The wonderful Greek island of Rhodes has so much to offer its visitors. From a fantastic Mediterranean climate and lovely sandy beaches to ancient Greek ruins and fascinating Greek mythology. Traces of history left behind from the past can be seen all around Rhodes and those are what make up the long list of sights to see on the island. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a sight which is well known and popular among tourists. However, there are many sights on the island which are overlooked but are well worth the visit. Here, we provide you with a list of Rhodes’ most overlooked sights.
The Valley of the Butterflies
This spot is truly mesmerising. The Valley of the Butterflies is otherwise known as the Petaloudes Valley and it is home to a huge number of a subspecies of the Jersey Tiger Moth, a strain particular to Rhodes. The valley is full of these wonderful butterflies flying around, especially during May when the weather is humid, and August, when they tend to reproduce. The valley offers walking trails and benches, so it is a great day out to enjoy the surrounding views and these beautiful creatures.
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The Seven Springs is a lovely setting, especially if you are visiting Rhodes on a couples holiday. The area is very tranquil, calm and quiet. You’ll be surrounded by acres of woodland, as well as (yep, you guessed it!) seven springs and rivers. All of this helps to form a lake, which is comforting as you marvel at it. Visitors can even experience the invigorating water themselves by having a drink from the springs. There are many walking trails situated in Seven Springs, which are perfect for some peace and quiet, as well as breathing in the fresh air and the scented pine trees. Perfect for a picnic, Seven Springs makes for a lovely day out.
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Castle of Monolithos
The village of Monolithos hosts a wonderful medieval castle which overlooks scenic views at the top of a rock. In fact, the rock is what gives its name to this village as Monolithos means lonely rock. A narrow path with steps will direct you to the top, where you can admire the stunning surrounding views of the sea and greenery. The castle is mainly ruined now, however, inside the castle walls the church of Agios Panteleimon can be found.
This small Byzantine church is situated at the top of a hill, providing wonderful views all around for its visitors. When visiting the monastery, a car ride can only take you so far before you have to start walking up to the top. The monastery is located high up but it is well worth the climb for the views. This landmark overlooks Kolymbia and Tsambika Beach.
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Rodini Park offers its visitors a peaceful atmosphere, along with lush greenery and beautiful landscapes. It is located near the city centre of Rhodes, so it is a must-see sight if you’re staying in the centre for your Rhodes holiday. The park is full of luscious fauna and flowing streams. It is the perfect location for a family day out as there is a playground and a mini zoo for the kids. Rodini Park has owned the title of being the world’s first landscaped park and it was prevalent among the Romans in the past. Inside the park, there are loads of peacocks who have fast become inhabitants of Rodini Park. You’ll also come across an ancient tomb in the park, believed to be the tomb of Ptolemies.
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