Monolithos castle is a favourite on the tourist route, an impregnable fortress on the southwest coast near Apolakkia Bay and perched on top of a 300ft high precipitous rock overlooking the sea.
It was built around 1480 by the Knights of St John and it is certainly an impressive sight, but you must leave your car at the bottom and take a steep 15 minute hike up a narrow pathway to get to it. This is not a climb for those with walking difficulties.
Within the castle walls stands the church of Agios Panteleimon. The village of Monolithos is three kilometres from the rock and is a small, relaxing and peaceful place with a few hotels and a clutch of tavernas.
The wines of Embonas
Embonas or Emponas boasts the Emery grape which produces much of Rhodes’ best wine and there are complimentary tastings for visitors. The red is better than the white which has been described as relatively lifeless.
Afandou Golf Course
There are not many Greek Islands where you can enjoy a round of golf but Rhodes is one of them with an 18-hole, par-73, golf course links along the shoreline behind the long beach at Afandou.
Designed by British golf course architect, Donald Harradine, this championship-level course opened in 1973. Admission fees are nominal and there are all the usual facilities here including pro shop, changing rooms, lockers, showers and a small snack bar.
Springs at Epta Piges
More a lowlight than a highlight, Epta Piges or Seven Springs is touted as a pleasant picnic spot with a stream and a waterfall. Tourists usually walk to it as the coaches can’t get very near, but few are likely to return for a second look. The springs are no more than muddy wet patches of woodland that tend to give off the very damp, musty smell of decayed vegetation.
There is an unlit tunnel carrying the spring water to a reservoir that you can walk through. It is about 150 metres long, the water is ankle deep and the only light is from a shaft half way along.