Kritinia. Kritinia is a mountain village, 49 kilometers (36 mi) southwest of Rhodes town. It is located on the slopes of a mountain and is surrounded by lovely pine forests and olive groves. The legend says that the village was founded by Cretans (natives of the Greek island of Crete). Altaimenes, grandson of King Minos, would have been the first inhabitant of the village.
A folk museum (free entry) and a church (Aghios Ioannis) with 16th century murals are on the outskirts of the village.
Most residents are farmers and produce wine and olive oil.
Four kilometers (2 mi) northwest of Kritinia lies the castle of Kritinia that is also referred to as Castellos. A narrow asphalt road makes the well-preserved castle accessible. From here you have a fantastic view of the Aegean Sea, the west coast of Rhodes and the islands near Halki. Next to the castle is a nice terrace.