With no public transportation to the peak, Profitis Ilias can only be visited via private Rhodes driving tour or 4X4 Jeep tour through the countryside—many of which also stop in the nearby villages of Campochiaro, Platania, or Eleousa.
To explore on foot, join a hiking tour that takes you through the wild Mediterranean forests, vineyards and farms, and ruins of the ancient city of Kamiros, also known as ""Greece’s Pompeii.” Set almost at the exact center of Rhodes, a drive up to the top of Profitis Ilias can easily be paired with sightseeing on both the northern and southern reaches of the island.
Things to know before you go
- You can drive to the very peak of Profitis Ilias, so it’s an ideal perch to take in birds-eye views without having to hike.
- Some of the trails on the mountain are not well marked, so hiking with a guide is recommended.
- There are two historic hotels on the mountain slopes with restaurants and cafés for snacks or meals.
- Hiking trails are not accessible to wheelchairs.
How to get there
Profitis Ilias is 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of the town of Rhodes, where the island’s main port is located. There is no public transportation to or on the mountain, so you must drive up or hike the serpentine trail from the village of Salakos.
When to get there
The high-altitude peak offers a cool respite from the heat along the island’s coast, but be careful of the scorching midday sun, especially if hiking the trails. Profitis Ilias has views both east and west, so photographers can catch the sunrise and sunset from the mountain slopes.
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