ASKLIPIOS Rhodes Island
Hidden in the mountains, the village of Asklipios or Asklipii (from the medicine school of Asklipios) has an amphitheater shape, climbing the hill to surround a medieval castle. It lays on the southeastern coast of the Rhodes Island, 64 km from its capital, Rhodes town.
When you are walking on the narrow alleys of Asklipios, stay prepared for a medieval thrill to overwhelm you, getting closer and closer to the Asklipio Castle, built by the Knights in the 13th century.
When you'll rich the plateau, the sensation is simply unique, as your eyes will embrace an endless view over the whole coast from Kiotari village to Gennadi, and over the crystal clear waters of the Dodecanese complex.
It is lovely to walk along the quiet tiny streets of the village, among the small white houses reminding the traditional Rhodes island architecture, and inviting with charming red geranium adorning the windows.
Prepare your camera, as you will soon reach the centre of Asklipios, where the superb Byzantine church of Virgin Mary is guarding the village from almost a thousand years.
Just nearby, your camera will discover the beautiful Folk Museum (actually the old olive press), where you can admire traditional handicraft and clothes.
If you are visiting Asklipios in August, you have the opportunity to attend two beautiful religious celebrations - The Transfiguration of the Saviour and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
And there is also the unique and beautiful nature surrounding Asklipios to complete the charm of this Greek settlement. The village is actually set into a rich forest of pines and olive groves, while the rivers nearby nestle the Gizani, a small fish protected by the European Community Legislation.
If you wish to explore a bit the surroundings, take the routes going from Asklipios to the village of Vati, where you can sip a Greek coffee in the No 1 kafenion in Rhodes. There is also Lindos with its amazing Acropolis only a short drive away. Find your relaxation on the beach of Kiotari, and if you want to spice-up your nights, attend one of the famous beach parties in the nearby Gennadi.
With lovely surroundings, a special dash of history and a bit of everything for your vacation needs just a short drive away, the village of Asklipios is definitely a spot you should not miss pointing on your Rhodes holidays map to the island of Rhodos