Town of Rhodes

Information About Town

Rhodes Town in Dodecanese: This beautiful city is the capital of Rhodes and the capital of Dodecanese group. It is divided into two parts: the Old City, or medieval and the New City. The Old City is surrounded by strong walls and is one of the biggest and best preserved Medieval settlements of Europe. This fortified medieval city is full of buildings testifying about the past and the history of the island, from the antiquity, the Byzantine times, the middle Ages to Turkish rule.

The imposing Palace of the Grand Master, the building of the Colloquium, the beautiful hospital of the Knights, the beautiful inns that were used by the Knights, and the Gothic churches, along with the narrow stone-paved alleyways, the stone arches and apses, the Palace of the Castellan, the various mosques, the plethora of Byzantine churches and the traditional Rhodian houses and the mansions influenced by Venetian and Arab architecture form a magical and unique image.

This scenery attracts and charms the many visitors who come to Rhodes every year, taking them into a medieval age blended with other times and atmospheres. Among all those architectural marvels, some palm trees and exquisite fountains add even more beauty and originality to this amazing Old City of Rhodes. The New City of Rhodes was constructed when the inhabitants living inside the walls of the Old City built new settlements outside the walls, after the siege of Suleiman the Magnificent (1522).

Most of the buildings in this part of the city date from the Italian rule, which adorned the town according to the Neogothic and Venetian architectural style. This has created a particular and charming character to the city, particularly in the area of the port of Rhodes. Careful planning,numerous parks and squares and wide streets complete the beautiful aspect of the New City of Rhodes where all the tourist, commercial and cultural activities are gathered.

The many luxurious hotels of the town have been designed with a modern aesthetic, matching with the impressive Italian buildings. Of unique beauty is the building of the New Market which stands at the port of Rhodes, and impresses everyone with its fine architecture, its gold decoration and its round domes, full of cafes, shops and restaurants.

The Governor's Palace is also worthseeing, combining Byzantine, medieval and Spanish architectural styles. A casino, a National Theatre and the traditional Dance Theatre are participating to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Rhodes and to its fame as a city full of entertainment and life.

The City of Rhodes provides all kinds of accommodations of all categories, numerous bars, cafes, restaurants, taverns, clubs, cinemas and more. It has a great reputation for its shopping with luxurious shops providing the famous perfumes, drinks and umbrellas of the City of Rhodes.

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Guest 2009-11
Huge castle itself
Rhodes town is really impressive. Is not just the town near the port that you have to spend some time, or the one that you rush to pass, in order to visit a beautiful village or beach on the island. The town itself is beautiful. The city is divided to New and Old town. The new one is mainly Italian influenced, with lots of parks and squares. The Old town is one of the best tourist attractions of Rhodes and note that it is the oldest medieval inhabited town in whole Europe. Built and protected behind tall castle walls, the old town itself is a huge castle. Many narrow or wide streets, many of them without names... make it so easy to get lost! If you do, remember to ask around for Socratous street, that's the main street of the town filled with lovely gift shops, or for Simi square. There, you can find many traditional shops and some cafes and restaurants. Visit the Palace and the Knights' Inns. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum, with the famous Aphrodite of Rhodesstatue. I would definitely suggest you to walk around the castle walls. The fortification of the city, has so many gates and towers, that it is always impressive to walk around.
Guest 2009-03
Discover the small treasures
The entire island is of course beautiful with its beaches and castles and traditional villages, but for me the highlight is Rhodes Town. This is such a romantic town!! It surely gets very busy in summer and people are almost... tumbling each other as they walk on the streets but if you let yourself free from your problems, you will enjoy a pleasant atmosphere and a chilly sea breeze that you rarely feel in other places... The Medieval Town and the Port are excellent spots for relaxing. Take some good pictures, the landscape helps a lot. Also discover the small treasures in the gift shops. You can't decide which souvernir to buy. Have in mind that there is a small boat trip for one hour that goes you around the island, very enjoyable.
Guest 2009-01
Famous for its medieval architecture
I didn't stay much in Rhodes because I went to attend a conference, not for vacations. I just stayed for three days, so I saw only the town, which I found amazing. I love towns with strange architecture, so Rhodes Town was the perfect place for me. The Medieval Castles, the Old Town, the cozy cafeterias in narrow streets, the Street of the Knights... how nice memories!! People there were also great, especially the tavern owners who really smiled at you, not because they expected your money. As I went in May on the island, things were quieter than expected, still I had three wonderful days.
Guest 2008-08
Just magnificent
Rhodes is one the most beautiful towns I have ever seen!! I was amazed at every corner and park. The old town was extremely attracting to me, I thought knights would come out of the castles!! Definitely visit the Palace of the Great Master and also the Knights Street, the Aquarium and the acropolis of Rhodes. We didn't see much of the rest of the island, just the suburbs of the town which had great beaches. I can't find anything bad to say for this great place, you will have the best of holidays!!

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