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Archangelos

Archangelos

This attractive village is located south of Rhodes City, on the eastern coast of the island. The narrow streets of the village, its picturesque houses and squares and the kindness... of its friendly inhabitants, charm every visitor.
Despite the fact that this village is one of the biggest in Rhodes and has a population of 6000 people, the inhabitants of Archangelos preserve their local customs and traditions; bread is still baked in the traditional wood-fired oven, which every house has in its courtyard, the wedding ceremonies are still held according to the traditional way and the idiom of the village is still spoken by many of the inhabitants.
The traditional pottery and carpet-making art, is still practiced by some of the inhabitants as well as the confection of high leather boots which many of them are wearing.
The Church of the Archangel Michael dominates the village and has a fine 19th c. campanile, as well as the Church of Saint John which houses beautiful frescoes that date back to the 14th c., are really worth seeing. Some of the village streets are particularly picturesque, due to the traditional houses standing on each side and filling them. These beautiful houses are painted with vivid colors and have arches and walls, beautifully decorated with ceramic plates, from the village of Lindos.
The castle of Saint John, built by the Knights, is standing on the top of a hill, at 10-20 minutes’ walk from the village.

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Afantou

Afantou

Yet another of the largest villages of Rhodes, surrounded by verdant hills, lying south of the island’s capital, its name Afantou, is believed to have originated from the word afantos,... meaning invisible in Greek, due to the fact that it was built out of sight from the sea, in order to remain unnoticed by the pirates who visited this lovely place.

The Church of Our Lady Katholiki ( Catholic ) is also worth visiting, while in the village, for the beautiful 17th and 18th c. frescoes that it hosts.
The square, which can be found at the heart of the village, is surrounded by cafes and bars. A good selection of taverns, restaurants and shops is also available. Various accommodations of all categories can be found in Afantou, as well as a golf course. The village is also the center of Rhodes for carpet making, and lots of shops offer the possibility to buy one of these fine, high – quality carpets.

The reason for Afantou’s popularity is the fact that it is located only 1 km from the beach of the same name, which is a pure marvel, combining sand and pebbles along with crystalline waters; this long beach, spreading for over 4 km, has been awarded by the EU Blue Flag for its cleanliness.

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Apolakkia

Apolakia

The quiet village near Lindos and between the villages Genadi and Vati, 92km from the capital of Rhodes, seems to have been built in a pit, from which it has... taken its name. In the village square, stands the Old Italian building, a typical example of Italian architecture, one of the most beautiful in the village.
Small traditional houses with tiled roofs, old windmills and quiet monasteries, are some of the greatest features of Apolakia. The magic of this place comes from the wonderful Lake of Apolakia where people can swim in the blue waters and relax under the shady trees. Next to the lake is the small Byzantine temple of Agios Georgios, built in 1290 with a superb view to the beach.
The village is surrounded by the natural environment of olive trees and the extended cultivations, consisted of rich flora and fauna. The village roads are ideal for hiking, especially the road towards Arnitha and Mesanagros or the Monastery of Skiadeni. The beach near Apolakia is amazingly beautiful and of important biotope. Other beaches nearby Apolakia are Limni, Fourni and Kouloura. In Apolakia, there is a great variety of taverns where the visitors can enjoy fresh seafood.

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Asklipio

Asklipio

Located 64 km southeast of Rhodes capital, this lovely mountainous village is built amphitheatrically and stands out for its unique natural surroundings. The most important feature of Asklipio is the... Medieval Castle, which was built by the knights of Saint John, in the13th c.. The white mass of the small traditional houses, is a typical example of the folklore architecture.
At the center of the village stands the lovely church of Virgin Mary, built in 1060 A.D and right next to it is the old olive press, whereas today it has been operating as a Folklore Museum. During the month of August, the village organizes two important festivities, celebrating the Metamorphosis of Sotiros and the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. The village has several types of accommodation from luxury villas to low-cost apartments.

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Embonas

Embonas

This picturesque village is the highest village of Rhodes, south of the capital, at an altitude of 850 m.. Its high location has kept it completely unspoiled and untouched by... modern civilization and tourism; some of its inhabitants still wear local costumes and are all keeping the local customs and tradition, passing them to the younger generations.
Fine multicolored embroideries are made in Embonas and are part of the local traditions. Almost all the village houses, are fine examples of the traditional architecture of Rhodes and are well-maintained. A few rooms for rent can be found in the picturesque Embonas, as well as traditional cafes and taverns serving some mouth-watering specialties.

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Faliraki

Faliraki

This resort used to be a quiet little fishing village, a few km south of Rhodes City, now being turned into the major tourist resort of the island. Organized beaches... with clean waters can be found in front of the resort, as well as a plethora of hotels and other kinds of accommodation, clubs, bars, cafes, shops and restaurants. The nightlife in Faliraki goes on all night, with the cosmopolitan aspect and atmosphere of the place, attracting thousands of visitors during high season.

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Ialysos

Ialysos

The village of Ialysos is actually the third largest settlement in the island, with approximately 7,000 inhabitants. Is located 8 km to the north-west direction from the town of Rhodes... and close to the ruins of the ancient city of the same name, also known as Trianta, which constitutes an important archaeological site.
During the last decades, the village has become a popular tourist destination, with a good variety of hotels, apartments, studios and campsites, placed along the coast. With several traditional restaurants, as well as an active nightlife in various bars and clubs, the village gets particularly busy during the summer when the European Windsurfing Championship is also held at the beach of Ialyssos.

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Kalithies

Kalithies

The traditional village of Kalithies is located 13 km south of Rhodes Town and 2 km from the cosmopolitan resort of Faliraki. The architecture of Kalithies distinguishes for the narrow... paved streets and the stone houses, while its position offers a great view to the bay of Kallithea.
There are monasteries to visit close to Kalithies, such as the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savor with a 16th c. iconostasis and the Monastery of Virgin Eleoussa with two medieval coat of arms. Near Kalithies, there is also the Cave of Kalamonias with its impressive stalactites and human traces from the Neolithic Era (5.000-3.700 BC)
If you visit Kalithies on the 13th – 14th of September, you can witness the festival of the Holy Cross, one of the most impressive festivals in Rhodes.

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Kattavia

Kattavia

A well-preserved settlement, located in the middle of a fertile plain, on the southern end of the island, about 84 km from Rhodes city, this charming traditional village was built... during the medieval times, just like every village in Rhodes, still retaining its traditional character, consisted of houses of typical folklore architecture, depicting the way of life during the years.
A tour around the village will help the visitor to travel through time and explore the culture of Rhodes. Kattavia is surrounded by hills and every season of the year, the colors alternate according to the climate. The visitors have various hiking options, since there are numerous paths and rural roads in many directions. Kattavia is also a place of archaeological interest, with the temple of Agia Paraskevi and the church of Virgin Mary, built in the 8th c., while 8 km further, one will find the extraordinary beaches of Prassonisi, otherwise known as the “Windsurfing Mecca”.

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Kremasti

Kremasti

Located 12 km southwest of Rhodes city, Kreamasti is a tourist settlement which has been developing rapidly, combining the tourist resort with the old village. It is worth seeing the... remains of the Medieval Castle and the impressive temple of Virgin Mary Kremasti.
The area offers many options for accommodations, food, shopping and entertainment. The visitors enjoy the sandy beach that begins from Kremasti and reaches Theologos. The access to Kremasti from the town of Rhodes is quite easy, with the options of taxis and public buses, running frequently.

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