- Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:55
Titled as the jewel of Rhodes, Lindos is a traditional settlement, situated on the east coast of the island, at a distance of about 50 Km from the capital of Rhodes. Lindos, like the old town of Rhodes, has been listed by the Ministry of Culture as a historic settlement with conservation status and thus the visitors can see how the village was in recent past.
Lindos occupies the same place as the ancient homonymous city. The actual form of the settlement was established after 1610, following the strong earthquake, which destroyed it totally. The village was reconstructed and decorated with new edifices, at the expenses of the wealthy local ship owners. As the soil around Lindos was pretty barren, the residents of the village were orientated to the sea and soon they became famous skippers and ship owners, sailing all over the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Nowadays, the majority of the 800 permanent residents of the village are occupied in tourism. Several ruins around remind that the place was full of aqueducts. Within a shallow niche it is preserved a post- Byzantine representation of Archangel Michael, carrying the souls to death (“Psychopompos”).
There are also traces of earlier frescoes, going back to the Byzantine times. Western to the church, at the Muslim cemetery, it is preserved a shallow niche with the representation of a Saint on horseback, called Aghios Georgios o Kammenos (St. George the Burnt) and dated back to 15th century.
The parish church of Lindos is dedicated to Virgin Mary. Daily, foreigners and Greeks take excursions to admire this village and its acropolis and swim at its marvelous beaches. According to Homer, Lindos was built by the Dorians at the same time as Kameiros and Ialyssos in the 12th century B.C. The whole of the surrounding area, of the Lindian peninsula, is laid out with beautiful and windless small bays that complete the picturesque idyllic scenery.
Faliraki is located about 15 km south of Rhodes Town and is one of those destinations in the Mediterranean that European teens like to visit in order to party all day long. Nearby is the settlement of Neochori with many bars and nightclubs, which was named as the new Faliraki. Faliraki is one of the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts on the island of Rhodes and is distinguished by its remarkable tourist accommodations.
Faliraki is a popular tourist destination with a 5 km stretch of sand and 12 FEE Blue Flags. The sandy beach of Faliraki is situated at the eastern coast of Rhodes, at a distance of some 12-16 kilometers far from the town of Rhodes. The beach is possibly the best organized compared to the rest of Rhodes and it is the one attracting the major number of tourists. The beach is long but not boring at all.
You will find parts with fine golden sand, or with small rocks, you can also discover places with fine pebbles and others with dark sand but all are blessed with crystal clear blue sea with cool and clean water. Faliraki boasts the largest water park in Europe, a state-of-the-art bowling park, a history park, and a fun-park for families and younger children.
The centre of the town, particularly in July and August, is buzzing with younger children and families. Along the beachfront there are taverns, bars, restaurants, cafeterias and tourist shops that are very busy from day to night. Access to Faliraki from the town of Rhodes is possible by buses, with frequent service, by taxi (a taxi station is available in the resort) and, of course, by rented or private car and motorbikes. If you have a yacht, or a boat, facilities of mooring are available at the small port of the Faliraki.
Health services are available in Faliraki (a first aid station), at the nearby Kalythies (about 2 kilometers western to the beach), where you will find a local Medical Center, as well as in the town of Rhodes, 12 kilometers far from Faliraki at the North. Finally, the area is suitable for sightseeing. The Erimokastro (“the deserted castle”) at a nearby hill, in order to see the ruins of the Mycenaean settlement, the acropolis of Sarantapihos, as well as several small churches with nice frescoes.
Ialyssos (also known as Trianta), is a town and a former municipality on the island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reformed it as part of the municipality Rhodes, of which it is a municipal unit. It is the second-largest town on the island of Rhodes.
It has a population of approximately 12,000 and is located 10 kilometers far from the town of Rhodes at the southwest, within a fertile plain at the foot of the hill of Filerimos. It has been developed along the main public road, leading from the town of Rhodes to the airport and to Kameiros, on the island's northwestern coast. The town is situated near the site of the ancient Doric polis of Ialysos, homeland of the famous ancient boxer Diagoras of Rhodes.
The municipal unit consists of the town Trianta/Ialysos and the surrounding areas. As the population was gradually increasing, it became a suburban district to the town of Rhodes. Ialysos has in addition become a tourist destination, with several hotels and resorts located on the coast, especially in the new settlement of Ixia, situated between the towns of Ialysos and Rhodes. Being on the usually windward north-western coast of the island, it is also a noted location for wind-surfing.
Being the second-largest town on the island of Rhodes, Ialyssos has a lively atmosphere with many shops, restaurants and bars. There is a wide range of accommodation from small family run hotels to large hotel complexes with beautiful gardens and large swimming pools. On the nearby hill of Filerimos, some of the most important archaeological sites on the island can be found. Health services (a local medical center and a pharmacy) are available in the village. You will also find a police station and a post office. Access to the village from the town of Rhodes is possible by public buses, running frequently, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes. A taxi station is available in the settlement.
The village of Afandou has been founded in times where pirates used to overrun the islands of the Mediterranean. During that period, people used to leave the shores in order to seek shelter in the inland. The village of Afandou took its name from the word "afandos", which in Greek means "invisible", because it could not be seen from the sea.
The village of Afandou is located 5 Km from Faliraki and about 20 Km from the town of Rhodes, and it is one of the largest and oldest villages on the Island of Rhodes. Filled with fruit-bearing and olive trees, the village is famous for its carpets. The village has a population of about 7.500 people, and almost anything you may need can be found here, as it has stores and shops of all kinds.
When visiting the village, it is essential to visit the church of Our Lady, which can be found right next to the villagers’ main square. Right on this square, many locals are met every day, who are very hospitable, and also carry a very distinct accent.
A folklore exhibition can be found in the village, and during summer a small road train connects the village to the beach. The beach of Afandou can be considered huge as it extends to a length of over 3Km, and offers crystal clear waters. On the far left side of the beach, where the shore ends, areas can be found with rocks and caves, which are suitable for all of those who consider themselves adventurous. A visit to the unique church of Our Lady Katholiki should not be neglected. The church is decorated with wall paintings originating from the 17th Century. In August the church celebrates and a big religious festival is being held. The golf place, Afandou golf, is also located close to the village, offering a unique experience of golfing by the blue Mediterranean sea.
The scenic village of Monolithos is situated at a distance of 73 kilometers southwestern from the capital town of Rhodes. It is a beautiful village, with some 350 permanent residents, with stone houses and small uphill streets, quite impressive for the visitors. It owes its name to the huge monolithic rock, where it has been built, at the top of which there is a castle going back to the time of the Knights’ domination.
Monolithos was not active only during the Knights’ period. The residents participated to all national wars and resisted to all dominants. One of the most important events of the history of the island is the bloody Easter of 1919, when the locals revolted against the Italian dominants took place hear. Monolithos is an ideal place for the fans of natural environment. If you feel like staying here, there are several accommodation and food and drink facilities for the visitor.
The whole area, full of trees, mainly olive trees, and with wild vegetation is suitable for nice driving in scenic routes and visits to the nearby picturesque villages. Also, due to the village’s underdevelopment, the visitors can experience the locals performing all of the traditional ways of creating cheese.
For swimming the visitor has to go to the pebbly beach of Fourni, quite close to the village of Monolithos, at a distance of around 4 kilometers on the southwest. Once in the vicinity, the opportunity must be taken, in order to visit the medieval castle, about 4 kilometers western to the village. Access to the castle is easy, via the 100 steps, carved in the rock. In classical times the site had a “fryktoria” (a guardhouse, responsible to set a warning fire, in case of emergency). The view becomes breathtaking during the sunset, when the horizon gets red as the sun “sinks” slowly in the sea. Health services are available at the local medical center of Emponas, 17 kilometers northeastern to Monolithos. The village has a police station. Access to the village is possible only by rented or private car and motorbikes.
Lachania is a small mountain village in the south of Rhodes, about 80 km from the airport and 73 km from the capital city of Rhodes. It is established on a hill, about 2 km from the sea. The village itself is a typical traditional Greek village with very old small houses and narrow paths, which have been rebuilt by foreigners who passed through the village, but ended up staying there for many years. It is a village with a unique character. A lot of whites and blues, the narrow streets going up and down, kittens everywhere, oranges and pomegranates in the gardens, crickets signing their songs in the evening, compose the full picture.
Lachania is strategically situated and is the perfect holiday base, because it allows you to see and do everything without having to travel too far, and yet at night you can return to the peace and quiet of your apartment. In the village and in the surrounding area some very typical village Greek taverns can be found. Access to the village is possible only by rented or private car and motorbikes. At the foot of the hill, where the village is situated, a beautiful sandy beach can be found. It is a classical sandy laced beach with vegetation coming close to the shores. It is quite protected from most of the winds blowing around the island making it suitable for kids and grownups. This area is complemented by all of the traditional fish taverns found around this vicinity. They offer fresh fish and seafood, from the morning catch of the local fishermen, simply cooked but full of taste due to their freshness.