Monolithos Castle is situated on Rhodes island, the largest of the Dodecanese islands located near the Aegean sea. The exotic location of the Rhodes island between the Greek mainland and the island of Cyprus makes it one of the popular tourist destinations in the world. Apart from these, there are a number of sites of historical and archeological importance that attract tourists. The Monolithos Castle is definitely one of the most popular places for sightseeing in Rhodes.
The Monolithos Castle offers scenic views of the coastline. The location of the castle makes it a perfect place to bask in the bounties of nature. Climbing the rock to reach the castle is not as difficult as it appears. You need to climb some steps that pass through the lush green area. But, there are a few slippery steps, so you need to be careful. Even though the castle is small, yet if you have a close look, you will find that here are two hidden rooms.
From the top you will be able to see courtyards dabbed in whitewash and decorated with geraniums, isolated beaches where people play games and splash in the waves, and stone houses with tiled roofs overlooking the great expanse of azure blue water that splashes upon the beach. These are the views of the nearby village that appears like an amphitheater. There are two small 15th century churches nearby, dedicated to Saint Agios Panteleimon and Saint Geroge. Both chapels are in ruins today.
You can find some taverns for lunch and dinner in the nearby village. Even the entrance of the castle has a small cafe that serves snacks and drink.
Monolithos Castle Map
Facts about Monolithos Castle
- Standing erect on the jagged and singular rock, the castle is 10 kilometers southeast of the village of Apolakkia and 30 kilometers from Prasonisi beach.
- The castle is built upon a rock featuring an elevation of 100 meters.
- The Knights of Saint John built the castle in 1480 to defend the island from aggression.
Where is Monolithos Castle?
Located at a distance of 73 kilometers from Rhodes city, Monolithos Castle in Rhodes is one of the few remaining Venetian castles of Monolithos. It takes around one hour to reach the castle from Rhodes International Airport by car.
Best time to visit Monolithos Castle
The best time to visit Monolithos Castle in Rhodes is during May and June.
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Nearby Attractions: Mount Filerimos, Butterfly Valley, Haraki Bay, Tsambika Monastery, Lindos, Agios Nectarios, Kalithea Springs, Ancient Kamiros, and Siana.Published On: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014