When you reach Monolithos Castle on top of the rock, you will be rewarded by the best view in Rhodes. At the foot of the rock there are lovely houses of the local villages surrounded by the endless pine forest and straight ahead all possible shades of blue. Up to the horizon there are waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas!
Monolithos Castle on the 236 m high rock makes its strategic position ideal. Built in the 15th century for the Knights of the Order of St. John, it was used as a shelter by the local people. The protection was needed due to the frequent attacks of the pirates. The natural position of the castle made it almost inaccessible for the Turks, but even in this case, after the knights left Rhodes and the pirates moved their activities far from the Greek islands, the need to maintain the castle disappeared.
Nowadays, from the former glory, there are only respectful ruins of the walls and chapels. Some of them, the Chapel of St. Panteleimon and of St. George are quite well-preserved.