Katavia is situated at the
south-eastern side of Rhodos, at the feet of Agios Minas
It is 92 kilometrs away from the city of
Rhodos, 3 kilometers away from the west coast and 5 from the
The first settlements of the area were probably
created in 480 BC by farmers.
The remainings of their farms are still visible.
raids by pirates and conquerors, along with the search of a
forced the settlers to move to the location
where Katavia is today.
The village was built during the Middle Ages close to the
ancient settlement Kattavos.
Its mighty fortress was
used as a refuge by the people living in the neighbouring
regions whenever the Turks or the pirates raided the area.
Katavia continues its course of time, a real guard of the
island and its traditions.
The visitor will be
fascinated by the traditional architecture,
embroidery decorating the walls of the houses and the peddle
mosaics in the yards
and by the murals in the Panagia
Katholiki Church (built in the 14th century).
The visitor can enjoy the simplicity and serenity of life,
walk around the narrow roads of the village and talk
with the open-hearted locals.
He can enjoy the calmness of the nature, and can easily
reach the unspoilt beaches of southern Rhodos,
Prasonisi, one of the most famous windsurfing centres in
as a strong wind always blows in one of its two