Acropolis of Lindos (27km from hotel)
Lindos was founded by the Dorians led by the king Tlepolemus of Rhodes, who arrived in about the 10th century BC. It was one of six Dorian cities in the area known as the Dorian Hexapolis. The eastern location of Rhodes made it a natural meeting place between the Greeks and the Phoenicians, and by the 8th century Lindos was a major trading centre. In the 6th century it was ruled by Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages of Greece. The importance of Lindos declined after the foundation of the city of Rhodes in the late 5th century BC.
A natural paradise (6.5km from hotel)
One of the most charming destinations on Rhodes, Seven Springs (Epta Piges) offers a cool, magical landscape, a real oasis, even in the heat of high summer, a charming retreat in the most lavish of Mediterranean greens. Water flows out of the springs all year around, which is forming a small lake. The lake remains replenished thanks to a dam built by the Italians, in order to provide the nearby settlement Kolympia with fresh water.
The access to the lake is very popular with visitors and a unique experience. If you feel adventurous enough, you can to walk through a 186 m long very narrow dark tunnel to get to the lake. The tunnel, constructed back in 1931, leads the water of the seven springs and river Loutanis to the lake. Walking through the dark tunnel with your feet in the running fresh water, is an exciting experience, but don't try it if you are claustrophobic. As an alternative route you can simply follow a walking path to the lake.
Old City of Rhodes (28km from hotel)
The Old City of Rhodes with a current population of 6,000 inhabitants is surrounded by medieval walls with seven gates: Gate of the Naval Station, Gate of Agios Ioannis, Gate of Agia Ekaterini, Gate of the Apostle Paul, Gate of Amboise, Gate of Agios Athanassios and the Gate of the Port. To enter any of these gates is to enter another world.
Now it happens to be a world of tourist shops, restaurants, cafes and museums, more like a Turkish bazaar than any Greek city, but anyone with imagination can't help but be touched by the history of the place where a handful of Knights were the last Christian holdouts in a part of the world that had become completely dominated by Muslims, in particular the Ottoman Turks.
Prasonisi Beach (68.5km from hotel)
Prasonisi is the Greek word for "green island". During summer time, and when water levels are low enough, this island is a peninsula attached to Rhodes. During the winter time, and when water levels are high enough, Prasonisi becomes an island.
The southernmost tip of Prasonisi contains the Prasonisi Lighthouse. The closest Greek village is Katavia; however, there is a purpose-built settlement on Prasonisi that contains motels, convenience stores, restaurants, and windsurf rentals which are open seasonally. Near Prasonisi is Vroulia, an ancient settlement that contains an old mosaic tiled floor.
Beneath the rock of Panagia Tsampika Psili
(6km from hotel)
One of the most popular beaches on the island is Tsampika beach. It is situated southeast of the city of Rhodes 25 km from the centre, beneath the rock that hosts the famous monastery of Panagia Tsambika Psili
(meaning on the heights).
On this golden sandy beach with crystal clear waters visitors will enjoy family plunges, and water sports. It is organized with umbrellas and sun beds, and features canteens, where on Sundays beach parties are held by young people, mostly. For those of you without a car a good alternative way to get there is to take one of the boats that leave the city and make day trips to the beaches. For the more adventurous we recommend you ascend the church hill with the magnificent view.
Valley of Butterflies (23km from hotel)
The Petaloudes Valley (sometimes known as Valley of the Butterflies) is home to thousands of the Rhodes subspecies of the Jersey tiger moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis) that cover the entire landscape after the wet season (late May) due to the high humidity in the area.
The Oriental sweetgum trees in Petaloudes Valley give off a scent that attracts the moths and creates a unique biotope. Owing to the increased number of visitors, the Euplagia are facing population issues as they have no stomach and when disturbed tend to fly frequently and thus deplete their energy.