Filerimos Hill used to be the citadel of the ancient town of Ialysos, and its large plateau is home to some intriguing historical attractions. On the eastern side of the hill, see the foundations of the Athena Polias temple and an early Christian basilica, dedicated to Virgin Mary, as well as a Byzantine church. The Monastery of Filerimos, which is thought to have been built by knights, and was later renovated by Italians, is an important archaeological site where Mycenaean pottery and a Doric foundation have been unearthed. A lovely path to the west, lined with cypress and pine trees, leads to an impressive crucifix at the centre of a small square. Apart from all the exciting archaeological ruins and artefacts, this is a pretty area which offers visitors lovely views from the vantage of the hill with some great photo opportunities. Despite its wealth of ancient artefacts and historical significance Filerimos Hill is not as crowded with tourists as some of the other sites on Rhodes which is also a great advantage for those who like to avoid crowds. Bring a picnic and stroll through the area soaking up the sun, the history and the beautiful views.
Address: Nine miles (15km) from Rhodes town