Departing from the premises of "Phaethon", walkers get to see the unique rhodian little pony - one of the two miniature - horse breeds in the world. Moving on, walkers hike through the lush green valley of Aethon with running waters and long-living willows and sycamore trees. A plant species of particular interest there is the endemic oriental sweetgum tree (Liquidambar orientalis) while the river is home to another endemic species, the Gizani fish, known for its extraordinary survival skills. The dazzling scent of orange trees and aromatic herbs will accompany the path to the next stop, the Chapel of Virgin Mary. There participants are welcome to engage in discussion with the guide of the walk who offers information and insight on the history of this area.
- Arrival to "Phaethon", an association for the protection of the miniature horses of Rhodes.
- Afternoon drink (greek coffee / tea of local herbs).
- Hiking with 1 stop at the Chapel of Virgin Mary.
DIFFICULTY GRADE : 1
- Up to 3 hours’ hike on minor roads and paths of mild inclination angle.
- Ideal for beginners in average physical condition.
- Children of 8 years old minimum.
COST€35 / person
MEETING POINT : "Phaethon" Association, Archangelos
MEETING TIME : 15:00
TIME OF DEPARTURE : 15:15
TIME OF ARRIVAL : 19:00
DURATION : Half day excursion ~ 4 hours
DISTANCE : 8.5 km.
MINIMUM ELEVATION : 80 m.
MAXIMUM ELEVATION : 205 m.
MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS : 20
• First aid kit.
• The presence of an environmentalist as well as an escort for groups over 10 people (1 escort per 10 people).
• Welcome drink (greek coffee or local herbal tea).
• Traditional snack.
• Transport to the meeting point from your accommodation can be arranged on charge upon request.
In mythology, Aethon was the most beautiful of the four white horses that led the chariot of God Helios during the day. The valley of Aethon, close to Archangelos village, is one of the most ravishing spots of the island, due to the running waters, the orange gardens and the glaring sunlight, spread all over the area.
The valley is placed among the protected areas of Natura 2000 network; there, lives the endangered fish species “Gizani”, one of the lake-water fish of Europe as well as the singular sweetgum tree (Liquidambar orientalis), that can reach as high as 15 m. Its five-pointed star-shaped leaves resembles those of a sycamore tree but the particular species is only met in Rhodes and over the southeastern areas of Turkey.