Rhodes

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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 Rodos Village Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Mitsis Rodos Village Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kiotari, Rhodes, Rhodes
The price is £76 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Situated by the sea, this all-inclusive resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Lardos Beach. Kiotari Beach and Galoúni Beach are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)
"It was a perfect stay, thank you all! We loved our room, pool&beach, bars, food, simply the hotel. I especially appreciated very friendly staff! Big thumbs up for their services!! Eco-friendly, huge variety of food, greatly equipped bars, close to the beach, live music."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Mitsis Rodos Village Beach Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Sheraton Rhodes Resort
Sheraton Rhodes Resort
5 out of 5
Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is £104 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aegean Islands, Acropolis of Rhodes and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (507 reviews)
"The staff and hotel was lovely, they went the extra mile and surprised me and my wife on our Anniversary and Birthday. Very good customer service. Impressed with the hotel facilities"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Sheraton Rhodes Resort
Eden Roc Resort Hotel - All Inclusive
Eden Roc Resort Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kalithea Avenue, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is £97 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kallithea Springs. Kallitheas Beach and Agia Marina ...
4.1/5Very Good! (559 reviews)
"The hotel and amenities are superb but it really is the staff that make the hotel. They cannot do enough to help.....they are always smiling and attentive and somehow they remember each person's needs. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Eden Roc Resort Hotel - 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.
Ammades Epsilon Apartments
Ammades Epsilon Apartments
4 out of 5
Kallithea Avenue, Faliraki, Rhodes
The price is £62 per night from 15 Oct to 15 Oct
Located in Rhodes, this beachfront aparthotel is connected to the convention centre and within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Faliraki Beach. Water Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (66 reviews)
surprisingly cool
"cozy appartment, very nice beach, professional staff and beautiful sea thos summer"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Ammades Epsilon Apartments
Anika Studios
Anika Studios
3 out of 5
Main Street, Faliraki, Rhodes
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Faliraki Beach. Anthony Quinn Bay and Water Park Faliraki are also ...
3/5 (5 reviews)
"Senza infamia e senza lode, buona struttura ma c’è di meglio"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2021

Anika Studios
Zacosta Villa Hotel
Zacosta Villa Hotel
4 out of 5
Xenofontos 23, Medieval City, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is £91 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Rhodes Port and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Elli ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Great host, great location, and great room! I have read that this is the best place to stay in the Old City and I would have to agree."

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2021

Zacosta Villa Hotel
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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