Two plane trees, four water troughs, six tables... and undisturbed peace and quiet. Around you are the low white houses of the village with their blue doors and windows, their tile roofs and carved stone gateways.
The village of Lachania is situated at the foot of the mountains that occupy the interior of the island, offering a panoramic view of the valleys stretching up to the sea. This is perhaps the most beautiful village on Rhodes and a total surprise for any visitor - a picture postcard setting, a scene of absolute tranquility and harmony. Most of the well -maintained traditional houses have been bought by foreigners (mainly Germans) or else by people from the town of Rhodes who are discriminating enough to appreciate the village and have settled here, creating a youthful and artistic community.
The traditional cafe under the plane tree in the village square offers cool shade throughout the day. There is another cafe on the road, the cafe of the priest, which is less picturesque but where there is interesting conversation and a chance to sample one of his omelettes.
The village square was used for filming a number of scenes for the 1989 movie "High Season of forty" (with Jacqueline Bisset and Irene Papa), most of which is set in Lindos. On leaving Lachania you should carry on as far as Mesanagro, a tiny farming community which really only comes to life once a year during its big fete, on the Sunday after Easter.
Lachania is also an excellent stepping stone for visits to the unspoiled beaches and countryside of South Rhodes, with easy access to such landmark sites as Lindos and Monolithos.
Cars can be hired at the neighboring town of Gennadi, capital of the Municipality of South Rhodes, where also one can find facilities such as Post Office, Pharmacy etc. There is also regular bus connection between Gennadi and the City of Rhodes.
There are many small churches scattered throughout the countryside that are worth visiting:
Monastery of Virgin Zoodochos Pigi (18th - 19th century) in Plimmiri. Built over the ruins of a roman building
Saint John the Precursor (19th century)
Saint Irene (16th century)(cemetery)
Saint Luke (19th century)
Saint George (19th century)