Read the pamphlet and EXPLORE_RHODES

The island of Rhodes is situated in the South Aegean Sea. It is the largest island in the Dodecanese and the fourth in Greece after Crete, Evia and Lesvos (Lesbos). It has a long history, a rich natural environment, beautiful beaches and modern tourist facilities, elements that have for decades made it a one of the most popular tourist destinations both nationally and worldwide.

The island of Rhodes is oblong and has the shape of a spear edge. Located about 460 kilometers southeast of Athens, 380 km west of Cyprus and 18 km southwest of Turkey. Its length is 77 km, width 37 km and total area of 1,401 square kilometers (1,408,749 acres). It has 253 kilometers of coastline. The island can be described as mountainous with the highest mountains the Attavyros (1210 meters), the Artamytis (825 meters) and the Prophet Ilias (800 meters).

The population according to the latest census amounts to 125.113   inhabitants.

The island can be reached both by air or sea.

Rhodes has an International Airport, “Diagoras”, located in Paradisi, 15 km from Rhodes town.

The inhabitants of Rhodes speak except from the Greek language mostly English, and many of them know other languages like German,French , Italian, Spanish, Russian and others.

The official currency is the euro.

Standard Time: UTC / GMT +2 hours
Summer Time: UTC / GMT +3 hours

The weather on the island is clear and sunny all year round. The maximum and minimum temperatures per month are as follow:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
o C Min  10  10  12  15  18  22  27  27  26  22  18  14
o C Max  13  13  16  20  24  28  32  34  30 27  23  17


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The public holidays for 2024 are:

• January 1 The New Year’s Day
• January 6 The Epiphany
• March 7 The National Day (The Integration of the Dodecanese to Greece)- Parade
• March 18 The Beginning of the Lent
• March 25 The National Day (The Annunciation)- Parade
• May 1 The Labour Day
• May 3 The Good Friday
• May 5 The Easter- The Resurrection of Christ
• June 24 The Holy Spirit
• August 15 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
• October 28 National Day
• November 14 The St. Constantine Hydreos- The Patron Saint of the City
• December 25 The Christmas Day
• December 26 The Boxing Day

For any inquiry contact us at
or visit us in person at the one of the following locations

Location Telephone Monday to Friday Saturday
New Town Mandraki, Averof 3
(Main Office)
+30 22410 35945 07:00 – 15:00
Medieval City,
Street of The Knights
+30 22410 74313 07:00 – 15:00
Medieval City,
Outside D’Amboise Gate
+30 22410 31165
Tourist  port +30 22410 75316

European Emergency Call Number

Ministry of Tourism-Directorate for the Dodecanese Island
Rhodes-Tourist Information Office
+30 22410 44335

Municipality of Rhodes
+30 22413 61200

The City Of Rhodes Information Office
+30 22410 35945
+30 22410 35240

Medieval city Office
+30 22410 74313

Tourist Port Office
+30 22410 75316

Lindos Tourist Information Office
+30 22440 31900
+30 22443 60100

General Secretary Of Commerce
(General complains, advices for reservation problems)

Tourist Police
+30 22410 27423
+30 22410 23329

Passport Control – Airport
+30 22413 60364

Passport Control – Tourist Port
+30 22410 24138

Police Emergency Service

Emergency Fire Service
+30 22410 43560
+30 22410 43561

Forestry Fire Service

Hospital of Rhodes
+30 22413 60000

166 (you can dial it from any card phone without using any card)

Private Hospital- Euromedica
+30 22410 45000

Medical Center Krito
I. Metaxa 3, Rodos 851 31
+30 22410 30020

Traffic Police
+30 22410 44131

Animal Welfare
Mr. Kritikos George
+30 69406 84540



Archaeological Service of Dodecanese – Rhodes
+30 22413 65200

Consulate of Finland Honorary Consul – Mr. Efthymios (Akis) Dimitriadis
39-41, 28th October Street (2nd floor)
+30 22410 34000
Consulate of Austria Honorary Consul – Mrs. Mary Moschis
39, Grigoriou Lampraki Street
+30 22410 92519
Consulate of Belgium Honorary Consul – Mr. Antonis Kambourakis
Mediterranean Hotel 35, Kos Street
+30 22410 24661 (Mediterranean Htl)
+30 22410 25222 (Rodos Palace Htl)  
Consulate of Denmark, Norway, Sweden Honorary Consul – Mr. George K. Tselios
Sun Beach Resort Hotel, Ferenikis Street, Ialyssos
+30 22410 96430
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DK :
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Consulate of France Honorary Consul – Mrs. Aliki Moschi-Gauguet
Ippoton Street, Old Town
+30 22410 33360
Consulate of Germany Honorary Consul – Mr. Konstantinos Diakonis
25, Lohagou Fanouraki Street
+30 22414 04058
Consulate of Italy Honorary Consul –See Embassy in Athens
+30 21095 38180
Consulate of The Netherlands Honorary Consul – Mrs Maria Luisa Kritikou
+30 22410 74633
See Embassy in Athens
+30 21072 54950
+30 21072 54953
Consulate of Hungary Honorary Consul – Mr. Akis Kaillis
40, Dimitriou Theodoraki St- 1st floor
+30 22410 33976
Consulate of Ireland Honorary Consul – Mr. Skevos Moungros
111, Amerikis Street
+30 22410 22461
+30 22410 75655
Consulate of Spain Honorary Consul – See Embassy in Athens
+30 21092 13123
Consulate of Switzerland Honorary Consul – Ms Denise Karagiannis
8, G. Efstathiou Street
+30 22410 36155
Consulate of Turkey Consul General – Mr. Salim Kircaliali
10, Iroon Polytehneiou Street, Rhodes
+30 22410 23362
+30 22410 23595
Vice-Consulate of United Kingdom Vice-Consul – Mrs. Ourania (Rania) Kossiori
29, Grigoriou Lampraki Street
+30 22410 22005
+30 22410 24472
Consulate of Czech Republic Honorary Consul – Mr. Emmanouil Markopoulos
26, Lohagou Fanouraki Str-85100 Rhodes
+30 22410 34383
+30 22410 56268


For further infomation about the Embassies or the Consulates please contact the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1st Vas. Sofias Av.106 71 Athens, Greece
+30 21036 81000

The city and island of Rhodes offer to the visitor accommodation services affordable for anyone. In modern hotels, the visitor enjoys top-level services. As exceptional as the accommodation are the conference facilities of our city and island, which often host international political, financial and academic meetings.

Find more about your accommodation in Rhodes at the official website of Rhodes Hotel Association:

View also:

Municipality of Rhodes
Department of Tourism
3, Averof Street, Rhodes 85131, Greece
+30 22410 35240+30 22410 35945
Ministry of Tourism-Directorate for the Dodecanese Island
1, Ethnarhou Makariou Street and Papagou Street, Rhodes 85131, Greece
+30 22410 44330+30 22410 44335
Rhodes Hotel Association 3, Blessa Street, Rhodes 85131, Greece
+30 22410 74555
Hotel Managers Association of the Dodecanese Hotel Atrium- Platinum, Iliados Street, Ialyssos, 85101, Greece
+30 22410 44901+30 69776 79001
Association of Tourist
Rooms-Apartments of the Dodecanese
92 Australia’s Street, Rhodes 85133, Greece
+30 22410 39302
The Union of Tourist
Accommodations of Rhodes, Faliraki-Rhodes 
Rhodes-Faliraki Avenue, Rhodes 85105, Greece
+30 22410 87407
Tourism Agencies Association 17, Georgiou Efstathiou street, Rhodes 85100
+30 22410 78756

PORT AUTHORITY | +30 22410 22220 | +30 22410 28666 | +30 22410 28888

New Marina

Signal Name Rhodes Marinas VHF16-71
Port Coordinates Ν 36o 26′ 16″ | Ε 28o 14′ 26″
Protection Marina is protected against all usual weathers
Moorings are available inside the Marina
  • Water
  • Electricity Power 32A , 63A, 125A, 250A
  • Bilge and waste water stations
  • Free Wifi (1MBPs)
  • Free Wired Internet (1MBPs)
  • Internet (Bandwidth up to 50MBPs under charge)
  • Fiber to the Boat Secure internet line up to 50MBPs
  • VOIP telephony (Voip Phone + Services)
  • Smartphone Application “GUEST SERVICES” Connection with the VOIP
  • VIP Cameras for Boat Security
  • Free Satelite TV
  • Free Showers and toilets
  • Bunkering Station
  • Meeting Room offering latest electronic technologies
  • Underwater Cameras and Sensors
  • CCTV security accompanied with physical patrol service throughout the Marina area
  • Luggage Storage Area
Christoforos Charisis +30 22414 40970


Mandraki Marina

Name Marina Mandraki of Rhodes VHF09
Port Coordinates B 36ο 27΄Α 28ο 13΄
Shelter All Wind Destinations (Except East Wind)
Mooring Not Available Everywhere
  • Water
  • Electricity: 32 A (220) Amber 32 A (380) Three faces
+30 22410 37927




Bays Worth Visiting:

  • Antony Quinn Bay- Ladiko
  • Kallithea
  • Tsambika
  • Haraki
  • Lindos
Many of you might have heard the phrase “Rhodes, the crossroad of civilizations”.
One can truly experience this if you decide to visit the sacred monuments all over the island, such as churches, mosques and synagogues that have managed to co-exist throughout the course of time.
For the leaflet “The Religious Monuments of Rhodes” press here.

The Medieval Town of Rhodes

Generally the Medieval Town of Rhodes preserves the architecture of the knightly era (1310- 1522 A.D.). The arrival of St. John’s Knights from Jerusalem to Rhodes in 1310 A.D. was followed by the induction of western elements in local art and the architecture. Especially in ecclesiastical architecture two tensions appear.

The first one concerns the Roman Catholic churches where the gothic architecture applied as it was configured in the Holy Land and in Cyprus, where the Knights were prior to their arrival in Rhodes. That style evolved in Rhodes. It lent and borrowed many elements from the local architecture and the byzantine tradition. It adjusted to the local materials and the Rhodian limestone, which was greatly exploited, creating unique artifacts. The regenerative art of the West made a huge impact on the local architecture and art in general on the island.

The second ecclesiastical architectural tension concerns the Greek Orthodox churches that follow the byzantine tradition. Only after the Knights’ departure from the island, the orthodox churches imitate the gothic style with crossed arches. That new architecture, mostly known as the “Dodecanese type”, is found outside the castle walls where the Christians were located during the ottoman period (1523- 1912 A.D.).

A. Orthodox churches within the Medieval Town that officiate as parishes.

1. Agios Fanourios (Saint Fanourios)

Is located at the namesake street in the Medieval Town of Rhodes. It was built in the 13th century A.D. It’s cross shaped and the interior is adorned with wonderful frescos. It officiated as a mesgit (small mosque) during the ottoman occupation. There is no known testimony for its name before the ottoman period. The interior was preserved in the 20’s by the Italian Archaeological Service. After the World War II, Greeks took over the church. In 1946 the church was inaugurated and dedicated to Agios Fanourios.

This churchofficiates today. The worship of Agios Fanourios seems to have started from Rhodes and then expanded initially to Crete and then to the rest of the country. Different sources cite that, while workers were digging outside the southern walls to collect building materials, they uncovered the ruins of a church. Among other things, an icon was found depicting Agios Fanourios wearing a military uniform and surrounded by scenes of his martyrdom. Obviously that icon was part of a fresco. Agios Fanourios’ first miracle was the liberation of three Cretan priests from pirates while transferring a copy of the archetypal icon to Crete.

Christiansshow their great respect for Agios Fanourios by baking a traditional cake dedicated to him, the “Fanouropita”. The cake is usually small in size and round and is made of flour, sugar, cinnamon, oil, sweet red wine and orange juice. All ingredients are mixed together and placed in a round girdle, baked at medium temperature. With the pie, Christians ask Agios Fanourios for his help in recovering a lost object, a lost case, health problems etc.

According to tradition, Agios Fanourios mother was a sinner. She was cruel to poor people. That’s the reason, according to the myth, she went to hell. Her son tried to save her but she was too evil. Worshipers bake these cakes and ask God to Forgive her. After the cake gets blessed, it is shared around the neighborhood. Agios Fanourios church celebrates on August 27th.

2. Agios Panteleimon church (Saint Panteleimon)

The church is located on the northeast end of the Medieval Town,near Agia Ekaterini’s Gate. It was built after the first siege from the Ottomans on July 27th (day of the churches celebration) 1480 A.D. It seems that this church was not turned into a mosque during the ottoman period.

According to Allert Gabriel’s narrations, who visited the island of Rhodes in 1923, the church was being used as a residence by Jewish families. Later on, unknown exactly when, the Italians repaired the building and used it as a customs office. Later on, the British used it as a police station. After the World War II it was a shelter for refugees.

During one of his visits, the Metropolitan bishop of Rhodes realized that the shelter was actually an old temple. In cooperation with the Archaeological Service, he started the restoration of the church, which was consecrated on April 25th 1948 A.D. and officiates till today.

B. Churches that were not turned into mosques by the Ottomans.

It seems that these churches were not used as mosques most probably because they were destroyed during the second siege of Rhodes in 1522 A.D. by the Ottomans.

1. Panagia tou Bourgou (Virgin Mary of Burgos)

It’s a gothic cathedral of the three-aisled basilica type with two arcades created by four columns and pointed arches. It was constructed in the beginning of the 14th century. Panagia tou Bourgou is also known with the names Virgin Mary of Mercy (Beata Maria Misericordia Burgi Rodi) and Virgin Mary of the Metropolis (Beata Maria of Metropoli). Today the area has been partially restored wherever possible, it is open to the public and sometimes musical events are held in its interior. The restoration of the monument received an honorary distinction from EUROPA NOSTRA in 2006.

2. Panagia tis Nikis (Virgin Mary of Victory)

The archaeologists originally believed that it was located by Agia Eikaterini’s Gate. The result of an excavation at a nearby unidentified church on Kisthiniou street, created doubts on which of the two churches is the Catholic church of Panagia tis Nikis. It was built by the Grand Master Pierre d’ Aubusson in the 15th century and was destroyed by the second ottoman siege in 1522 A.D. This church accommodated the Franciscan order. Along with the Augustinian order, they were the most important catholic monasteries on Rhodes Island. The Franciscans built the new Catholic church (mostly known as Sancta Maria) in 1743 A.D. in the district of Neohori.

C. Churches that were turned into mosques

All churches inside the Medieval Town, after the ottoman occupation in 1522 A.D., were turned into mosques. From all 34 or 35 churches only some of them can be identified with certainty and they are all of special interest. After the interventions by the Archaeological Service, those churches were restored. A visitor can still see the traces left behind by the passage of time and by their transformation into mosques, mesgits (little mosques) and even residencies.

Observing these monuments, one comes to the conclusion that the island of Rhodes favored due to its location and for the same reason desired, has known greatnesses and misfortunes, bitterness and elations. At the end, what’s left is the Rhodian sun that never stopped giving light to humanity and the universal character of this glorious island.

Some of these monuments are:

1. Panagia tou Kastrou (Virgin Mary of the Castle)

It is located on Museum square, also known as Alexander the Great square. It was built in the 11th century and is the oldest and biggest temple that can be found today within the walls of the Medieval Town. In its original form, it belonged to the archaeological type of cruciform registered temple with a dome, which was then modified into a three-aisled basilica with gothic crossed arches in the middle aisle during the knightly period. The temple had different usages through the passage of time. Originally it was an Orthodox metropolis dedicated to Virgin Mary, then – during the knightly period- was established as a Catholic metropolis with the name Sancta Maria Castelli Rodi. The ottomans transformed it into a mosque known as Enderum mosque or Kantouri and finally today it is a byzantine museum under the Archaeological Service’s supervision.

2. Agia Triada church on Ippoton street ( Khan Zade Mescidi)

It was established by the order Knights of Saint John and therefore it was dedicated to the catholic denomination. In its original form it was a one-room church covered by a unique arch. During the ottoman siege it was transformed into a mosque. An ellipsoid dome that covers the monument today is the only thing left from this last transformation.

At the main entrance’s lintel, which is on Ippoton street, one can see the Crest of the Holy See surrounded by the Crests of the Tongue of England. The building, that probably belonged to the Language of England, was established between 1365 and 1374 A.D. During the 15th century and for an unknown reason, the building was conveyed to the Tongue of France.

From the interior frescos few remains are preserved today due to the profound intervention by the Italians. On the archway, one can see the rare pictorial theme of God’s Throne. The fresco depicts God on his throne, holding his crucified son in His arms. This is a western type variation of Agia Triada’s (Holy Trinity) theme.

The name of the church was given due to this theme. The fresco also depicts Virgin Mary, Saint John the Baptist and some Bishops. It is dated from the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th.

 3. The ruins of Saint John’s of the Knights Catholic church

The ruins are located across from Grand Master’s Palace. On December 27th 1522 A.D., the day the Knights officially handed over the island’s command to the ottomans, sultan Suleiman the Magnificent prayed at this church which later on became the most important Muslim temple, the Great Mosque of Rhodes.

The temple was a three-aisled gothic basilica with a wooden roof. The temple was destroyed by an explosion. This was caused by lightening hitting a barrel of gunpowder forgotten in the basement. The Metropolitan church of Virgin Mary’s Annunciation was built based on the patterns of this temple.

4. Agios Georgios Monastery (Chourmali mosque)

It is located on the western section of the Medieval Town on Apolloniou street. The disposition of three wings of cells, the church on the perimeter and the yard in the middle, is a characteristic of the byzantine monastery architecture. The church has four recesses with a dome (14- 15th century), built on top of an older post-byzantine church.

At the eastern part of the yard there’s an atrium dated from the 5th or 6th century. That rare type – in the Hellenic region -, the construction’s high quality and the morphological elements of the local technique, are the elements that give great value to the monument. This monument is a sample of the Rhodian Knightly architecture. During restoration work it was revealed that the entrance’s doorstep was an architectural part showing Virgin Mary praying between two angels. Today the finding is exposed inside the church.

During the ottoman occupation the monastery was turned into a seminary (Medrese) given the name “Chourmali” and the temple into a mosque. Later it was operated as a girl’s school by the Ottomans and on the 20th century it was transformed into houses for poor families.

The monastery was restored by the Italian Archaeological Service during the Italian occupation. The monastery received an honorary distinction from Europa Nostra in 2006.

5. The Holy Apostles and Old Mess complex (Imaret)

It’s located on the southern part of Socratous street, right across from Suleiman’s Mosque, inside the Medieval Town of Rhodes. A three-aisled church (14-15th century), dedicated to the Catholic denomination, was located in the area of the Old Mess. It was probably destroyed during the ottomans’ first siege in 1480 A.D. and then by an earthquake in 1481. The only remains from the original church are a stone column of the south colonnade and a column’s base of the north colonnade.

Between 1480 and 1522 a small one-room church was built over the ruins and in 1522 sultan Suleiman the Magnificent founded a poor house (Imaret). New buildings were added used as warehouses or kitchens. Conversions were made to the church and the altar’s arch was turned into an oven. Restoration work was held from 1986 till 1999.
Today the complex is used for art exhibitions, playground and restrooms.

6. Agios Nikolaos or Saint Augustine’s Monastery

It was recently discovered and is located southwest of Omiros street. It can also be reached by Andronikos Street. It consists of the church and a yard on the north side, the main area of the temple on the northeast side and the cells on the east side. It is obvious that the monastery’s yard is located where today the “Medieval Town Theater” is found. This monastery, from the order of Augustines, was one of the most important Catholic churches on Rhodes.

Recent excavations brought to light an older one-room church of the 14th century which was probably the reason why Dragonino Clavelli added a chapel at the north side in the 15th century dedicated to Agios Nikolaos and was used as a burial area for his family.

During World War II, a bomb destroyed half of the church and its surrounding area. After its restoration, the church was used as a private home up until recently when the Archaeological Service of Rhodes took exclusive ownership of the building.

7. Agia Kyriaki (Barasani mesgit)

It is located at a sidestreet by Omirou street right next to the walls. The church is dated from the 15th – 16th century. It is a one-aisle temple with a pointed arch. In 1522 the temple became a mesgit (little mosque) and was given the name Alagia Tekkia or Tecche and later on Borasani Mesgit. On the northwest side a minaret was added later on. South of the temple there’s a mausoleum where Burasan Ali Baba, sultan Suleiman’s chief bugler.

8. Agia Ekaterini (Ilk Michrab)

It is located on the south part of the Jewish district inside the Medieval Town. It’s a three-aisled basilica type church, built in the 14th century. An examination of the building and the fresco phases suggest that it used to be a one-room church and more aisles or chapels were added through the passage of time.

Soon after the Ottomans invaded the city, the church was turned into a mosque given the name Ilk Michrab (first praying cavity). It is believed that this one was the first Christian church that became a mosque in 1522. The monument suffered severe damages from a bombing in World War II, it was roughly repaired by the locals and was totally restored by the Archaeological Service of Rhodes.

9. Agia Triada in the Jewish district (Holy Trinity) – Dolapli Mosque

Can be found in Leontos Rodiou square. It is a crucifix formed temple with a dome, with frescoes (dated from the 15th and 16th century) on the west side. It was given the name Dolapli after its transformation to a mosque.


D. Mosques

Besides turning Christian churches into mosques, the ottomans also built some new ones that are considered excellent samples of the Islamic architecture such as:

1. Ibrahim Pasa Mosque

It’s in Platonos square near the bazaar in Medieval Town. The marble sign on the main entrance informs us that it was built in 1540- 1541 A.D. by Suleiman. Therefore, this mosque is the oldest one on Rhodes island. It consists of a large square building, with 12- side dome and two consecutive porches on the north side. The minaret is located on the northwest side of the mosque and it has an octagonal fountain.

2. Sultan Mustafa’s Mosque

In Arionos square, in the courtyard of Suleiman’s Turkish baths. According to a marble sign it was built in 1764- 1765 by sultan Mustafa. It is a very tall square building with a dome in the middle, navicular arches on three sides and two hemispherical arches on the north corners. The pyramidal exterior shape of the building is very impressive with its octagonal fountain in front of the mosque. Today the Muslim community of Rhodes still uses this mosque for ceremonies.

3. Suleiman’s Mosque

It is located on top of the Medieval Town’s hill at the end of Socratous street. The mosque consists of three square spaces. One of them is bigger than the others and taller (15 meters) covered with domes and two consecutive balconies on the north side. Between the central and the western dome there’s a minaret (34,5 meters) with two balconies. It was built in the 16th century by Suleiman the Magnificent. The monument received an honorary distnction from Europa Nostra in 2006.

4. Mehmet Aga Mosque

It is located on the first floor of a building on Socratous street. It’s oblique position in comparison to Socratous st. (facing towards Mecca) led to the angular projection of the mosque which is supported by a column that can be seen in the middle of the street.

The wooden minaret has a roofed balcony that ends up to a stoned stairway. The view is exceptional from the top. The exterior look of the building was based on the same architecture as the byzantine mansions built in the 18th century.

It suffered severe damages in 1863 from earthquakes and was repaired in 1875. New repairs were made in 1948 after the 1944 bombings. These last repairs also altered the interior decorations. The last restorations took place in 2004.

5. The Sindrivan Mosque

Can be found on a sidestreet by Socratous street, near Ippocratous street and “Thalassini” Gate. It is built on the first floor of a building above shops.

During the Knightly period, St. Sebastian’s church was located in that area. Sinan Beis built the mosque on the ground floor which was later burnt. In 1888 a new mosque was built on the first floor. It has an octagonal floor plan and is covered with a dome. A small terrace created above the balcony was used as a minaret. The mosque was restored in 2004.

6. Retzep Pasa Mosque

Can be found on Dorieos square. It was built in 1588 and is the most important ottoman building. Persian ceramics can still be seen on the exterior. Its interior is luxurious with Quran verses on the walls decorated with enamel. The founder’s sarcophagus is on the eastern side of the mosque. Unfortunately this mosque cannot be visited due to maintenance in progress.

7. Murat Reis Mosque (outside the Medieval Town)

It’s right across from the Prefecture building. It was named after Suleiman’s admiral who was killed during the town’s siege and he was buried there in a tourbe, a type of a round mausoleum.Today it is still a mosque and is used as a cemetery. Many famous people were buried there while they were exiled in Rhodes.

E. The Synagogue Shalom

It’s on the corner of Dosiadou and Simmiou street. It’s the oldest synagogue in Greece and the only one out of the six that still officiates during the Jewish New Year and the Atonement Day when a rabbi is invited by the jewish community and for other religious ceremonies.

The interior follows the traditional Sephardic style and the “Teva” (altar) is in the center facing southeast towards Jerusalem. On the east side of the yard there’s a sign where a fountain used to be with an inscription “Kislev 5338” (1577 A.D.).

The city of Rhodes outside the walls 

After the ottoman occupation in 1522, the Christians settled outside the walls in neighborhoods called “Marasia”. The areas that were granted to them were actually gardens and destroyed mansions and churches. Each neighborhood had its own church which it was named after. These neighborhoods are:

  • Agii Anargyri (St. Kosmas and Damian)
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Agia Anastasia
  • the Mitropolis
  • Agios Georgios o Kato
  • Agios Georgios o Ano
  • Agios Nikolaos

A new neighborhood was built later (Niochori) with its church, “The Presentaion of the Virgin Mary”.

In the 18th century the Christians were given permission to build new churches. That’s when a new architecture style appears that can only be found in the Dodecanese islands and the southeast coastline of Asia Minor. The type was named “Dodecanese type basilica” and it imitates the gothic domes of the Knights.

1. Isodia tis Theotokou (The Presentation of the Virgin Mary) church in Niochori

It is on Mandilara street. It was built in 1719 and is an example of the Dodecanese type basilica. The church celebrates on November 21st. It also celebrates on November 14th as the church is also associated with the patron saint of Rhodes Town, Agios Constantinos o Ydreos.

2. Evangelismos tis Theotokou (The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary) church

It’s located in Eleftherias square on the port’s western side in Mandraki. It used to be St. John’s Catholic church and today is an orthodox church dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. It is a copy of St. John’s the Baptist church in Collakio. It is a three-aisled gothic basilica with a wooden roof in which the byzantine and gothic elements blend in with the characteristics of a type often appearing in Syria (when Syria was under the Franks occupation).

The temple remains immutable on the outside while the interior was adjusted to the needs of the Orthodox denomination in 1947. The frescos were made by the byzantine hagiographer Fotis Kontoglou and his two assistants Ioannis Terzis and Pantelis Odambasis (1951- 1961 A.D.).

3. Panagia tis Nikis, also known as Sancta MariaThe church

It is located in the central district of Niochori. The complex includes the monastery of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land who do pastoral work on the island. The monastery also has a guesthouse. The volunteers there come from different countries offer their assistance to those in need.

During the Ottoman siege in 1522 A.D., the church – located within the walls of the Medieval Town– was destroyed and the Franciscans left the island along with the Knights of St. John.

In 1719 the Apostolic Prefecture of the Franciscans of Constantinople re-established its mission in Rhodes and in 1743 a new church was built “Panagia tis Nikis”, mostly known as Sancta Maria. The new church was enlarged in 1851 and soon became the main Catholic church in Rhodes. Holy Mass is celebrated every day in various languages and the community often gathers there, particularly in St. Claire’s Hall, which was recently renovated by the parish priest with the help of friends and volunteers.

On the left side of the church, you can visit St. Francis Nativity at Christmas time. Local people and tourists from all over the island come to admire it.

4. Church of St. Francis of Assisi

It is next to the Athanasious Gate and is the official Latin Rite Parish church of Rhodes. On September 20th 1936, in the presence of the Archbishop and the Italian Governor Lago, the foundation stone of the church was laid in place.

The church, planned by architecture Bernabiti and built by engineer Vellini, was completed in 1939. This church is larger than Sancta Maria and it became the Parish church of the Franciscan Mission in Rhodes which at the time hosted many catholics.

On Sundays and holidays, Holy Mass is celebrated in Greel. Thanks to volunteers, the faithful can follow Mass in their own language through brochures with the readings translated in 12 languages. After each Mass, Father Luke and his parishioners gather in the hall behind the church or in the garden for a moment of celebration. Some of the women take turns baking traditional cakes of their countries to offer with coffee.

The church also hosts sacred music concerts. The first one was by the Italian organ player Stefano Pellini. The church was designed with wonderful acoustics and the sound starting from the altar goes to the end of the church and vice versa.

Religious tours on the island

There are 45 villages on the island of Rhodes. Every village, besides its white houses, has its main church with elaborated woodcut icon screens and remarkable icons of the byzantine and post-byzantine period. Many chapels can also be found all over the island.

We suggest that you take time to visit some of them, attend festivals or masses on their celebration day. Make sure to confirm the dates before visiting because the festivals sometimes get transferred to the following weekend. The villagers with these festivals try to maintain their tradition creating in this way a religious culture.

Religious tours on the island’s west side

On the main road from Rhodes city to Ialisos, next to “Kritika” district and between large hotels, is the church of Panagia Faneromeni. On the same road and on the left side, among a green landscape, the monastery of Three (Archangels) stands. Those two are samples of the area’s art and tradition.

1. Panagia Filerimou

Situated at an idyllic scenery on Filerimos hill that dominates the namesake bay at an altitude of 247 meters. Following the main road from Rhodes Town to Ialisos and turning left on Ialisos main crossroad you will reach the foot of Filerimos hill. The site appears to have been attractive from ancient times particularly.

The Acropolis of Ialisos and the ancient temple of Athena Poliados, who, in the 5th century A.D., became a Christian three-aisled basilica, were at the same location. The only remain of this temple is a cross-shaped font. Passing through the eastern gate, a wide stone staircase, with tall cypress trees right and left, leads us to the monastery of Panagia Filerimou dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Life-Giving Source).

The church complex was built by the Knights over an older Byzantine church and was rebuilt in its present form by Italian archaeologists. Right next to the font is the restored stone Gothic church.

To the left of the main entrance of the site at a lower level of the monastery there is a small one-room underground Byzantine church of Agios Georgios tou Hostou, pre-knight era, with rare frescoes depicting the knights and dating from the 14th-15th century.

Opposite the entrance of the site and outside the fence begins the so-called Calvary, a paved corridor with twelve engravings on one side, standing on pedestals, which represent the Passion of Christ. The path ends in a cross of 17,80 meters tall. Inside, staircase leads to the top of the cross offering a breathtaking panoramic view. A few steps down the hillside, is a partially restored Doric fountain with six Doric columns and an equal number of columns in the interior (4th century B.C.).

The icon of the Virgin Mary of Filerimos is one of the most important Christian relics. The story of the icon seems to start from the 11th century A.D. Mary’s face was painted on canvas, which then was applied to the wood surface. Many believe that the icon comes from Jerusalem. Some historians argue that members of the Order of St. John brought it to Rhodes to this location from which it got its name. Other historians say that the Order of St. John found it on the island after its conquest in the year 1310, and that the residents had already established Virgin Mary as their protector. The icon from 1200 to 1480 A.D. was located on the hill of Filerimos.

The year 1480 A.D. during the first Ottoman siege, the icon was temporarily transferred to the city of Rhodes and on the ramparts to inspire the army. From 1490 until 1523 A.D., the icon moved several times in the castle of the Knights due to the reconstruction of the temple on Filerimos hill, after the 1480 A.D. invasion and earthquakes. The last year, 1522 A.D., the icon moved back to the city of Rhodes during the second Ottoman siege, and was stored at Agia Ekaterini’s church and then at Agios Markos church within the Medieval Town. On January 2, 1523 A.D., the icon forever leaves the island of Rhodes to start a long journey through time and history. From 1523 to 1527 A.D. it was located in Italy, and from 1527 to 1530 A.D. in France. On the island of Malta, first in the church of San Lorenzo from 1530 to 1571 A.D. and then at La Valletta, in the church of Our Lady Beata Maria from 1571 to 1578 A.D. and finally the Cathedral of San Giovanni from 1578 to 1798 A.D. It is said that the icon had great power during its stay on the island of Malta, protecting it especially during the long Ottoman siege in the year 1565 A.D. When the Great Napoleon occupied Malta in 1798 A.D., robbers while ravaging palaces and churches, removed the cover of the icon. The icon travelled through Trieste and arrived in Russia, where Tzar Paul A’ welcomed it with honors. A new gold lid decorated with additional expensive jewelry such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires was placed on the icon. At the Tsar’s workshop, similar decorations were used in two other knightly relics that were with Virgin Mary’s icon. The hand of St. John the Baptist and a relic of the True Cross. The icon stayed in Russia until the October Revolution in 1917 A.D., hidden in Moscow, then St. Petersburg, and then through Estonia, in 1919 A.D. it was transferred to Copenhagen (Bei Di Ciaro). The icon was given to Maria Fiontorovna, the Queen Mother of Russia, who managed to travel to Denmark after the October Revolution. The icon remained in Denmark from 1919 to 1928 A.D. By order of Maria Fiontorovna the three relics were moved to the Russian Orthodox Church in Berlin, where they stayed from 1928 to 1929 A.D. The royal family Karagiorgevits kept the relics in their palace in Belgrade from 1929 to 1941 A.D. After the bombing of Belgrade on April 6, 1941, the relics were transferred to the Ostrog monastery and remained there until 1952 A.D. Then they were taken over by the Montenegrin government and were placed in the National Treasury. In 1978 A.D. The government handed over the two relics in the official Church and now there are placed in the monastery of Cetinje and the icon was delivered to the museum of Cetinje. It is currently stored at the National Museum of Montenegro. Since 2002 A.D., the icon remains in the Blue Chapel of the National Museum of Montenegro. Today there’s a copy of this marvelous icon at the church of Panagia of Filerimos that was transferred by the Metropolitan of Montenegro and Serbia Seaside Church Mr. Amfilochios.

2. Agios Nikitas in Damatria

Situated on the western road of the island. Northeast of the village Damatria on the way to Maritsa, drive 100 meters and then turn left, follow the 1500 meters long dirt road that ends in a square with a spectacular view. Then a path about 70 meters leads to the chapel located at an altitude of 100 meters.

This is a Byzantine building carved into the rock dating on the 13th century A.D. It has arches that stand pretty well carved in the rock ceiling, a small sanctuary and a small altar.
The inner surfaces of the walls of the monastery are covered with frescoes dating back to the 14th century A.D.

Also, in the monastery there are two graves whose tombstones bear a cross similar to the Order of the Knights of St. John.

3. The Holy Monastery of Kalopetra

Located on top of Butterfly Valley at an altitude of 470 meters. Follow the main road from Paradisi to Psinthos to get there. Before Psinthos, on the road stands the Holy Monastery of Kalopetra dedicated to the Assumption. The monastery can also be reached if you follow the path from the Valley of Butterflies.

4. Agios Soulas (Saint Silas)

It is a small chapel located in a valley, four kilometers south of Soroni on the western road of the island. The chapel is built in the name of Saint Silas the inseparable companion of the Apostle Paul. The area all around is full of overgrown tall pines. The temple is Basilica and it is unknown when it was built. At the top of the entrance there’s a relief cross dated 1836 but the local tradition places its construction during the first Christian centuries, from 100 to 150 A.D.

Inside the temple and across from the entrance on the north side, there is a water spring in an artificial cave. The holy water heals various skin diseases.

According to local tradition, when the Apostle Paul came to Rhodes, to spread Christianity, he was accompanied by Silas. Tradition says St. Silas, a dermatologist, cured many sufferers from various diseases. Also, while Paul tried to organize the administration of the newly created Church in Lindos, Saint Silas and his disciples toured the various villages to teach the new religion. When St. Silas reached the present site of St. Soulas, there was a settlement with a holy altar, where he began to preach the teachings of Jesus Christ. Saint Silas remained there several days, teaching and baptizing in the name of Christ. He appointed priests and teachers of the new religion, he cured many patients of nearby settlements and returned to Lindos, where he met the Apostle Paul.

In 1931 A.D. the Italian General Governor of the Dodecanese Mario Lago sent the water of this spring for chemical examination and the analysis showed that the water contained ingredients that made it perfect for drinking. Also, that water had antiseptic properties for certain infectious intestinal diseases. Mario Lago after seeing the ingredients and properties of the water of St. Soulas, built an underground tank, a few meters from the south side of the monastery to store water. From this tank the water was led to a fountain. When Mario Lago visited the festival, after studying the charming location of the monastery and generally beautiful, wooded area, thought to brighten the festival and he built a race course.

5. Monastery of Prophet Elias

Located at the top of the namesake mount, 610 meters above sea level at one of the tallest mountains of Rhodes. Following the road west of the island. Arriving in Kalavarda turn south to the mainland and continue to Salakos. Among the villages Salakos and Apollona there’s a road sign that leads to the “Monastery of Prophet Elias”.

In order to get to the monastery of Prophet Elias, apart from the road there’s also a structured path 650 meters long starting from Salakos.

Enjoy the spectacular view of the sea and a large part of the island. This location, according to the late Rhodian Archimandrite Chrysostomos Moustakas “Is a very secretive and peaceful land that combines the wonderful mountainous nature with an exquisite panoramic view of the sea.” From the local tradition we learn that during the Byzantine period on a cypress.

6. The Holy Monastery of Panagia Amartou

Located on the western road of the island on the main road from Embona to Kritinia, between mountains and valleys tands the Holy Monastery dating from the Middle Ages. Its name was probably taken from a French nobleman Amarto who had a tower there and still exists in semi-ruined condition.
Near the steep hill there’s a small cave, the Agiopetra, where the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary was found. Holy water drips from a rock. It is miraculous for mental and physical illnesses.

7. Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Theologos (Artamitis), Church of Agios Panteleimon in Sianna 

Continuing west on the road before reaching Embona turn left heading towards the village of Agios Isidoros. Before reaching the village and right on the road, stands the Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Theologos (Artamitis). It stands at an altitude of 380 meters and at a vast green area. The old monastery functioned as a seminary and was a dependency of the Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Theologos in Patmos.

Continuing west on the road to Sianna, you can visit the Church of Agios Panteleimon. There’s a great feast on July 26th. From there we head to Monolithos.

8. The chapel of Agios Panteleimon in Monolithos castle

Located at the top of the fort near Monolithos. It’s a really breezy chapel, the sanctuary of which is pitch black and dotted with littlr stars (very rare decoration in Greece). The view is spectacular from there especially at sunset. From Monolithos you can either:
  1. Head south and continue your tour in the south of the island starting from Agios Georgios “Kalamos: in Apolakkia, or
  1. Start your tour from the city of Rhodes along the eastern coast of the island.

Religious tour along the eastern coast of the island

1. The Prophet Elias and Prophet Amos chapels

Starting from Rhodes town and along the eastern road (main road from Rhodes to Lindos ) to the south of Faliraki rises the hill of Prophet Elias, with two chapels. Both chapels have rare frescoes.
At the top of the hill stands the chapel of Prophet Elias with a spectacular view of Faliraki. At the foot of the same hill, in an oasis of dewiness, stands the chapel of Prophet Amos.

According to a myth, Amos once got in a fight with Prophet Elias who threw a rock at him. Then Amos struck the rock with his fist and a hole was created. Since then, according to tradition little children go through this hole if they wish to grow taller.

2. Panagia Katholiki in Afandou

Located near the beach of Afandou and within two hundred meters from the sea. By following the eastern road (main road from Rhodes to Lindos) at the intersection in Afandou turn east towards the beach.

The church is of great historical, archaeological and religious interest. According to tradition,a temple (3rd century) dedicated to goddess Dimitra used to be at the same location where the church stands today. The temple was destroyed in the 6th century AD and with the materials from the ancient temple three-aisled Christian basilica church was built, which was also destroyed by an unknown cause in the 8th A.D. century but was rebuilt.

The new church was built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica and the Middle Byzantine church with neat blocks and Gothic arches and occupies only part of the middle aisle of the sanctuary’s oldest temple. It’s decorated with frescoes from the 14th and 16th century A.D. This new church, which survives to this day, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

The icon of the Virgin Mary for security reasons is kept in the church museum in Afandou, but three times a year is transferred back to the church, accompanied by priests and the people of the city. On the eve of the Assumption (August 14th ), the procession starts from the church in the town square. As soon as the icon is placed in the church the Divine Liturgy and praise begins, followed by a festival with the participation of believers from all over the island. The icon is also transferred to the church for Novena and Monday after Easter.

3. Monastery of Agios Nektarios Kryoneriou and Agios Nicholaos in Fountoukli

At the junction in Kolymbia towards the mainland, before Archipoli at “Kryoneri” area, is the monastery of Agios Nektarios. A monastery of exceptional natural beauty.

Passing through the villages Archipoli and Psinthos, you reach Eleousa. By following the road west of the village you arrive in Agios Nikolaos in Fountoukli area. The church dates from the 14th to 15th century A.D. and is a central square building covered with a dome. The frescoes, which date also from the 14th to 15th century A.D., show some iconographic peculiarities. The two portraits of the donors make us assume that one of them was a senior byzantine administrative officer who dedicated the church to Agios Nikolaos. In the south wall of the western apse, the portrait depicts the founder with his wife beneath a decorative bow holding a model of the temple. At the same time, they pray to the statue of Christ that stands above them, receiving his blessing. What’s important in this church is the triple composition of the frescoes in the apse. In the north wall depicts the founder’s three children a girl and two boys, praying beneath the bust of Christ-Emmanuel. From the inscriptions accompanying them, we learn that they have all died. The temple was built and decorated probably in their memory. The artist custom made the frescoes. He drew the children in Paradise. Decorative elements with birds symbolize Paradise. Equally important is that Christ, blessing the deceased children is depicted as a child and not a bearded adult. Many who visit the church claim to hear the voices of the children.

4. The Monastery of Panagia Tsambika

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 new monastery was renovated in 1760 A.D. It is a temple of Dodecanese type and the floor has traditional shingles also observed in other churches in the area. The wooden temple is very beautiful and it is believed to be older than the 17th century A.D. The monastery celebrates on September 8th , the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. The small icon of the Virgin Mary was miraculously found on the hill.

The name Tsambika, according to tradition, came from the local dialect word “tsaba” which means spark and refers to the way the icon was retrieved.
A shepherd was sitting near the fountain Aimachiou (an Archangel historic site that is in a lower area across the mountain), when he saw sparks coming from the top of the mountain.

All night the shepherd starred at the light to see whether it moved , assuming that someone was holding it. The light remained in the same position. Two more days went by and the light remained in the same position. Then the shepherd, curious and also scared in case there were bandits in the mountains called his armed villagers to see what was happening.

As they reached the top, paradoxically, they saw a silver icon of the Virgin upon a cypress and a lit candle in front of it. This incident circulated everywhere and also reached Cyprus. The Cypriots were missing an icon from one of their monasteries. Commissioners from Cyprus came to Archangelos to identify the icon and return it to their homeland but the icon once again left Cyprus and came to the mountain top. Cypriots once again came back to retrieve the icon.

For both sides to be certain that this was the same icon, they burned some wood from the back to leave a mark. This mark is preserved until today. When the icon returned for the third time , the villagers decided to build a chapel dedicated to the Panagia Tsambika.
For security reasons, the miraculous icon is currently at the lower monastery.

Many are the miracles of the Virgin. Most of them refer to childless women who pray to the Virgin Mary to gift them with a child and they promise either to baptize the child to that monastery or to name their child Tsampikos (for boys) or Tsambika (for girls). Therefore this name is widespread in Rhodes. One of the oldest miracles of the Virgin Tsampika, which is associated with the large estates around the monastery is the following:

The land belonged to a Turkish Pasha, whose wife couldn’t bear children. She heard about Panagia Tsambika , prayed in front of the icon and then ate the wick of a candle burning by the image. The miracle happened and the woman got pregnant. Her husband would not believe it was a miracle. But when the baby was born, it was holding a small piece of wick from the candle. So, the Turkish Pasha believed the miracle and, donated all the land surrounding it, to the monastery.

5. Monastery of Archangel Michael Kammyrioti

Located in the northwest of the village Massari, on the side of the namesake mountain. The monastery has existed since the 12th century A.D. and celebrates on September 6th in memory of the “ Chonais miracle”.

6. The church of Panagia in Lindos

It is located in the center of the village and is a cruciform church of the 14th century A.D. with an octagonal dome, whitewashed walls and tiled roof. At one entrance there is the emblem of the Grand Master D ‘Aubusson with the dates 1489/90. The interior floor is made of black and white pebbles, and the frescoes of the 18th century A.D. painted by Gregory from Simi. From these, an array of rare paintings of biblical scenes stand out. There is also a series of depictions of torture taking place on Judgement Day. In one of the frescoes, Agios Christoforos is depicted standing. He’s wearing a military uniform and a red cloak. In his right raised hand he’s holding a cross, indicative that he’s a martyr. What’s unique about that is that Agios Christoforos has a dog’s head instead of a human’s. In this iconographic, Agios Christoforos is characterized as “kynokefalos” or “skylokefalos”. Icons like this, can also be found in Cappadocia (14th century) and at a temple in Antroni Ilias (8th century AD) as well as in other countries like Serbia and Russia. The icon legends and traditions that accompanied this strange display of Agios Christoforos have also disappeared and the western iconographic type of the bearded elder is depicted.

7. The chapel of Apostle Paul

Located near the namesake port of Lindos and below the Acropolis. It was built according to tradition, at the point where the Apostle himself preached the word of Christ, during his visit to the island.
The news that Christianity was introduced to Rhodes since these apostolic times, gives domestic tradition and is confirmed by the Acts of the Apostles. According to them, when the Apostle Paul, while completing his third apostolic career, returned to Jerusalem, he visited Philippous, Troas, Lesvos, Samos and Miletus, and from there he went to Kos, then to Rhodes and from Rhodes he went to Patara. In front of the church lies a beach full of umbrellas and sunbeds. The chapel of the Apostle Paul is a magnet for religious and civil marriages, domestic and foreign.

8. The Monastery of Archangel Michael “Tharri”, Holy Monastery of the Assumption in Ypseni and Agios Georgios of Igkos

All three of them are located in the hinterland of the island. Arriving in Lardos, leave the main road and head south towards the hinterland.

From the Lardos, if you turn right, you arrive at the Monastery of the Assumption Ypsenis located on a hill from where it got its name. It acts as a convent and has about fifteen nuns.

Following the main road from Lardos to Laerma, right after Laerma turn left. The road leads to the monastery of “Tharri”. It stands out high on a hill, surrounded by a green forest. In the 5th century A.D., the ruins of an old church were restored to an early Christian basilica. The existing church is dedicated to Archangel Michael, dated between the 9th and 11th century A.D. and since then, historical data has emerged from all the centuries up until today.

The tradition says that a princess was suffering from an incurable disease coming from Constaninople to Rhodes. Her father brought her to this place hoping that the ideal climate would help. One night she dreamed of the Archangel Michael who told her “Have courage, and that she would get better”. When the princess healed she decided to build this monastery. To determine the length of the monastery, she threw one of her rings with all her might. So the princess and her followers started looking for the ring but it was difficult to find, so they kept saying “I think it fell here” and “I think it fell there.” The Greek word for “I think” is “tharo”. For these reasons, the monastery was named Thari.

The architecture of the temple consists of 6 phases and the frescoes of 4 phases. From the Byzantine church the only thing that survives until today is a Byzantine building with a cross form. The imposing dome, which is connected to the stone church is very impressive. The grace of the Byzantine building has managed to survive amidst dozens of disasters and reconstruction and displays its orthodox character. In the courtyard of the church old buildings have been repaired and extended. In the monastery there are also two chapels: Agios Nektarios and Agios Eleftherios. During the various phases of building the temple, frescoes were kept depicting scenes from the first Byzantine period to modern times. The oldest murals: the two full-length Hierarchs, Agios Eleftherios and Agios Grigorios Akragantinos, date from late 12th A.D. century and are preserved in the Byzantine Museum of Rhodes. The largest fresco of the church extends from the Temple to the dome, most of it can still be seen and dates from the 13th A.D. century. Also at the top, God Almighty is pictured with angels in two concentric circles. In the southern and northern walls, Basin and the Last Supper are depicted respectively. On the eastern arch three miracles of Christ, the healings of the blind from birth, the paralytic of Bethesda and the ten lepers, and the Samaritan woman are depicted and the Ascension on the western. Archangel Michael is honored with an imposing mural, most parts of it are damaged, while he’s surrounded by the archangels Gabriel and Raphael.

Just outside the entrance to the monastery’s garden , there is a spring of water. As the popular saying goes, “He who has never been to Tharri, hasn’t enjoyed the world.” Those who visit the beautiful ancient Byzantine land find it peaceful and relaxing. The missionary monastery, which also has a TV and radio station, is known for its warmth and cordial hospitality and attracts many pilgrims every day. The monastery celebrates the Synaxis of the Archangels on November 8th, the feast of Saints Constantine and Helen on May 21st and the feast of Agios Eleftherios on December 15th.

From “Tharri” turning right, you will arrive at the chapel of Agios Georgios of Igkos. It is a reconditioned chapel dated from the 13th century A.D. and surrounded by lush forest.From “Tharri” turning left you arrive at Asklipio to continue your religious tour to the south.

Religious tours south of the island

In the south we will follow a circular route through ten small villages. The villages with their churches are: Asklipio with the church dedicated to the “Assumption of the Virgin Mary”, Gennadi with Agios Ioannis o Theologos, Lachania with Agios Georgios, Mesanagros with the church dedicated to Archangel Michael, Kattavia with Agia Paraskevi, Apolakkia with Agia Marina, Arnitha with Agios Georgios, Istrios with Agios Merkourios, Profilia with the church dedicated to the “Birth of the Virgin Mary” and Vati with Agios Ioannis o Theologos.

If you are on the east coast start your journey from Asklipio. If you are on the west side of the island then you can start your journey from Agios Georgios “Kalamos” near Apolakkia. Before the tour the visitor should keep in mind that the older and therefore more interesting from an archaeological point of view churches, are the cemeteries. Starting your journey from the east you reach the village of Asklipio. The church is a cross-formed building with a dome and is dedicated to the “Assumption of Virgin Mary.” It was built the 14th century A.D., and is full of knightly additions with crosses. Its 17th century frescoes are also remarkable. From these, the imposing figure of the Archangel Michael at the north aisle and the scenes from John’s “Apocalypse ” in the south stand out. It celebrates on August 15th . The old oil mill in the church yard is now a religious and folk art museum.

East from the village at Kiotari beach, is the church of the Transfiguration (15th century) with many architectural and ornate marble parts of columns of an older temple. It celebrates on August 6th and the feast takes place the evening before.

On the way from Kiotari to Asklipio there are two post-Byzantine churches of archaeological interest, Agios Georgios in “Lambra” area and Agios Nektarios.

If you follow a dirt road to the northwest of the village there are two more churches , Agios Zacharias and Agios Georgios in “Kounara” area.

Continuing the journey through a beautiful forest of conifers, there is the chapel of Zoodochos Pigi (Life-Giving Spring) or “Arosali” built in the 19th century. Friday after Easter and during the day a feastival takes place. The festival is held every year during the trekking while transferring the icon of the Virgin Mary “Skiadeni” from village to village during Holy Week and the week after Easter.

The second village we meet along the main street, is Gennadi. On the northeast side of the village is the Byzantine Basilica of Agia Anastasia the Roman, built in the 14th century with ancient marble used from the old church of the Resurrection. Decorated with remarkable frescoes, with scenes from Agia Anastasia’s martyrdom on the north and south side and the scenes of Judgment Day on the west side. Today It’s Gennadi ’s cemetery.

Continue your journey to the northwest, and you will find the chapel of Agios Savas “Igiasmenos” The festival takes place on the first Saturday after August 15th .

Southeast of the village on the main road, near a quiet, undeveloped beach and under the shade of trees is the chapel of Agios Georgios “Tha”.

Passing this chapel towards the hinterland near the reservoir in the “Skoloniti” area is the chapel of Agios Georgios “Skolonitis.” A remarkable 18th century chapel of both natural beauty and archaeological interest. Each year, May 1st , residents from Gennadi and the surrounding area gather there to celebrate “Labour Day” and the coming of Spring.

Continuing on the main road (always having the sea on your left side), you arrive in Plimmiri, a beautiful beach in Lachania. There is a chapel dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Life-Giving Spring) built on an ancient temple, from which many architectural and marble capitals are preserved.

Leaving the coastal zone and heading to the west and to the mainland at the entrance of Lachania, you will find the church of Agia Irini (16th century). Today it’s the village’s cemetery. It celebrates on the 5th of May.

Right after Lachania , in a forest of conifers, is the chapel of Agios Thomas, a Byzantine church from the 14th century built over the ruins of an older temple.

Following steadily uphill, at an altitude of 400 meters lies the village Mesanagros. In the village square, you will find a church dedicated to the “Assumption of the Virgin” built in the 13th century in the middle aisle of a 6th century Christian basilica. The remains of these temples , mosaics and marble pillars , reveal the age of piracy. It also shoes the gathering of a large population and the existence of a city, in this remote area away from the sea threats and the pirates.

Continue from Mesanagros to Kattavia. Follow a dirt road, through a path of ecological interest, and you will come across some remarkable chapels. These chapels are: Agia Irini Chrysovalantou, Agios Nektarios, Agios Dimitrios, Prophet Elias (Mesanagros), Agia Paraskevi, Agios Nikolaos, Prophet Elias (Kattavia), Agios Minas and in Kattavia’s entrance Agios Stamatios.
In Kattavia, you will find one of the most important religious monuments of the 10th century, with ornate murals and many marbles of an older building. This is the church of “Panagia Katholiki” which is the village cemetery. It celebrates on August 15th. A three-day festival takes place in Kattavia staring from July 25th.
Agios Panteleimon is located on the road that connects Kattavia to the main street. On the main street the buildings of the Catholic church of St. Mark can also be seen. Just across the street from Saint Mark, under the shadow of the arches formed by two rows of cypresses, is an alley leading to the chapel of Agios Georgios built in the 17th century. The bell of the chapel is an old bomb shell,remain of the Second World War. That dirt road leads to two unexploited, quiet and sandy beaches, “Agios Georgios” and “Mavros Kavos”.
Head back to the main street and drive down the west coast of the road. On your left the “marble boat of Panagia Skiadeni” sails, an island that according to a legend was once a pirate ship the Virgin Mary turned into stone. Opposite, across the mountain, you see the monastery of Panagia Skiadeni, the most important pilgrimage in the south part of the island.As we can tell by the marble architectural parts, it was a place of worship since ancient times, where a temple dedicated to goddess Artemis existed. Today there is a Byzantine chapel used as a sanctuary, where a Dodecanese type temple was added dedicated to the “Birth of the Virgin”. The icon, covered with silver, shoes the Virgin Mary with a tormented face, exressive eyes and a scar on her right cheek made by an infidel. This image is taken on foot from village to village, during Holy Week and the week after Easter. The monastery celebrates on September 8th and the festival takes place the night before.
Continuing the tour on the coastal road lies the village of Apolakkia. In the village square, on July 16th , the eve of Agia Marina’s celebration a festival takes place. The church, dedicated to Agia Marina, bears ornate marble capitals transferred from the ruined basilica of Agia Irini.
From Apolakkia, heading northwest to Monolithos, you will find the chapel of Agios Georgios “Kalamos”. From there you can enjoy the panoramic view over the bay of Apolakkia from “Panos Gialos” until the beach “Fourni”. This area is protected by the European program «Natura 2000». From the courtyard you can enjoy an idyllic landscape, especially the sunset.
From Agios Georgios “Kalamos” head east to Agios Georgios “Vardas, a remarkable chapel, built in 1290 with great Byzantine hagiography. Visitors can observe the shapes of the Saints, with the clearly marked recesses of their eyes.
Continuing your journey into the colorful flora of the mainland, you reach Arnitha, where the monastery of Agios Philemonas is. It is a post-Byzantine monastery of “Dodecanese style”, built over an older Byzantine, where there formerly stood an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo, with many architectural and marble capitals. It celebrates on July 21st and the festival takes place on the evening of July 20th.
Crossing a steep uphill path south of Arnitha, you will reach the hill “Garoufa.” There is a remarkable chapel, a unique saint, Agios Nikonas of “repentance.” The area has a spectacular view over Apolakkia bay and the dam of Apolakkia in the hinterland.
Going down a dirt road on the steep southern slope of the hill “Garoufa” at the foot of the hill in a grove of cypresses, in the “Katakalon” area is the chapel of Agii Theodori built in the 13th century, with remarkable frescoes.

From Arnitha head north until you reach Istrios. There are two religious monuments in Istrios both dedicated to Agios Merkourios. One is the main church and the other is cemetery built in the 17th century. It celebrates on August 16th and the festival takes place on August 15th.

Driving uphill at an altitude of 320 meters is Profilia. You will find the chapel of Agios Georgios (16th century) with great folk art frescoes. South of Profilia in a coniferous forest is the chapel of Agios Ioannis o Myranos which celebrates on August 29th.The festival takes place the night before.

Returning to the main Street and heading east, is the chapel of “Panagia Galatousa.” A rare icon of the 14th century stored for security reasons in the main church of Vati. This icon shows the Virgin Mary getting ready to breast feed Christ. The celebration is on August 15th.

South from Vati, following a dirt road, you will arrive at a hill where the chapel of Archangel Michael “Paralimnioti”is. A Dodecanese type chapel built over an older church. The festival takes place on the first Saturday of September.

East of Vati, between olive groves with gigantic trunks, near a windmill, is the chapel of Agios Georgios. Built in the 14th century, with folk art murals. Next to the chapel in a separate enclosure, is the village’s cemetery.

Continuing your tour eastward, you come back to Gennadi bringing your journey to an end. A place with strong religious feelings from ancient times until today.


This concludes our tour of the religious monuments of Rhodes which are full of historical legends and events. We hope to have help on behalf of the Municipality of Rhodes to introduce you to the religious culture of this glorious island.

Editor: Vlasis Fakiolis

With the “Blue Flag” waving on most beaches and organized shores of the island, Rhodes is awarded every year with the most “blue flags” from many other tourist destinations in Greece. In 2024 Rhodes has been awarded 54 blue flags. It should be noted that this year our country occupies the 2nd place in the world in this issue.
The institution “Blue Flag” is part of an international program coordinated by the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF). It is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental quality, which since 1987 has been awarded to all coasts and marinas that meet its strict requirements.
A coast must have the required excellent quality of bathing water and in addition meet the 33 strict criteria relating to cleanliness, organization, information, safety of bathers and visitors, protection of the natural wealth of the coast and coastal and at the same time environmental awareness.

Rhodes- Blue Flags 2024

Ammoudes-Faliraki/Mitsis Selection Alila
Ammoudes-Faliraki/ Elysium Resort
Ammoudes-Faliraki/Rodos Palladium
Anthony Quinn
Afandou 2/Irene Palace
Afandou 2/Port Royal
Vlicha/Lindos Grand Resort
Vlicha/Lindos Mare & Lindos Blu
Galouni Kokkinogia/Boutique 5 Hotel
Galouni Kokkinogia/Mayia Exclusive Resort
Galouni Kokkinogia/Mitsis Rodos Village
Galouni Kokkinogia/Princess Adriana Resort
Gennadi/Gennadi Grand Resort
Ialisos/The Ixian Grand
Ixia/Rhodes Βay Ηotel
Kavourakia/Ella Resorts
Kiotari 3/Rodos Princess Beach
Kiotari Aggeliena 1
Kiotari Aggeliena 2
Kolimbia Α-Limanaki/Atlantica Imperial
Kolimbia/Mythos Beach
Kolimbia/Mikri Poli
Lardos 1/Lindos Princess Beach
Lardos 3/Lindian Village
Lachania/Atrium Prestige
Lindos/Aquagrand Beach
Megali Gi/Atlantica Dreams Resort
Megalos Gialos-Lindos
Mikros Gialos-Lindos
Plimmiri/Tui Magic Life Plimmiri by Atlantic
Reni 1/Sunwing Kallithea Beach
Reni Kalathos/Atrium Palace
Stegna/Porto Angeli
Trianta Β/Sun Beach Resort
Trianta/Electra Palace Resort
Faliraki 1/Esperides
Faliraki 2/Amada Colossos
Faliraki 3/Esperos Palace
Faliraki 4/Καλυψώ
Faliraki 5/Blue Sea
Faliraki 5/Epsilon
Faliraki Α
Faliraki Limanaki
Faliraki-Kastraki/Grecotel Lux Me Dama Dama
Psaltos/Mitsis Selection Lindos Memories

Click here to see our magnificent beaches.

Rhodes is the destination that remains in the heart of every child.

The luxury hotels that have facilities and equipment for various forms of activities for children, the city with numerous parks and beautiful beaches with sand and shallow waters and the possibility for any kind of athletic activity (water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing and others) throughout the island, create a picture of a dream holiday for families.

In Rhodes, the young visitors have the opportunity to experience significant cultural experiences such as festivals, concerts, theaters, tours of the Medieval City, cultural and sporting events.

A visit to the Water Park, the Valley of the Butterflies, the Aquarium, Rodini Park with peacocks and Rhodian Deer Platoni, the Luna Park in Faliraki, Aktaion with open playground, the Park of the Democracy and all the playgrounds and parks of the island enrich children’s activities by making the trip a memorable experience.

Rhodes has a high quality tourism product, with high class service, providing security, making it ideal for family holidays.

Aquarium of Rhodes
The Medieval City
Rhodian House
Preserved traditional village Koskinou
Donkeys in Lindos & Kiotari

Water Park

Ostrich Farm
It gives young visitors the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of the animal kingdom. It hosts numerous rare birds and animals



Mini golf in Faliraki



Most of the beaches are suitable for children. For example recommended are Ladiko, Vlycha, Agathe, Faliraki with shallow waters.


Train on wheels and open Bus tour of the city


Go Karts in Lardos and Tsairi

  • Lardos: +30 22440 44510
  • Tsairi:  +30 22410 86531 , +30 6944 478793

25th of March str., Rhodes (next to Starbucks)
+30 22410 76850

3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire and even smells, placing the service of the senses and entertainment. Throne of Helios offers a fantastic journey in the mythology and the history of Rhodes following the Chariot of the ancient Greek God of Sun, Helios! Apollo, Zeus and the other ancient Greek gods, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Knights of the order of st. John, the Ottoman fleet led by Suleiman the Magnificent, the earthquake that shook the ancient world.

Pallas Cinema

Hipparchos Observatory of Rhodes

Our idea is astrotourism. The scenic location that the “Hipparchos” Οbservatory is housed, offers at its guests the privilege of tranquility close to nature and breathtaking scenery. The guest has the opportunity to live an experience of observational Astronomy with our instruments of “Hipparchus” observatory, observing the moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and many other astronomical objects of the starry sky. Made with care in our star-garden the guest can observe uranography, even find out how a live sundial works and see a static geographical compass orientation, and much more…


Located 7 Km south of Rhodes City on Vrettakou street (a by-road of Rhodos-Lindos highway). Make a right turn on the first signal after St. Christopher Church-go straight on , the Museum is on your left. On the outside it looks like an ancient-greek temple with its Ionic designed columns . It is a micrography of the Parthenon with pediment, which depicts the Titan battle. On its front, beautiful statues of Athena, Caryatid, Artemis, Hera, Sphinx decorate it. Its mosaic floors inside and in the courtyard depict ancient greek myths. The Melathron is devided into three sections:
  1. The Cultural (groundfloor) decorated with marble mosaics, wonderful paintings on the ceiling depicting themes from ancient greek Mythology. The classical furniture and gold plated maiandros (fret work) add to its beauty.
  2. The Folklore (first floor) is full of traditional household utensils, paintings, Rodian pottery
    and costumes etc.
  3. The Geological and Mineral exhibit (basement) with 35 showcases of minerals, fossils, volcano and rare rocks and a lot of embalmed fish(200) and animals). The cultural and geological Center of Rhodes has been awarded by UNESCO, The Kapodistrian University of Athens, THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY of SCIENTISTS ARTISTS and WRITERS etc.
Civil Weddings
The beautiful Rhodes Island offers a variety of romantic settings for civil ceremony weddings, anniversaries, renew vows and a fabulous honeymoon.


The Municipality of Rhodes supports the demand of approximately 1000/per summer season civil wedding ceremonies, with the existence of exclusively civil weddings offices in the Town Hall and the Municipal Regions of the main setting venues in Rhodes City, Kallithea, Ialyssos and Lindos, authorized to issue the wedding Act as required.
Depending on where you want your dream ceremony to take place, click here for information
  • Salakos – Monastery of Prophet Elias
  • The Valley of the Butterflies (Museum of Natural History – Holy Monastery Kalopetra)
  • Holy Monastery of Panagia Tsambika
  • Coastal path Rhodes – Kritika (Kato Petres)
  • Ascent to Attaviros
  • Archaeological site of the medieval moat
  • Walk of the walls
  • Ancient Acropolis of Rhodes
  • Hill Filerimos in Ialyssos
  • Kallithea Springs
  • Seven Springs
  • Apolakkia bay


1. Salakos – Monastery of Prophet Elias

profitisiliasThis route is of slight difficulty. The trail is built and begins from a steep face of rock that lies above the village Salakos at an altitude of 220 meters. Here are the sources of high quality water Nymph of Rhodes. The trail ends at the Monastery of Prophet Elias, at an altitude of 610 meters. The route is approximately 650 meters and crossing a landscape with dense vegetation measured 115 species, of which 20 are rare and of unique beauty. Most notable of them grow in the spring, from mid April to mid May. Among the violets and orchids, is as well a rare native wildflower peonia. The vegetation found throughout the years, starting from a rich forest of oaks and shrubs, followed by a smooth ascent among cypress mixed with a few pines. Here one can encounter the deer of Rhodes, called Platoni or Dama Dama and Hawk Petritis. The area is a wildlife sanctuary and protected from the program Natura 2000. On the way one can enjoy the cool breeze of the mountains and the incomparable sea view. On the way just before the top one finds another Catholic monastery of the Archangel Michael. At the top, just before the end of the path are two enchanting hotels the “Elafos” and “Elafina” that were built in the 1930’s. Finally, for the most demanding nature lovers and those keen on walking, there are branches of the pathway. The paths are hidden among the woods leading in turn through to monasteries, sources and glades that will amaze the visitor.


2. The Valley of the Butterflies
(Museum of Natural History – Holy Monastery Kalopetra)

petaloudonTaking the western road (provincial road Rhodes – Kamiros) and shortly after the village Paradisi one turns left to Psinthos. Before Psinthos is the Butterfly Valley. The route begins at the northern entrance of the Valley where the Museum of Natural History is at an altitude of 150 meters. The path length is 1300 meters and ends at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kalopetra at an altitude of 470 meters. The trail is organized by bridges, wooden rails and has an entry price which includes a visit to the Museum of Natural History.It is a comfortable and pleasant journey along the verdant valley with small waterfalls and ponds. Hosts known butterflies of Rhodes (Panaxia quadipunctaria), living there by the thousands in the summer from early June to mid September. The Valley is full of them. In the Valley of the Butterflies is the only natural forest in Europe from a species called Ygramvari (Zidia).


3. Holy Monastery of Panagia Tsambika

tsampikaFrom the eastern road (national road Rhodes – Lindos) before the village of Archangelos and the point where a sign indicating to the left ” Panagia Tsambika ” begins a paved road with many turns of about 1200 meters, and ends in a square. From there begins to the tip of the steep slope, a winding path consisting of 297 steps. Passing through a magnificent forest of cypress mixed with a few pine trees germinated on the rocky ground on the top where is the church of Panagia Tsambika “Psili”, at an altitude of 320 meters. The panoramic view of the surrounding area and the atmosphere of the monastery, will compensate the visitor the small in length but steep climb. The return is along the same route.


4. Coastal path Rhodes – Kritika (Kato Petres)

kritikaThe trail begins at the southern end of the beach Psaropoula at the entrance to the city of Rhodes and ends at the northern end of the bay of Ialysos where the Kritika village starts. After walking in the sand 300 meters begins the path that is earthy, with a small stones in some spots. Length is approximately 1800 meters and a width of 2.5 meters. The sea lies to the west and on the east rises a steep slope. Throughout the route there are stone benches and small auditoriums where one can relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze and the sunset. Also there are steps that lead to non-organized beach though mostly rocky, ideal for swimming. Some other steps leading to the main road along the trail. The trail is well organized, with elegant stone walls and wooden railings that protect the stroller from any danger. It offers a view of the blue sea and sky that calms and soothes. It is of slight difficulty one returns the same route also from the main road.


5. Ascent to Attaviros

atavirosIt is demanding because there is a big difference in altitude (750 meters).

The most popular route starts from the south of village of Embona. There are two alternative pathways that can become circular. The most western one, easier but not marked, starts from a small dirt road next to a shrine, into a ravine, goes to southwest direction and then climbs over a rocky ridge. One goes on the dirt road leading to the wind turbines and follows up after the big turning point. From this point the trail has red marks. One follows back uphill, then downhill, meets the asphalt road leading to the radar on the peak and ends up climbing the ruins of the temple of Jupiter known as Jupiter of Attaviros on the side of the highest peak that is not accessible.

The second route starts from the end of the dirt road (fence and steps) initially moves to the side of a stream (a few red marks) and then without a path, either straight up a steep field or a curvy path that leads to a small valley below the top.

It is possible to make the ascent from the north edge of the village of Agios Isidoros there is a marked path to the wind turbines that comes and goes as above. Whatever route you follow ones should be equipped with the necessary clothes because even in summer the temperature difference is large and there is always a possibility of a fog. Also there is no well or source of water supply. The physiology of the soil is mostly rock and sand.


6. Archaeological site of the medieval moat

tafrosIn the late 7th century AD, the ancient city of Rhodes because of the Arab Raid shrank. The medieval town was fortified gradually, taking its present form with the moat in the 16th century AD. The total length of the medieval moat is 2300 meters and in several parts the width reaches 70 meters. It is a pleasant walk under bridges and medieval towers, bastions, in the centre of town and away from the hustle. It is a living monument literally, full of monuments and history. Admission is free to the public daily. The entry-exit points are:

  1. From the port of Mandraki (behind the main taxi rank)
  2. Gate Akantias
  3. From the Kanonia Gate after Ag. Antoniou Gate


7. Walk of the walls

perigirosteixonThis route on the walls of the medieval city is 1100 meters long. Starts at the Kanonia Gate and ends at St. John’s Gate or Gate Koskinou, offering panoramic view of the medieval city of Rhodes.

It offers a view of world heritage city, sacred and inspiring because thousands of young people fell in towns and sieges of Rhodes painting the walls with their blood.

The entry price and the timetable are set out by the Archaeological Service depending on the needs of each period.

8. Ancient Acropolis of Rhodes

akropolilindouIn the area of Ancient Acropolis of Rhodes where the Temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre and the ancient stadium there’s a rich grove of myrtles, laurels, oaks, pines and cypresses. Among the trees there are several paths one can follow and enjoy nature with a backdrop of severe Doric lines of the landscape.



9. Hill Filerimos in Ialyssos

filerimosThis route starts from the foot of the hill Filerimos it can be reached by following the western road (provincial road Rhodes – Kamiros) and turn left at the intersection of Ialysos where there is a relative sign “Filerimos Acropolis.” One arrives at the foot of the Hill, covering a distance of 1500 meters from the village. There is a water source with crystal clear water. One begins the steep paved road through pine, oak and sage, to arrive after 2000 meters to the chapel of Young Prophet Elias and the Old Prophet Elias, where also there is a source with drinking water on our left. Following the same uphill enjoying the spectacular view of the bay and Ialysos. Continuing, walking through the green landscape to a big square where there is a cafe beneath a huge oak tree. Up to this point it is accessible by vehicle and the total length, is 4000 meters.

filerimos2From this point only accessible on foot and continues for another 500 meters. Left, climbing 33 stone steps, one reaches the Acropolis of Ialysos and the Monastery of Our Lady of Filerimos. A little further, about 100 feet and descending 5 stairs, is the chapel of St. George of Hosti. Going right and passing through the pine Calvary with 14 stone representations corresponding to stops made by the Jesus Christ on the road of torture, one arrives at a square where the cross stands imposingly. Reconstructed in 1996 and has a height of 17.80 meters and 66 internal steps. Can simultaneously accommodate 25 guests. From there the view is unique. In the area there are many peacocks that give a special colour to the landscape. One can admire nature and relax in the tranquillity offered by the entire route. The scents emanating from the sage and other shrubs are intoxicating. Also from the end of January until the beginning of March you can find the wild cyclamen which grows in the region. The descent is done by the same route. It is of mild difficulty and the altitude is 247 feet.


10. Kallithea Springs

pigeskalitheasThe Springs of Kallithea are located nine kilometers northeast of the city of Rhodes and three kilometers from the tourist resort of Faliraki. The healing of the springs was already known since ancient times and the era of the Knights. Today the area is popular because of its natural beauty with both locals and visitors there who celebrate Spring and Labour Day, especially those who reside in the surrounding area. The area is pine forest with trails and paths, ideal for walks. Some of them end up in sandy bays and rocky shores which the sea has carved over the centuries. To rest one can visit the monument of Kallithea Springs, one of the most popular destinations in Rhodes. In brilliantly organized facilities, houses at times, exhibitions and cultural events. It offers coffee, snacks and a beautiful beach.


11. Seven Springs

7pigesTaking the main road Rhodes- Lindos at the intersection of Archipoli. Two – three kilometres before the church of Agios Nektarios are the Seven Springs.
It is a magical place with sycamore trees and streams. It’s a place that reveals the grandeur of nature of the Rhodian countryside. Near the river with crystal clear waters of the seven sources are gravel paths suitable for walking. There is a coffee shop and restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy the nature. Visit the tunnel.
12. Apolakkia bay

APOLAKKIAIn the south near the village Apolakkia is the Apolakkia bay. It is protected by the Natura 2000 program due to the ecosystem: the dunes, a shrub called Agriokedrou and Caretta-Caretta turtle that lays its eggs in the area. The season of autumn, the beach is filled with White Sea lily. Visitors can walk the sandy paths and dirt roads in the area of Fourni until the Limni. In the chapel of St. George Kalamos one can rest and enjoy the view, especially the hours of sunset with the sun disappearing to the wild Karpathian Sea.

Rhodes has a long history in sports. Already from the first Olympic Games of antiquity many Rhodians excelled, famous athletes, such as Olympic champion Diagoras and many of his family members such as Leonidas of Rhodes.

Rhodes now has the facilities and the expertise to host and support major sport events but also the preparation, coaching teams and individual athletes in each category in many sports, whereas now there are: track and field 400 meters and 8 lanes, modern Olympic sailing, laser, indoor halls with wooden flooring, tennis courts with green set, archery facility with modern equipment including chronometer, football fields with natural grass or artificial turf, table tennis equipment, modern clay target shooting and other expertise for the organization of major events.

If you add the ideal weather conditions, the idyllic natural environment, history and culture of the island and the high standard of accommodation with excellent hotel amenities, it is obvious that Rhodes is the perfect place to host major sporting events, but also the preparation and the coaching sport teams and individual athletes.


Water Sports

Strong winds and wavy water conditions makes this the perfect spot for freestylers, racers and Kite surfers. Take this opportunity to learn windsurfing in Rhodes, one of the best windsurfing locations in Europe.

Ixia (3)


Ialissos (3)


Kremasti (3)


Theologos (4)

Sea Motor

Fanes (2)


Kalavarda (1)


Beach «Elli» (2)

Sea Motor

Beach «Sunwing» (1)


Beach «Paradise» (1)


Faliraki (15)

Motor Boats

Afandou (2)


Kolymbia (4)

Motor Boats

«Tsambika» (4)

Motor Boats

Stegna (1)

Motor Boats

Vlicha (4)

Motor Boats

Kalathos (1)


Lindos (3)

Motor Boats

Saint Agathi (1)


Pefkos (1)

Motor Boats     

Lardos (5)

Motor Boats

Kiotari (5)

Sea MotorMotor Boats Catamaran


Gennadi (1)


Prasonissi (3)




To clarify that due to the weather conditions prevailing during the summer season, the wind-dependent marine means of recreation are favored (Windsurfing – KiteSurfing), mainly on the west side of the island but also in Prasonisi, while the rest (motorized) are almost exclusively on the South-East side.

Where “motorized” marine recreational vehicles are mentioned, they mean the ones attracted by a speedboat, i.e water parachute (Parasail), water ski (Water Ski), sea sled (Banana), sea rings (Ringos) and many more.


Water bikes and canoes for rent are available in almost all of the locations.

For More Information

ΣΥ.ΦΙ.ΘΑ.ΣΠ.ΡΟ. (Association of Friends of Water Sports Rhodes)

Iraklidon Avenue 85101 Ialissos Rhodes


Enjoy the richness of our underwater world. As pioneers of this type of leisure in Greece, we give you the opportunity for an exceptional experience. The diving training centers provide you with all the guarantees for a pleasant dive, observing all the standards required for your safety. You will be amazed at how easy it actually is.

Our international teams are fully trained. Using the latest technology in their equipment they can really make your diving unique. Diving boats depart daily from the port of Mandraki.

Diving Centers in Rhodes

Rodos Diving Center

Mandraki Rhodes
+306944735736, +302241020207

Scuba Diving Trident School

Mandraki Rhodes
+306944368444, +302241029160

The Water Hoppers

Mandraki Rhodes
+306932963173, +302241038146

Sailing and windsurfing

The sports are housed in the facilities of the Rhodes Nautical Club located in the city of Rhodes, at the northernmost point of the island. In 1989, the Rhodes Offshore Sailing Sports Association was founded with the aim of developing Sailing on the island. On its premises there is an event and seminar room for 200 people.

The facilities include:

  • Equipment including available Laser STD, RDL and 4,7 boats acquired in 2007 and RS: X Neil Pryde surfboards.
  • For the Laser track with calm waters at a short distance from the installation on the east side of the island.
  • Locker rooms, showers, WC, gym, storage areas, boat repair staff and ramp to enter the water.
  • Meeting rooms with telephone and internet.
  • Racing pool 25 meters, 8 routes.
  • Cafeteria

For Windsurfing there are many facilities with different types of boats throughout the island. The most ideal weather conditions for the sport can be found in the bay of Ixia, the beach of Ialyssos and Prasonisi at the southern tip of the island. The most frequent winds that blow on the island are Northwest (Meltemi), with an average speed of 12 Knots from April to October. The rest of the year winds blow from West and South.

The fairs of Rhodes are mostly focused on the religious element and tied with religious celebrations. Since the ancient times the Greeks liked to spice up their lives with fairs and festivals.

The fairs in the villages and towns are divided on three parts:

  • First the religious, with the church service and procession of the icon.
  • Second the entertainment, music and dancing.
  • Third the commercial, outdoor bazaars. As in the past at the fairs, people have the opportunity to meet each other, friends and relatives and purchase many items from the bazaars.


The New Market

In the center of Rhodes, the visitor enjoys shopping in a small but very substantial market that could well be compared to a high quality mall, spread out in one level, by the sea.

With extremely pleasant walk in our market, where the flavors of the sea are mixed magically with jasmine and night flower, one discovers prestigious international brand products (hand made jewellery – silver and gold, luxury clothing, footwear, cosmetics, household items).

It is noteworthy that our market has 40 years tradition in luxury items with strong brand names, while fashionable coffee-shops provide relaxation during the day and night.

We should also refer to the products of pottery, one of the oldest art forms of the origin of Aegean islands, are found in souvenirs shops as also the handmade leather sandals made by the artisans on the island.

Commercial Stores

Winter Store Hours
Monday- Tuesday- Thursday- Friday: 09.30-13.30 and 17:00-21:00
Wednesday- Saturday: 09.30-17.30

Winter Sales Period
16/01 until 28/02

Spring Store Hours from 01/04
Monday- Tuesday- Thursday- Friday: Free Opening Hours
Wednesday- Saturday: 09.30-20:00

Summer Sales Period
15/07 until 31/08

The local products


Most traditional recipes of Rhodes have their roots in Dorian Rhodes, the days when the cereal had a special place in the diet of the Rhodians. The Athenian in his “deipnosofistai” says the Rhodians at the beginning of the dinner brought bread among them the “Escharity” (a cake with olive oil, something like today’s “pancake with honey”), and another bread was called “atavyritis”

In ancient Rhodes, fish soup was particularly favored. The fact that marine products had a very little place in the traditional diet indicates that the recipes were formed during the late medieval and modern times when the shipping in Rhodes declined due to historical circumstances, and turned the island’s inhabitants towards agriculture and animal farming.

One encounters in some of the eating habits of the Rhodians in many Mediterranean regions such as Asia Minor and southern Italy, reflecting the ancient family ties and contacts Rhodes had with them. The cuisine was not only used for the satisfaction of biological needs but to strengthen socio-cultural relations with different people and groups.

Some food has initiatory or religious character, such as recipes for meat, fish and sweets that surround engagements,weddings, baptism and religious holidays such as Easter, Christmas and the Assumption (15th of August).

Given that Rhodes has always been a crossroad of culture so the taste and the nutrition information derives from Asia, Europe and Africa. The basis of Rhodian cuisine was always wheat and olives, while most food items came from island’s farming and fishing.

Today Rhodian culinary delights are based on the delicacies of the sea, salads created by new products such as avocado, arugula and tarragon grown on the island and cooked meats with new modern recipes.


Food, Sweets and Beverages – What to Try

People with disabilities – Information for accessible tourism in Rhodes
Brochure on accessible tourism



The Social Cooperative Enterprise “ASKLIPEIADES” in collaboration with the Association of People with Disabilities of the District of Rhodes, is active in the field of providing services to vulnerable social groups in order to improve their quality of life, their integration and the elimination of social exclusion, as well as to provide support and counseling to families.

Services of “ASKLIPEIADES”

  1. Equipment rental
  2. Transportation services
  3. Accessible spaces



Social Cooperative “ASKLIPEIADES”
Association of People with Disabilities

Errikou Schliemann 1, Rhodes, P.C. 85100
+32241063660 | +302241072571


Access infrastructure to the beaches of Rhodes

The action “Creation of non-permanent infrastructure for access to the beaches of the Municipality of Rhodes” concerns the supply of non-permanent, specialized and innovative systems, in the context of an integrated intervention that will contribute to the development of tourism and the accessibility of visitors with disabilities to the beaches of the Municipality of Rhodes. The intervention takes place in the following crowded and organized beaches of the Municipality:

  1. Elli Beach
  2. Faliraki Beach
  3. Afandou Beach
  4. Lindos Beach


In particular, the operation includes the supply and installation of the following systems:

  1. Guidance device at sea and on the shore of visually impaired people at Lindos Beach. This provision enables visually impaired people to enter the sea, swim freely and safely and return to shore without the need for assistance from another person. It informs the user about his geographical location during swimming, his distance from the beach, the depth of the water, etc.
  2. Provision of autonomous access to the Sea for People with Mobility Problems at the beaches of Elli, Faliraki and Afandou. With this provision, people facing mobility difficulty will enter/exit the sea safely and without the assistance of an escort.
  3. Necessary auxiliary equipment for the use of the above beaches by people with disabilities and specifically toilets/changing rooms for disabled people, access corridors, shading areas, umbrellas and information signs.

Under construction …

The «Repeaters» Awarding Programme
The Tourism department of the Municipality of Rhodes, under the framework programme rewarding repeater tourists of Rhodes (Repeaters), awards special, honorary distinctions to those tourists that for many years have selected the island of Rhodes as their holiday destination.

The winners are thrilled by the island’s natural beauties, culture and many attractions but also of the local’s hospitality and reinstate their intentions of re-visiting the island the coming years. According to them, Rhodes is a safe and beautiful tourist destination, a message that by their return home, is conveyed to friends, travel agencies, the mass media and even their parliament. Throughout the years, friendships have been grown and they consider the award a great honour and distinction.

It is a fact that these people are considered Goodwill Ambassadors for Greece in these times of difficulty for the country. Their insistence of visiting Rhodes, and this despite of an unfavorable image formed by foreign media for Greece, greatly contributes to the restoration of the true image of Greece. Their years of presence on the island, consolidate bridges of culture and cooperation and create priceless bonds of friendship between people.

Visitors that qualify for the “Repeaters” awarding programme please fill in this form and send it to us

Leonardo Lifelong Learning – So.To Programme

Memorial Service for Victims 22nd of July 2011 in Norway