You can reach Filerimos Mountain in less than 40 minutes by car when you stay at Leonardo Kolymbia Resort on Rhodes. It’s worth the drive because it offers plenty to see and do on a day trip. Also known as the Acropolis of Ancient Ialysos, it is famous as the site of a former Catholic monastery, which is no longer in use, and several other religious landmarks:
- The Catholic Monastery of Filerimos is well preserved and quite the star attraction of the site. Erected by the Knights Hospitaller, destroyed by Ottoman Turks, and rebuilt by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, the monastery no longer operates in its religious capacity. Visitors may enter the complex for a small fee.
- The Church of Our Lady of Filerimos is inside a temple formerly dedicated to Athena Polias, converted into a basilica and rededicated dedicated to Virgin Mary (Panagià). Inside the church you can see a copy of the icon of Our Lady of Philermos, which originated in the Holy Land, then kept inside the temple until the arrival of the Knights Hospitaller, who moved it in the monastery. Today, the original icon is on display at the National Museum of Montenegro.
- The path to the Cross, which is sometimes called Via Dolorosa or the Way to Cavalry (Golgotha), runs between cypresses and bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Passion of Jesus Christ, all the way to a fabulous white-washed concrete cross of Filerimos.
- Cross of Filerimos – made of concrete, it is a 16-meter monument overlooking the surrounding landscapes with views of Ialysos, Kremasti, Sgourou, and Rhodes City in the distance. Sometimes, visitors can climb inside of the cross to the arms of the monument for even more impressive views and photo ops.
There are other monuments besides these landmarks including the ruins of the ancient city of Ialysos. Visitors to Filerimos Mountain can further enjoy the landscape for hikes in nature where they can observe the flora and the peacocks roaming freely on the trails.