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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Situated on the west coast of Rhodes on a rocky hill, known as Monopetra, is the impressive castle of Monolithos with its splendid views over the coastline and the bay of Kerameni. The castle dates from1476 and was a fortication of the Knights of St John. From the castle is a long winding road - some 5km although it seems much longer to the remote beautiful Founi Beach - worth a trip down for its peacefulness. (pic 4) All long this west coast are splendid views with the off shore islands being visible (pic 5)
Although off the beaten path being at the far southern tip of Rhode this is a popular place to see as its great for sandy beaches with two seas to choose from! Here the Aegean Sea meets the Med at cape of Akra Praso and at certain times of the year this sandbar can be walked across to reach the far tip of the headland. Great views as you approach too from the coastal road - worth stopping for a picture. That sand looks good enough to drive over but take care as it is quite soft in places and danger of being stuck in the sand. Its fairly safe to park cars about halfway across but unless you have a jeep (hard work even for them) DO NOT drive all the way across up the hill on the other side - path is very stony and rutted. Its a pleasant enough stroll (uphill in heat though) but worth it for the views. There's not many places in the worls where you can dip your toes in two different seas in the space of a few mins - or even at the same time when that sand bar is narrow enough.
Possibly one of the remotest beaches on Rhodes and the time we were there (about 10.00am) the most deserted! The lack of development probably kep the tourists away ..but that can be a plus. A small taverna a fishing quay arejust above the long curved bay with its soft sand and shingle beach