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“Not your normal Monastery”

Monastery of Kalopetra
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“Not your normal Monastery”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Kalopetra is located on the top of a hill close to the valley of the Butterflies. However in a car a good way to get there is via Kalythies on the east coast, head inland to Psinthos and then over towards Maritsa. About halfway between Psinthos and Maritsa is Kalopetra. The views of the surrounding countryside are well worth stopping for. There is a small "cafe" where the local women provide a limited array of things to eat or drink. A must try is the Loukomades soaked in honey - possibly amongst the best on the island. The small church is open to visitors and a mixture of paintings etc from the 18th century. There are toilets which are generally clean. From Kalopetra drive downhill to Petaloudes and join the hordes to see the Butterflies and Moths.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This monastery is absolutely worth a visit. The site is atop a hill overlooking Rhodes & the sea. It was almost deserted when were there which was a bonus. The church is small , simple & lovely ( a relief after some of the baroque cathedrals in Austria). The grounds are worth a wander around - there is lots of shade - and many lovely views. In the courtyard there is an outdoor pulpit which you can ascend & a tree which appears to have wishes or prayers attached to the branches by other visitors. The monks' cells are all closed up but there are small wall markers painted near some of the cells. Down below at the snack bar/gift shop you can buy an island liqueur. Apparently the monks gave the recipe to a local boy who is now an old man & the only person who has the recipe for this concoction. It is not the smoothest drink but it has a great story!

Visited October 2012
3 Thank Cheryle S
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“Spectacular views and the best food”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

This monastry is just a little further from the top of the Valley of the Butterflys and well worth the extra few yards of walking and a few steps to climb.
Having reached the top of the valley of the butterflys and thinking that you've reached the end and your thirsty and hungry theres a snack bar in front of you and you need a sit down take your time and ponder. Do i need a food/drink here or shall i go to the right up another thirty steps turn right onto the road and after 75 yards enter the gates of the monastry of Kalopetra.
For those of you who take the first option you'll regret it. For the others who fancy going that little bit further as described you wont be disappointed.
As you enter the gates the monastry itself is up the short slope and to the right.
The monastry of Kalopetra is open to the public and it is a beautiful place of worship which is open to visitors and you are allowed to take photographs. Candles can be lit and the gold leaf and decor within is beautiful. The grounds are nice and the other side of the monastry is a seating area where there are spectacular views across the valley and on a clear day all the way to turkey. There are clean toilets and the courtyard is painted white with small cottages adjacent to the monastry.
For 1 euro the children can look through large binoculars.
There are 3 lovely local ladies who look after the monastry and their food is devine. Try the Greek salad and fresh fish or keftedes cooked to perfection with a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and if your still hungry try the doughnuts with syrup or the best rice pudding in the world. You wont be disappointed and best of all it wont break your pocket unlike the snack bar at the top of the butterfly valley. The best time to arrive here here is just around lunchtime when the fresh fish and keftedes (greek meatballs) are ready. There are other fresh cool drinks on offer. I know this can be the hottest time of the day but the valley itself does give you shade all the way up and on the way down. The tabled area where you eat at the monastry is also shaded with a large cyprus tree.
Anyway dont take my word for it go and try it for yourself and enjoy a little bit of Rhodes that you wouldn't normally see if you just want to do the Valley of the Butterflys (Petaloudes) which is also very picturesque and beautiful walk.

Visited July 2011
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