WHEN IN THE VILLAGE OF LINDOS,EVERYONE PASSES THE CHURCH OF PANAGHIA [VIRGIN MARY]
THIS BYZANTINE CHURCH DATES FROM THE 14 C AD AND IS FOUND IN THE CENTRE OF THE VILLAGE,IT CONTAINS A 17TH CENT ALTER SCREEN,AND A GREAT MANY WALL PANEL PAINTINGS,
THIS CASTLE OF KASTLELLOS BUILT BY THE KNIGHTS OF RHODES,IS A 16c CASTLE BUILT HIGH ABOVE THE SEA.
THE VIEWS FROM HERE ACROSS THE SEA ARE TRUELY BREATH TAKEING,YOU CAN SEE THE ISLANDS ALYMNIA,CHALKI,AND OTHER SMALL ISLETS.
THIS IS THE FIRST OF 2 PAGES ON THE VILLAGE OF SIANA,THE VILLAGE IS VERY
TYPICAL OF A RHODES VILLAGE,BEEN REALY ONLY ONE MAIN STREET.
WHAT MAKES THIS PLACE WELL WORTH A VISIT IS TWO FOLD IN THAT IT HAS A WONDERFUL CHURCH TO VISIT,AND IT PRODUCES A LOCAL DRINK FROM GRAPE SKINS CALLED SOUMA,[FIRE WATER] 52%
THIS OLD THEATRE DATES BACK TO THE 4 C. BC AND IS CARVED INTO THE ROCK FACE OF THE HILL, IT HAD 19 ROWS OF SEATS IN THE LOWER PART,AND 7 IN THE UPPER PART,AND HELD AN ESTIMATED 2000 SPECTATORS.
THERE ARE NO REMAINS OF THE STAGE,THE THEATRE IS CONNECTED WITH THE CULT OF ATHENA ON THE ACROPOLIS.
THIS SITE IS VERY OFTEN NOT VISITED BY A LOT OF VISITORS TO LINDOS,BUT IS WELL WORTH A VISIT.
THIS CASTLE RUINS ARE TO BE FOUND ON THE WEST COAST OF RHODES,THERE IS A VILLAGE HERE OF THE SAME NAME,ALAS THERE IS NOT A LOT TO BE ABOUT THE VILLAGE.
THE CASTLE WAS BUILT IN THE 15C ,AND OFFER FINE VIEWS OVER TO THE ISLAND OF CHALKI.
AND OF ADDED INTEREST THERE IS A SMALL CHAPEL,DEDICATED TO ST PANTRLEIMON.
A WORD OF WARNING THE WALLS CRUMBLING AND THERE IS A VERY STEEP CLIFF EDGE,SO BE VERY CAREFUL,PUT ON STOUT FOOTWARE.
Walk the street of the Medieval Knights of the Crusades. You are in awe of the amount of building that went on in Rhodes by the Knights from the 1100's AD to 1500's AD. They built strong, defensible walls, huge fortified gates, castles, hospitals, inns. They built a city instead of a fort and all for protection and peace when not off fighting their religious war. Where does the holy part of religion allow for the destructive side? I don't know the answer to what is good or evil and if it is only in the minds of those that believe that they are the good.
I do know that the Knights built a beautiful city of castles and the street of castles is not to be missed when in Rhodes. In the 1500's, after a six month battle, the Knights were defeated and given safe passage out of Rhodes by Suleiman the Magnificent, the Sultan of Turkey, who conquered Rhodes. In the early 1900's, Italy controlled Rhodes and in 1945, Rhodes was given to Greece. Where did the Knights go in the 1500's? Well, after roaming around for a few years they were granted room in Malta by the Emperor Charles V and the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. What about Rhodes. Well, it's still Greece and as I mentioned earlier, the beauty of the Knights work is still found on the street of Knights.
Koskinou is a very beautiful village just a few miles from Rodos Town. In Koskinou you can see traditional houses with beautiful courtyards unique to this island. The village also contains a beautiful church and is close to some nice beaches and eateries. This is a nice place to stop if you have time and would like to see how the people of Rodos live.
Kallithea is a nice small town to visit in the northeastern part of Rodos Island. Nearby are several small beaches to choose from. I chose to visit Tassos Beach. Tassos Beach appears very rocky, dry, and sandy, and may make you feel like you're on another planet. Depending on where you chose to sunbathe, you may have to wade carefully in shallow water for a couple minutes, but then you are rewarded with a swim in deep, cool water on a hot day. :)
Ladiko Bay, or Anthony Quinn Bay, is a beautiful place for swimming. There's usually other people there, but it's not jam-packed with tourists, so you still feel like you are far away from it all. Many people like diving and snorkeling here also.
Petaloudes is a beautiful "park", where you can observe hundreds of moths, butterflies, and other insects in their natural habitat. The walking trails are very beautiful and are a nice place to go during a hot day. Petaloudes is located in the mountains, so the drive there is very scenic also. It is extremely easy to find. The admission is just 5 euros.
Epta Piges is a beautiful, quiet place just west of Tsampika. There is a very nice taverna situated in the forest, where you can observe different types of birds, peacocks, and butterflies. You can walk some nice nature trails and see the seven springs. In one area along the trail, there are ruins from an ancient windmill. The evening is a nice time to visit this area and it is a peaceful place to relax.
Tsampika is a very nice "area" in eastern Rodos. There is a large, beautiful sandy beach, where you can cool off after sightseeing on a hot day. If you drive further south you will see Moni Tsampika, or Tsampika Monastery, off the side of the road. It is a very quiet place with a few good walking trails. Across the street from the monastery, there is a small taverna and a lookout with great views of the beach and mountains. I definitely recommend trying Tsampika beach if you have time.
Prasonisi is a very small town at the very tip of Rhodes. If you are in Rhodes and you like surfing, adventure sports, etc., then this is the place for you. The ocean currents here are very strong, so I would not swim here, but it is good for surfing. It is a beautiful place with a few Greek tavernas. You are also allowed to camp on the beach here. Next to the town within walking distance there are the remains of an ancient settlement. Overall, it is a nice stop if you are driving around the island and have some extra time.
Monolithos Castle is located on top of a mountain and offers great views of the sea. To reach it you must follow a short trail in the woods and climb up a stairway. At the top of the mountain, there is the castle as well as a beautiful whitewashed church. You can take a lot of great photos here. If you visit Monolithos, I would recommend changing into tennis shoes (and not sandals) because it is very rocky and there are a lot of stones scattered about. Also, if you visit Monolithos, you might as well visit Fourni Beach, because you have to drive past Monolithos to get there. This is a very out of the way beach, so there is usually only a handful of people there. It is a rocky beach and there are not a lot of sunbeds, but it is extremely quiet and peaceful, so it's a good place to take a break from sightseeing. The "scenery" around the beach is very unique too. Time your visit so you can see Monolithos and spend the afternoon at Fourni Beach afterwards...you won't regret it! :)
Siana is a very small village in the mountains of western Rhodes. The drive there through the mountains is very nice. The main reason for visiting Siana village is not necessarily for the sights, but for the local products...in this village they produce souma, honey, and different types of olive oils. Souma is the local spirit made from grapes and water. You can buy many different types of honey and olive oil products. The shop owners are very nice and will let you try samples of anything you want. They also produce a very delicious liqueur made from honey. In the village center there is also a very colorful Greek orthodox church. I definitely recommend visiting this town...it is worth it just to buy the delicious honey! :)