Municipality of Attavyros
54km from Rhodes Town
A village with a difference, Kritinia is situated on the western coast of the island and is most popular for its castle built during the occupation of the Knights in the 1500s. From the top of the towers it was possible for them to protect the village from Pirates and using a fire beacon system warn surrounding areas of imminent danger. Inside the fortress was also built a small church dedicated to St. George. The name kritinia is derived from the island of Crete, in Greek known as Kriti. The Minoan Prince Althaemenes was said to have fled his homeland in order to avoid killing his father Catreus, as had been prophesied by an Oracle. But Catreus, missing his son, decided to visit Rhodes, and when the ship arrived in the middle of the night, in the blind darkness, he was mistaken for a pirate and killed - by his own son Althaemenes. Oracles are never wrong. Inside the colourful village itself, is the Kritinian Folk Art Museum, which has been set up with a collection of tools and peasant furnishings, traditional costumes and ancient ceramics. The houses are mostly traditional and one gets the feeling that time has stopped in this quaint village.