The Seven Springs (Epta Piges) in Rhodes
Also known as Epta Piges, the Seven Springs in Rhodes is often called one of Rhodes prettiest little secrets. It is easy to access from the East Coast and is situated at 27 km (16 miles) from the Town of Rhodes. This destination looks like a slice of paradise and offers visitors a refuge from the hot weather. At first glance, people might assume that it’s just a valley, but Seven Springs is full of clear, cool springs that are shaded with enormous pine trees. The nearby forests have walking trails and walk here is a recommended activity for all. The natural scenery of the place not only attracts visitors, but it is also common to see peacocks and ducks cooling in the springs.
Seven Springs has a stunning landscape that is naturally cool, even during the heavy heat that comes in high summer. The area is completely swamped and surrounded by lush greenery that also adds a magical aura to the place. The water from the springs is plentiful at all times of the year. It overflows into an artificial lake that is now the natural habitat of local crabs, eels, tortoises and the rare gizani – a fish species that is indigenous to Rhodes. Visitors will find that the views here are stunning and just as picturesque as the rest of the area. Here the visitors can also enjoy a swim at seven springs.
Since the lake is man-made, there is a path that leads from the springs down to it. You can walk through a tunnel, but it is narrow and dark. The tunnel extends for 186 m and can take only five minutes to finish. However, it is recommended that you carry a torch as there are some curves in the path that can be hard to see in the dark. The tunnel is also part of the history of the Seven Springs. It was created in 1931 by Italians. The most unique part about it is that it was designed for use by one person only. Due to this, it’s largely a one-way tunnel only. In the middle of the tunnel, there is an emergency exit as well as an air shaft. There is a ladder here which leads to the street above. This street has a walking track which can also be used to get to the tunnel and come back from it.