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“Lovely little church”
Review of Monolithos Castle

Monolithos Castle
Ranked #10 of 266 things to do in Rhodes
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Good climb up the ruins to see amazing views! Lovely little church on the top!!! Saw lots of lizards here

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Get ready for some mountain climbing as you head through the woods for the Monolithos Castle. It was built in the 1480ies by the Knights of St John as a protective fortification, a very effective fortification one might say, as the castle was never conquered. Going there by foot gives a hint of why.

Below the mountain path, in the woods, you come across an almost symmetrical circle. As no material is given on the site, without Google, you are left to guessing, so we decided on this circle being a circle of conjuration. Less imaginative people would probably attribute this circle to a place for parking visitors horses, the ruins of a reception building perhaps, or a small fold for live stock.

Passing through the circle, a rather steep climb up a few hundred steps forming the stony stairs leading to the one-was castle, 340 meters atop the ocean.

The castle itself, unfortunately, is almost perished now. What remains, is a few wall sections and some very deteriorated foundation blocks. What is left, however, is the remains of an old chapel, overlooking the bay offering a fantastic view of the island. Also, in the middle of what must have been the courtyard, is a relatively new chapel. Here, you can donate to the chapel as well as light a candle and send a thought to someone near and dear.

The site is very serene, and beautiful and we quickly decided that the otherwise hot walk up the stairs was well worth the effort. Stepping close to the remains of the outer castle wall, looking over the wall and 340 meters down, gives a funny feeling in the stomach, and you cannot help but to think how many people must have given their lives to build this place some 500 years ago.

Thankfully, the place was not too crowded with tourists with time of year, which offered a lot of photo opportunities, and the views from the top of the mountain is something that can hardly be matched by any other places on the island of Rhodes.

3  Thank CasperH4040
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

It's quite a journey to reach this isolated ruin overlooking the sea on the west coast of Rhodes, but worth it! The views are stunning and the little church is atmospheric. Be careful not to slip on the smooth stones leading down to the belvedere.

This site is open all day and has no entry fee. There is a café opposite the entrance with honest prices for a much-needed drink or snack. Take your time with the steps to reach the castle ... plenty of places to stop to catch your breath, enjoy the flowers and take a photo or two.

Thank Alsacienne
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Monolithos Castle is well worth the visit, just only available for the able bodied and no heart condition.

In the time of Greek Gods, many of the islanders believed this was where the Gods of Rhodes lived. Locally with the nick name of the eagles nest, when you visit you’ll see exactly why it earned its name. Found in the southern part of the island which is generally less green and far more barren, this rocky craggy mountain is one hell of a site.

The old castle is located on top of a mountain, offering some fantastic views across the sea, To say the panoramic sights are great is an understatement. They are truly breath taking. Anyone with a digital camera or one of the more professional set ups will appreciate what lays before them. Turquoise, blues of several colours await you as views across the Mediterranean deserve a good 30-40 photos..

From where you park your car, you must follow a short trail through the fragrant pine woods. Then a climb awaits you a steep stairway cut through the rock. Ten minutes of breathlessness and you are at the top of the hill which feels like a mountain! Make sure you are careful negotiating the path, to be honest if you have young children pass this one as your heart will be in your mouth on both the assent and climb down

The surprise when you reach the top is a beautiful whitewashed church as well as the what was the castle you climbed the stairs to see. If you like the type of buildings you see in the holiday brochures of Santorini, the church is worth it.. Make sure your digital camera battery is well charges as it’s a great opportunity to some truly great pictures.

Visiting Monolithos is definitely a pair of trainers or decent shoes. Wear anything else and you’re asking for trouble due to the rocky path and a fair amount of small stones just waiting to get into any ladies sandals or flip-flops. Transport this place and pathway to Cornwall and there is no way the health and safety department of the local council will allow the path to be open.

If you are taking the trouble to visit the castle at Monolithos you may as well visit Fourni beach. Most of the time you are on your own. Take some swimming gear, it is well worth it. A long and far reaching shallow sea that is only a couple of feet deep is the reward for anyone with snorkelling gear. In August and September the sea is really warm. If you are able to get yourself a picnic together, make an afternoon of it. When it’s the middle of winter in the north of Europe, it brings back so many great memories.

2  Thank IanBrownUK
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is perhaps the wildest part of the island of Rhodes. The descent to the beach of Fourni in the morning occurred between a fog worthy of Scotland (even though we are in June). In the afternoon, however, the castle is in full light and this enhances its position as "eagle's nest".
In Greece, you know, the landscape often gives a sense of "presence of the gods.": the site of Monolithos is certainly one of these. He's right our guidebook: the south of Rhodes seems like another island.

Thank Brun066
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