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Seven Springs (Epta Piges), Rhodes

Seven Springs is a cool, magical landscape, a real oasis even in the heat of high summer, swamped in greenery.

One of the most charming destinations on Rhodes, Seven Springs (Epta Piges) offers a cool, magical landscape, a real oasis, even in the heat of high summer, a charming retreat in the most lavish of Mediterranean greens. Water flows out of the springs all year around, which is forming a small lake. The lake remains replenished thanks to a dam built by the Italians, in order to provide the nearby settlement Kolympia with fresh water.

The access to the lake is very popular with visitors and a unique experience. If you feel adventurous enough,  you can to walk through a 186 m long very narrow dark tunnel to get to the lake. The tunnel, constructed back in 1931, leads the water of the seven springs and river Loutanis to the lake. Walking through the dark tunnel with your feet in the running fresh water, is an exciting experience, but don't try it if you are claustrophobic. As an alternative route you can simply follow a walking path to the lake.

The lake at Seven Springs is also suitable for swimming. Just keep in mind that the waters are quite cold (even in the hottest summer months), and that since the water is fresh there is less water buoyancy.

The area of Seven Springs and the nearby forests are also suitable for walking.

The area belongs to a Natura 2000 protected zone (GR4210006) together with the Valley of Butterflies (Petaloudes) and Mt. Profitis Elias.

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We took the regular bus between Rhodos and Lindos (runs every half hour) and walked the three km from the highway down to Seven Springs. Using the GPS in my husband's phone we then hiked 4 km through the forest to the Tsampika Monastery. The first bit was a bit of a scramble through dense forest, so it should not be attempted without a GPS. We connected to gravel paths and hiked up the back of the mountain just north of the monastery and were rewarded with amazing views of the bay below. Actually came out on the highway and found the monastery a bit downhill north of this mountain, but even if climbing the mountain was the result of a slight miscalculation. The view was worth every extra step. October was plenty hot for this trip, it probably should not be attempted during the summer months, as it is too strenuous for dense heat.

Commented by solvej allen October 10, 2012

Went last august 2011 really enjoyed it took over an hour on moped to find it but well worth it. The green bluey water was lovely. Picturesque and a must is to walk through the tunnel.

Commented by marie June 02, 2012

I was there about 2 months ago. It was one of my favorite places in Greece. Wear good hiking shoes and bring some good aqua shoes to walk through the tunnel. The water was running so fast, it seemed like a foot massage. I climbed out to the waterfall and took pictures. I don't understand some of the less positive comments. I thought it was well worth the drive.

Commented by NOLA July 21, 2011

Visited May 2011. Well worth a visit. Tunnel should be one way traffic only!! Forest walk becomes a scramble higher up.
Water in tunnel about 10 inches deep fast flowing. Signposting to lake poor.

Commented by dave d May 16, 2011

Ive been coming to Rhodes for 13-14 years from 18 months, im now 18, and each year we go to Epta Piges without fail becuase of its beauty and because of the long tunnel of cold water.
I read a thing bout epta piges on some website, sayin the laake has never dried out, thats a lie cuz 3 years ago it was (probs cuz of the amount of shoes a flip flops)
Its just becoming a race to get the epta piges before the Italians all go there, otherwise its a fight for car parking spaces and a chance to get down the tunnel!!!
I would deffinately recomend it to anyone who visits this beautiful place, Also on reccomendation is the old 1930s ex-military hospitals and army base at profitis illyassos and also Petaloudes (Butterfly Vally)

Commented by Kim September 02, 2010

I went to seven springs in sep 2007 with a greek friend, after staying in lindos it was lovely to venture out into the island and taste "proper" Greece. it was a beautifull day and the food from the little resturant there was really nice and authentic. lots of really good photo oppertunitys by the river and the family of peacocks come rite up to ur table and sit with you! i really would recommend visiting next time your in rhodes, i will deff be going back (for the fourth time!!)

Commented by sarah bruce March 30, 2010

Went to seven springs the day before yesterday (12th May 09). Walked through the tunnel. All was in order. Water was flowing and the lake was full.
A very enjoyable visit.

Commented by Harry Lobley May 14, 2009

This location is no longer what it was. Water no longer runs through the tunnel and the reservoir is drained and far from picturesque. What water there is looks stagnant. Thankfully I had a rental car and just went somewhere else. Feel very sorry for those that paid to visit by bus and had no choice. Have been there a number of times before so to see it as run down as it was was very dissappointing

Commented by Michael April 09, 2008

Absolutely brilliant the tunnel under the ground is ace. we go under it every time we visit. And the grounds are really relaxing. Dont miss it when you go.

Commented by Robson March 25, 2007

I visited the seven springs in October 2006, and it was a fantastic place, a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and also some exotic birds. If you go there, you really should walk through the tunnel, its around 200 m longs, and I wouldn´t recommend it if you suffer from claustofobia, because its pitch black, water running under your feet, and its really narrow... but if you want something special to remember when you come home, go for it! Its said that if you go through the tunnel you loose all your fears and u will be 20 years younger, so now am 0 years then :)

Commented by Anna February 24, 2007

One of the most serene places on the island, totally different to all other tourist attractions. The litttle restaurant there has excellent greek food and occasionally there are small stalls selling little gifts there too. And there is a family of peacocks there too, who wander round in the carpark

Commented by Anonymous March 23, 2004

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