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CLIMBING ATAVIROS

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Seek new heights with a hike to the top of mount Ataviros. While quite demanding, the climb will reward you with its unique view. Start your hike from the village of Empona and don’t forget to pack sunglasses and water.


SEVEN SPRINGS

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On the road to Lindos and at the intersection of Kolympia, you’ll come across the Epta Piges (Seven Springs). The waters form a small lake and a quaint waterfall. The lake’s waters are crystal clear and inviting for a swim during the scorching summer months. Not to be missed!


XETRIPITI GORGE

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Near the villages of Malonas and Massari, visit the Xetripiti gorge. The river Makari and the surroundings’ natural beauty are certain to enthuse, while the easy access makes this one of the island’s best excursions.


THE VALLEY OF BUTTERFLIES

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Located just a few kilometres from the city centre, the Valley of Butterflies with its deep ravine and lush forest has been for ages a refuge for millions of the colourful winged creatures. In its shady slopes –between June and September- you’ll come across the rare Panaxia Quadripunctaria. The park’s footpath will lead you to Panagia Kalopera monastery, while within the park’s confines you may visit the Natural History museum and its butterfly incubator.

Ticket price: 5 euro
Opening hours: 09:00-16:00



Where
Access: 25 km from Rhodes, reachable by bus, taxi or rental car, T:+30 2241081801

FILERIMOS HILL IN IALISSOS

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Start your next excursion from the foot of Filerimos hill, on the way to Ialissos. Leave your car in the village of Akropoli Filerinou and start the mild uphill climb on the paved road, replete with oak trees and pines. Reach the twin chapels of Profitis Ilias and take in the amazing view of Ialissos. Follow the road and rest at the soft drink stall under the immense oak tree.


DAY TRIPS BY BOAT

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The numerous tourist day-boats operating out of the harbor can offer a tour of the island or a visit to the nearby islets of Halki and Symi. For those tempted, cosmopolitan Marmari on the Turkish coast awaits you. Don’t forget your passport!