Profitis Ilias, Rhodes

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Rhodes: Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting

1. Rhodes: Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in the culture and gastronomy of Rhodes on this all-encompassing tour. The fun begins as soon as you board a private minibus for a scenic and picturesque journey away from the island's coast to the small, unspoiled mountainous village of Apollona nestled in the foothills of Profitis Ilias. Stop for a quick tour of an agricultural co-op and learn how these proud, resourceful women run their enterprise.  From there, head to the folklore museum and discover what life was like for locals in the centuries past. Admire the traditional costumes, architecture and more as you learn how the people lived and worked as well as the industries of the time such as the inner workings of an olive factory. You will also visit a winery and learn about the various grape varieties. While here, sample a delicious glass of wine and learn how Rhodes produces some of the world's most award-winning wines. Finally, enjoy a personal cooking class from a mama cook in the village who will teach you how to make traditional, famous Greek fare including tzatziki, pitaroudia (vegetable fried balls) and the ever-popular Greek salad. Learn how to make gemista (stuffed peppers with tomatoes and rice), dolmadakia and many more delights. Conclude your time in Apollona by sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labor over lunch.

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Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Sunset Hike

2. Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Sunset Hike

Onboard a private coach, you will set off for the inland part of Rhodes, towards the central-western area. After a picturesque (approx, one hour from Rhodes town) drive, we reach Salakos, a beautiful agricultural village, located on the foothills of the mountain Profitis Ilias. After arriving, you will be invited to discover the third-biggest mountain of the island. The trails ascent as its slopes gradually, with the well-maintained trails also suitable for beginner hikers due to its quality. Most of the hike is under the shade of ilex trees, pine trees, and some olive trees. During the uphill, the views are magnificent towards the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey and some nearby islands. After having arrived at the meadow, you can admire the famous “Elafos and Elafina” (male and female deer in Greek), and former Italian buildings built by Italian Colonists on 1929 and 1932 following an Alpine Style of architecture. You will also visit the “Villa de Vecci” house of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes, and the Byzantine Church of Profitis Elias. Following a short break and a snack, you will begin your descent back to Salakos. At the appropriate point, time will be given to admire the sun going down in the Aegean Sea behind the miniature island of Halki. After arriving back in Salakos, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Rhodes: Full Day Guided Island Bus Tour

3. Rhodes: Full Day Guided Island Bus Tour

Soak up the peace and tranquility on both the East and West coasts of the Island, in beautiful spots such as is Kritinia Castle, a castle from the 16th Century situated on a hill about 131 meters above the village of Kritinia. It offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the island of Chalki, and some other deserted islands. Afterwards, you will enjoy a wine, olive oil, and local products tasting in Embonas village. You will drive up to Profitis Ilias, a 1929 Italian hotel in the heart of a forest of pines, cedars, and oaks trees. Is an ideal stop for photos and to break for a cup of coffee. Your next stop will be in Fountoukli, at the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos, which was built in the 14th Century. For a lunch break, you will stop at a traditional restaurant. The last stop will be in Kalithea Springs for swimming at a lovely sandy beach, or for relaxing in a cafe close to the beach. This majestic place is known for its thermal springs.

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Rhodes: 2-Day Sea Kayaking and Hiking Combo Activity

4. Rhodes: 2-Day Sea Kayaking and Hiking Combo Activity

Discover the breathtaking nature of the island of Rhodes with this combo package. Feel free to choose which activity you wish to do first. The activities do not have to be completed on consecutive days. Below is a suggested itinerary. Day 1: Sea Kayaking  Head to Kathara Beach, where your activity begins. From there, paddle around the island's secluded beaches and spectacular rock formations that contribute to the emerald green color of the waters around you. During this 5-hour activity, there will be multiple opportunities for swimming and snorkeling at Ladiko and Traounou Beach, followed by a delicious homemade picnic at Traounou Beach. On the return trip, take your time and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Day 2: Hiking Travel inland towards the central-western area. After a picturesque drive, reach Salakos, a beautiful agricultural village, located in the foothills of the mountain Profitis Ilias, where you will discover the 3rd-biggest mountain on the island. Ascend the mountain gently, following well-maintained trails that are suitable for beginners. Take refuge from the sun under the shade of the ilex and olive trees that line most of the trail. During the uphill hike, enjoy magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey and some nearby islands. At the peak, admire the famous Elafos and Elafina (male and female deer in Greek), and former Italian buildings built by Italian colonists almost 100 years ago. You will also visit the “Villa de Vecci” house of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes and the Byzantine Church of Profitis Elias. Following a short break and a snack, begin your descent back to Salakos.

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Rhodes: Hike Mount Profitis Ilias from Salakos

5. Rhodes: Hike Mount Profitis Ilias from Salakos

Begin in the quaint agricultural village of Salakos, nestled in the foothills of the mountain but only a short way from the sea. Choose to meet in the village or to be picked up from your accommodation in Rhodes. Take the gradual incline on a well maintained path up to the mountain. Walk in shade of ilex, pine, and olive trees. Bask in the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Combine stunning views, exercise, fresh air, and some history provided by your expert guide. At the top, experience the calm of a quiet picnic area and see the two famous Italian alpine hotels from 1932 called Elafos and Elafina. Visit Villa de Vecci, the house of the former Italian governor of Rhodes and the Byzantine church Profitis Elias. Refresh yourself with a rest and a snack before starting the descent back to Salakos.

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From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

6. From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

Start your Profitis Ilias hike of in the charming village of Salakos. Follow along an old mule track to a garden that used to belong to General De Vecchi an Italian Governor of Rhodes from between 1936-1940, whose villa now lies abandoned. Cross the garden toward two hotels in Tyrolean style and climb to the top of the mountain where you will have the chance to take photos of the spectacular view. Walk on a path shaded by dense cypress trees and Aleppo pines. Pass by the majestic villa and its chapel on your way down the mountain and back to Salakos.Try some traditional snacks along the way.

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What people are saying about Profitis Ilias, Rhodes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 30 reviews

We booked the tour for two and had the fun of our lives! First we were on a hiking tour on the third highest mountain in Rhodes. Despite the very high temperatures, Addie and Tsampikos took very good care of us and there was plenty of water for everyone. We were also told a little about the Italian ruins and the flora / fauna in the area. The highlight of the day was the sunset high up with a wonderful view of the coast and Turkey (honeydew melon included!). The kayak tour started on the second day. After a warm-up and briefing, we started straight away. There was also plenty to see here, in addition to Anthony Quinn Bay and the crystal clear water. We were shown the underwater life on a subsequent snorkeling tour. Before the return trip we were provided with Greek food by Maria, Tsampikos and George. All in one, an unforgettable experience that will be remembered forever!

We were able to spend a very instructive and wonderful day in Apollona. Aside from tourism, we were able to taste numerous local sweets and delicious wines. The highlight of the tour was the cooking class. Here we tried, with professional support, traditional dishes that were then served for lunch. Finally we got an insight into the past of the island in a historical museum. A big thank you also goes to our guide Maria, who guided us through the day with lots of information. The tour is an absolute must if you are not only interested in sun and sea but also in the country, which has a lot more to offer. Definitive recommendation for this tour.

Best trip and definitely worth a recommendation! It was tough but incredibly incredibly beautiful and some mega cute guides. Excellent views and a nice check on the list.

Es war eine sehr gute Erfahrung. Ich werde auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen!

Wonderful experience with very warm and professional guides. Unique!