The Municipality of Kamiros Rhodes
is so called after the ancient city-state of Rhodes.
It is located on the western side of the island, extending through part of the interior. Kamiros Rhodes residents are mainly involve in agriculture. Over the last years there have been an important development in tourism. The municipality includes some of the most scenic regions anywhere on the island.
Apollona is a hillside village at an altitude of 390 metres. It is claimed that the village was named after a temple to the god Apollo situated in the area. Its inhabitants live mostly from the land, cultivating olive trees and raising livestock.
Not far south from Apollona is the village of Platania, deriving it’s name from the region’s numerous plain trees (platania). Today many other species of trees also grow in the area. The village contains a museum of traditional arts and crafts. On display are various household and agricultural implements, antiques, and even medieval milestones.
Dimilia is a small village situated in green and pleasant surroundings. The village was named after two mills (milous) that stood in the area.
Salakos village can be found below Profitis Elias, at an altitude of 290 metres. The village has many ancient Greek grave sites and Byzantine chrches, all sadly demolished b time or conflict. There was a fortress here built by the knights of St. John, but it was destroyed in about 1810 by the Turkish inhabitants of the village to build their own place of worship. The area has a lot of water and abudant vegetation. The waters from the Nimfi springs supply the city of Rhodes. A path near the springs leads to the peak of Profitis Elias; it is a gentle hour’s walk.
Not far from Salakos is the village of Kalavarda. It is a small community close to the sea. The area is a fertile one with surface fragments of plottery and other reminders of its ancient past, including several sites of ancient Greek graves. Mirtonas has the ruins of an old tower built by the Knights. The local residents still preserve the old traditions and customs. The interiors of many of the houses have the traditional Rhodian features of collections of antique plate and other artefacts.
The village of Fanes lies south of Salakos. There are three possible derivations of its name. Some claim that the name comes either from an old lighthouse (fanos), a temple to Apollo Faneou, or from a species of plant (afanes) that grew in the area. The village was strategically placed; there were strongholds and towers from where the residents could keep watch for potential enemies approaching from sea. A sight, now built over with houses, retains the large outline of a tall tower constructed by the knights; some foundation stones can still be seen.
Further to south lies the village of Soroni. It was named after the forest of oak trees that used to cover most of the area. The region is still a fertile one with an abundance of vegetation and trees, including olives, citrus, and vines. Soroni is located close to the sea and has 1,230 residents, mostly employed in agriculture, tourism and trade. The community has one large church and three smaller ones – Saint George, Saint Loukas, and Saint Soulas. Saint Soulas is 7 kilometres from Soroni itself, located in the forest of pine trees. Thousands visit Saint Soulas in August to share in the festivities which last several days.