Further west along the coast road, and at the other end of the airport runway is the inland village and coastal resort of THOLOS or THEOLOGOS. We are still in luxury hotel land here but the shingle and sand beach soon flattens out into a wide expanse, backed by scrub and low dunes. The exposed beach is a favourite with windsurfers at it bears the brunt of the northerly meltemi wind in high summer. The wind is fine for surfers but can be a bit of a trial for sunbathers. There is little protection from the wind, with few trees or hedges for shelter. The crowds tend to thin out here despite being in high rise country. The village centre is about 1.5km inland and set on a hilltop. It may be a little out of the way but the village does have much more of a traditional Greek atmosphere than can be found to the east, with some typical island architecture among the shops and tavernas.
Places near Tholos (Theologos)
Located just a few kilometres from the city centre, the Valley of Butterflies with its deep ravine and lush forest has been for ages a refuge for millions of the colourful winged creatures. In its shady slopes –between June and September- you’ll come across the rare Panaxia Quadripunctaria. The park’s footpath will lead you to Panagia Kalopera monastery, while within the park’s confines you may visit the Natural History museum and its butterfly incubator.