THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF RHODES The magnificent medieval city of Rhodes is the largest of its kind in Europe and has been declared by the UNESCO monument of the world’s cultural heritage. It offers a unique experience to visitors with its neat captivating talent to combine yesterday and today. Dominated by the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters, this fortified medieval city is surrounded by moats and walls that count up to 4 km in total.
ANCIENT STADIUM On the top of the Monte Smith, where one can enjoy a unique picturesque view over the town and the seashore, stand the Temple of Apollo and the impressive ancient open-air stadium nearby.
MUSEUMS For those who are fond of antiquities and anxious to meet the history and culture of Rhodes a great number of museums are available. Most of them can be found in the medieval city of Rhodes, such as the archaeological museum, the byzantine museum, the Rhodian house, the municipal art gallery etc.
FILERIMOS (12 km from Rhodes town) The monastery of Our Lady and the remains of the ancient acropolis of Ialysos, one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes, can be found on the hill of Filerimos. Visitors can walk along the Path of Golgotha, a tree sheltered pathway with a series of plaques showing scenes of the Passion. This footway leads to an enormous imposing cross, from the top of which one can admire the outstanding view over villages and bright green valleys that are generously stretched around.
THE VALLEY OF BUTTERFLIES (PETALOUDES 28km from Rhodes town) This valley is covered with pine and storax trees, which attract numerous brown-red butterflies (a moth of the panaxia quadripunctaria species) from mid-June until September. It’s an impressive natural beauty with narrow and stony walkways, lakes decorated with water-lilies, rustic bridges, running waters and resting places. A smell of resin and a wonderful feeling of peace accompany the visitors all the way to the top of the valley.
KAMIROS (37 km from Rhodes town) The smallest of the three ancient cities that were forming the Rhodian state is located on the west part of the island. More isolated and conservative than the commercial Lindos and the aristocratic Ialysos, it preserved its rural character throughout Antiquity. The remains of this city are a characteristic example of Hellenistic urban layout and architecture, with its division into zones for public and private buildings, its arrangement around the natural slopes of the hill and its chess-board system of streets.
MONOLITHOS CASTL (79 km from Rhodes town)
The village owes its name to a huge rock situated on top of a hill and on which a castle was built. Within the walls of this impregnable fortress you can find the churches of St Panteleimonas and St George with fine wall paintings.
KALLITHEA (10 km from Rhodes town)
Situated south of the village of Koskinou, a colorful and traditionally built village, lays Kallithea, formerly renowned for its thermal baths. The area is overflowed with wonderful gardens and its steep rocky creeks are ideal for diving.
SEVEN SPRINGS (EPTA PIGES, 33 km from Rhodes town) A site of natural beauty with the scent of pine at every breath… Wooden bridges and flowing rivers set the mood at the Seven Springs. Relax and enjoy your drink or meal next to the river. Adventure seekers may walk around the footpaths searching for the source of each of the seven springs!
LINDOS (47 km from Rhodes town)
The whole village is a unique preserved monument. It features a neat combination of the blue sky and sea with the dazzling white color of the traditional houses and was a powerful city in the Antiquity. The astonishing beauty of the knights’ castle, the Acropolis of Lindian Athena on top of the hill and the paved streets of the village capture visitors in a stunning way. Walk through the small streets or visit the Acropolis either by foot or ...using the "taxis of Lindos", the famous donkeys!
PRASONISSI (100 km from Rhodes town) For those who love the Aegean blue waters and seek for windsurfing adventure, Prasonissi, the southern point of the island, is an ideal proposal. The west side beach is normally windy, in perfect contrast with the east side, which is usually calm. You may reach Prasonissi either from the east or the west side of the island. Try both routes, one to reach it and the other one when leaving the area, so to ensure that you will drive through the magnificent countryside of the island.