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.
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Prasonisi- Good for windsurfing.
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.
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.
Church of Ayious Nikolaos
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 Kiss Fountain in centre of Faliraki
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
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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Siana- Famous for its honey and wine.
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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Symi is a beautiful island about 1 hour from Rhodes by fast hydrofoil or catermeran. You can go for a daytrip - this will usually call at the monestary of Panormitis at the other end of Symi Island before continuing up to the main town of Symi - Symi Town!
The boats leave from Mandraki Harbour at about 9:30 each day and return at about 3:30 (all times approximate and seasonal, and an occasional boat leaves from Kolonna rather than Mandraki, so check).
You don't have to do the daytrip though - you can stay over on Symi. Hoteliers and the like wait for the daytrip boats and hold placards saying "rooms to rent". We stayed for 4 nights on Symi at the Hotel Opera House. It was a wonderful place - if you do decide to stay on Symi stay there. I doubt you'd be disappointed.
There's enough to see and do on Symi to last you a few days, in fact we'd like to have stayed longer. It's a different pace of life to Rhodes, and so very relaxing.
Marmaris is also only a day trip away. An expensive daytrip though - the port taxes are high on this trip, due no doubt to Greek/Turkish "rivalries". Also, with this trip you cannot stay overnight, it's not allowed and could invalidate your flight ticket for your return home (this might not always be the case - check!).
It was a pleasant trip - well, more than that, it was lovely. And I'm glad that I got to see this little part of Turkey, it made me feel that I'd like to come back, either to here or another part.
The boat to Marmaris leaves the Kolonna harbour every day.
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!
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.
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.
Kattavia- traditional Greek village
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.
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.
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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