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Kastello CastleKritinia is another village on a hillside. Its houses are white, and there are views of the sea from the square. It was allegedly founded by Cretans. There's a folklore museum north of the village with no admission fee, with rural items, including costumes.

North of Kritinia is Kamiros Skala, port of ancient Kameiros. Now it's a fishing village with tavernas and ferries leave from here for Halki.

Above the port, surrounded by lemon and pine trees, is the Kastello (Kastro Kitrinias left), one of the most impressive of the Knights' castles, though there isn't much in it (a chapel and cistern) great views are to be had from here.

Southwest of here is Paralia Kopria (Manure Beach), which, despite its rather unsavory name, has an excellent taverna.

Ancient Kameiros

scheme of the siteaerial phot of the site

Kameiros was one of the three Dorian cities that united late in the 5th century BC to become the city-state of Rhodes.

It was rediscovered in 1859 when some farmers found some graves and in 1859 excavations began by British and French archaeologists.

The site is open Tues-Sun 8am-7pm in summer;8:30-3pm winter;3euros). The city is very well-preserved and unearthed some of the richest archaeological finds in Greece.

A large reservoir supplied some 400 families in Hellenistic times. The Italians began digging in 1914 and uncovered most of the ancient city, the Agora with its podium for public speeches, the great Stoa of the Agora with its Doric portico and cistern, two temples, Roman houses, a Hellenistic house, a late Classical fountain, baths, and an altar to the sun-god, Helios (in Greek, Ilios).

The site is on a gentle slope and unfortified, probably settled by Minoans, who were not war-like and didn't built fortresses. The half-legendary prince Althaemenes in particular is associated with this city, which was a town of agriculture and craft.

Theologos is a beach resort with quite a few hotels; Paradhisi the village just beyond the airport, often used as a base while waiting for flights. Kremasti has a big festival 15-23 August (occasioned by the Panayia Kremastis, whose miracle-working icon is there) with a street fair where hawkers sell their wares, an amusement park,and on the final day, dancers in traditional costumes. Seeing good dancers in the Dodecanese dance the 'sousta', with its very fast and fancy footwork, is well worth being there for. There's also a big church and schoolhouse funded by Rhodian expatriates in the United States, and the biggest military barracks on the island.

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