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.
Apart from a couple of excellent tavernas there is not much tourism happening in Laerma, although one of the main reasons for perhaps visiting the area is the Monastery Taxiarchis Michail at Tharri 4km southwest.
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Agathonisi is the north most islet of the Dodecanese island complex with a quite impressive coastal configuration and many beautiful windless bays. The island of Agathonisi was named Yetousa in ancient times. According to contemporary researches today's name is the result of a etymological mistake from the plant from which the name is derived 'Agkathonisi' ie. Island of the Thorns.
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House doors painted in vivid colors, made of wood or iron, with carved or etched designs. Little gardens with their cobbled floors hidden behind the courtyard doors. Koskinou in Rhodes is famous for its unique mosaic of colours.
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