Earlier during the day I explored the west coast of Rhodes from Ialyssós to Fourni Beach. It was a fantastic road trip: quiet beaches, stunning lush green nature, archeological sites, historical castles and massive caves, cliffs and rock formations along the rugged shoreline.To get back to my homebase in Ialyssós I decided to take the mountain road to see what the inland and mountain regions of Rhodes had to offer.
This was my route: Monolithos – Siana – Embonas – Apollona – Ialyssós.
From Fourni Beach the winding road back to Monolithos Castle rises fairly steep uphill and was quite a challenge for my cheap rental car as at some points the car would just barely move forward. The views from this coastal road were magnificent but I kept my eye on the road and was relieved when I first reached Monolithos Castle and then Monolithos village, where I stopped for late afternoon snacks and to charge my mobile phone. Even though I had some traditional paper maps with me I would have been totally lost without Google Maps.
From Monolithos I drove to Siena, a beautiful mountain village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mount Acramitis, which is the second highest mountain of Rhodes. Earlier in the morning I had already discovered this village so I only made a quick stop here to purchase some honey, which Siena is famous for.
Mountain roads to Embonas
It was a pleasure to drive long and winding mountain roads through green valleys with breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. The roads were in good condition and not too many people on the move so I could just enjoy a quiet drive while taking in the beautiful landscapes.
My next destination was the picturesque mountain village of Embonas at an altitude of 850 metres by Mount Attávyros, the highest mountain of Rhodes. This region is famous for its grapes and wines, and Embonas is regarded as the wine capital of Rhodes. In this village you can find numerous wine cellars and shops for wine tasting.
Another village in the mountains on my way to Ialyssós was Apollona. I heard from some locals that life in this village has not changed for generations. I briefly explored the quiet streets of Apollona and found a beautiful church located next to a fire station as well as some quaint small tavernas where local seniors seemed to be having the time of their lives.It was already getting late so it was time hit the road again for the last leg of the day. From Apollona It was an easy drive back to my hotel in Ialyssós, which I reached just before 8 pm when the sun was setting. It was a long day with lots and lots of fascinating things to see and do. Tired but happy I had dinner in the hotel and drafted plans for my second day with the car exploring the east coast of Rhodes.
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