Laerma-Tharri, the hidden monastery

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An excursion in discovery of the ancient “hidden monastery” of Tharri, in the hilly Laerma area, accompanied all the way by the scents of wild thyme, oregano and sage.

In summary


  • Laerma Village

  • Duration: 3,5 h

  • Distance:  11,5 km

  • Elevation gain: 220 m

  • Difficulty: easy

  • Ring: yes

  • Cost €20 per person

  • Type of path dirt track

Itinerary description

An easy, pleasant excursion into the woods of Rhodes to visit one of the island’s oldest monasteries, enjoying the typical scents of the Mediterranean scrub. Our starting point is the little hilly village of Laerma, located in the south-central part of the island at an altitude of 289 metres. We walk along an easy path through the woods to the ancient monastery of Tharri, now inhabited once again by Orthodox monks. The buildings now standing date back to the 14th century, though the church was expanded in the 17th century. After viewing the monastery, we continue through the woods to the village. Definitely the most interesting way of visiting Tharri monastery!


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  • Includes: Traditional snack and bottle of water

  • Hiking equipment available on request

  • Minimum number of participants: 4

  • Maximum number of participants: 20

  • Best time of year: Year round (except July 1 through September 1)

  • Meeting point: see map

  • What to bring: sunscreen, water, sun hat.

  • Transfer available on request: € 10 – € 25 per person (depending on departure point) both ways

  • Meeting time is 15 min prior to the scheduled departure time. The balance must be paid prior to departure (Paypal, Credit/debit card or cash). Participants will be asked to sign a waiver of responsibility and a declaration that they are in good health prior to departure. Open to kids aged 12 and up only if accompanied by an adult.


• Comply with the established departure time and programme, and with any changes made by the guide;
• Participate in the excursion in good psychological and physical condition, with appropriate clothing and equipment. If you have any doubts, discuss them with your guide before the day of the excursion;
• Behave in a disciplined way during the excursion, demonstrating respect for other people and for private property and following your guide’s instructions;
• Follow the established route, without becoming separated from or leaving the group, and without walking ahead of the guide;
• Collaborate with your guide to ensure the success of the excursion and comply with his or her decisions, especially if difficulties arise (in the environmental conditions and/or among the participants); inform the guide of any problems that may emerge during the activity, especially in relation to your psychological and physical condition and equipment;
• Do not pick protected plant or flower species and follow the guide’s instructions at all times;
• Carry your garbage until you come to a bin for proper disposal.

Every participant is personally responsible for any behaviour resulting in a risk to him/herself or to others, particularly if he or she takes personal initiatives against the guide’s opinion.

Photography and filming
Photographs and/or videos will be taken during the excursion which may appear on web sites in the public domain used by the organisers for the promotion of their initiatives. By participating in the excursion, you agreed to publication of this material.
Mobile telephones
Participants are asked to keep their mobile telephones turned off. If this is not possible, they should at least be kept in silent mode. If you need to make a telephone call, please notify the guide and then leave the group, while remaining in the guide’s sight.
Recording of GPS tracks
GPS devices may be used during excursions for the purposes of orientation, but participants agree not to make any GPS tracks they may record available to the public.

– easy: for everyone (including minors over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult)
– medium: requiring at least some training (minors over the age of 14 accompanied by an adult)
– hard: requiring a fair amount of training (minors over the age of 16 accompanied by an adult)
– hard +: requiring considerable training (minors over the age of 16 accompanied by an adult)

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