Sites of Natural Beauty of Rhodes

Rodini Park
The Rodini Park is a paradise located on Rhodes Lindos Avenue, 3 kilometers from Rhodes Town. It is one of the oldest parks in the world and known for its lush and diverse vegetation. The bridges, wonderful trails and ponds filled with water lilies, make up the idyllic landscape filled with rare plants and small zoo. The peacocks that move freely around are an added attraction for visitors. There is a café at the park.

 

The Source in Fasouli Psinthos
Coming from Kalithea Village, at the junction, follow the road to Psinthos Village and Psinthos Source Fasouli. Here you can enjoy a natural environment centered around a stream rich in hydrophilic vegetation and tall trees (platanus orientalis), myrtle (myrtus communis).

A small dam 90 meters long halts the water flow forming a small lake which is home to the unique and protected Gizani Fish. The stone paths built along the river attract many visitors to the area.

 

The Valley of the Butterflies
It is located 25 kilometers from the city of Rhodes near the area of Kalamonas. It is in this rare habitat that the butterfly Panaxia Quadripunctaria makes its appearance from mid June to mid September. Following the specially designed trails and wooden bridges, view the incredible beauty of the ponds filled with water lilies, waterfalls, vegetation, crystal waters and enjoy this unique natural phenomenon.

The stone stairs you will encounter lead to the Monastery of Virgin Kalopetra, built by Dimitri Ypsilanti in 1782. The Natural History Museum of Rhodes at the entrance to the valley, exhibits display cases representing the conditions of the natural environment according to most modern museological conceptions. The exhibits include rare and common species from the area, library, plus a modern conceptual and botanical laboratory.

 

The Prophet Elias
Prophet Elias at an altitude of 700 meters took its name from the Monastery of Prophet Elias, when the Italians occupied the Dodecanese on May 5th 1912 and began rebuilding the island. In the 1930’s they built in Eleoussa (Campo Ciaro) and at the summit two beautiful hotels called Elafos (deer) in 1929 and then Elafina (female deer) in 1932, also know as “Cervo e Cerna”. They were built in Italian architectural Western Tyrolean chalet style. These hotels were renovated in 1950. The site of Prophet Elias is woodland inhabited by thousands of deer.

 

The Seven Springs
They are located 19 kilometers southeast of Rhodes Town and very near to the Village of Archangelos. It is a fantastic location, with lots of pine trees that reveal the greatness of nature. The seven springs lead to a lake where you can see geese, ducks and peacocks. The temperature in the region is low. The water is channelled and used to irrigate the plains and field of Kolymbia. It’s worthwhile to visit the tunnel built by the Italians that leads to an artificial lake all filled with cold water.

 

Dam of Apollakias
The dam of Apollakias is an artificial lake in beautiful wetland that is unique to the island. The lake has environmental value due to its many rare wild flowers and fauna. A Water Sports Center has its installations and equipment in the dam and attracts the many Greek and foreign visitors.

It has been included in the Natura 2000 network as a protected area.

 

Prassonisi
Prassonisi is located at the southernmost part of the island, 90 kilometers from the city of Rhodes. This small peninsula is a paradise for windsurfers in the summer months as its right side is distinguished for its large waves (surfing equipment available for rent). During the winter it is known for peace and isolation.

A 500 meter strip of beach joins The Prassonisi (Green Island) to Rhodes.