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
On the east coasr of Rhodes we found this remote monastery - a short detour of the main road down to Prasonisi. Bit of a stark white building is the monastery of Zoodohos Pigi (source of life).
It dates from teh 1840's and is built over the ruins of an early Christian church. Notice the classical colums with Corinthinthian capitals in the exterior ogf the monaastery. Rhodes has countless monasteries and chapels - every few miles there seems to be a brown sign indicatring one.
It would be very easy to miss seeing this delightful village of Kattavia as you head for the coast road towards the tip of the island to Prasonisi but that would be a real shame. We made a point of stopping here for a drink on the return from Prasonis and we found a real greek gem. Mainly congregated around a crossroad are several tavernas with gingham checked tableclothes and little old greek men and women just waiting to serve you some refresments - it was a bit like stepping back in time and so so different from Rhodes Town.
Just a few metres away fro the centre is the Church of St Paraskevi with its italinate bell tower - in red!
Lose yourself in the real Rhodes
Rhodes Old Town is a definite must do on any tourists itinerary. Its a beautiful place to see both during the daytime and evening. In the evenings the old walls are lit up and a stroll around the moat is a must.
However if you go away from the center of the old town and stray up any of the multitude of little cobbled alleyways you enter the real old town. Here locals sit only feet opposite eachother outside their homes in the narrow alleys. They simply pass away the hours chatting and chilling whilst their open aired ovens cook their evening meals.
These folk seem to be oblivious to the rat race we seem to live in and they seem to exist in a culture that is still a hell of a lot slower and more relaxed than ours.
It is easy to become disorientated within this labrynth of alleyways but in reality you are never far from the more tourist trodden areas. It is a real eye opener just to experience this real Rhodes.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Lovely views, fresh seafood
A visit to kameiros skala and Kritinia castle.
some lovely seafood resturants, two in kameiros skala itself, both of which we tried. Althaimeni is the busiest and most expensive, but it has a huge tank of lobsters and i would say its still good value. we had a big platter of fish with 2 lobsters and plenty of the trimmings. with 2 beers the bill was nearly €100, free watermelon for dessert.
across the road the fare is a little simpler but very good value, we had a fish platter there (NOT the same day) for about half the price including a bottle of wine and beers.
Just south of the village is a lovely little cove (see picture 2), take a fork right signposted for Kritinia castle, and then right again (says beach/ resturant). parking at the bottom for a dozen cars, a shingle beach with lovely clear wtaer. great for snorkelling. it has the usual shower and little changing cubicle.
On up the road to the castle, you must go for sunset!!! An old lady will stop you close to the castle and try to sell you a bag of cold drinks. we said no because we wanted to stop and sit on the way back down. that was a great decision. Her drinks were as cheap as any supermarket, and she brought us grapes and peaches for free as we tried to chat (without sharing any language) She also does coffee (greek) and souma (grappa)
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Food and Dining
Shopping in Turkey
If you like shopping then make sure you go to Turkey you can get just about anything and its cheap but make sure you barter with them.
I got all sorts of designer fakes, not that anyone would know, you could get all the Chav stuff if thats what your into. But they also had some realy nice designer stuff like Miss Sixty, Diesel, D&G etc. and there are some amazing bags i treated myself to a nice D&G bag, a few pairs of jeans a skirt some new shoes and a watch and of course theres plenty for the lads.
At the end of our shopping we all met up in a carpet shop, and before heading back where shown lots of rugs and stuff and recieved a cold drink.
Dat trip to Turkey
Bookable trough the hotel or localy in Pefkos i think we booked this through Pallas Travel and cost about 40 to 50 pounds each.
Early morning pick up, driving to Rhodes Town where we travelled by Katamaran across to Turkey this took about an hour.
Once we arrived we where all taken for breakfast which inlcluded bread, cheese, salad and yoghurt etc very continental.
After we had eaten we set off to a Turkish Delight Factory (see picture 2) this was very intresting and we even got to sample some of the different types they make. And of course like nearly everybody else we bought some.
We were then taken into Marmaris were we would have time to browse the shops on our own.
Churche Agios Nikolaos Foundoukli
It is one of the nicest Churches which we have seen in Rhodes Island.
The Church Agios Nikolaos Foundoukli comes from 14th century. It is Byzantine Church where you can admire interesting frescos inside on the walls of Church.
You can find it on the drive to Elousa.
- Arts and Culture
Siana - A Village in the Mountains
This is a small village up in the mountans and is famous for honey and the local wine Souma. I suggest you to go here by car and have lunch at one of the small restaurants since it's a little cheaper here.
There are many Ceramics Shops on the way from Rhodes City to Faliraki. As most tourist agencies take people there, the prices are pretty high. I'll advise seeing it anyway as these crafts are really beautiful.
Rhodes people are extremly nice. They are very open, warm and helpful. They seem very relaxed and peaceful. They don't run, they are just taking their time, which is something most people in big cities are longing for so much.
To see more pictures check out the Rhodes People travelogue.
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