The road to Tsampika monastery turns off the main road, some meters before the turn to Tsambika beach. The road leads half of the way up on the hill. From this point on, you will have to walk up the hill, following the 350 steps. On the top of the hill you will find the tiny, Byzantine church, dedicated to the Virgin. It's perched at an altitude of some 240 m featuring some truly spectacular views on the coast, both north over Kolymbia and south over Tsambika beach and all the way to Lindos, which makes the strenuous effort uphill definitely worth a try!
The legend has it that women facing difficulties in conceiving should climb the hill barefooted to pray to the Virgin for fertility and that most of the times, faith is compensated and wishes fulfilled. If so, the male child to be born to such mother is to be named «Tsampikos» whereas the girl «Tsampika». For those still skeptical on the veracity of this lore, we recommend that you experiment by merely calling the name in a busy street anywhere on the island: just count the number of heads turning to you for cognizance! Tsampikoses and Tsampikas have their name’s day on the 7th of September.
The Monastery of Saint Nektarios of Kryoneri is a beautiful church located on your way to Archipolis village, as you drive inland from Kolymbia. With a beautiful surrounding area, it makes an excellent combination with a visit to the Seven Springs (a spot of incredible natural beauty), which is just a few minutes drive away.
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Rhodes island offers ample opportunities to experience a wide range of water sports. The most prominent sport types are windsurfing and kite-surfing, followed closely by jet-skiing, snorkeling and diving. Of course there are also fun water sport activities for the whole family to spend the day at the beach, such as water ringos, bananas, parasailing and many others. Because each side of Rhodes island offers different geophysical features and weather conditions, the experience feels unique every time.
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Rodini Park was probably the first landscaped park in the world. It was still popular with the Romans some years later and they left a bit of an aqueduct here.
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