Discover panoramic views and a captivating local legend as you climb up to Monastery Tsambika. This small Byzantine church is located between Kolymbia and Archangelos, 25km south of Rhodes Town on the island’s eastern coast. To save your legs, hire a car and park halfway up the mountain, or for a bigger challenge, walk from Kolymbia.
After conquering an impressive 350 steps, you’ll arrive at Monastery Tsambika and be rewarded with spectacular views at 300 metres above sea level, with vistas across Lindos, Kolymbia, Tsambika beach and even Rhodes Town. The climb is tiring but gentle, and you’ll come across plenty of benches and shady trees as you take your time to reach the summit. Just remember to take water and a few snacks for a boost of energy.
For an extra-special experience, try and time your walk so that you’re at the top of the hill for sunset; it’s absolutely breath-taking.
Once you arrive, you’ll discover a small church which was reconstructed in 1770. According to local legend, the church is a sacred place for women experiencing problems conceiving a child. Many women make the pilgrimage to pray to the Virgin Mary, and those who go on to conceive a child, will traditionally name the baby Tsambikos for a boy, or Tsambika for a girl. Whatever your belief, this is certainly a special place to light a candle and spend a few quiet, reflective moments.
Spend some time taking in the view before making your way back down the steps away from the monastery. There’s a taverna at the car park which is perfect for rounding off your adventure with a refreshing drink and some traditional Greek meze.