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Butterflies, Beaches and Ancient Minoans- Rhodes' Hidden Delights

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A June 2005 trip to Rhodes by GB from Devizes

Vliha, Tsambika and Stegna Beaches Photo, Rhodes, Greece More Photos
Quote: Few visitors venture into the interior of this beautiful island, a great pity indeed. We took a full day's road trip to explore some lesser-known beaches, then swing inland to find the bustling town of Archangelos, Petaloudes, the Valley of the Butterflies, and the sprawling Minoan remains at Kameiros.

Butterflies, Beaches and Ancient Minoans- Rhodes' Hidden Delights

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East Coast Beaches Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The eastern coastal road that runs the length of the island skirts around several stunning beaches, sitting between the twisting road and azure Aegean. Some are real tourist havens, complete with snack bars, parasols, and countless sun beds, and others are virtually deserted, with no more than the swaying palms dragging their fronds across the golden arcs of fine sand. Notable examples are to be found at Tsambika, Stegna, and Vliha, the latter consisting of 3 miles of sparkling shoreline and scarcely a holidaymaker in view. Tsambika is overlooked by a 1,000-foot-high rock escarpment, on top of which is built the tiny monastery of Panayia Tsambika. The views from here are reputedly the finest in ...Read More

Vliha, Tsambika and Stegna Beaches

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Attraction | "East Coast Beaches - Vliha, Tsambika and Stegna"

Vliha, Tsambika and Stegna Beaches Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Just past Lindos to the north is the stunning beach at Vliha. Best viewed from the high coast road that drops down towards it at Kalathos, it is a crescent of sand some three miles long and two hundred yards wide in places. Only the strip around Kalathos has been developed, leaving more than two and a half miles of clean, uncluttered beach for those seeking solitude. The waters are clear and clean and like all the south facing beaches on Rhodes, safe from the bracing Meltemi that can blast the north western side of the island into virtual submission in June, July and August. A few kilometres north, and close to Archangelos is Stegna, a small fishing village sheltered by its backdrop of mountain...Read More

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Vliha, Tsambika and Stegna Beaches
East Coast of Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Oranges, Castles, and Churches

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Attraction | "Archangelos - Oranges, Castles, and Churches"

Oranges, Castles, and Churches Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Sitting just off the coast road south of Kolymbia is the thriving town of Archangelos, a busy place that doesn’t quite fit in with its rural location. This is for a number of reasons; first, Archangelos has grown wealthy on its production of citrus fruits, and groves of oranges, lemons, and limes line the roads all around. Vendors offer their wares along the main street at their open stalls. Second, the town has a thriving "countrycraft" industry manufacturing carpets, leather footwear, and pottery. The exteriors of every store are adorned with luxurious rugs and traditional shepherd’s knee-high boots. Most of the rug shops have their little "factory" to the rear, where you will find Grandma wea...Read More

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Oranges, Castles, and Churches
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece

Valley of the Butterflies

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Attraction | "Petaloudes - The Valley Of The Butterflies"

Valley of the Butterflies Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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Petaloudes is one of those places that actually lives up to it’s guide book ratings. It is to be found inland in a large pine-wooded valley about 16 kilometers west of Afantou. The route there is winding and not for the faint-hearted driver. Approaching the attraction from either direction, there are many free places to park, and leaving the car in whatever shade we could find, we paid our 2.20 euros each and entered the valley. Every year, from late June to September, countless millions of Jersey Tiger Moths descend upon the valley, attracted by the humidity and shade of the wooded slopes and for the resin from the liquid amber trees that adorn the hillsides. We were here in mid-June,...Read More

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Valley of the Butterflies
Petaloudes Valley
Rhodes, Greece

Archaeological Site of Kamerios

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Attraction | "Ancient Kameiros - The Minoan Seat in Rhodes"

Archaeological Site of Kamerios Photo, Rhodes, Greece
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The main reason for this long trip was to see the ancient Minoan ruins at Kameiros and, having left the welcome shade of Petaloudes behind us, we made the lengthy ride to the north coast to this archaeological feast. As we arrived and parked, we were amazed and pleased to see that again, like so many sites in the Dodecanese, we were virtually the only people here. No tour buses and no crowds, just the breezes whispering through the pines that clad the hillsides around this ancient township. Amazingly, the remains were only discovered in 1859, when locals uncovered some graves. A programme of excavation was implemented by the French archaeologist Saltzmann and many of the early finds we...Read More

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Archaeological Site of Kamerios
Island of Rhodes
Dodecanese, Greece

Epta Piyes - Seven Springs

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Attraction | "Epta Piyes - The Seven Springs"

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What's it like? In two words, don't bother. Epta Piyes was on our itinerary for our road trip, and, like anywhere else we visited, we eagerly anticipated what it had to offer. Pulling into the car parking area, we were surprised to find that ours was the only car. Great, we thought, we'll have the place to ourselves. How wrong we were; the lack of cars wasn't down to the time of day or similar circumstances, but probably due to the fact that anyone who'd been here before definitely wouldn't want to come back. You trek down through some fairly dense woods until you arrive at the Seven Springs. These are, as you would expect, seven holes in the ground, up from which a small tri...Read More

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Epta Piyes - Seven Springs
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, Greece