The architecture of the walled Medieval city of Rhodes is dominated by the Western European style of the time and was mixed with local Aegean additions during the Knights period (1309-1522).
To these unique styles of architecture elements were added by Muslim Turks who occupied the island in 1523. The medieval city of Rhodes then fell into the hands of the Italians who took the Island from the Turks in 1912, the ideal place to gather the monumental wealth of the Middle Ages.
It is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
As well as the historical interests that draw many visitors, the Medieval City also hosts a wide variety of hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Medieval City of Rhodes
Visit the ruins of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes and admire the important antiquities preserved in the beautiful archaeological park that is perfect for archaeological and ecological walks.
There you will have the opportunity to tour the restored ancient stadium of Diagoras and enjoy the sunset. Next to the stadium is a small marble theater which today hosts musical and theatrical performances, just as in antiquity.
On the hilltop overlooking the Acropolis of the ancient Rhodes, where in-between the ruins stands some columns from the Temple of Apollo, testifying to the visitor all its ancient splendor. In the northern part of the Acropolis lie the broken ruins of the temples of Athena and Apollo.
Acropolis of Rhodes
On the southeast coast of Rhodes, fifty-five kilometers from the city of Rhodes lies the picturesque village of Lindos It is famous for its narrow cobbled streets and white houses.
The houses having floors and patios paved with ornate designs from pebbles (chochlakaki), painted ceilings, sofrades and walls adorned with brightly colored plates is one of the reasons why this village has been declared a landmark.
Standing on a the top of a one hundred and sixteen meter high cliff is the Acropolis of Lindos with the Temple of Athena Lindia from the 4th century, the Propylaea [gates], the great Hellenistic Stoa and The Byzantine church of Saint John which was the governor of the Knights quarters. There is a second century BC carving at the base of the cliff.
A purely tourist beach below the settlement. It offers quiet clear waters, two beaches with umbrellas and taverns. It is seventy kilometers from the city of Rhodes.
Lindos village and Acropolis of Lindos
It is located 25 kilometers from the city of Rhodes near the area of Kalamonas. It is in this rare habitat that the butterfly Panaxia Quadripunctaria makes its appearance from mid June to mid September.
Following the specially designed trails and wooden bridges, view the incredible beauty of the ponds filled with water lilies, waterfalls, vegetation, crystal waters and enjoy this unique natural phenomenon.
The stone stairs you will encounter lead to the Monastery of Virgin Kalopetra, built by Dimitri Ypsilanti in 1782.
The Natural History Museum of Rhodes at the entrance to the valley, exhibits display cases representing the conditions of the natural environment according to most modern museological conceptions. The exhibits include rare and common species from the area, library, plus a modern conceptual and botanical laboratory.
The Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)
Located in the Eastern part of the island, nine kilometers from the city. The opening of the initial installation of Kallithea was on July 1st 1929, and has attracted a large number of patients and scientists from all around the world. The therapeutic waters of Kallithea are used for many conditions.
After a period of abandonment, the Kallithea Springs again opened its doors on July 1st 2007, after an extensive restoration project for this magnificent monument. It is an exceptional combination of nature, monumental architecture and unique history.
Next to the monument you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea or stroll around the picturesque cove with its stunning natural beauty and artistic compositions crafted into pebble mosaics.
The specially designed rooms hold works from past and present artists, a permanent exhibition of photographs show the past and future sources of Kallithea, this area often holds organized cultural and artistic exhibitions, festivals, concerts and many other events.
The Kallithea Springs
Ancient Kamiros was, with Lindos and Ialysos, one of the three ancient cities of the island, and an important commercial center for the Archaic of the Hellenistic Age. It was the most conservative of the three cities and supported the life and growth with agricultural production.
It was discovered in 1929, during excavations in the region. It was built in the hillside overlooking the sea, without any fortifications or Acropolis.
In the archaeological site today are the ruins of the Hellenistic- Roman city of Kamiros and exact parts of houses and buildings, the Agora, the Doric Temple with a few arches, the Hellenistic Temple, the central street of the city, the ruins of the aqueduct and traces of the Temple of Athena.
Near the archaeological site stands the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, in the same position as in the third century B.C. temple of Athena. It is located thirty kilometers southwest of Rhodes Town.
The ancient city of Ialysos extends around the hill of Filerimos, where you can find an the Acropolis of Ialysos and its ancient ruins, you may also find ruins from the byzantine and Knights period such as, the temple of Athena Polias dating from 2nd or 3rd century BC.
In the Doric temple stands the foundation of the statue of Athena and some columns and pits, where figurines, pottery and metal objects where found. At the same site indications were found that the temple apart from worshipping Athena it was also used to worship Zeus Polieus.
East of the hill are some remnants of Byzantine period walls which were repaired by the knights. Filerimos is accessible on foot by a 4.5 km road through a fragrant, shady pine forest.
About half way up, where you can stop to rest and drink fresh water, is the new Monastery of Prophet Elias and the old Monastery of Prophet Elias which has been newly renovated and is open to visitors.
Ancient city of Ialysos and Filerimos
They are located 19 kilometers southeast of Rhodes Town and very near to the Village of Archangelos. It is a fantastic location, with lots of pine trees that reveal the greatness of nature.
The seven springs lead to a lake where you can see geese, ducks and peacocks. The temperature in the region is low. The water is channelled and used to irrigate the plains and field of Kolymbia.
It’s worthwhile to visit the tunnel built by the Italians that leads to an artificial lake all filled with cold water.
7 Springs ‘’Epta piges’’ (seven springs)
Twenty six kilometers southeast of the city of Rhodes, beneath the rock that hosts the famous monastery of Panagia Tsampika Psili. The beach Tsambika with golden sand has sun beds, canteens and water sports.
Located on the east coast. Get there by following the eastern road from Rhodes to Lindos and before reaching Archangelos. It consists of the upper and lower monastery. The upper monastery is situated on the hilltop on the left side of Rhodes- Lindos main road, overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches, while the lower is lying on the right side of the road.
At the top of the hill at an altitude of 320 meters is the oldest monastery of Panagia Tsambika. Walk on a winding and steep path, about 500 meters long, passing through a forest of cypress trees. The hill offers panoramic view of the surrounding area.
The monastery of Tsampika and the beautiful bay
Prassonisi is located at the southernmost part of the island, 90 kilometers from the city of Rhodes.
This small peninsula is a paradise for windsurfers in the summer months as its right side is distinguished for its large waves (surfing equipment available for rent).
During the winter it is known for peace and isolation.
A 500 meter strip of beach joins The Prassonisi (Green Island) to Rhodes.
On the east cove the waters are calm and ideal for beginners, while on the west part the waves can be as high as 2 meters, creating the perfect scene for professional surfers. There is a training center here as well, where athletes can rent equipment.