The tiny hamlet of Panormitis on the south end of the island is a remote and idyllic setting for this holy assemblage, a popular place of pilgrimage and a pleasure to visit simply for the scenery. A trip to the monastery can be accompanied by a refreshing swim at the designated edges of the deep-blue harbor. There's bus service twice a day from Yialos, which passes through Chorio, or you can take one of the daily boats from Yialos or Rhodes. Several tour companies organize day trips to the monastery, with time for a swim and a hike in the surrounding countryside, for about €15, including lunch.
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