Rhodes Town Rhodes Island
When preparing for your Rhodes holidays, think of at least three days to spend in its capital, Rhodes Town, because you simply cannot help exploring here.
Equipped with comfortable sandals, sun lotion, map, and of course, your camera, you are just ready to discover the history of this ancient town along with its beauty, because it is all around, everywhere you look.
In Rhodes Island you will find long beaches, excellent shopping and explosive nightlife - actually the quintessence of the whole Dodecanese Complex.
You can feel the rich history erupting everywhere in Rhodes, actually divided in two parts: The Old Town, or medieval and the New Town.
Surrounded by strong walls, the Old Town is one of the best-preserved fortresses of Europe, illustrating the Byzantine times, the middle age and the Turkish rule.
You will discover one by one, as you walk along the narrow stone-paved alleys -
• the magnificent Palace of Grand Masters,
• the superb Hospital of Knights of St. John,
• the Gothic and Byzantine churches,
• the traditional Rhodes houses along with the Venetian and Arab architectural influences,
• the Mosques
they all make up a complex and appealing image of Rhodes history.
When you will step into the New City of Rhodes, built in 1522 after the siege of Suleiman the Magnificent, you will finally breathe the cosmopolitan atmosphere typical for a modern tourist resort.
A special charm comes from the bizarre architecture dating from the Italian rule, particularly in the area of
• the harbor
• the Archbishop's Palace,
• the Annunciation church
• and the building of the New Market, overlooking the Rhodes Harbor, impressing you with the gold decoration and the round domes, full of shops, cafes and restaurants.
You are probably asking if there is any relaxation too in this charming city. Sure it is!
After all you are in the place with the best sunshine record of all the Med islands.
You will find here an award-winning beach to swim, sunbathe, or even scuba diving. If Rhodes beach is too crowded for you, try
• the pine-scented one in Pefki Beach,
• the Bay of Ialysos,
• or find your place of relaxation on the long stretch of beach in Faliraki.
After a full day sunbathing or exploring, have a break with a healthy Greek salad at a cozy restaurant or rest your feet at a taverna facing the little port of Mandraki, order fresh fish and enjoy watching the common day-to-day life on the seas.
Don't forget to sample a wine produced in the heavenly village of Embonas.
Evening is the about time to spoil yourself, and there isn't any more appealing area in Rhodes than the Sokratous Street in the Turkish quarter - lots of luxury stores and jewellery outlets for you to make an excellent shopping.
For souvenirs and traditional clothes, visit the modern area, to the west of Mandraki Harbour.
If in a party mood, the suggestive-named Bar Street is waiting for you to spend a night of drinking and dancing, from the exciting discos to the traditional 'bouzouki' - Greek music venues.
Moreover, if you feel lucky, the capital of Rhodes offers even a Casino for you to try your hand on roulette or blackjack.
Feel like discovering more of the nearby treasures?
Driving a car or riding a motorbike wind-on-your-face, go the lovely Lindos with its beautiful Acropolis, enjoy the luxury of Ixia, throw yourself in the booming nightlife of crazy Faliraki and don't miss the magic Valley of Butterflies - there's a bit of everything to suit your style and complete your Dodecanese holiday in Rhodes.
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