Nostos Homes Archangelos Rhodes: Vacation arch type Home Rental · Folklore Museum - Active Life
"...The homes' doors open and the beauty floods your heart and overflows with the surprise of the “piateloticho” (the plate wall)! They are the hand painted plates, which accompanied the bride to her new home, with the big mirror in the middle and the family pictures. But why so many plates? With beauty there is no “why” – it just saves us!
These homes are found in Archangelos and welcome you when you enter the hospitable yard, which is full of aromatic herbs, and flowers and three domineering cypress trees reaching up to the sky. They are just as old as these homes.
The homes stand harmoniously in the depths of the yard – simple, one bodied and stark white. The cornice is wrought in relief on the upper part of the façade and around the windows. Above the door the cross, along with the wrought in relief drainpipes and their winding finishes, they “embroider” the homes' façade with nobility and moderation. Nothing is missing, nor is it superfluous; it is a reflection of the Greek civilizations' moderation and harmony – a repose of the heart.
In the interior of the homes, the “kamara”, (the arch), which parts the home in two, dominates harmoniously without distracting from its unity. Famed craftsmen of Archangelos built it with big hand cut stones and at its center, they wedged the “arch's key” (klidi tis kamaras). The whole house rests on the “arch key”, symmetrically and is uniquely balanced! They are “arch” homes, named after the Archangelic type of architecture..."
These two archangelic arch-type homes, "Serafi" and "Tsampika", opened their doors in the summer of 2014 to everyone who would like to familiarize themselves with it and experience it. They will feel the civilization which these homes carry within them and also what they exude. The opening of these homes to the people aims to render the unique cultural heritage of Archangelos Rhodes. But they will do it in a different way – by living for a week in a “live – folklore museum” and by participating in related activities.
During their stay, guests are invited to participate in a project specially designed to introduce them further to tradition and local customs: " ... living in a house - Folklore Museum".
It includes the following activities:
1. A tour to familiarize the guests with the “arch” type homes.
2. Lighting of the wood oven, baking bread of Archangelos and local foods (very often eat together).
3. Familiarization with Rhodes' aromatic plants and herbs from the homes' garden and workshops for creating cosmetics and ointments.
*The project takes place from 1/7 until 30/8.
Certainly guests can enjoy the great beaches: "Tsampika", "St. Agatha" and "Stegna" all very close to the Archangelos (1 - 3km).
Beautiful hikes in Archangelos:
a) to the Knights'Castle built in the 15th century by the Ioanite Knights (15 minutes journey from the path behind the church of Archangel). Inside the Castle the church of St. George Castrenos from Byzantine period.
b) to the Stegna beach (half an hour walking to the tiny beach of Archangelos with the graphic port). On the road to the beach we will meet up with Petrona, where the traditional archangelic potters worked and created useful ceramic items. During the Byzantine years emperor Justinian used the clay from the village of Archangelos to build the church of Agia Sophia in Constantinople.
c) to the "Epta Piges- Seven Springs (one hour and half walking or on horseback). The water that gushes forth from them, forms a small river which through a tunnel ends up falling into an artificial lake with falls.
d) to the Aithona (means "I shine) valley, which is full of water, orange, lemon and mandarin trees, willows and myrtles (one hour walking from the south exit of the village). Legend has it that Aithonas was the Sun god's favorite horse. The river named Ha flows through Aithonas valley.
e) *To the church of the Kyra (Virgin Mary Tsampika), at the top of the homonymous hill at 365 meters.
*It is very interesting the non-profit organization “Faethon”, an Equestrian Club, which has gathered all the surviving small horses (they are living only at Rhodes) and has put forth a rescue effort for them.
*The religious festivals of Archangelos are celebrated with festivities accompanied by food and dance. The most well known feasts are on 8th November for the Archangel Micheal, on 8th September for the Virgin Mary Tsampika, St. Marina's on 17th July and the "Panagia Eleimonitria on 23rd August.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Stegna, Tsampika 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Airport Diagoras Rhodes 28 km, Nearest railway: Does not exist|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
* Archangelos - Rhodes airport 28km.
* The public transport from Archangelos to the city of Rhodes, the surrounding villages and the beaches is frequent.
* The bus stop is 100 meters from the "Serafi" home.
* Street parking is available.
* Restaurant, Supermarket, Bank/ATM, Post office, Pharmacy, Communication Services, Health Centre are all available (50-200m. from the home).
* Local beaches: "Stegna" (1km), "Tsampika" (3km), "Agia Agathi (6km.
Four hikes in Archangelos Rhodes:
a) In Knights Castle (15 minutes journey from the path behind the church of Archangel).
b) In the Stegna beach (half an hour walking to the tiny beach of Archangelos with graphic port).
c) In the "Epta Piges" (seven springs - one hour and half walking or on horseback).
d) In the Aithona valley, which is full of water, orange, lemon and mandarine trees (one hour walking from the south exit of the village).
You can visit:
*The church of Archangel Micheal Taxiarxis which dates back to 1845 and is celebrated on 8th November. The features that stand out are the “νευρωτά σταυροθόλια”, the cobble paved yard and the peculiar belfry, whice stands out from a far.
*The traditional historical centre of the village is found surrounding the church – the narrow whitewashed alleys, the small, traditional, archangelic homes with their ornate gates and their wood burning ovens in the yards. The aroma of freshly baked bread every Saturday and the hospitable Archangelic people, who keep the local voice alive and the customs of the village, all create a very warm atmosphere.
*The non-profit organisation “Faethon”, an Equestrian Club, which has gathered all the surviving small horses (they are living only at Rhodes) and has put forth a rescue effort for them.
Rhodes is a blessed place, showered by sunlight and surrounded by the sea's deep blue in shades which astound you. In Greek mythology it is known as the Sun God's favourite island. He won it after Zeus's and other Olympian gods' victory over the Giants and Titans. Rhodi, the daughter of Oceanos/ Oceanus and wife of the Sun God, was worshipped on the island with the name Alia and Lefkothea.
With the island's natural beauty its ancient history is also documented from the Neolithic Era with the Kares, the Phoenicians and the Minoans from Crete as its first inhabitants.
Later the Mycenaean Achaean and the Dorians. In ancient times they were divided into three well known city states: Lindos, Camiros and Ialisos. In 408 B.C. the city of Rhodes was founded. Simultaneously, significant names arose like Kleovoulos, one of the seven wisest men of ancient times and Diagoras, an Olympic champion of several consecutive Olympic Games.
In the Macedonian and Greek times, and later under the influence of Prolemeon Egypt, Rhodes continued to flourish. The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was erected in honor of the victory against the Macedonian general Demetrios of the siege.
In the Byzantine years it was one of the most commonly raided islands. The Persians, the Saracens and the Crusaders caused great damage to the islands. From 1309 to 1522 Rhodes was under the occupation of the knights of the Order of St. John, and it became an important economic and cultural center for the Easter Mediterranean. At that time the Medieval City of Rhodes was built. In 1522 Rhodes submitted to the Turks and in 1912 to the Italians. In March of 1948 Rhodes and all the Dodecanese (a 12 island complex) became one with Greece.