Rhodes - Full Day Lindos, 7-Springs, Filerimos & Butterfly Valley
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches and commences with a one-hour scenic drive along the East Coast of the Island, which passes through different landscapes and many villages. At the village of Archangelos, the guests will enjoy a visit to a pottery factory, for a demonstration of handmade pottery being crafted at a Potter’s wheel. At Lindos the ‘Jewel of the Island’ with the most attractive village on Rhodes, the guests will enjoy a guided visit of the Acropolis, which includes the Great Stoa, the Temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century, the ancient theatre and the few remains of the temple of Dionysus. The view from the rock of the Acropolis, which rises shear 115m above the sea, is unique. The guided visit continues through the picturesque medieval village, built amphitheatrically around the foot of the steep rock leading to the acropolis.
The houses with their traditional architecture and decorated floors, many dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, leaves one with a feeling of wonder. The final visit is to 15th century medieval church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with its octagonal dome, unusual belfry, carved iconostasis and 17th century wall paintings (guiding inside the church is not allowed).
The excursion continues to the Seven Springs, where the shady plane trees, the running waters, the wooden bridge, the lush vegetation and generally the natural beauty of the environment present us with a different aspect of Rhodes.
The next visit is to the enchanting site of the Valley of the Butterflies. This is a lush green valley, with a little river running through it. The site is beautifully arranged, with little wooden bridges, stone steps and an uphill path which leads to the Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra, built in 1784. The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural park, where each year, from June to September, thousands of multi colored butterflies appear. They live here, attached to the tree trunks, living from the sap, then lay their eggs and multiply. The characteristic scent of the pine resin, which attracts the butterflies, the coolness from the abundantly flowing waters makes this a little paradise even in the hot days of midsummer.
The final visit is to Filerimos. Here the guests will visit the ruins and foundations of the Temple of Zeus Polieus and a Doric Fountain, dating back to the 4th century and of Athena Polias, dating back to the 3rd century. Together with these ancient remains are other Byzantine and medieval structures, such as the church of Our Lady of Filerimos, built by the Knights in the 15th century and the Church of St. George, which has wall-paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The 12 stations of the Crucifixion, with its many steps and scenes from the Passion are very striking