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Written by Rodney T W
When I went up on deck of the Costa Concordia early in the morning to get a look at Rhodes, I was surprised to see the walls, turrets and castle around the city. It had a Disneyland-look I didn't expect. For a cruise
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Attavyros - Monolithos Village

Municipality of Attavyros
Population: 334
73km from Rhodes Town

Monolithos is situated on the south, western coast of the island, its name translated into English means the lonely rock and this is an accurate description for the large rock outcrop standing 240m above the village.

The charm and atmosphere of this unique village comes especially from its amphitheatre-like shape, the white washed courtyards, well maintained traditional stone houses with their tile roofs, the views of the medieval Castle of Monolithos, and the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding landscape. Monolithos offers the visitor the colourful experience of walking through a traditional, working village where the main form of transport when going to work is on the back on a donkey!

There is a small hotel with clean, newly renovated rooms and one can also find traditional pension type accommodation for rent. The taverna situated around the village square serves particularly good fare and offers the most spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Well known for its beautiful scenery, Monolithos is also a hikers paradise, the walks around the village are second to none and offer the walker, stunning views, serenity and an abundance of fragrant wild herbs to sweeten your path.

The local beach, know as Fournoi is extremely quiet and isolated, it is a small, wild pebble-and-sand beach, 5km from the rocky cliff of Monolithos Castle, and is yet to be exploited commercially. There are only a few umbrellas that are hired out by the owner of the tiny canteen that sells refreshments and light snacks. The sea is also a lot rougher here than it is on the east coast of the island, and small bays and some ancient caves set the scene for a really picturesque and private beach.