St. Stephen Hill (Monte Smith)
Also known as Agios Stefanos Hill, Monte Smith Hill was named after Sir Sydney Smith, an English admiral who was stationed on the hill in 1802 during the war with Turks to monitor the movements of Napoleon’s fleet. The Hill overlooks the city of Rhodes and offers breathtaking views across the ocean, the bay of Ixia and on a clear day you can see the coastline of Minor Asia. Here, you will find the acropolis of ancient Rhodes, an extremely interesting archaeological site with many sanctuaries, public buildings and monumental temples that date back to the 2nd and 3rd century BC. Just south of the top of the hill is the Stadium, the Theater and the Doric Temple of Pythian Apollo. On the higher area of Monte Smith there are some remains of the Temple of Athena and Zeus.
The best time to visit Monte Smith Hill is in the afternoon. The views are amazing and the romantic ones will enjoy beautiful sunsets. Monte Smith Hill is located south of the city of Rhodes (approximately 3 km) and you can get there by foot, however there is an opt for a bus or taxi if you do not want to walk. History buffs will surely enjoy the walk on the hill and the archaeological park and all others will enjoy nice walks, beautiful views and unique sunsets.