Mandráki, the (ancient) harbour, is distinguished from the outer harbour by the 3 windmills and the fortifications at the end of the dock. During your quest, you will encounter some of the city’s most remarkable buildings: the National Theatre, the Courts, the City Hall and the Governors Palace. Visit stunning wonders of nature, such as the Seven Springs, the Valley of the Butterflies and Rodíni Park, a green valley with running waters, small bridges and many peacocks, the trademark of the park! Get a deeper insight into the rich history of the island through your visit to the breathtaking Acropolis of Líndos and Ialissós as well as Ancient Kámiros, which were all powerful cities in ancient times. Well-preserved castles, like the ones of Kritinia and Monólithos are also waiting to be discovered!
Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese, an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination.
Old Town As you enter one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom, it soon becomes obvious that the Old Town of Rhodes is a mosaic of different cultures and civilizations; rarely does a visitor have the chance to stroll within medieval walls and explore twenty-four centuries of history.
As you head down to the east coast, the first tempting stop is Kallithéa cosmopolitan holiday resort bustling with hotels lining Faliráki beach. In Kallithéa the main attraction is the Roman baths
Koskinoú, a traditional village where the house facades are painted in bright colours, the lovely courtyards are paved with pebbles and the houses are decorated inside with ceramic plates and hand-woven textiles.
Ialissós (or Triánda) used to be one of the three powerful cities of ancient Rhodes which acquired great fame thanks to the Olympic Champion Diagoras. Today Ialissós is a popular cosmopolitan resort; its beach is a favourite destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing enthusiasts.
In the verdant area of Afándou you can either bask on beautiful sandy beaches or play golf on a modern 18-hole golf course (close to Afándou beach) that is open all year round and attracts golf enthusiasts from all over the world!
Archángelos was rebuilt in medieval times away from its initial site by the sea (to guard it from pirate raids) and the Knights of Saint John later protected it by building a castle. The tradition of ancient arts and crafts – such as pottery and hand-made tapestries – is more evident in Archángelos than anywhere else.
Kámiros was one of the three most powerful cities of ancient Rhodes and flourished during the 6th and 5th century BC.
Lindos: a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos
In southern Rhodes nature is unveiled in all its splendour: sun-drenched bays stretch from Kiotari and Genadi to Lahania, Plimiri and Prassonisi, the southernmost tip of the island and a popular location for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
The plane tree must be over 2,500 years old, and it is in fact the oldest in Europe! Don’t miss the 4th century Asclipiion, the Antimáhia 15th century castle with its imposing battle tower, as well as one of the most scenic villages of Kos with a distinctive traditional character, Ziá nestled amongst a dense cedar forest.
Kos lies in the center of the Dodecanese complex and is one of the most popular Greek islands. Sandy beaches and rich history are the two major attractions of Kos, along with vivid nightlife. There is much interesting sightseeing on the island, including the impressive Sanctuary of Asclepius (Asklepieion), the Ancient Agora, the Venetian Castle in Kos Town and the Fortress in Antimachia. A picturesque village to visit in Kos is Zia, while nice beaches are Thermes, Paradise, Mastichari and Agios Stefanos. Popular activities in Kos are windsurfing and diving. Visitors also have the chance to take a boat trip from Kos Town to the tourist resort of Bodrum in Turkey.
Pserimos extends over a surface of 15 km2, counts approximately 150 inhabitants, and is ideal for truly peaceful holidays. In the island they have discovered traces of an ancient settlement, which some archaeologists tend to identify with the town of Perraiotan. In the west side of the island, there is a small island called Plati, a part of which forms a separate rock-islet, named Nekrothiki. All the coasts are ideal for swimming, with the most exceptional one being the Vathy bay. Pserimos is located 6 n.m. SE away from Kalymnos island.
I means “looking for the ideal destination for serene, relaxing holidays”. Enjoy sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, swim in paradise bays (like the small bay of Vathí), rent a boat and sail around the island’s beaches, follow several hiking routes, participate in local fairs (the most famous ones take place on 15th August) or go scuba diving and climbing. Whether you are looking for an action packed holiday or a relaxing visit, you will be quite astonished by the choices on offer on such a small island!
An island with rough, mountainous and verdant volumes, hills and plains where four hundred species of flowers and herbs germinate, inhabited by numerous species of rare birds (Bonelli’s eagle, hawks, nightingales, goldfinches, herons, bee-eaters etc). It has picturesque villages and charming beaches. This is the place where the last elephants of Europe lived: The dwarf-elephants appeared in the island 45,000 years ago and disappeared 4,000 years ago. The Island Tilos:
Tilos has an Area of 59,10 km² and a coastline of 62,7 km. It lies between Nissyros and Chalki and is 290 nautical miles from Piraeus, 15 from Nissyros and 65 from Rhodes.
It is fertile, though mountainous, its highest peak being Prophitis Ilias (612 m). It has fine beaches, villages in the traditional style, and presents an authentic picture of island life. Tilos has a population of 172 persons.
Livadia: This new village, the chief port of the island, stands in a green landscape and has all the necessary facilities for visitors: hotels, travel agents, tavernas, restaurants. Apart from the building wich houses the police station and port authority, which was built under italian rule, the rest of the village has followed the traditional style of architecture. The pebble beach is to the right of the bay. Megalo Chorio is 6 km north east of Livadia.
Lethra: A pebble beach, 40 mins on foot from Livadia: after 5 mins an aert road starts out on the right from the road to Magalo Chorio and climbs a hill above the bay where its becomes a footpath which descends as it gets closer.
Mikro Chorio: Until the Second World War, Tilos had two villages: Megalo Chorio and Mikro Chorio. No one lived down at the port because of the danger of pirates. The local people began to leave Mikro Chorio, which is 3 km from Livadia, after the War, until there was only one woman living there, until 1974. Today, Mikro Chorio is deserted, though there is a bar open there in the summer. To the north-west of the village there are the remains of a medieval tower.
Agiosykia: A ruïned medieval castle survives here.
Gera: This was the summer resort for the people of Mikro Chorio. To reach it, we set out on a footpath from Livadia; after 20 mins this passes the church of St John and after another hour’s walk, the abandoned wooden-roofed houses of Gera can be seen on the left.
Megalo Chorio: The capital of the island, it stands on the slopes of the Stephen hill. In among the whitewashed houses of Megalo Chorio, parts of the ancient wall can be seen. The church of the Archangel (Taxiarchis) – 19th century – is worth a visit. On the top of the hill above the village there are the ruïns of the castle of the Knights: parts of the wall, the gateway (almost intact), and a small chapel with interesting wall-paintings. In the cemetery of Megalo Chorio, wich is on the site of an ancient burial-place, there are ancient tombs and slabs with relief inscriptions. The finds from this place – jewellery, grave offerings, etc. – are in Rhodes Museum, while a bronze hydria found here is in the Britisch Museum.
The “island of the Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean” welcomes you! Pátmos is quite popular amongst pilgrims since in one of the island’s caves John the Theologian, one of Christ’s disciples, wrote the “Book of Revelations”. The stunning beauty of Hóra, a carefully preserved medieval settlement with narrow, maze-like alleys and stone-built houses will take your breath away. Don’t miss the imposing fortified monastery of Saint Ioannis and the Theologian Apocalypse cave! Visit Patmos at Easter, when deeply religious and spiritual celebrations are held throughout the Holy Week.
The Holy Monastery of the Apocalypse was built as a castle in 1088 by the monk Christodoulos Latrinós. Cultural and religious centre since its first day of use, it took another five centuries for it to spread its activities all around the island – and not just the town of Hóra (Chora), where it is situated. Around this Monastery revolve Holy Week and Easter celebrations every year.
Settlements In the area of Hóra, little glittering white houses under the Aegean sun stand next to proud two-storey mansions. Follow the historical narrow streets all the way from the monastery down to Skála (the island’s port), and discover restaurants, cafés, shops and traditional bakeries. Treat yourselves with cheese pies, local dairy products, and reticule-shaped dough with honey and nuts.
Visit a dreamy cluster of islands east of Pátmos with sparse vegetation, old whitewashed houses, and cute little tavernas. Get into a boat and sail around Maráthi, another small island with a beautiful beach covered with lentisks and tamarisk (salt cedar). The Arki archipel:
A group af seven islets, 7 km north of Lipsy and 6 km north-east of Patmos, with an area of 7 Km².
The island of the same name is small and hilly; it has bushes and a few trees. Its one village, on the south-west coast, also called Arki, is the port.
The best beaches on the island are at some distance from the village.
The Tiganakia bay: In the south of the island has sea of an amazing blue and is ideal for swimming. It is best approched from the sea.
Church of the transformation (Metamorphosi): From this point there is a splendid view of Arki and the surrounded islands.
Marathi: The largest of the satelites of Arki, inhabited up to the Second World War. Now two tavernas open in the summer-season. It has a fine beach.
is the westernmost island of the Dodecanese, located at the point where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades. This is the reason why in Astipálea the characteristics of both island complexes blend together to create the island’s uniquely varied scenery. Visit Hóra, the island’s capital and port, one of the most picturesque settlements of the Aegean. At the hilltop stands imposingly Hora’s castle, surrounded by small houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and wooden balconies overlooking the open blue sea below.
Located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades, the island of Astypalaia boasts a centuries-old history, whitewashed villages and sun-drenched beaches. Embark on a fascinating trip where the deep blue of the sea meets the bright white colours of beautiful island houses. Astypalaia, the westernmost island of the Group, is naturally separated into Mesa Nisi [the inner island] (western part) and Exo Nisi [the outer island] (eastern part) by a thin strip of land less than 100 m. wide.
Chora is the island’s capital town and port. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean, perched on a rock that advances into the sea, forming two bays. On the top, you will see Chora’s castle towering over the town with the strikingly white domes of Evangelistria and Agios Georgios churches, visible over the walls. Around the castle lie Chora’s houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and windows, and wooden balcony rails.
Livadia is a seaside village with few residents, built in a fertile valley. There are citrus fruit groves, vineyards and houses overflowing with flowers, creating a delightful setting next to a lovely beach. Distance from Chora: 2 km SW.
3. Maltezana (Analipsi)
Maltezana is a seaside resort that attracts most of the island’s tourism. It has been named after the Maltese pirates who made their hideout on the island. This is where the French Admiral Bigot set his ship on fire in 1827 so that it may not be captured by the pirates. Distance from Chora: 9 km NE.
In the various periods of antiquity, the island bore the names Amphie, Astrabe and Achnis. It was called Kasos after a hero of the same name, the father of Cleomachos. The first inhabitants seem to have been Pelasgians – as withness the Pelasgian wall at Ellinokamara.
Despite its small size, Kássos was once a mighty maritime and commercial power. The well-preserved mansions that still stand in Fre, the island’s capital and main port, reflect today this former grandeur. Take a stroll around Boúka, an old pirate lair, with moored small fishing boats, traditional coffee shops and its old lighthouse. Don’t forget to visit Armáthia, the largest of the islands around Kássos, where you can find some excellent beaches, like Marmara and Karavostassi!
The Island: Kasos, the southernmost island of the Dodecanese complex, is 11 km from the south-western end of Karpathos. It is a small mountaious island, with an area of 49 km² its highest peaks being Prionas(576 m), Korakas (410 m), Periolas (498 m), and Hadies (472 m). Before Hadies is the fertile plateau of Argos. Pear trees, scattered olive trees and fig trees grown on the island, and it breeds sheep and goats.
The island is an ideal place for someone who wishes to observe the traditional Greek way of live or who is fond of walking.
Fri:Capital and port of the island, in a corner on the Bay of Bouka, which resembles an eyebrow in shape; it is from a word meaning ‘eyebrow’ that the town’s name is ultimately derived. The church of St Spyridon stands on the edge of the little old fishing harbour and adds to its picturesqueness. The local museum is small, with a few archeological and folkore exhibits.
According to Diodorus Siculus, the island was first conquered by the Pelasgians after the time of Triops, mythical king of Kos. The Pelasgians were led by Chtonios, son of Poseidon and the nymph of Ialysos, from whom the island took its name. Athenaeus tells us that Glaucos, a renowned swimmer and sailor, eloped with Syme, daughter of Ialysos and Dotis, and colonised the island, to which he gave his wife’s name.
There are many reasons to visiting Simi apart from experiencing its unique cosmopolitan atmosphere, and wandering around its remarkable neo-classical settlement. Many visitors, for instance, come here to venerate the miraculous icon of Archangel Michael kept at the monastery of Panormítis, one of the most significant monasteries of the Dodecanese. Alternatively, you can come to Sími in summer to attend the famous Simi Festival, which includes among others classical music concerts, dance performances, and art exhibitions.
Enjoy peaceful holidays in the “Island of Peace and Friendship”, where young people from all over the world gather here every year for their annual meeting! The town of Halki or Niborió, the island’s capital, is listed as a traditional settlement and it is amphitheatrically built overlooking the clear-blue sea, whereas impressive neoclassical mansions reveal the prosperity the island enjoyed in the past.
The Island Chalki: Chalki is a small island with an area of 28 km² and a coastline of 34 km, 35 nautical miles from Rhodes town and 3,5 from the west coast of Rhodes. (Kamiros Skala).
There is a population of 281 people. It is mostly rocky island, since Mt. Prophitis Ilias covers most of it. The population of Chalki has declined sharply because of emigration. Many former residents migrated to Tarpon Springs in Florida (US), where they established a sponge-fishing community.
Chalki has in recent years been designated a meeting place for youth.
Chalki – Nimborio:
This is the only village on the island which still has residents today. It stands like an amphitheatre around the harbour and has many imposing buildings, though many of them are now abandoned.
The bell-tower of the Church of St. Nicholas (the island cathedral) is built entirely with dressed stone and rests of the marble of the ancient Temple of Apollo. It is the highest in the Dodecanese and ell worth a visit.
Also of interest is the clock-tower in front of the town hall, a gift from islanders agroad, as was the bell-tower.
Podamos: Sandy beach, the nearest to Nimborio.
Chorio: 1 km, 30 mins on foot from Nimborio. The old capital of the island, an inland town secure from pirates and once a community of 3.000. It is now abandoned and unhabited. A pathway leads from the yard of the church (Our Lady of the Village 890 A.D.) to the Castle of the Knights of St. John, which was built on the site of the ancient acropolis and of which a few parts remain. In the castle are the ruins of a Byzantine church of St. Nicolas which has good wall-paintings.
The Burnt Cave: Outside Chorio. In the 17th century, the Venetian Francesco Morosini landed on Chalki on his way to Rhodes and set about persecuting its inhabitants. Some of them took refuge in this inaccessible cave, wich Morosini could not enter. But he lit a great fire in front of its entrance, and all those who had hidden there came to a horrible end.
Yali: About 30 mins from Chorio, a little bay with pebbles and stones, and frequently a rough sea.
Alimia: Nearby island north-east of Chalki, with fine sandy beaches. There is a guesthouse at the Monastery of St. George and there are dayly trips here from Rhodes. It is also visited by farmers from Chalki who have houses and animals on the island.
Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by the tourism growth. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. The island extends over a surface of 41 km2, its coastline is 28 km long and it has 1,000 inhabitants. It can be reached by ferry from Kos and Rhodes.
According to mythology, this island was created from the Battle of Giants, during the war between Gods and Giants. Poseidon pursued the Giant, Polyvotis up to Kos island, cut a part of it and threw it to his enemy, sinking him for ever in the bottom of the Aegean Sea.
The legendary rock is the modern Nisyros and it is said that the volcano’s explosions are the angry breathing of the defeated Giant. These explosions shaped Nisyros, which is considered to be the youngest volcanic centre in Greece, still active – along with the volcanoes of Milos, Santorini and Methana. During antiquity the island had a prosperous obsidian commerce, extracted by the inhabitants of Nisyros, from the near island, Gyali. Take the opportunity to visit an unspoiled destination formed by volcanic eruptions. It is rather impressive that today Nísyros is still an active volcanic centre together with the volcanic centers of Milos, Santorini and Methana! Actually at the village of Nikia there is a “Volcanic Museum”, the only one of its kind in Greece, exhibiting samples from the most characteristic volcanic rocks of Nisyros. Strolling along the narrow streets of beautiful Mandráki, the island’s capital and port, is a richly rewarding experience. Don’t forget to observe its colourful houses which are actually built with hewn slabs of andesite and dacite (volcanic material)!
Mandraki : Apart from being the capital of the island, Mandraki is also its harbour. It is one of the bigger settlements on Nisyros with many available facilities available to visitors, such as hotels and apartments.
Τake a close look at the squares with the exquisite pebbled floors (most typical of all being the plateia Delfinion [square of Dolphins]) and the streets with white or colored two-storeyed houses with wooden balconies. The houses are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice-stone.
The Castle (1315). On its walls you can see the coats of arms belonging to the Great Magistrates who built the castle. In the Castle you will see Panaghia Spiliani (18th century), a convent which is famous in the surrounding islands, due to its miraculous icon, situated in its temple.
The Archaeological Museum among other exhibits hosts findings and photographs from the Palaeochristian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine Nisyros, from the prehistoric settlement in the volcanic islet of Gyali and the necropolis of the ancient city (archaic, classic and Hellenistic period).
The square of “Ilikiomeni”, a meeting point of visitors and residents.
The Folklore Museum (situated in a mansion of 18th century), where you can see traditional vessels, outfits and local handmade embroideries.
Panaghia Potamitissa (1837), a church with a remarkable dome.
Chochlakoi beach. This is a unique wild landscape with black volcanic pebbles, rocks and a cave right beneath Panaghia Kastriani.
is the largest island belonging to a cluster of many others islets. It forms part of the Natura Network. It is an ideal destination for relaxing, and serene holidays. Here, both landscape and people will definitely help you find inner peace and tranquility. Lipsi is also surrounded by countless uninhabited islets ideal for bird watching.Leipsi is the name given to a group of small islands, the largest of which is also called Leipsi. It is 182 nautical miles from Piraeus, 17 nautical miles east of Patmos and 6,5 north of Leros (Agia Marina). It has an area of 15,98 km² and a coastline of 35,1 km. Leipsi is a small idyllic island with sandy beaches, a picturesque village and many churches. It has long been famous for its red wine.
Leipsi, Lipsi or Leipsos: This, at the back of a safe anchorage, is the island’s village and port. The port has two piers: on the left the broad new pier and on the right the old one for smaller vessels and caïques.
The village stands on rising ground, its white houses climbing to the large Church of St John. The interior of this church is painstakingly decorated, while in a carved wooden shrine is the wonder-working icon of Our Lady the Black – early 16thcentury – the name being a reference to the dark colour of the icon. Tradition relates that a beam of light indicated the bush where the icon was found and that the first little church on the site was built in the 18thcentury. The new church was built in 1931. Its feast day is on 22 September.
is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese; it consists of three large traditional settlements (Agios Georgios, Megalo Horio and Mikro Horio). Agathonissi has a significant and vulnerable ecosystem rendering it an important habitat of rare bird species. Together with the nearby islands it belongs to the Natura Network as well.The island was originally called Tragea or Netousa, and got its current name by a priest in the beginning of last century. The word “agathos” means good or gullible, and a common translation is “Island of the Fools” or “Island of the good-hearted”.
Agathonisi lies only 10 km away from the Turkish coast, and this has consequences for the tiny island through history. Originally a place for exiles during Roman and Byzantine times and constantly attacked by pirates, Agathonisi did not have a proper community until the 19th century.
By then, it had been under Ottoman rule since the 16th century, but the Ottomans never actually lived on the island.
In 1922 Agathonisi was occupied by Italian troops and was not liberated until after the second World War.
In the 1980’s, the island finally got electricity and telephone lines.
The name Megiste, which was applied to Kastrelorizo in very ancient times, comes according to one tradition from Megistes, first colonist of the island, or perhaps – since it maens ‘largest’ – from the fact that it has the largest area of the group of twelve islets of which it forms part. It acquired the name Kastellorizo in the late fourteenth century, from the castle which the Knights of St John of Rhodes built on the reddish rock by the harbour: Castello Rosso = Red castle. According to yet another version, the name comes from the words “castelli”, castle, and “rizovouni”, foothills. since the town is situated at the foot of the hill topped by the castle (C. Papachristodoulou).
Finds from caves on the island (including axes) and Cyclopean polygonal and isodomic walls demonstrate that Kastelorizo was inhabited in very distant times. Grave goods found in Mecenean burials – such as a gold chaplet of the Mycenean period – now in the National Archaeological Musem in Athens – are among the evidence for a Mycenean presence on the island. The Doreans, who conquered Rhodes, soon colonised Megiste too. lies at the easternmost end of Greece, a stone’s throw away from the Turkish coast. Its main settlement is filled with cheerfully painted houses of exceptional architecture, awe-inspiring churches and picturesque alleys. Taste the island’s traditional sweets katoumári and stráva, and organise a boat excursion to Galazio Spileo, the largest and most spectacular sea cave in Greece. Don’t forget to visit the nearby legendary island of Ro where the famous “Lady of Ro” Despina Achladioti used to raise the Greek flag every day.
Katoumári and Stráva, and organise a boat excursion to Galazio Spileo, the largest and most spectacular sea cave in Greece. Don’t forget to visit the nearby legendary island of Ro where the famous “Lady of Ro” Despina Achladioti used to raise the Greek flag every day.
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