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location iconCastle of Kritinia

Erected in 1472 according to plans by Venetian sculptor and architect Giorgio da Sebenico – also known as Giorgio Orsini – the Castle of Kritinia, or Kastellos as the locals call it, is a stunning fortress erected to protect the village against Ottoman attacks.

Kastellos had a fortunate vantage point, affording 360-degree views of the Aegean Sea and the island. Due to the presence of the fortress on the coast, the village bore the name Kastelli until the liberation of the Dodecanese. The meaning of Kritinia of today translates into English as “New Crete” for the largest of Greece’s 6000 islands.

The Castle of Kritinia stands at 131 metres above sea level. It’s not hard to reach it, but the hike can be strenuous under the scorching summer sun and for people who are not in shape. It’s well worth the effort as it affords fantastic views of Kritinia, the sea, of Chalki Island, and some other islets close to Rhodes.

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Acropolis of Lindos
One of the most visited ancient sites on Rhodes, the Acropolis of Lindos dominates the namesake village from a rocky hill on the coast of the Aegean Sea. It’s an impressive sight above the picturesque village with whitewashed cubic homes that contrast with the aquamarine of the Bay of St. Paul and the cobalt blue of the sea.
 
Acropolis of Rhodes
One of the most interesting ancient sites of the island, the Acropolis of Rhodes is in the capital of the island, on Monte Smith. It is a large archaeological site, comprising several points of interest, most of them from the Hellenistic and the Roman periods.
 
Medieval old city of Rhodes
The UNESCO-listed site known as the Medieval City of Rhodes is an absolute must-see destination when you vacation on our island. The Knights Hospitaller – officially the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem – planned the fortified Gothic city when they ruled Rhodes from 1309 to 1523.
 
Thari Monastery
Mony Thari, the Thari Monastery is one of the most beautiful religious landmarks on Rhodes Island. It’s in a forest near Laerma, a traditional Greek village about a one-hour drive from the city of Rhodes.
 
 
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