Rhodes is not only a favorite destination for lifestyle, beachlife and nightlife! The largest island in the Dodecanese has not gained much popularity thanks to the famous medieval city. But also in more other secrets that are “hidden” in its interior. With gasoline in the tank, start for a road trip to the beautiful villages and settlements of the island!
Note on your map, must visit residential “treasures” of Rhodes: Embonas, Cretinia, Prophyllia, Monolithos, Agios Isidoros, Laerma, Mesanagros, Arnitha, Sianna, Psinthos, Salakos and Agia Eleousa. Settlements that retain their traditional aroma with many impressive buildings, churches and old castles.
In every village you will be amazed with the nature, the monuments, the hospitality of the locals, the wonderful local delicacies, the stories and the legends… In them you will sit in beautiful taverns and restaurants for traditional island recipes. Of course, don’t forget to try the Rhodes wine.
The beautiful medieval village of Koskinou, known since the 5th century, is one of the villages whose houses retain important examples of traditional architecture with perennial facades, magnificent examples of popular neoclassicism and magnificent interior decoration. In the SW of the village are the ruins of a small castle. One of the most beautiful parts of the island is Kallithea built in a picturesque pine-covered bay with the famous thermal springs that cure kidney and liver diseases and which have been known since the 7th century BC. The Kalithea building complex designed in 1930 is perhaps the most beautiful example of the latest architectural creation on the island of Rhodes.
The Municipality of Ialyssos is located in the North-West part of the Island of Rhodes, at a distance of 8 km from the Prefectural Palace. It extends along the main road axis Rhodes-Airport-Kameiros. On its northern border is the Municipality of Rhodes, on the south the Municipality of Petaloudes, on the east the Municipality of Kallithea and on the west the sea (Gulf of Triantes).
Its name is due to the fact that in its administrative boundaries are the ruins of ancient Ialyssos, one of the three city-states that in 408 BC. decided to unite in a -today city of Rhodes.
Embonas is built at the foot of the highest mountain of Rhodes, Atavyros (1215 m.). It has extensive vineyards and produces excellent quality wine. A path that starts from the village, leads to the top of Atavyros, where there are the ruins of the temple of Atavyrios Zeus. The temple, according to mythology, was built by the mythical hero and colonizer of ancient Kamerida Althaimeni
Built at the foot of Akramitis (the second highest mountain in Rhodes), Siana is a mountain village surrounded by archeological sites of great importance (Kymisala and Vasilikos). The permanent residents are engaged in the cultivation of vineyards, olive groves and vegetables as well as beekeeping, while during the summer there is a tourist flow.
Monolithos is located about 80 km distance from the city center. A popular destination for those who choose the island of Rhodes for holidays. A very small, picturesque village, amphitheatrically built, with stone houses, beautiful courtyards and tiled roofs and steep cobbled streets.
Its name came from the huge monolith rock, on which it stands. A characteristic feature of the monolith is the medieval castle on top among the pines, offering breathtaking view. The castle was built in 1480 by the Knights of Agios Ioannis to protect the raids on the island. Inside the castle is the church of Agios Panteleimon. You’ll also find some caves.
Visitors can swim in the nearby pebble beach Fourni, ideal for those who love pebbles andthe crystal waters. There is also the possibility of accommodation and good food in traditional taverns.
Kritinia is the new name given to the village of Kastelos to remind the place where the legendary king Althaimenis landed, coming from Crete. The castle in the area was built by the Knights of St. John at the beginning of the 16th century to protect the west side of the island.
The picturesque mountain village of Profilia got its name probably from the fact that it plays the role of propylaea for the roads that lead inside the island. In the church of Ag. Georgiou there are wonderful frescoes of 1017. The traditional houses of the village have a roof paved with patella and consist of a room which is supported by an arch (arch). The walls are decorated with traditional Rhodesian decorative dishes.
Laerma is located in the center of the island in the green landscape of the great forests of the area. At a distance of 4 km from the village is the Byzantine royal monastery of Taxiarchis Michael in Tharri. The frescoes that adorn the monastery date from the 12th to the 16th century
The traditional village of Lindos is one of the most popular cosmopolitan destinations on the island of Rhodes. Built on the original spot of the ancient Greek town of Lindos, right beneath its majestic Acropolis, Lindos is a conglomeration of everything that makes Rhodes Island so unique; the rich history, the colourful culture, the iconic architecture and an enchanting allure so unlike any other spot on the island. Lindos is home to numerous high-end shops, restaurants and bars, whereas it is considered a major gastronomic destination. Its beach, a small cove right beneath the Acropolis is a heavenly haven of golden sands and crystalline waters, whereas behind the Acropolis rock, the charming cove of Saint Paul is the very spot the Apostle Paul first set his foot on Europe on his quest to spread Christianity to the world.
Mandriko has a lovely situation, sitting between the charming fishing village of Kamiros Skala and the Kamiros historic site. Located 44 km from the island’s main town of Rhodes it was settled as a result of Kritinia inhabitants that wanted to move to a location on the coast. The village’s main income is derived from the many vegetable farms that thrive on the land surrounding the village. In fact nearly 30-percent of all produce that you’ll find in Rhodes’ markets comes from this tiny fertile region.
Kremasti is a small village on the west coast of the island of Rhodes. You will find it approximately 12 Kilometers away from Rhodes City as you make your way down the west side towards the airport. One of the main beauty spots of Kremasti is the Panagia Katholiki Church and the Library!. To my knowledge this is one of the largest churches on all the island (if not the largest) and I will be the first to admit, it is extremely beautiful. Even if you visit Kremasti only to see the church, it will be a well worth trip for you.
Pastida is a lowland town of Rhodes in the Dodecanese and is located at an altitude of 45 meters. According to the 2011 census, it has 3,641 inhabitants and with the implementation of the Kallikratis program since 2011 it is the Municipal Community of Pastida of the Municipal Unit of Butterflies of the Municipality of Rhodes.
Paradisi is a unique settlement built in a green landscape, under a spring of water and sharp rocks that rise above it. A settlement full of history!
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