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With a history that stretches back some 2,400 years, Rhodes City manages to combine a modern cosmopolitan feel with some of the finest ancient ruins in all of Greece. Explore its famous civilizations and fascinating past while relaxing in luxury hotels and sampling its stylish restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Rhodes was founded in 407 B.C. and quickly developed into one of the most important trading ports in the Mediterranean. It was occupied by the Knights of St. John, the Ottoman Turks and the fascist Italian regime before becoming a part of Greece in 1948 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Start by wandering about the atmospheric Old Town. Enter through the Gate of Freedom, walk along the cobbled Street of the Knights and pass beneath archways and between stone buildings. Look for domed Turkish mosques, turreted walls, bastions, old houses and fountains. Museum Square is the place to go to learn more about the history. The Hospital of the Knights houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and, across the road, the Church of Our Lady of the Castle is home to the Byzantine Museum.
Don’t miss the imposing Byzantine Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, perhaps the most significant structure in the Old Town. Erected in the seventh century, this fortress became the headquarters for the administration of the Knights of the Grand Order.
Venture outside the Old Town to find Venetian and neoclassical buildings, such as the Evangelismos Church (Annunciation Church), Town Hall, Central Post Office, Government House and the Rhodes National Theatre. For a taste of local food, browse the stalls at the New Market, then meander along the nearby Mandraki Port and Murat Reis Mosque. Cruises depart from the harbor and offer views of medieval city skyline in which steeples and domed Turkish mosques stand side by side.
Walk among the trees in Rodini Park, where famous Romans such as Brutus, Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar studied. On St. Stefanos Hill are the remains of the Temple of Apollo and other significant Hellenistic ruins.
Rhodes City is an archaeological treasure trove. To get here, fly into the international airport or take the ferry from Piraeus.
The Expedia Rhodes hotels page shows 175 luxurious and more affordable hotel and apartment options, so you shouldn't have any problems finding somewhere comfortable in this highly popular destination.
If you enjoy the finer things in life, check out the rooms, rates and amenities at the Grecotel Rhodos Royal - All Inclusive or the Blue Sea Beach Resort, two examples of the island's more indulgent accommodations. At the lower-budget end of the accommodation spectrum are the often recommended Lydia Hotel and the Sofia Pension.
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kallithea Beach, Water Park Faliraki, and Kallithea Springs. Faliraki Beach is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in Rhodes, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Rhodes Aquarium and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and Acropolis of Rhodes are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Rhodes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Evangelismos Church, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and Rhodes Aquarium. Archaeological Museum of Rhodes and Acropolis of Rhodes are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Rhodes resort is connected to the convention center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Rodini Park, Acropolis of Rhodes, and Temple of Apollo. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Archaeological Museum of Rhodes are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kallithea Springs and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Rodini Park. Kallithea Beach and Elli Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Faliraki Beach, Kallithea Beach, and Ladiko Beach. Anthony Quinn Bay and Water Park Faliraki are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kallithea Springs and Water Park Faliraki. Faliraki Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kiotari Beach and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Asklipio Castle. Pefkos Beach and Lardos Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).