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Koskinou, Rhodes Island

Koskinou is a big traditional scenic village, pretty close to the sea (only some 5 kilometers far away) with some 2.500 permanent residents. It is situated some 7 kilometers southern to the town of Rhodes. Amphitheatrically arranged on a hillside, the village maintains several traditional features of the medieval settlement. The buildings, many of them of neoclassic style, maintain several traditional architectural features, as the colored façades, the nice interior decoration, ceramic plates enwalled in the masonry and beautiful mosaic pavements, made of pebbles, with traditional motifs. The name of the village is perhaps owed to the fact that the territory around it is full of mining holes (“koskino” in Greek is the sieve). Another suggestion for the name is that it comes from the ancient city Koskinia, at Lydia, in Asia Minor, since, according to tradition, the residents of the village come from there.

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Today the villagers are occupied in agriculture, stock breeding, tourism and the production of quicklime, a traditional activity that still keeps on. During the Italian domination of the island, the male population of the village was famous mule drivers. In this period of time the village was well-off and it was considered as one of the richest villages of the island of Rhodes.

There are many alternatives for accommodation, both in the settlement and in the area around. You will find good food in the traditional taverns as well as in modern restaurants and you have a wide range of choices for shopping and amusement.

It is worth strolling around the narrow streets of the village with the nice houses. You may also visit the small churches of Aghios Loukas (St. Luke), an Early Christian basilica of the 4th century, and of Aghia Irini (St. Irene) of the 19th century. During your walk, you will certainly find a lot of things worth photographing, details or entire buildings.

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Once at Koskinou, don’t miss to visit the Folk Museum of the village, where you will see nice collections of traditional tools, utensils and other objects of every day use. The museum is housed in a beautiful mansion with an imposing gate-like entrance. The village is also the seat of the Music Gymnasium, where the students continue the long music tradition of the past.

Not far from the village, to the Southwest, you may see the ruins of the old small castle. The first reference to this castle goes back to the 13th century, but it is fairly possible that it is much older (Byzantine times). It is in this castle that the residents of the area took refuge when the pirates attacked the island.

At a distance of 4-5 kilometers southeastern to Koskinou, at the beach of Kallithea, there is the famous (since antiquity) spa, within a lovely environment. The water of these springs has healing qualities for hepatic and kidney diseases.

Swimming is possible at the nearby nice beaches of Reni, Kallithea and Kokkina.

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The locals continue the old tradition of celebrating religious feasts with great local feasts (“panighyri”), which attract many visitors and locals who live far from their village. Most of the feasts last for two, even three days with traditional music, songs and dances. The most well known “panighyri” of the village are celebrated in honor of Aghia Marina (St. Marina) on the 17th of July, of Prophet Elijah on the 20th of July and of Taxiarchis on the 6 th of September.

For health problems a local Medical Center and a pharmacy are available at the village.

Access to the village from the town of Rhodes is easy by public buses with regular service, by taxi and by private means (car or motorbikes).
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