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Ialyssos or Trianta, Rhodes Island

The small town of Ialyssos or Trianta is situated 10 kilometers far from the town of Rhodes at the Southwest, within a fertile plain at the foot of the hill of Filerimos and has been developed along the main public road, leading from the town of Rhodes to the airport and to Kameiros. It holds the name of the famous ancient city, whose ruins are found at a short distance from the modern settlement. In what concerns its alternative name, Trianta (meaning “thirty” in Greek) it is difficult to say how it occurred. According to the locals it is due either to a false pronunciation of the word “andrias” (meaning “statue” in Greek), or to the thirty parts in which the land had once been divided. Ialyssos is a popular destination, as it is a well organized tourist resort, with long history, interesting folk tradition and intense cultural life. It counts some 10.000 permanent residents, occupied in tourism, services and agriculture.

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Within the settlement it is worth seeing the church dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary, with a nice stone-paved courtyard and the wood carved icon screen, which is earlier than the church itself; this latter was constructed in the 18th century by a monk.

Close to Ialyssos it is situated the archaeological site of ancient Ialyssos, which was found around the hill of Filerimos. Once on the site, the visitor can perceive the continuity of human presence in the place from the Minoan and Mycenaean periods up to the 20th century and the present times. Just out of the archaeological site, a stone paved path leads to the top of the hill where it is found an impressive cross. The path is called “the Calvary route”, as all along it, on both sides, there are 14 stone steles with etchings presenting Jesus Christ’s Passions and his way to Calvary. From the top of the hill you will have the chance to take nice photos of the area around, or just to enjoy the excellent view of the area and the sea.

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Several alternatives for accommodation are available, both within the town and in the area around. You will find nice food in the traditional taverns and fresh fish and sea food in the sea front fish taverns and you will enjoy fun and night life in the bars, clubs and cafés of the town.

You will enjoy the sea at the long, nice beach in front of the settlement.

Health services (a local Medical Center and a pharmacy) are available in the village. You will also find a Police Station and a Post Office.

In summer, during the first fortnight of August, the Municipality of the village organize a series of cultural activities, the “Ialyssia”, which attract many people.

Two great local feasts (“panighyri”) take place in the village, in honor of Zoodochos Pigi (Virgin, Spring of Life) in April or early May and on the 15 th of August, to celebrate the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

Access to the village from the town of Rhodes is possible by public buses, running frequently, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes. A taxi station is available in the settlement.
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