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.
Beaches, Family-friendly and Historical Buildings
Stroll along forest trails, swim in a freshwater lake and follow the routes taken by natural springs at this scenic spot close to the island’s east coast.
Scenic beauty, shallow sea, watersports and traditional Greek food attract visitors to this laid-back resort in the southern half of Rhodes.
Admire the towers, gates and courtyard of this striking looking medieval building, then tour rooms filled with art and antiques.
Step inside a magnificent medieval building to see a collection of ancient artifacts from Rhodes and its neighboring Dodecanese Islands.
Investigate the remains of temples and fortifications at the ancient hilltop fortress that stood watch over Lindos for more than 2,000 years.
Travel to the east coast of Rhodes for delightful beaches, stunning views and the temple ruins of an ancient acropolis.
Feel like a modern knight as you visit the important landmarks in the walled old city in Rhodes, where the Knights of Rhodes lived and prospered. As you explore in a group of 5 people, feel the mysterious air wafting through the streets and cruise down narrow alleys with your professional guide.
Sailing during Greek summer in the Aegean sea is hard to describe in words. The least one can say is that the sounds, the smells and the ambience of the Aegean Islands make it a real escape from daily routine.
Visit one of the most picturesque islands of the Dodecanese during your holidays in Rhodes with this cruise to the tiny island of Symi. Admire the calm atmosphere and fabulous architecture that amazes visitors to the island, along with one of the most impressive ports in Greece.
Make the most of your time on the island of Rhodes during a guided tour to an array of iconic destinations. A local guide ushers you to sites like the Kallithea Thermes, Mandraki Harbor, the Monastery of Filerimos, and the Seven Springs, with pauses to soak up the local vibe along the way.
Set sail across the Aegean Sea on a high-speed Catamaran for a visit to the island of Rhodes. Meander through the bustling streets, visit the local cafes, explore the island's history, and look for some souvenirs during your day on the Greek side of the water.
Combine a walking tour with dinner and a mini-cruise around Rhodes' fabulous harbor on this evening to remember in Greece. Enjoy free time to wander the fortifications, peruse local shops, or just soak in the relaxed atmosphere of the island.