Rhodes Greece Villages
The Historic Greek Island of Rhodes (also Rodos or Rhodos) is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular resort islands and a sublime holiday favorite for friends and families of all ages!!
Towns & Villages
Below you will find a short description of each town and village on the Greek Island of Rhodes Greece. We hope you have an exciting time reading the information provided for you.
The largest of the twelve Dodecanese islands on the Aegean’s eastern edge, Rhodes is also its most popular. The well-preserved medieval city of Rhodes sits at the north of the island of the same name. High-rise hotels line the northern and eastern coastlines. Small villages and resorts dot the island’s other shores. Whether your interests are beaches, bars, or ancient sites, Rhodes offers an abundance of all three. Authentic Greece can be found in the hilly interior of the 50-mile-long island.
It is quite rare for a visitor to have the chance to stroll within medieval walls and explore twenty-four centuries of history as you enter one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom.
The fascinating medieval fortress-like buildings, the bastions, walls, gates, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses, fountains, tranquil and busy squares make it feel like you have stepped back into medieval times. The Palace of the Grand Master is certainly the highlight of the Old Town. The Palace, originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century A.D., was converted in the early 14th century by the Knights of the Order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order and the administrative headquarters of their state; now it has been turned into a museum.
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It is quite rare for a visitor to have the chance to stroll outside and within the medieval walls and explore twenty-four centuries of history as you enter into one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom.
Rhodes Town is really two distinct and very different towns. The Old Town lies within but utterly apart from the New Town, sealed like a medieval time capsule behind a double ring of high walls and a deep moat. Few cities can boast so many layers of architectural history, with ruins and relics of the Classical, Ottoman, and Italian eras entangled in a mind-boggling maze of twisting lanes.
Between Rhodes and Faliraki you will find the picturesque village of Koskinou. It is located 6 kilometers from the capital of the island. Koskinou consists of 2 parts: The old village and the newer coastal area.
The modern side of Koskinou is considered one of the most popular destinations for family holidays in Rhodes. It is well known for its narrow streets, the churches, and the numerous traditional old houses decorated with the Rhodian style. It has numerous cafes and taverns where you can enjoy delicious food, even international cuisine, and good wine. However, the place will astonish you once you enter the labyrinth with the countless paths that will lead you to the other part of the Koskinou, the old village. The village has beautiful cobbled streets, whitewashed squares filled with colorful flowers. It is worth visiting the famous Traditional House, decorated with handmade wefts and ceramic figs. Koskinou has a great archaeological interest and rich history since the 4th century AD. The 13th-century Medieval castle and the chapels built in the 4th century are worth visiting.
Since ancient times, the springs of Kallithea in Rhodes were famous for their therapeutic powers. They could treat various diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and asthma. People from the surrounding islands, the coasts of Asia Minor, and other Mediterranean countries would come to Rhodes to get healed with baths in these springs.
The facilities at the Springs of Kallithea were inaugurated by the Italians in July 1929 and attracted a large number of patients and scientists from the entire world. The Spa was constructed in Moorish style and included pebble stone mosaics, Rotonda Hall, a terrace, an impressive patio, and stairs at the entrance. The wonderful gardens have palm trees, pine trees, flowers, and many other plants. Below the spring facilities, there are small coves with crystal thermal water. At the end of the 20th century, the Spa Building fell in abandonment and neglect. The local council overtook the restoration work that lasted for many years. Finally, the renovated Springs of Kallithea opened its doors in July 2007.
The golden sand of Faliraki extends over 4 km and is perfectly combined with the blue waters of the Aegean sea, contributes to a relaxing and attractive scenery.
Faliraki is one of the most cosmopolitan resorts on Rhodes. It is found 16 km south of Rhodes Town and 10 km away from the airport. Faliraki is a well-organized beach with dozens of colorful sun loungers and umbrellas covering its sandy coast. Close to this beach plenty of taverns, restaurants, and beach bars are found. Here you can try practicing some water sports, like water skiing and windsurfing. It is close to Faliraki Beach, near the small fishing harbor. The whole area is full of different kinds of accommodation. For those who wish to be in a more quiet and less crowded environment, the bay of Kathara is just the right place for them.
The traditional village of Kalithies is located 13 km south of Rhodes Town and 2 km from the cosmopolitan resort of Faliraki. The architecture of Kalithies distinguishes for the narrow paved streets and the stone houses, while its position offers a great view to the bay of Kallithea.
There are nice monasteries to visit close to Kalithies, such as the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savor with a 16th-century iconostasis and the Monastery of Virgin Eleoussa with two Medieval coat of arms. Close to Kalithies, there is also the Cave of Kalamonias with impressive stalactites and with human traces from the Neolithic Era (5,000-3,700 BC). If you go to Kalithies in September (13th-14th), you can witness the festival of the Holy Cross, one of the most impressive festivals in Rhodes.
Afandou is one of the largest villages of Rhodes, surrounded by verdant hills lying south of the island’s capital. The name Afandou is believed to have come from the word afandos, which means invisible in Greek, due to the fact that it was built out of sight from the sea, in order to remain unnoticed by the pirates.
A lovely square can be found in the heart of the village, surrounded by cafes and bars. A good selection of taverns, restaurants, and shops is also available. The Church of Our Lady Katholiki (Catholic) is also worth seeing for the beautiful 17th and 18th-century frescoes that it hosts. Also along the coastline in Afandou, an 18 hole 72 par professional golf course can be found. The reason for the popularity of the village is the fact that it is located only 1 km from a beach of the same name which is a pure marvel, combining sand and pebbles along with crystalline waters; this long beach that spreads for over 4 km has been awarded by the EU Blue Flag for its cleanliness.
Holidays to Kolymbia begin and end with relaxation. Spend lazy days on the Blue Flag beach and laid-back evenings drinking under the stars. And it’s easy to explore Rhodes’ coast by boat.
Kolymbia Beach, at the bottom of Eucalyptus Road, was hewn by nature in her finest hour. It’s a kilometer-long ribbon of sand and pebble set in a horseshoe bay, with a billowing headland at the far end. The water is crystal clear and prime swimming and snorkeling territory. There are a few watersports on offer here, and just 5 minutes away is a secluded rocky cove.
The Monastery of Panagia Tsambika, is between Kolymbia and Archangelos. The old monastery of Tsambika is built on top of a hill with a gorgeous view of the sea and the surrounding area, while the new monastery is found on the road that connects Rhodes Town with Lindos.
As tradition mentions, a local shepherd found an icon of the Virgin Mary on top of the cliff, where the old monastery was later built, following a vigil light. The icon of Panagia Tsambika is considered miracle-working, particularly for the childless women, which is why many women offer child dolls to the icon of Panagia. This monastery is considered a protector of the island. It is known that it was reconstructed in 1770 by a monk. Some resources mention that the altar to goddess Artemis would stand on the same site in antiquity. This monastery was built according to the Dodecanese architecture with hollow roof tiles, and the floor of the temple and the yard are covered with pebbles and shells. Some icons date from the 19th century, while the iconostasis is even older.
The attractive village of Archangelos is located south of the City of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island. The narrow streets of the village, its picturesque houses and squares, and the kindness of its friendly inhabitants charm every visitor who visits this lovely place.
Despite the fact that this village is one of the biggest in Rhodes and has a population of 6000 people, the inhabitants of Archangelos preserve their local customs and traditions; bread is still baked in the traditional wood-fired ovens, in the courtyards of the houses, wedding ceremonies are still held according to the traditional way and the idiom of the village is still spoken by many of the inhabitants. The Church of the Archangel Michael dominates the village and has a fine 19th-century campanile as well as the Church of Saint John which houses beautiful frescoes that date back from the 14th century are really worth seeing. Some streets of the village are particularly picturesque because of the traditional houses filling them. Those beautiful houses are painted with vivid colors and have arches and walls beautifully decorated with ceramic plates from the village of Lindos. On the main square of the village is a post office, banks, a health center, and a taxi rank. Fine accommodations, cafes, and taverns are also available. The castle of Saint John, built by the Knights, is standing on the top of a hill at 10-20 minutes walk from the village.