Istrios is a traditional picturesque village of southern Rhodes built on a plateau at an altitude of 264 meters above sea level. Administratively, it belongs to the Municipality of Rhodes and is approximately 80 km (via a new road) or 85.2 km (via an old road) from the center of the island's capital.
The area that extends around Istria towards the Apolakias Dam and towards Profilia is a wildlife refuge (partridge, hare, Dama dama deer , better known as the "platoon of Rhodes" etc.) and is protected by the European network " Natura 2000 ".
Thanks to its great natural beauty (pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, waterfalls, etc.), Istria and its surroundings are one of the most beautiful landscapes ideal for hiking and contact with nature. From the highest points of the village one can enjoy the panoramic view towards Apolakkia and in the distance the mountains towards Sianna and Monolithos.
The village has several churches and chapels, such as that of Agios Mercurios, built in the 17th century on top of an earlier Byzantine church, as well as the large church of the same Saint in the center of the village with its wood-carved iconostasis, pebbled floor and the icon of the Saint told by Cretan painter.