Summer is already here and our minds just keep thinking, “Where should we go next?”
I have the perfect answer for you. Rhodes!
On a previous post I made a little introduction on the “Island of the Sun” but now I will go deeper with the info about this, not so tiny after all, island. If you read my previous post, http://travelingfoodies.org/2016/05/11/rhodes-greece/ , the historic Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn movie “The Guns of Navarone” was filmed here in Rhodes and some of the scenes were made in a little village called “Monolithos”. It’s true that Quinn was so taken with the area that he bought land in an area still called Anthony Quinn Bay.
But on this post we will talk about Monolithos and how breathtaking it is to visit. Especially its castle!
Monolithos is a small village of roughly 181 people and 70km to the south west of Rhodes town. Outside the village is the medieval Castle, built on top of a 100m rock. This castle was built in 1480 by the Knights of Saint John to protect the island from attacks. Actually, this castle was never conquered.
The Castle of Monolithos is widely ruined today but it offers great view of the sea and the two islets opposite to it. Inside the Castle, there is a small working chapel dedicated to Agios Panteleimon (Saint Pantaleon).
If you want to access the castle you have to go up a staircase cut into the rock. The steps, while not particularly steep, are quite slippery simply due to the numbers of visitors wearing them away. On the climb up to the top, you are likely to see hundreds, if not thousands, of small piles of rocks from 3-10 in number. These piles are left there by the visitors as a form of a memento.
Local delicacies vary from honey to alcoholic drinks and liquers. The most well known liquer here comes from a herb called “Greek Sage” or “Faskomilo” in greek. This herb is used for tea mostly but it is also used in food and for its medicinal and beauty values.
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