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Profitis Ilias Tours

Profitis Ilias
Standing at 2,619 feet (798 meters), the pine-clad peak of Profitis Ilias is the second-highest mountain on Rhodes and offers wonderful views over the island's Aegean coastline. During their occupation of Greece in the late 1920s, the Italians built two resort hotels on the mountain for their top brass to enjoy weekends of hunting and partying. These were designed in an incongruous Swiss alpine-chalet style with sloping roofs and decorative wooden balconies and were abandoned after World War II; the Elafos Hotel reopened in 2006 after significant renovation and the Elafina is currently under restoration, while a traditional kafeneio (coffee and ouzo house) serves the walkers and bikers who traipse the forest tracks of Profitis Ilias.

Elsewhere amid the pine forests of Profitis Ilias are the ruins of the Villa de Vecchi, built for Mussolini as a luxury retirement home. Obviously these plans went awry and it has stood empty for years; recent rumor whispers that it may be turned into a tourist attraction in the same way that Hitler’s mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden near Salzburg, which brings in thousands of visitors per year. Around eight km (five miles) from Profitis Ilias is the village of Campochiaro, also built by the Italians, who shipped farming families over from the alpine north of Italy to work the land. Other pretty villages flanking Profitis Ilias include rustic Platania and Eleousa.

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Profitis Ilias is 45 km (28 miles) southeast of Rhodes Town, and is best approached via the serpentine track up from the village of Salakos.
Address: Salakos, Rhodes 851 06, Greece
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Discover Rhodes Island

Discover Rhodes Island

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The island tour is your ideal opportunity to explore the local life & discover the beauty of the island. The tour passes through traditional villages & magnificent beaches. The Castle of Kritinia is a Venetian castle of 16th century on a hill offers a breath taking view of Aegean sea, Winery and olive oil tasting in Embona’s village, we will drive after to Profitis Ilias a 1929 Italian htl in the heart of the forest of pines, cedars and oaks trees is an ideal stop for photos or coffee, next stop is in Fountouklis, a Byzantine church of Saint Nikolaos which was built in 14th century, also a photo stop to Saint Nektarios where grows a huge plane tree, the trunk, which is quite empty and can accommodate 3 adults & of course a lunch break in a traditional taverna. A last relaxing stop in Kalithea Springs for swimming or a drink, a majestic place known since antiquity for the thermal springs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rhodes Island Tour Excursion

Rhodes Island Tour Excursion

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Experiencing the many faces of Rhodes in a day is near-impossible without a rental car. This full-day tour from north coast resorts eliminates the hassle of vehicle hire: covering many of the island's highlights with ease and offering cultural insights you might miss alone. Taste wines at Embonas, admire Kritinia Castle, experience bird’s-eye mountaintop views, and swim and relax at Kalithea Springs, all with background and history from a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Meet the AUTHENTIC Rhodes Tour - PRIVATE Half-Day or Full-Day Tour

Meet the AUTHENTIC Rhodes Tour - PRIVATE Half-Day or Full-Day Tour

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With this tour, you capture the essence of real, AUTHENTIC Rhodes. Surprisingly awash with forests and scented herbs landscapes, great wine, superb gastronomic heritage, well-kept churches and buildings unique in architecture and style and hidden secrets are all reserved for those who choose this off the beaten track tour. Taste some refined island wine, sample traditional Rhodian sweets, take a refreshing drive inland and marvel less known sights. Most important, meet local people that love this land and carry excellently its culture and traditions.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hike towards the Ancient City of Kamiros (Private Tour)

Hike towards the Ancient City of Kamiros (Private Tour)

Hike in the mountains is pretty common. But hiking in the mountain with final destination the ruins of an ancient city of 5th century B.C. is not and it is found on Rhodes Island. This PRIVATE/EXCLUSIVE hiking day trip to Ancient city of Kamiros begins by taking the downhill path from Profitis Ilias Mt. While enjoying a few hours of exciting walking through vineyards and farms with fruits and vegetables, you reach the City of Ancient Kamiros (5th century B.C.). You have the opportunity to wander around the ruins of the so called "Greece’s Pompeii“ and admire the sea view in front of you. Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch by the sea and relax at the beautiful sandy beach. A full PRIVATE hiking day trip that combines hiking in the mediterranean mountain scenery, visiting a popular ancient site of Rhodes, taste traditional dishes by the sea and relax on the beach, all in one!
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  • 8 hours
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