Profitis Ilias: sunset in the woods

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There’s always something magical about watching the Sunset, and the higher up you watch it from, the more beautiful it is.
This excursion takes us to a panoramic spot in the woods to enjoy the sunset.

In summary

  • EVERY FRIDAY 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Meeting point: Salakos “springs area”

  • Duration: 4 h

  • Distance:  7,5 km

  • Elevation gain: 500 m

  • Difficulty: medium

  • Ring: yes

  • Cost € 30 per person

  • Type of trail: mule track and dirt path

Itinerary description

One of the most magical experiences you can have during a vacation in Rhodes is watching the Sunset from a panoramic spot, and that’s what this excursion is all about. We start in the village of Salakos, walking along an old mule track to a garden that used to belong to General De Vecchi, Italian Governor of Rhodes between 1936-1940, whose villa in Profitis Ilias now lies abandoned. We cross the garden toward two hotels in Tyrolean style and climb to the top of the mountain. The view from here takes your breath away. We pass by the majestic villa and its chapel on our way down the mountain and back to Salakos. This walk is entirely through a dense stand of cypress trees and Aleppo pines, offering shade on even the hottest days.


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  • Includes: Traditional snack and bottle of water

  • Hiking equipment available on request (including headlamps)

  • Minimum number of participants: 4

  • Maximum number of participants: 20

  • Best time of year: Year round (except July, 1st to September, 1st)

  • Meeting point: see map

  • What to bring: sunscreen, water, sun hat

  • 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 14 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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