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing.
Meltemi is a busy neighborhood Greek taverna that is always crowded and lively. Guests say this spot has a friendly staff that provides quick service. The food is reasonably priced. It is a family run place. The decor is cheerful yellow with a rustic country feel. Upon entering, a refrigerated case filled with fresh whole fish offers a tempting display of the catch of the day. Try the porgy, red snapper or grouper grilled with garlic and lemon. For seafood lovers, the shrimp with basil and feta is a delight. Another classic Greek dish is the lamb youvetsi which is prepared with a special sauce.
You can also sample nicely cooked greek salads, sardine and lamb. You can enjoy yogurt and good fruitcake for dessert here. This restaurant has received a Google rating of 4.4. You can sit outside, if weather permits. You can order house wine, liqueur or beer while visiting here. They serve great coffee as well.
Porta Thimena Restaurant
The small island of Thimena is one of the most picturesque islands in the Fourni archipelago. With only 150 inhabitants and a handful of low whitewashed houses, the village exudes a quaint character. Despite being far from any mass tourism development, the island offers visitors a truly authentic experience in the Greek wilderness. Thimena, which gets its name from thyme, is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventure seekers who want to disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy a peaceful retreat. Thimena also boasts stunning beaches like Keramidou, which is located within walking distance from the port.
Keramidou Beach Restaurant
The secluded island of Thimena is the hidden gem that remains unspoilt by mass tourism. With only 150 residents, this peaceful escape is a perfect place to get in touch with nature and enjoy crystal clear waters. Thimena’s name derives from the abundant thyme that grows on the island, filling the air with its sweet scent.
The small port on the island welcomes excursion boats from Fourni, and ferries to Samos and Ikaria. There is one village on the island with traditional kafenia and casual tavernas. The beautiful beach of Keramidou is within walking distance from the village.
Cafe Old Vienna is an Austrian-style restaurant that has been around for more than 20 years. They serve authentic dishes like potato pancakes, spaetzle, almost any kind of Schnitzel and more. Ciao Italian is a quaint upscale bistro-style restaurant serving classic Italian dishes like spinach and walnut ravioli, Grouper Fancaise and more. The chef here uses a molecular approach to cooking, creating unique combinations of flavors.