Fanes, also known as the village of colours is located 22 km southwest of the city of Rhodes, on the west coast of the island. It is a picturesque village with narrow streets, with most of its houses, painted in many designs and colours. The name of the village came from the lighthouse that existed in the area or the Temple of Phanai Apollo. Many, however, believe that it came from a type of grass, called afanes that grew in the area.
Back in the spring of 2011, the designer Loucas Nikolitsis had the ispiration to paint 72 village houses, yards and walls of old buildings with colorful designs. The aim of this initiative was to refresh the old village's colours and breathe new life into old houses. Within 12 days, with the help of the young people of the village managed to paint and transform Fanes into an incredibly beautiful village, with colorful houses and streets. The impact was radical and continues even today. The attitude of people changed, they became more hospitable, optimist and happier while the commercial and tourist traffic has increased.
That was an incredible change that gave color to the village and to the souls of people. The project got great publicity by the media and art festivals started being organized.