Faliraki was (and still is) the main party resort of the island, although to be fair, it also caters well for families. The 5km stretch of golden beach is great for kids to play on and there are any number of water sports available. Faliraki boasts the largest water park in Europe and tourists can find all sorts of restaurants, including Chinese, Indian, British, Mexican and of course, traditional Greek tavernas.
Rob and I decided to go out exploring the rest of the island. Although getting around by bus is easy, (there's one long road that goes right round the island's coastline and the bus travels that route regularly), we decided to hire a scooter for three days. As if that wasn't a stupid enough idea, we also rode it without proper protection.
I think we must have had our brains confiscated at the airport as we passed though customs. It's true that the hire shop didn't offer us crash hats but it's also true that we didn't think to ask for them either.
You just know that I'm going to tell you that we had an accident on the scooter, don't you? Luckily, we didn't break any bones but we did rip large areas of skin off our knees and hands.
I would seriously discourage anyone who is thinking of hiring a scooter on holiday.
The roads in places like Rhodes are uneven, with potholes and loose gravel. We started to notice lots of other people with bandages like us, so clearly, we weren't the only ones who had our holiday slightly spoiled by our wounds.
We took the scooter back straight away and hired a car instead!
One of the first places we headed for was Lindos, a beautiful old town, founded by the Dorians, in the 10th century BC.
Cars cannot be taken into old Lindos. Whitewashed houses that look like sugar cubes and cobbled streets are part of the charm of Lindos. This pretty town has a preservation order on it which means nothing can disturb its authentic old-school Greekness. There is a vibrant night-life in Lindos, more sophisticated than that of Faliraki.
At the top of the steep town is the Acropolis, where you can find remains of the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, dating from about 300 BC. as well as other historical sites, including the Castle of the Knights of St. John. It really is well worth the walk - or donkey ride - up to the top, where the views across St Paul's Bay are breathtaking.
At the Northern tip of the island, is Rhodes town, which is divided into two: the old town and the modern part. In the old town, everywhere you go, you can see evidence of the different historical periods, from the classical to Roman, Byzantine, the Knights period, Italian and the Ottoman era.
Wandering around the old town in the evening is lovely. There are enchanting, small restaurants and lots of fashionable shops to browse, late into the night. If you take a stroll around Mandraki harbour, you can admire the beautiful yachts and small fishing boats. Day trips to Turkey and neighbouring Greek islands can be taken from there. Symi island is well worth a visit - but that's one for another time!
Rhodes town is probably most famous as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Colossus was a statue of Helios, the Greek God of the sun. It has not survived such a long period of time. (The only remaining ancient wonder is the Great Pyramid at Giza.)
Do you find that when you go on holiday, there is always one song that gets played all the time and will always remind you of that moment? Every time I hear Shine by Aswad, I get transported back to Rhodes in the summer of 1994!
We returned to Rhodes several years later to visit our friends, Helen and John, who bought an old village house, to restore, to live in. Their village is a little way in land and they live a simple life, like the other villagers, getting involved in the olive harvests and other traditional ways of life.
All around Rhodes, there are beautiful beaches for relaxing on and charming tavernas for refreshing drinks and simple Greek cuisine. My first visit to a Greek island, inspired me to visit others and I discovered that each one is very different. Rhodes has remained one of my favourites, though.