Rhodes (Island) Off The Beaten Path

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    Where the land meets the sea [PRASONISI]

    by gwendar Written Mar 27, 2014
    Prasonisi the southern tip of Rhodes
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    I made this trip to the southern tip of Rhodes near to the end of my visit to the island.
    What was the worst day of my holiday weather wise,i arrived at Prasonisi at lunch time to find
    the resort very quite cloudy and quite windy,after walking along the beach and surrounding sand dunes I ventured to 1 of the 2 tavernas in resort had a drink then drove back to Pefkos.
    I found the resort to very untidy a lot of rubbish been left lying and debris from campers making what is a very beautiful place look and feel dirty.

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    The Acropolis

    by iandsmith Written Jan 5, 2014
    The Odeon, part of the Acropolis

    The ancient Greek games arena that used to seat 28,000 on the hill at the back of Rhodes is worth a look.
    The hill is named Monte Smith (obviously they heard I was coming!) it also has a bit of an old temple and a small Greek theatre (odeon) plus some, as yet buried, ruins.
    The excavations, done by the Italians between great wars, have unearthed some interesting stuff but, the highlight for me was the small museum on site. Some of the stories and facts were amazing.
    Like the long jumpers used weights in their hands to assist them at take off, there were mechanical starting gates for the runners and all athletes competed nude because a women faked her sex once and they weren't going to get caught again!
    There's also the wonderful legend of the father whose sons had won medals and they came to celebrate with him and do a victory lap but, sadly, he had a heart attack and died.
    I also have to confess that the name Smith refers to Sydney Smith, a British Admiral stationed here in the 1800's who took a fancy to the splendid view from here.

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    One for the money, two for the.....

    by iandsmith Written Jan 5, 2014
    Just add money - Panayia Kyra

    Approximately half way between Rhodes and Lindos, perched on top of a small rocky mountain, is the church of Panayia Kyra. You'll have a fair hike to get to the top after you leave your vehicle in the car park about half way up. I'll never forget this little sanctuary. For the view? No, though it was a nice one. For the architecture? No, I don't think it rates highly in that regard. What then? Well, inside (in English when all else was Greek) they had a sign 'Throw the money in the box!'.

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    Siana- Famous for its honey and wine.

    by CDM7 Updated May 30, 2013

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    Saint Pantalalemonas Church
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    Famous for its excellent honey and wine the village is built on the slopes of Mount Akramitis south of the town of Rhodes on the west coast.Several bars,tavernas and tourist shops can be found here.
    Saint Pantalemonas church, which was built in 1892 can be found in the centre of the village.

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    Prasonisi- Good for windsurfing.

    by CDM7 Written May 30, 2013

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    Prasonisi is the Greek word for "Green island".During the summer months when the water levels drop the island becomes a peninsula attached to the mainland.In the winter months when the water rises it becomes an island.
    It is noted for as a good place for windsurfers and kitesurfers due to the strong winds which often blow.On one side of the Cape you you will find the Aegean Sea and on the other the Mediterranean.Parking area for cars is huge as you just park on the sands free of charge.

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    Kattavia- traditional Greek village

    by CDM7 Written May 30, 2013

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    A small village located on the southern tip of Rhodes island,worth a visit when in the area as it still has a traditional Greek feel about it.The village is close to the popular windsurfing beach of Prasonisi.
    In the village you will find Cafe Penelope,the owner is a real character and speaks good English.While we only stopped for a coffee and cake there is also a menu with several Greek dishes.
    The village patron saint is Aghia Paraskevi and her feast day is the 26th July,when the village throws a 3 day festival in the village square.

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    Creatures of Rhodes

    by Evenith666 Updated Sep 21, 2010

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    An unknown beetle!

    As with the rest of the Mediterranean, Rhodes is abundant in wildlife ranging from millions of tiny little ants to massive lizards, and no matter where you go on Rhodes you are sure to encounter something you have never seen before!
    If you look hard enough, you will definitely find something interesting!

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    Once upon a time Colossus of Rhodes...

    by Arkeolog Written Mar 25, 2009

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    Colossus of Rhodes...

    The Colossus of Rhodes is one of the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built between the years 292 and 280 BC, to commemorate the successful outcome of the war against the troops of Demetrios Poliorcetes (The Besieger), one of the epigones (epigoni) of Alexander the Great. It was built by Charis the Lyndian, a student of Lyssipos a renown sculptor of the Hellenistic times that amongst others built the bronze statue of Zeus (22m high) of Taras (Taranto).

    The statue was depicting the protector of the city of Rhodes, the God Helios (Sun), naked with a crown of rays around the head. On the right hand of the statue there was a lamp with fire, or a torch. It was standing at over 30 meters of height.

    Today, deer statues on pillars stand where Colossus' was standing at the enterance of Mandraki.

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    The Kiss Fountain in centre of Faliraki

    by Fam.Rauca Written May 19, 2008

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    The Kiss Fountain in centre of Faliraki
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    The Kiss is a beautiful statue placed in the Central Square in Faliraki.

    The statue makes part from a wonderful fountain, situated in front of the hotel Blue Waves, and not far from the beach of the station.

    This is an important point in the station, a meet point for many young people.

    This is a wonderful art creation in the village.

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    Church of Our Lady Katholiki

    by Balam Written Mar 31, 2008

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    If you leave Afandou on the main road to the beach you will cross the main lindos rd and about 300yd further on (on the left) is an old army base whith has been made into a large restaraunt, next to it is the Church of Our Lady Katholiki, The church is decorated with wall paintings originating from the 17th Century. In August a big religious festival is held.

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    Church of Ayious Nikolaos

    by Balam Updated Feb 20, 2008

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    Church of Ayious Nikolaos
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    The Byzantine church of Ayious Nikolaos (St. Nikolas), on the road between Eleousa and Archipoli, is a stone church of the 13th Century, and contains some unique Byzantine paintings from the 14th Century. Opposite the church is a fresh water spring where you can quench your thirst. When we first found this church (in the early 80's) it certainly was off the beaten path, now however it is plagued by coach trips which stop here as part of excursions.

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    THE DONKEY STATION IN LINDOS

    by VikingHarald Written Aug 31, 2007

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    gallop and running to home stable.
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    Lindos is small, beautiful, historical village in Rhodes islands. Down in village locate donkey station, where are donkeys ready to serve tourists. Donkeys duty is carry tourist up to old castle and Acropolis near Lindos .
    When we visited in Lindos 2007 in July was really hot. In the evening we saw after donkeys work day, when they went to rest to their home. Two donkeys came up from donkey station together without control to hill and from there they continued to street and down to their stable and home.
    In street was by bike one person leading their street run and gallop to down cooler place.

    This was amazing to see when two donkeys galloped happy on the asphalt road ( hope so) down to home.

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  • Drivers holiday

    by Englischer Written Apr 3, 2007

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    Most responsible drivers will recognise that you cannot see and properly appreciate a country when you are driving, add to that the "wrong" side of the road and you can see the problem get worse. It is possible to see the real Rhodes by bus, you will need some determination to decipher bus timetables (which are basically a list of starting times from the first departure point, and that's all), and to appreciate that the Rhodians find it hard to understand that their fellow Europeans might simply wish to see the country, villages etc. from a bus or coach window rather than spend our cash in souvenir shops! You may get some help from the main tourist info office situated on one of the corners up the hill on Papagou which is the street running inland from the taxi station at Mandraki. Unhelpfully this office only opens Monday to Friday office hours!

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    Kritinia Castle

    by sandysmith Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    Between Siana and kamiros are the ruins of another castle - Kritinia, overlooking olive groves and pine woods with far reaching views over the coast. Yet another stronghold for the Knights of St John. Lying in ruins know so pick your way up carefully up th rubble-strewn staircase, rises over several levels but well worth it for the views over the coastline here - please see all the pics!

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    Siana

    by sandysmith Written Jan 20, 2007

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    Agos Pandelemon
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    Not far from Monolithos is Siana - a small albeit touristic town whose claim to fame is its local grape fire water produce - Sourna, production of which is prohibited in Greece except for Siana due to an italian-era licence. Other local produce is its honey, distinctively flavoured with herbs and mountain flowers which the bees feed on. Also of note in this village is the impressive single-aisled church of Agos Pandelemon, just below the main road, with beautiful frescoes inside.

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