In a valley that looks like a movie set, the Seven Springs of Rhodes are nature’s respite from the heat of the summer. Natural springs make their way over the rocks in a verdant pine and plane woodland until eventually flow through a tunnel into a small, manmade lake.
The tunnel provides a more exciting side to what otherwise will pass for quaint and relaxed. Most visitors traverse it barefoot to feel the freshness of the spring water. The tunnel is 150 in length and 13 meters high and dates from the 1920s-1930s. It harnesses the water from the Seven Springs and Loutanis River to the lake.
The lake is created by a dam, which has an artificial waterfall – another fun attraction of the Seven Springs. Visitors may swim in the lake, as the water is only used for the irrigation of fields and orchards in the Kolymbia region of Rhodes.
Numerous animals find a comfortable habitat at Seven Springs; in the water, there are gizani (Ladigesocypris ghigii) freshwater fish that are endemic to Rhodes, crabs, eels, and tortoises – if you look carefully, you will spot them.
There’s also a nice, rustic taverna on-site, serving traditional fare and drinks at reasonable prices.
It’s a pleasure to explore the Seven Springs, or Epta Piges as they are called in Greek. The area is reachable in less than 15 minutes by car from Leonardo Kolymbia Resort.