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Monolithos Castle, Rhodes

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Perched atop Monopetra, Monolithos Castle offers views of the sea and two small islets below. The castle was built in 1480 to protect the island against potential attacks. To reach the ruins of this ancient castle, climb steep--and sometimes slippery--steps that are cut into the rock face. Along the way, notice the small piles of rocks gathered at the side of the route. Their meaning is unknown. Visit the small chapel inside the castle dedicated to St. Pantaleon. Take some time to appreciate the view from 236 m (774 ft) above the sea. By using our Monolithos itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Monolithos Castle and other attractions in Monolithos.
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  • If you are in Rhodes, it would be a crime not to visit this picturesque castle overlooking the sea. We arrive after a walking trail in the middle of a pine forest, traversing a path with steps surrounded by small pebble totems that visitors leave as a souvenir and as a good omen (I recommend comfortable shoes and some jacket since at the top is always very windy). At the top there is a small votive chapel and you are in front of a breathtaking sea view. To enjoy the magic of the twilight City Council place: the location, the view, the surreal peace will be hard to forget. Once upon the time seems to stop. Not to be missed!
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  • Beautiful small hill from the dilapidated castle on top, lifting five minutes, beautiful views of the mountains, the pine forest.
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  • The ruins of the Byzantine castle itself is little interesting - there's better. Should you decide then for the relatively long route on bad roads, then probably because of the beautiful view. Whether this is however compensated for the long ride, everyone must decide for themselves.
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  • Beautiful views all around with adjacent small isles and mountains. Short excursion from parking (beware of slope roadside while lot is quite limited) allows explore ancient ruins with modest chapel. Even better views from adjacent viewpoints with excellent panoramas. While visiting take some time buffer as goat stakes can slow you down on the road.
  • Breathtaking views. Be careful if you go with small children as the place can be dangerous.
  • Nice view! And lovely little church on top of the hill.
  • It is very beautiful breathtaking view but the castle is almost destroyed.
  • Amazing view. Free entrance. With small church inside