Throughout the island of Rhodes, forts and
castles designed to protect the inhabitants from enemy attacks are raised on
sites considered strategic since antiquity.
Above the bay of Haraki - today a small
resort - the view is dominated by the ruins of the impregnable medieval castle
of Faraklos, at the foot of which the remains of an ancient sugar mill, which
operated until the era of the Knights’ Rule, was discovered.
Near the village of Monolithos, the
namesake castle is perched at the top of a huge steep rock, rising within short
distance from the coast, offering stunning views. It was built by the Knights
of the Order of St. John in the 14th century to control the sea passage and
protect the residents from pirate raids. The sunset here is enchanting. The
road from the castle leads to beautiful secluded beaches.
The castle of Kritinia - also known as
Kastellos - is a mixture of Byzantine and Medieval styles, its fortifications
enclosing the ruins of the Christian church of St. Paul. During the Venetian
rule, it was used as a dockyard.
The castle of Asclepeion was built by the
Grand Master Pierre d’Aubusson in 1479 at the site of the ancient beacon tower.
The castle was used by the Knights and earlier by the Byzantines to protect the
residents of the nearby villages with rectangular bastions and two strong