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Ialissos, Overall a good family destination

Written by Bryan
We stayed in Ialissos. If I were on my honeymoon or single, I would choose another island (or perhaps I would choose another part of Rhodes), but for a family with small children, or a wind/kite surfer, or people who don't want to be in a total party spot, Ialissos works just fine.
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Mountain Meadows beneath Akramitis

A shady path leads up to the Akramitis massif and crosses through extensive, park-like mountain meadows. You can wander on past the chapel of St. John up to the peak. After a somewhat steep descent, you return to the road near Siana. The very beautiful tour lasts five hours, without any functioning cisterns. At several places you must pay careful attention to the turn-offs! If you have ahired care, drive as far as AWT 0.12.
9 km, difference in altitude 510 m, difficult


AWT In Monolithos (310m), at the taverna 'Christos Corner',
0.00 you walk up the street and 250m after a right turn- off
0.12 you notice a parking area to the right of the street. Across from it yellow cairns 1 mark the way up the slope.
!! In the woods turn left after 80 m at a cairn and then walk up the nice footpath.
!! 0.22 Another cairn later marks the second turn-off up to the right 2 (P:N36º08.215'/E27º44.454').
The trek continues upwards, at first with some effort, but later very pleasantly between the pines, with a magnificent view of the broad Apolakkia Bay.

0.45 At the end of the ascent
(P:N36º08.653'/E27º44.487'/ 610m) wander down through the pine woods and uphill again, then on the level to the right of a ravine to a wonderful glade 3, where all the flowers of Greece bloom in spring, between age-old pines and cedars, ruins and decaying trees.


You ascend a few metres through violet sage blooms and cross over a stone wall which used to 1.10 surround a field. From the other side of the wall it is only 200 paces until a phalanx of cairns (P:N36º09.201'/E27º45.020') direct the !! wanderer uphill to the right (and not straight on along the wider goat track).

1.15 When you have passed above the cliff, gone left at the first fork at the top and again at the next one, another meadow stretches out in front of you, in which, to the left and barely perceptible, 1.25  is the chapel Agios Ioannis (P:N36º09.247'/E27º45.252') The structure is plain except for the badly damaged frescoes in the old apse. Yet its situation in this abandoned area makes seeing it an experi- ence.


Alternative: The rest of the way on down to Siana is uneven and bumpy. You might consider returning the same way you came through the lovely meadows.

On the other side of the meadow a reddish-coloured path leads slowly up to an open meadow below a pine grove 4.
Short cut: If you prefer not to climb right to the top, take the goat tracks on the right in the grove to tra- verse the rocky ridge, then turn left and follow the path which descends to Siana.


Behind the pine grove a path leads down through a trough and then up again. At the last large tree, whose trunk branches at the top, you climb a few metres up through the rocks and reach a fork. (On the descent you return as far as this point.) Here you go left up to the fire observation 1.55 station and to the summit of Akramitis (823 m). The view over the dizzying cliffs over to Chalki is superb!


2.00 The way down into the valley first runs 200 m back to the familiar fork, where it turns left. Then it proceeds horizontally to the left of the rocky ridge, before dropping to- wards the cairns and coloured dots. The pines and juniper bushes are only waist-high to begin with, but provide more shade further down between the rocks.
2.30 The gravelly track, though, becomes even steeper.
2.40 After a round lime kiln (left) you come to a 1.5 m high boulder with a cairn.
2.45 Here you go left to the road.
(3.15) It is 30 minutes on foot down to Monolithos, hitch-hiking takes only 5 minutes.


It takes eight minutes uphill to reach Siana, with its narrow lanes and nice little tavernas. The village is famous for honey, yoghurt and especially Suma - a kind of grappa

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