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tadvi
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
We have been to Asklipio village on many occasions throughout the last 10 years.
However we never had the opportunity to stay in the village.....we would usually stay at Kiotari Beach but we wanted to get away from it all.
As we were searching for somewhere near Asklipio, we stumbled upon a lovely traditional house which was actually in the village, The Mandolin.
This traditional "kamariko"(arched) house was lovingly restored and offered all the traditional characteristics along with a luxurious, elegant & contemporary feel.... very light and airy and there was more than enough space for all of us(2xadults, 3xchildren).
At the very top of the village sits the ruins of a castle in which we spent many evenings just watching the sun set over the mountains....then enjoying the short walk back down to the main platia(square) just mingling with all the locals who were very welcoming and friendly, enjoying a nice chilled glass of retsina at the Plateia Cafe and watching the world go by.
The church is well worth a visit and we were told it was one of the oldest churches on the island. There are amazing paintings and murals that cover all of the walls inside the church. Behind the church was also a small folklore museum which used to be an old olive press producing oil....all of the original equipment and stones are still there, along with many other artifacts belonging to the church.
There is a supermarket, a medical centre, a few cafes and tavernas which was everything we could ask for. We especially enjoyed Nikolas taverna in the main platia on many occasions, offering all the local dishes of which were delicious and of high quality.
The village is very peaceful throughout the day and if your looking for a genuine taste of Greek life, this is the place to go to get away from it all. We felt as if we were transported back in time as the village has a unique feel to it...from watching the older local women baking fresh bread in their wood burning ovens....the smell of fresh bread throughout the village was comforting and is a memory that will stay with us for years to come....also the odd donkey or goat passing by quietly in front of the house, adding to the charm of Asklipio.
Just a couple of minutes drive down the mountain is Kiotari Beach which has many large hotels, restaurants, bars, pharmacies, shopping centres and very clean, crystal clear beaches. It was a relief going back to the village after a day out as it was quite overcrowded on the beaches near the hotels, what we expected really as mostly all hotels there are all inclusive.
We spent many of our days in front of the bamboo hut which sits perched on top of a large rock overlooking the entire coastline. This was the original side of Kiotari Beach before developers started building hotels nearby....and its a very serene part of Kiotari Beach.
We also enjoyed dining at Stefanos, Pelikans Nest, Paralia and Mourella restaurants at Kiotari. Also Lighthouse in the afternoons enjoying a frappe and chatting to the locals.
This was one of the most relaxing, cultural and interesting holidays we have been on. Asklipio has charmed us in many ways and we are looking forward to going back next year.
Written June 8, 2013
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Filippos K
Rhodes Town, Greece38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
I visited this village yesterday and I was so impressed by its beauty ! The church - Dormition of the Holy Mother - was first built in 1060 and it's the 2nd most ancient church on Rhodes island ! Next to the church there is a folklore museum , also worth seeing ! I was also impressed by the medieval castle , built from the Knights of St. John , not very well preserved , but worth seeing because it really offers a breathtaking view !
Finally , I thought about doing something different , something alternative...I saw a big sign in the main square of the village : "Donkey Cruise" and I said "Why not?" ! A very kind man welcomed me a little while after I called and I ended up in the village's forest , surrounded by donkeys and smiley people , ready to introduce me into a very exciting adventure ! I rode my own donkey , it was very friendly and patient with me , named Argiris ! We made a little tour in the forest , making jokes on the way , breathing fresh air , walking by a beautiful river , passing by chapels and little monasteries , olive trees , enjoying every minute in pure nature ! We ended up in the family's old watermill ! It was such a magnificent landscape , next to a river , into the mountains , I felt Like i was living in a previous era !A little branch was also included in the price , for the ones who get hungry very easily !I want to thank those people -Christos , Argiro - for their kindness , their real smile and joy and for making me experience something so nice , I could ever imagine before visiting South Rhodes ! I would recommend the Donkey Cruise in Asklipio village , South Rhodes to any other adventurous person , nature & animal lover , because it combines everything: history, nature, fresh air & landscapes , sweet & friendly donkeys and people of course ! Be sure that it will stay a nice memory from the beautiful, always sunny island of Rhodes !
Written April 17, 2016
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Rhianna J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We cycled up to Asklipios from Pefkos (yes, it was really hot and steep) - the roads are good but steep in places so best to be fit and ready for the heat, on the way up! Using a hire car is a good option. The village is beautiful and similar to Lindos, except nestled in the hills, away from the coast and conveniently, away from tourists. The village museum (attached to the church) is lovely - full of Christian artefacts and the highlight is the historic house; inside are lovely examples of tools and early 20th century machinery including an olive press - a great insight into life here, in years gone by. The church is beautiful as attested in other reviews. For lunch we went to one of the tavernas around the corner from the church - it was very good - food was great and it was lovely watching village life go by as we ate. We then headed up to the castle - it is quite steep in places but not prohibitively so. The views are wonderful and as we explored the ruins, we felt like archaeologists stumbling across the site for the first time. Take water and soak up this beautiful village, free from the crowds.
Written August 29, 2017
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Petrol_
53 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Solo
Asklipios is located some km away from the touristic area of kiotari. Asklipios was the god of medicine in Ancient Greece. From the past it was the place of strategic importance so it was built on top of a mountain. The village is characterized by interesting traditional architecture. The narrow streets and courtyards of homes, creating a wonderful atmosphere complete with the imposing presence of the knight castle on the top of the mountain and the Byzantine church with the museum.
Written February 22, 2017
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sharalDc
Washington DC, DC411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Hike up to the castle and enjoy the views. We hiked up just before sunset and enjoyed wonderful sights. You can drive up fairly close. Bring a flashlight / torch if you plan to hike up into the ruins at dusk.
Written December 23, 2018
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viaUAA
Ljubljana, Slovenia685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Pleasant village, perfect for stop when exploring Rhodes with car, especially to feel the other Rhodes - those far away from crowded tourist resorts and main rourist attractions (e.g. Lindos, Rhodes old town, valley of butterfly,...) In the village center there is parking place. I advise to take short ascent to the castle (ruin) above the village (it takes you about 15 minutes) that offers nice views to village of Asklipios as well as to the valley below with dry riverbed. In village it is worh to visit Greek Orthodox church. Beside parkplace you will also find village restaurant and small village shop.
Written August 29, 2018
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Malcolm C
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Had a great day out on the donkey trek even though we never chose to ride a donkey,despite this it was brilliant.
The day was baking hot about 35 plus in the shade and the terrain was hard but it was so worth it as well.
There was a visit to one of the oldest churches in Greece where it is said St.Paul himself visited and a naked vision of Christ was seen.
This info was passed on by Christos and his mother.
We walked to a wooded area by an abandoned water mill where we had lunch which is included in the price,it was magical.
Here's the warning,if you have any medical condition such as heart,lungs or mobility problems this is not for you especially when it gets very hot.
Our group loved it.
Written June 30, 2017
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SteveH
Bury St. Edmunds, UK212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Whilst staying in nearby Pefkos one of the locals told us about the little village she had been born in and mentioned Nikolas Taverna.

A 15 minute drive south along the coast and then 10 minutes inland brought us to the village of Asklipio and the aforementioned taverna.

The village itself is a wonderful example of unspoilt Greek life as I remember first experiencing nearly 30 years ago.

Nikolas Traditional Taverna is located on a small square near to the church and is a perfect place to rest during the hottest part of the day. Nik the Greek (his words not mine!) served us with bottles of cold Alpha Beer (local brew) and we then lunched on the best Greek food I have tasted in years in the form of mezze. Dolmades, saginaki, fried courgettes, meatballs, tsatsiki..... just absolutely perfect and clearly all freshly prepared.

Great location, 28 degrees, amazing food, perfect host..... and cold beer. Why are you still reading this? You should be online booking a flight to Rhodes!
Written May 31, 2015
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Marius Z
Vilnius, Lithuania326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
It was the last point for me and my wife ,
who visited on car in the island of Rhodes.
A small village, which is located 4 km uphill from Kiotari.
The village Asklipios is nestled in the mountains,built around
the castle of Asklipios - a Knightly fortress of the 13th century.
Although now here only ruins, is worth to seeing.
In the center of the village, there is a splendid church dedicated
to the Virgin Mary, next to the old Olive press - now a Folklore Museum.
There are small white houses, examples of traditional architecture.
We also visited a small snack bar Plateia (πλατεία), for real Greek coffee,
the owner of which, working here for 25 years.
A couple of hours in the village passed in the blink,
leaving wonderful memories ...
Written February 2, 2015
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ClaireR
Cannington, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
The village of Asklipio is just beautiful. The church is beautiful and dates back to the 13th century I beloeve. A walk up to the castle ruins is something you should do if only for the views which are amazing. The village it's self has a few Tavernas and bars. The one we like to visit is Nikolas Taverna where the owner and his wife put their selves out to make you feel welcome and where the food is traditional and homemade. Delicious in a word! People are extremely friendly and welcoming, all in all a place you must not miss.
Written November 1, 2014
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