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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.
Located in Rhodes Town, 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 mile (2 km).
Located in Faliraki, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1 km) from Anthony Quinn Bay and within 3 miles (5 km) of Afandou Golf Course and Faliraki Beach. Water Park Faliraki and Afandou Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kallithea 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 Kallithea hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kallithea Springs and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Rodini Park. Kallithea Beach and Akti Miaouli Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This Lardos resort is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Pefkos Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Vlycha Beach and Kiotari Beach. Lindos Beach and Acropolis of Lindos are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Archangelos resort is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Archangel Michael's Orthodox Church and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Castle of Saint George Ruins. Tsambika Beach and Tsambika Monastery are also within 6 miles (10 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Ixia resort is connected to the convention centre 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 miles (5 km).
Located in Kolymbia, this spa hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Tsambika Monastery and within 6 miles (10 km) of Seven Springs and Tsambika Beach. Afandou Beach and Archangel Michael's Orthodox Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).