Located on the west coast of Rhodes, Damatria is an inland village. It is believed to be the only village of Rhodes dating back to the Dorian era in the 11th century B.C. As excavations in the surrounding confirm, the village has been continuously inhabited for over 3,000 years. Historians believe this ancient settlement was actually named after the sanctuary of the Goddess Dimitra that has been built in the area. Damatria is a very lively village with a main square arranged round an enormous oak tree. Most of the settlement is traditional, with typical homes and pots of multi-coloured geraniums dotted around the village. There are a few natural springs that adorn the countryside and a Second World War memorial housed in the former Italian military barracks, some historic churches and quite a number of ancient ruins and sites, completing the list of attractions to this green and very fertile village.