The largest of Greece's Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is also historically important and abundant with beaches, valleys and ancient ruins and remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.
Take a drive along the west coast of Rhodes where you leave the capital city behind and make your way to Mount Filerimos, a 267-meter high hill that once contained the acropolis of ancient Ialyssos. Also, on site was the temple of Athena Polias that was later converted into the Church of Our Lady cathedral.
Nearby you will find the tiny monastery Agios Giorgios that was created in the 14th century, destroyed with the Turkish invasion, then rebuilt by the Italians during their occupation. See the 15th century frescoes and visit "Golgatha" with its series of shrines and reliefs.
Continue to Kallithea Springs, long favored since antiquity for its thermal springs. The therapeutic waters and stunning architecture drew visitors from all over the world during the early to mid- 20th century. Today Kallithea offers sunbeds and umbrellas along a rocky shore for sunbathing and relaxation (all amenities at the beach are an extra cost at each guest's discretion).
Take a refreshing dip in the bay's crystal-clear waters and make a stop in a nearby coffee shop for some drinks and snacks before your return to port.
This half-day hour tour is ideal for families and those who want to enjoy a little culture and nature during their stop in Rhodes.