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Rhodes
Travel Guide

Pefkos Beach showing a sandy beach

The ruins of ancient civilizations stand at every turn in the namesake city on the spectacular Greek island of Rhodes, where the modern and the historic blend seamlessly together.

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.

Where to stay in Rhodes

Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Faliraki, Rhodes, Rhodes
The price is $272 per night from May 13 to May 14
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes property is just steps from Aegean Islands and Kallithea Beach. Faliraki Beach and Kallithea Springs are also within 1 mi (2 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (305 reviews)
"The only negative for us was the fact that there is no soundproofing in the rooms at all. Beds scrape across the floors for cleaning and its excessively loud. Plus you can hear babies cry in other rooms as clear as they were in the room with you. Babies do cry, but I do not want to hear yours...... ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Mitsis Alila Resort & Spa – All Inclusive
Kamari Beach Hotel - All inclusive
Kamari Beach Hotel - All inclusive
4 out of 5
Lardos Beach, Rhodes
The price is $58 per night from May 2 to May 3
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes property is just steps from Aegean Islands and Lardos Beach. Glytra Beach and Kiotari Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
Heaven in the Beach
"Great little gem. Found it by chance. Blessing as Lockdown kicked in here. Food is lovely, great choice. Very modern design with massive multiple pools. Slap bang on the beach"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

Kamari Beach Hotel - All inclusive
Atlantica Aegean Blue - All Inclusive
Atlantica Aegean Blue - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Parision street, Kolimpia, Rhodes
The price is $274 per night from May 15 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Tsambika Beach. Kolimbia Beach and Tsambika Monastery ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"All was great, I recommend to all!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Atlantica Aegean Blue - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kolymbia Village
Kolymbia Village
4 out of 5
Kolymbia, Rhodes
The price is $103 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tsambika Beach and Seven Springs. Tsambika ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Would definitely return!
"Fantastic stay, lovely complex with great facilities in the villa. Loved the private pool! There was an issue with my booking but it was resolved quickly and satisfactorily. The concierge Marc was great and gave us tips on where to visit. Car needed if staying here as located out of the way off a ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Kolymbia Village
Krinis Apartments
Krinis Apartments
4 out of 5
Stratigou Griva 9, Rhodes Town, Rhodes
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rhodes Aquarium and Elli Beach. Clock Tower and Archaeological Museum of Rhodes are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Beautiful staff, nice clean rooms, nothing a problem, brilliant location. This made our stay in Rhodes very enjoyable- highly recommend this place"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Krinis Apartments
Salakos Villas
Salakos Villas
3.5 out of 5
Salakos Village, Rhodes, Rhodes
Situated in Rhodes, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Profitis Ilias. Kalavarda Beach and Ancient Kamiros are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"Cadre magnifique belle situation environnement agréable situation géographique de toute beauté villa et ensemble très calme bien entretenu tout à disposition ne manque rien zenitude et sérénité de l'endroit personnel et direction discrèts et invisibles si besoin disponible vraiment passer de belle ..."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019

Salakos Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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