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Rhodes Town Daytime and Sightseeing

There is so much to see in the medieval and modern part of Rhodes Town, as you enter into the old town with its winding alleyways and streets with no names, you will eventually get lost and end up walking through undiscovered parts of the town, this is actually a great way to see things of the beaten track, explore the architecture of the city and take some amazing photographs.  Some places you must visit while in the Old town are the Palace of the Grand Masters, which was rebuilt by the Italians in 1940, find Byzantine Museums and collections from excavations all over Rhodes including the Acropolis of Lindos and Acropolis of Rhodes.

While in Rhodes town you must visit the National Theatre, the Renaissance styled Old post office which still serves today and of course the Municipal Gallery which houses some of the finest examples of 20th century Greek painting.  A final visit must also be paid to the The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes with some amazing finds and artefacts from the past occupation by the Knights of St John.

If you start off near the harbour of Rhodes Town, which you normally will if you are on a day trip as its the site of the local bus pickup/drop off then you have a few choices, you can head up the hill into the new town with all its designer goods or walk down towards the harbour and past the local stalls selling all manner of sea shells, necklaces and hand crafted jewellery and the portrait artists and you will find one of many gates into the Old Town of Rhodes.  A word of warning when visiting the Old Town is to try and remember where you have walked, as its very easy to get lost in the Old Town and miss your returning coach.

Within the Old Town you will find many fountains providing drinkable mineral water, small churches and some amazing Turkish minarets from the ottoman occupation of the island.  After all the sightseeing you can stop at one of the many cafes or bakeries in the town, tucked away down back alleys but offering a bite to eat and a drink.  

You will find many a small shop nestled in alleyways of just off the side roads offering all manner of woven goods like rugs and lace.  You will find many shops selling the same products including fresh honey, olive oil products, ceramics from Rhodes and all manner of tourist goods.  There is a lovely art gallery within the square also with local artists work available to purchase.  We recommend you wear good walking shoes if walking through the old town as they have pebbled streets in places which dig into your feet and make walking a bit hard.

Also if your in the Old Town or New Town don’t be fooled by the scratch card sellers, you will always win and end up spending hours talking about timeshares, and if your there on a coach trip you will lose your whole night or day.

If it shopping that your looking to do Rhodes new or Modern town has it all, from small designer boutiques to big name fashion brands like H&M, Marks & Spencer's, Diesel, Levi and more. There are duty free perfume stores and great electrical bargain shops within the new town also.


Rhodes Town Nightlife and Restaurants

If your looking for something to eat in Rhodes town then you don’t have to go far to find some amazing fish restaurants and Taverna's, the best restaurants are found in the Old Quarter of Rhodes Town and the prices are very good, if you see a place popular with the locals then you know its going to be perfect food.  The food in Rhodes town can be quite hit and miss depending on where you eat and the prices are much higher than that of the smaller holiday resorts.

If its just a quick bite to eat head down onto the port of Mandraki where you will find small cafes serving up light bites and Greek specialities.

There is some excellent nightlife on offer in the town of Rhodes and the city really comes alive with multi-coloured and soft lights around the walls and buildings, it certainly is a sight to behold.  Try first visiting Bar Street for a selection of modern bars and clubs, the drinks here are slightly higher priced that that of the UK but the clubs are very upmarket and inviting.  If the larger bars and clubs are not your thing you can wonder further along on bar street and find traditional Greek music venues where they play a range of guitars and Greek instruments, be prepared to join in with some impromptu dancing though.  

A word of warning on prices of drinks in Rhodes Town, make sure you know what you are ordering especially when it comes to beer as just asking for a large beer may result in you getting an actual large beer which can run to about 30 euros and be around 5 pints in one.

During the summer you will see a lot of folk dances, which happen on a nightly basis, sit and marvel at the skill and dedication that goes into Greek dancing at shows, also a need to see show is the Son et Lumiere or light and sound show which again takes place trough most of the summer months.

The Palace of the Grand Masters

The palace was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Rhodes and is an imposing sight in Rhodes Town today.  Its open daily except on bank holidays and religious festivals and there are many rooms to view.  The palace was built around a central courtyard and most of the ornate stonework and architecture still stands today.

It was occupied by the Ottoman Turks around 1522 and was used as a fortress and prison but allowed to fall into disrepair, the palace was then completely destroyed by the great explosion at the church of St. John in 1852.

The Italians rebuilt it after they occupied Rhodes from 1912 and was used as a holiday residence for Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, and later for Benito Mussolini, whose name can still be seen on a large plaque near the entrance.


Rhodes Town Holiday Guide

Rhodes town is the capital of the island of Rhodes and offers everything the casual visitor or tourist could want.  Rhodes town is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and walking through the old and the new town you will see some spectacular sights and sounds.

The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the old town has been made pedestrian only, wandering through the town which was built by built by the Knights of St John, a military religious order who made it their base from 1309 to 1522.  Within the town you will find a plethora of shops, small cafes and fine food Taverna's.  

If you wander into the ports of Rhodes Town and the main part of the new town you will see cruise ships docking every couple of hours and even find some great fish restaurants and modern cocktail bars.

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