Municipality of Petaloudes
20km from Rhodes Town
Damatria is an inland village located on the west coast of Rhodes. It is believed to be the only village of Rhodes dating back to the Dorian era in the 11th century B.C. Excavations in the surrounding area have confirmed continuous habitation for over 3,000 years. Historians believe this ancient settlement was actually named after the sanctuary of the Goddess Dimitra that has been built in the area. Most of the settlement is typically traditional, with converted homes and pots of multi-coloured geraniums dotted around the village. A few natural springs adorn the countryside and a Second World War memorial in the form of the Italian headquarters, some historic churches and quite a number of ancient ruins and sites, complete the list of attractions to this green and fertile village. It is a very lively village with the main square wrapped around an enormous oak tree being the centre of all village life.