Castle of the Knights

Castle of the Knights, Megalo Chorio: Address, Castle of the Knights Reviews: 4.5/5

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MartinDee
London, UK921 contributions
Sep 2020
I caught the 8:30 bus to Megálo Horió (25 mins, €1.60 pay as leave the bus) and walked up to the castle. About 30 minutes, path is ok with the occasional red dot on a rock (or is that blood from a previous hiker) or a bulkhead light in the rocks helping you find the route. It is an impressive place to visit with an old chapel with faded fresco and still a recognisable castle form with grooves for doors in marble slabs. There are also fantastic views right around the island. I had it to myself at the end of September having passed a couple coming down earlier. Going down is slightly more difficult than going up with crumbling rocks and shale so good shoes would be better than my sandals.
Written December 10, 2020
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,485 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
High above Megalo Chorio is the castle of the knights. The whole region has long history of Templar Knights and is littered with these abandoned castles. Having been to a few (3 in Rhodes for example), this is a really good example and the only one I’ve seen with original frescoes in the church along with the altar. It’s probably the finest example I’ve seen. It’s a hell of a climb up; I went at speed and it took me 30 minutes to get up and I was exhausted and it was hot (and not mid-summer). There is a grand entrance, a walk up steps to a complete church filled with frescoes and an altar, and the walls all around the castle have spectacular views down (over Megalo Chorio one side, and San Antonio the other). It’s important to note that there are no barriers up here; you fall… you fall. I would not have kids up here (it would be hard to get them there anyway) but it’s not a safe place. It took 15 minutes down, and I twisted my ankles 3 times… lots of loose scree and rocks.
PS: Don’t forget your water!
Written June 1, 2017
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,167 contributions
May 2018
For such a small island there are quite a few cultural sights to discover on Tilos: the ruined villages of Mikro Chorio and Gera, the monastery of Agios Panteleimon, the village of Megalo Chorio with its traditional architecture and its Taxiarchis church and above it the ruins of a Knight's Castle and a whole settlement.

Especially Gera, but also Mikro Chorio and the Knights Castle take quite an effort to visit and for all the approach is only on foot and best in good hiking boots. The walk up from Megalo Chorio to the Castle takes about 45 minutes in a leisurely way. The very stoney path zigzags up a steep hill and it is even more difficult to get down than up.

En route one passes several ruins, also of chapels with a caved in vaulted roof, with an apsis and sometimes remains of frescoes. This also goes for the church high up, dedicated to Archangel Michael. People used to live in this higher up area until the beginning of the 19th century, when they started to move down to the actual village of Megalo Chorio, after piracy had become less of a problem.

The Castle itself, the best preserved of all ruins around, was built by the Knights of St.John, who ruled the Dodecanese out of Rhodes for over 200 years, until the Ottomans took over in 1522. In defence against Turks, Arabs, pirates they built fortifications on all islands, alone on Tilos there were seven of them. Most probably there had been a fort up at this spot already in Hellenistic and Byzantine times.

What I remember from the hike up here, besides the ruins, are the many thistles, but also the lupines in bloom, some baby chukar partridges and great views down to the village of Megalo Chorio and to the Agios Antonios bay.

Written November 25, 2018
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SimonGlobal
Porthleven, UK46 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
So long ago and yet I could imagine what it must have been like.
A very isolated desolate location at the top of a volcanic hill, magnificent views all around to Turkish coast and the numerous islands around.
The paths start ok, but then get more and more difficult.
Trainers at minimum recommended, better still walking boots, with plenty of water and go early morning, not in the mid-day sun !
Written September 24, 2017
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mysmallgreekislands
Hastings, UK18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Last year I lost the path and ended up not getting to the castle. This year I initially got lost again and ended up on the far side of the mountain with fantastic views of the coast. Finding the correct route I was rewarded with being alone in such historic ruins with views down to Megalo Chorio and beyond. The trick is when you come to a ruined stone building. Do not follow the path straight ahead but turn right and go behind the building then keep looking out for the lights on the ground or the cable between them. With care this will take you right up to the castle entrance.
Written July 10, 2019
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bob3747
Farnborough, UK281 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Spectacular views from top and enough remains for added interest to more than justify arduous climb up there. Worth the effort.
Written October 12, 2021
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Torunn B
Bergen, Norway113 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a ruin with open entrance and no staff. The path up is marked here and there with small red dots painted on some of the rocks, but I still found it a bit hard to find the way a few places. The path is steep and with quite rough and stony surface. But it is not very far; about 1,3 km from Megalo Horio centre. So it is a nice walk for the normally fit person with good hiking boots. The ruins are relatively big compared to the other Tilos Island ruins. And you will find shadow there after a steep climb in the sunshine. Bring some water. The view from there is marvelous, and there are some wild goats.
Written June 21, 2018
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Brian D
Reading, UK199 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Perched high above the town the walk is a bit of a slog and a scramble near the top but the views are worth it
Written June 18, 2017
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violabroussine
Wotton-under-Edge, UK6 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
this is a strenous climb along a well marked path for about two thirds of the way but then gets a bit more challenging. Not for walking in the heat of the day as no shade and the walk is steep. Spectacular views once you get to the top and well worth the climb once! looks lovely lit up at night during the summer months from the village below.
Written October 31, 2016
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Diana S
51 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
A stunning view from the top across the island as far as Nysiros and Turkey. There are a few faded frescoes in the old ruined chapels.
Written September 7, 2016
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