This church is one of the major tourist attractions in Rhodes, and rightly so.
The church dating from 11 & 12th centuries has wonderful fresco's and Icons.
The building itself is not bad either.
Well worth the visit
We hired a car for a couple of days & had a wail of a time exploring the Island. Even though driving here is on the opposite side of the road from the UK, the Island has very good quality roads. Gareth did the driving and said the mountain roads have been improved greatly over the years. If you're driving to Lindos, be sure to get there early before the coach parties. If planning on driving to Rhodes town, I would give up on the idea and catch a bus, take a taxi or you can even take a ferry boat from some of the major resorts. The traffic in Rhodes Town is horrendous and we were told by a local cafe owner that the charges for parking are extortionate.
When driving around the mountainous regions keep an eye out for Goats in the road, they don't seem to have much road sense!!
Archaelogical evidence suggests that there was a Minoan settlement at Kamiros - legend goes further to say that the Grandson of King Minos of Crete was the founder and that a son of Hercules lived here. It was re-built as a Hellenistic City after a violent earthquake in 226BC but was abandoned and forgotten after another earthquake in AD142. Fortunately the layout has remained intact. Extensive excavations have exposed the foundations of Ancient Kamiros to show row after row of Hellenistic houses, a modest Acropolis, public baths and right up on the hill, the Temple to Athena. As well as the great historic remains at Kamiros, the views from the top of the settlement are out of this world with the beautiful rolling hills all around you, dropping down to the beautiful western coastline.
Open Tues- Sun
The Emery wine factory is situated in the prosperous village of Embonas. Here you can taste the wines before you buy & I can vouch that the wine from this region is very nice indeed.
The Wine factory is open to visitors Mon - Sat 09:00-15:20.
Whilst sunning youself on a sunbed at Tsambika you may notice a tiny white building atop the hill on the left hand side of the bay (as you face the sea). This is Tsambika monastery, sometimes also known as Kyra. If you want to visit it or admire the tremendous views there must be from the top of the cone-shaped hill, then then you have to navigate a concrete road that twist and turns steeply up from the main road. The rest of the journey has to be made on foot - 307 stony stairs I'm told - now you know why I stayed on the beach! The monastery itself is tiny but has a reputation for helping women conceive - on its festa day barren women climb on their knees up here to pray for children and when the happy event occurs the child is often called Tamsin or something similar.
Oct 2006 having a car hire I was half tempted to do the climb - we got up the road where the walk started but then felt the heat and the temptation to head back to th beach was just too much. First though we had a drink at the panoramic restaurant here - the view over the bay was wonderful (pic 1) and was surprised to see somepeople hiking up from the bay below!
Lindos was one of the early cities on Rhodes built by king Tlempolemus of Rhodes. It served as an important trading post, given its position on the east coast. This position also made it a natural meeting point between the Greeks and Pheonecians. However, its imprtance declined after the foudnation of the City of Rhodes.
The acropolis of Lindos, rising high above the town, is home to the huge temple of Athena Lindia, finished around 300BC. The complex grew throughout the Hellenistic and Roman times as mroe temples were built, but by the early medieval period these had fell into disuse.
Identifiying and interpreting archeology on the Acropolis is difficult as it has been heavily fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans.
Lindos is the sight of the well-known relief of the Rhodian Tiereme carved into the rock, and can be seen on the way up to the top.
There are many great beaches on Rhodes. Many are great for snorkelling and all are really safe for swimming or if you fancy a relaxing day sunbathing there are plenty of beaches which can offer sunbeds and sun umbrella's for hire.
During our time in Rhodes we visited some of the beaches on the East coast;
Afandou has a huge pebble beach, with a few bars and cafe's dotted along the beachside. I loved it here because the beach was so big you could find a nice quiet spot all to yourselves.
Faliraki Beach is the livlier sandy beach where you can enjoy a plethora of watersports, hire a sunlounger and grab a bite to eat at the nearby MacDonalds.
Kalithea Spa is a wonderful rocky exclusive cove which is ideal for snorkelling, lounging in the sun and taking in a bit of history in the recently refurbished spa buildings. There is an entrance fee of 1 Euro which give access to all of the above.
Kolymbia has a great sandy beach which has some nice quiet areas to it, traditional harbour area with a great beachside cafe bar right at the waters edge. The rocky areas here are very good for snorkelling.
Lindos has some great beaches and coves, many of which we saw while walking up to the Acropolis. St Pauls Bay looked fantastic and I imagine another area which is great for snorkelling.
Faliraki is well know as the Party Capital of Rhodes and I'm sure during the night-time it really does earn its' reputation. We called by during the day & found it to be quite a pleasant place to walk around with no shortage of restaurants, gift shops and beachside bars. Just off the main road into Faliraki is a lovely Church which in my opinion was one of the nicest i'd seen in a week travelling around Rhodes.
There is a lovely beach at Faliraki with lots of sunbeds for hire and lots of watersports if you fancy some fun and excitement.
The area of Petaloudes is home to the extremely popular 'Valley of the Butterflies'. This is where thousands of Jersey Tiger Moths migrate from various parts of the Island during the months of July and August. The Moths are attracted to this area by the sweet secretions of the Liquidamber Orientalis trees which grow in abundance here. These wonderful insects are nocturnal so can be seen at rest on the bark of trees and rocks in abundance. At rest they are brown in colour with cream strips on the underside of their wings. Occasionally you can see them in flight if they are disturbed from their sleep. In flight, they are a vibrant orange colour. As you walk around Petaloudes you will see many signs asking visitors not to disturb the moths. In years gone by tour guides would clap their hands to disturb the moths from their sleep. Sadly this has resulted in a decrease in the species as daytime flying uses up vital energy needed for survival.
Visitors follow the course of the stream which cascades down the valley, forming waterfalls and pools along the way. There are several uneven paths and steps to contemplate but if you can manage it, the scenery and views of the Moths are well worth it. The sleeping Moths on the bark of the trees are so numerous in places from a distance they look like leaves! This is a wonderful place to visit and the wooded valley provides some welcome shades in the summer months away from the heat of the sun.
Entrance fee to the Valley is 5 Euros for Adults
The castle of Monolithos was built on the top of a rock , a very large rock. It is one of the most note worthy and picturesque sites on Rhodes, not so much because of the architecture but more for its imposing position. It offers a superb view of the sea and of the Island.
Inside the castle there is a small church dedicated to Ayios Panteleimonas, which was probably built in the 15th Century. This part of the Island is not as frequented by tourists and so it is not normaly busy and entry is free.
It is not suitable for those who find walking hard or who don't like heights.
Kameiros was the head of one of the three original city states on Rhodes. Today, Kameiros is the name of a municipality which stretches further inland, with its seat in Soroni.
The ancient city was built on three levels. At the top of the hill stands the Acropolis of Kameiros, consisting of the Temple of Athena Kameiras and the Stoa (public covered colonnades), and a large, covered reservoir which contained 600 cubic metres of water, enough for about 400 families. The main settlement was on the middle terrace, which followed a grid pattern of streets and residential blocks. On the lower terrace is found a Doric style temple (probably to Apollo), and the Agora (market place).
During the Prehistoric period the area was occupied by the Mycenean Greeks, but the city itself was founded by the Dorians. Construction of the Temple began in the 8th Century BC. The great earthquake of 226 BC (famous for having toppled the great Colossus of Rhodes) destroyed the Temple and much of the city. However, it was rebuilt, only to be destroyed by another earthquake in 142 BC.
The Romans also colonised this area, and left behind them several changes, most notably the Hypocaust system.
Today, Kameiros is one of the best places on Rhodes to get a look at Ancient Greek life, as many of the other Ancient sites were built upon by the Knights of St John, and for around €4 entry fee it is well worth it. However there didnt seem to be any guide books on offer so for the more serious visiter it might be worth printing some information out before you go, or investing in a good guide book with lots of information.
Much of the ancient art found here is in the Louvre, Paris.
Home to millions of Tiger Moths, Petaloudes (which literally means Butterflies) is an amazing site, and one of the best places on Rhodes. If you are not that into insects, it is still worth it for the spectacular scenery, which is so different from the dry, scorched land everywhere else on the island. You follow the stream that goes along the bottom of this valley, and watch as it rolls over rocks and tumbles down waterfalls. If you are skilled with a camera you will be able to get some breathtaking pictures of the moths and the scenery here.
You will have to look at my pictures as I simply cannot do this place justice with words.
For about €5 to get in, it is more than worth the money, as is the guide book at €2.50, which tells you all about the life cycle of the moths and the valley itself, and also contains some great pictures.
Four kilometers past Afandou is the village of Kolymbia. It offers beautiful beaches and modern hotels and apartments. There are a number of good shops and i always buy my herbs and spices from these.
At the end of the road, the main beach is to the right, but if you go to the left it takes you down to another beach with a small harbour and a good bar and resteraunt. We much prefer this beach with its rocky outlets.
Good for snorkeling near the rocks.
Archangelos lies at the heart of the fruit-growing country, amid groves of Oranges, Lemons, Figs, Olives and Vines. Towering above the lush vegitation is a 15th Century fortress, one of the many defences which the Knights of Saint John built along the coast to fend off the Ottoman Turks.
Despite the fact that this village is one of the biggest in Rhodes and has a population of 6000 people, the inhabitants of Archangelos are faithful to their local customs and traditions; bread is still baked in the traditional wood fired ovens, in the courtyards of the houses, wedding ceremonies are still held according to the traditional way and the idiom of the village has been preserved and is still spoken by many of its inhabitants
The town is reputed for it's splended Leather boots, hand-made, knee high but worn puss-in-boots style, folded down to the ankle. The peasents have worn them since ancient times as a protection against snakes. They make to measure if you have the time. Also traditional pottery and carpet-making art is still practiced by some of the inhabitants
The Church of the Archangel Michael which is dominating the village and has a fine 19th century campanile as well as the Church of Saint John which houses beautiful frescoes dating back to the 14th century are really worth the visit. Some streets of the village are particularly picturesque because of the traditional houses filling them; those beautiful houses are painted with vivid colours and have arches and walls beautifully decorated with ceramic plates from the village of Lindos.
On our first visit, during the 1980's, the people of Archangelos did seem quite unfriendly and my mother had a bad experience with children slapping her bottom. We returned in 2005 to visit the castle and stopped briefly in the town with no repetition of any such events.
The Town of Lindos was founded by the Dorians who led by King Tlepolemus of Rhodes arrived in around the 10th century BC. Lindos became one of six Dorian cities in the area. The eastern location of Rhodes made it a natural meeting place between the Greeks and the Phoenicians thus by the 8th century Lindos had become a major trading centre but its importance declined after the city of Rhodes was founded in the late 5th century.
Lindos is dominated by the 14th century fortress built by the Knights of St John to defend the island against the Ottomans. The fortress partly overlays the acropolis which was constructed In classical times, the acropolis of Lindos was dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia which was in its final phase and at its height in around 300 BC.
In Hellenistic and Roman times the temple precinct grew as more buildings were added until in early mediaeval times the buildings fell into disuse.
The beauty of Lindos is due to its location on the slope of the hill and dominated by the acropolis overlooking the picturesque bay where it is said St Paul landed to preach Christianity, but also to the village itself which built on the hillside with whitewashed houses and courtyards, narrow alley ways and Byzantine, Medieval European, Arab and Rhodian architecture.
I like to go to Lindos at least once while I’m on Rhodes, just to climb to the top of the Acropolis and look at the great views. Last time I went to Rhodes (2006) the Acropolis was still undergoing a restoration program which had been undergoing for a few years.