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August 15: Religious holiday is the perfect excuse for Greece to throw a grand party

Religious festivals and saints’ days in Greece are always a big deal. They bring families together – the younger members of which are often named after their elder relatives – reinforce the bonds of local communities, resuscitate age-old traditions and buttress the people’s faith. They can also serve as excellent occasions for matchmaking and even for settling old scores – many a local festival degenerates into a brawl that is later settled amicably over food and even more wine. Every saint is revered, but none as gloriously as the Virgin Mary, or Panaghia (All-Saintly), is on August 15, the biggest religious event in Greece after Easter and Christmas, a national holiday that is observed by the civil service and private sector.

Pefkos

Pefkos – or Pefki – is a popular resort, just outside Lindos (4km), along the beautiful south-east coast of Rhodes. It’s name is derived from the abunance of pine trees sourounding the old fishermen village. This peaceful haven is spread…

Monastery of Kalopetra

Surrounded by the stunning physical scenery of an unspoiled pine forrest, built in 1780 on a mountain slope above the valley of Butterflies, lies the monastery of Panagià Kalopetra (the Virgin of Kalopetra). It was founded by Alexandros Ypsilantis during…

Kritinia

Kritinia (Κρητηνία) located in the southern part of the island, at a distance of about 50 km from the capital city of Rhodes. It is a small picturesque village (pop. 650) with lovely sea views and a little harbor, Kamiros…

The Greek Orthodox Easter

Easter (Pascha in Greek) is the most sacred and most dramatically celebrated religious feast in the context of the Greek Orthodox Church(1), full of rituals and customs, many of them originated long before the beginning of the Christian era. Those…

Kalithea Springs

Kalithea Springs

Since the antiquity the area of Kalithea (Καλλιθέα) was known for its thermal, therapeutic springs. In 1927, under the administration of Mario Lago, a systematic study of the waters was initiated headed by Gustavo Gasperini, his son Carlo and Enea…

The Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes

Opi Zouni

The Municipal Gallery of Rhodes contains one of most significant collections of the Modern Greek painting. Featuring works by K. Maleas, G. Bouzianis, F. Kontoglou, Theofilos, S.Vasiliou, N. Hadjikyriakos – Gikas, Y. Spyropoulos and other prominent Greek artists, is an…

Church of Panagia in Lindos

Situated on the left of the road heading up to the Acropolis at Lindos, just a couple of minutes of walk from the main square into the labyrinth of Lindos alleys, the church of Panagia (Our Lady)¹ is an enchanting…

Rhodes Aquarium

In 1934, during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese Islands (1912-1943), the Governor Mario Lago launched the construction of the Reale Istituto di Ricerche Biologiche di Rodi (Royal Biological Research Institute of Rhodes) in Cape of Mili, the northernmost point…

Filerimos

Filerimos Monastery

Mt. Filerimos (Philerimos, Φιλέρημος), just outside the capital Rhodes (15km), is a hill 267m. high, overlooking the small town of Ialyssos and the bay of Ixia and Trianda. From its top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Aegean…

Walks into the nature

Kalithea Rhodes

Walking in Rhodes nature will be a highly enjoyable and revealing experience. Choose a clear, sunny day and take any of the routes as suggested by the Greek National Tourist Organisation (GNTO). Walkers will be amazed by the wealth of…

Lindos: Getting around

Lindos swarms with tourists in the summer months, all thronging to see this most picturesque of Rhodian villages. Lindos is set into a hillside and is flanked by several wonderful beaches, three harbours, the sublimely lovely St Paul’s Bay to its south, and the awe-inspiring Acropolis and Knights’ castle atop of the 350-foot-high crag that looks over the village and is visible for miles around. The alleyways teem with shops offering porcelain, woven rugs, leather, jewellery, pottery, lace, and paintings, their sun blinds forming a canopy over the alleys that keeps the searing summer sun out, but has the effect of creating the largest sauna in the world.