The customs of the island are still alive
in the villages of the island. Unique places, with authentic and hospitable
people who happily welcome the visitors who want to discover the more
traditional side of the Rhodes.
The Rodians, ordinary people, almost
untouched by the rapid development of tourism on their island, respect local
In practically all of the island’s
villages, from Kattavia to Koskinou and from Lindos to Afandou and Fanes, one
is bound to witness the great love Rodians nurture for their land: it is in
their welcoming manner, their local dialect, their customs and demeanour as
well as in the architecture of their homes.
The typical decoration of a Rodian house;
wooden divans and inner arches, vivid colours on the exterior walls, pebble
mosaic floors in the courtyards and all sorts of potted plants in the gardens,
reveal a unique folk sensitivity.
Many villages outside the island’s capital
maintain traditional elements in their architecture but also in their dialect,
clothing manners, customs and music, all of the features that have remained
unchanged over the centuries.
Here you can savour pure Greek delicacies
at the small taverns and the traditional products of our island, as well as the
famous, from antiquity, Rodian wine.
- Today the Rodian potters work clay
following the tradition of their ancestors, creating masterpieces of folk art,
especially in Afandou and Archangelos.The potters of Archangelos were famous in
antiquity and historical sources indicate that clay bricks were transported
from here to Constantinople for the construction of the dome of Agia Sophia.
- Rhodes also hosts a flourishing industry
for traditional handmade carpets and shoes.
Some of the villages, not to be missed are
the traditional villages of the mainland such as Embona, Eleousa, Apollona
& Siana.Archangelos, Lindos and
Koskinou are well known for their traditional settlements and the villagesin South Rhodes such as Vati, Gennadi,
Lachania, Monolithos, Asklipios &Kattavia, are all located amongst the scenic country side and where the
traditional celebrations of the island are still alive.