On this trip we suggest you to visit: Butterfly Valley, Filerimos and depending on the area you are staying: Rhodes City (Old town, Mandraki Harbour, Acropolis) or Lindos (Lindos panorama, Lindos village, Acropolis). When booking online, please provide on the comments section your preferable program: Lindos or Rhodes Town.
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Butterfly Valley (in Greek “Petaloúdes”), where every year, at the end of the wet season (late May), thousands of butterflies attracted by the scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees cover the entire landscape.
Apart from this unique nature reserve's aesthetic value, it is also the site of the only natural forest of "Liquidambar orientalis" (Oriental Sweetgum trees) in Europe, and a resting point for the "Jersey tiger" (Panaxia Quadripunctaria), a nocturnal moth. An excellent place for families with children who wish to enjoy the beauty of nature and examine the life cycle of butterflies as part of their summer holiday.
The Monastery of Filerimos is located on a hill above Ialyssos, about 10 km from Rhodes Town. The monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary and its architecture is much different than the usual monasteries in Greece. It was constructed with stone in a Gothic style, on the site of an older Byzantine monastery. The monastery was built in the 15th century by the Knights of Saint John, who had conquered the island that time. Inside, there was the holy icon of the Virgin Mary that the Knights had probably brought to Rhodes from Jerusalem. When the Ottomans conquered the island in 1523, the Knights left and took the icon with them. After floating in Italy, Malta, France and Russia, this icon today is hosted in the National Museum of Montenegro.
In the ’20s a major reconstruction was carried out. It was added a Via Crucis (Calvary), a pathway that leads from the monastery towards the south-western edge of the plateau, to a small square with a stunning view dominated by the Mountain Attavyros in the distance. Here an imposing iron Cross stood in the middle. Along the right side of the path, stone altars were built with embedded reliefs, depicting scenes of the Passions of Jesus.
From its top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Aegean with turquoise waters near the shore and deep blue, as it stretches toward coast of the Asia Minor. Thickly planned with cypresses, pines and other trees, it is an ideal location for a long walk into the Rhodian nature. A winding road leads to the top of the hill where, in relatively wide plateau, the Monastery of Filerimos is located. This place is also an important archeological site; here once stood the Acropolis of the ancient town of Ialyssos with an important temple dedicated to Athena Polias.
LINDOS: a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock
On the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The acropolis bears silent witness to Lindos’ glorious past, a major naval power of ancient times which reputedly had a population of 17,000.
The view of Lindos village with its cubic houses sprawling down the hillside under the acropolis is one of the most photographed scenes in Greece. The whitewashed labyrinth of little alleyways was deliberately designed to confuse pirates; today this layout makes wandering around the town a real adventure!
According to tradition the temple of Athena on the Acropolis was founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the rage of the goddess Hera. Follow the same ancient path that the ancient Rhodians took. When you reach the acropolis you will see a 280 BC relief of a Rhodian Trireme (ancient Greek warship) carved into the rock, an indication of the naval power of ancient Rhodes.
RHODES New Town and Medieval Town
On our way to Rhodes we will stop on the view point Monte Smith with its breathtaking view over the North–West coast of Rhodes, where you also will visit the Acropolis ruins of Rhodes and the ancient Diagoras Stadium.
Once we arrived to Rhodes, you can have a free time in new town with its smart restaurants, bars and shops or take a leisurely walk with our guide around the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its medieval buildings, imposing churches and traditional tavernas.
After that a visit to Mandraki Harbour and the Lighthouse of Rhodes with the two Dears where Colossus, one of the seven miracles of the ancient world, used to stand.