A place to combine the mountain with the sea, Salakos lies at the foot of Prophitis Ilias (The Mountain of Elijah) on the North-western coast of the island of Rhodes, about 38 km from its amazing capital, the city of Rhodos. Salakos is renowned for its fine walnuts.
At the heart of the village lies its stone-paved and shady square, with running water and fig trees. The 600 inhabitants stay in the village all year round and although they are getting used to tourism still keep up their old traditions. You still see grandmothers in headscarves grinding wheat and spreading the bulgur to dry in the sunshine or baking "lamprokouloura" (Easter style cookies) in the wood-fired ovens. In his traditional workshop near the square, Mr Andreas still manufactures by hand the carved wooden chairs for which the village was once famous. If you're holidaying with your little ones, consider the green village of Salakos as one of the most ideal spots in Rhodes. You will find Salakos charming because of the natural springs with clear water, the main reason of the lush vegetation, the olive groves and vineyards completing the idyllic landscape. They also create a great environment for the night-butterfly Panaxia, the same species abounding in the Valley of the Butterflies.
The village is famous for the fine walnuts and one of the healthiest climates in Greece. Bring the kids to splash in the blue waters on the Kameiros Beach, while you are working on your perfect tan, or watch them from one of the taverns along the beach, grab a refreshment and taste a Greek specialty. Don't miss an excellent fish dinner in the lovely village of Kameiros Skala. Take your camera and walk along the narrow streets of the village, to capture charming traditional moments. There's a dash of history anywhere you chance to look and you will find out that Salakos has a great archaeological significance, dating from antiquity, same as Ialissos, Lindos and Kameiros villages. The religion is a constant, same as all the villages of Greece, and the monastery of Prophitis Elijah, along with the Byzantine churches of Agios Georgios and Agios Nikolaos will confirm this. There are many lovely spots longing to be discovered by you in Salakos surroundings, and to enrich your holidays in the Island of Rhodes.