It the south-east of Rhodes, on the coast sits the village of Massari surrounded by lush plantlife, a backdrop of mountains, and isolated from the fast pace of the more touristy villages on the island. Traditional customs are still intertwined into the peaceful village life here. If you want a place to experience the real Rhodes, meeting inhabitants that have lived here for generations, and peacefulness Massari is a place to add to your list.
The main historic attractions in the village are its two monasteries, that of St. John and that of Kameiri. The monastery of Kameiri dates to the Byzantine period and features a stunning bell tower. Annually on 6 August the Metamorphosis of Sotiros festival takes place and is a great chance to see a traditional event.
The landscapes surrounding Massari lull visitors into a peacefulness. The village is surrounded by groves of olive and citrus trees and rich forests of pine and cypress. Two rivers, the Gadoura and Makaris, pass the village feeding its lush surroundings. The walks here are beautiful and perfect for solace and rejuvenation. Within the village, you’ll find a few, simple but comfortable rooms to rent to base yourself for a trip the centres on getting away from the stresses of everyday life.