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PLACES TO VISIT

THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF RHODES

The medieval city of Rhodes is the must-see place on the island.

 

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it would be a shame to miss the largest and best preserved fortified city in Europe.

 

Built in 1309, when the Knights of St. John arrived on the island, the old city is surrounded by nearly 4 km of fortifications reinforced by bastions and towers. Everything is extremely well preserved.

 

Inside the ramparts, the area is entirely pedestrian. You will be able to stroll quietly in the paved streets and discover the historical buildings. It should be noted that the place is entirely dedicated to tourism, so there are taverns, restaurants, stores and especially a lot of people!

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WHAT YOU MUST SEE IN THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF RHODES

  • The Palace of the Grand Masters: it was one of the first buildings built by the knights. The interior is now a museum where you can learn more about the history of Rhodes and also discover the apartments of the Grand Master, with mosaic floors. Unfortunately, most of the furnishings were destroyed in an ammunition explosion in 1856. For a private guided tour of the palace, you must book here! 

  • The street of the knights where the inns reserved for the knights according to their country are located. You can see the Auberge de France or the Auberge d'Angleterre.

  • The archaeological museum located in the former hospital of the knights. It gathers the majority of the objects discovered on Rhodes and the other islands of the Dodecanese.

  • The Clock Tower, from the top of which you can admire the old town.

  • The Byzantine museum and its frescoes and icons from the Byzantine period

  • The churches of Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) and of Saint Catherine (Agia Aikaterini)

  • The mosque of Soliman built during the conquest of the island by the Turks.

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MANDRAKI

After your visit to the old city of Rhodes, you can leave the walls and go for a walk in the modern part of the city, called Mandraki.

 

Around the harbor, you can see the 3 mills of Rhodes as well as the place where stood the famous Colossus of Rhodes of more than 30 meters high, completely destroyed by an earthquake in the year 226.

 

It was replaced by 2 statues, one of a deer and the other of a doe (symbol of Rhodes), placed on 2 pylons framing the entrance of the port. Certainly much less spectacular than the colossus, considered as one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.

 

Mandraki also has some beautiful buildings dating from the time when the Italians occupied the island such as the Bank of Greece, the Archbishop's Palace, the town hall or the national theater. There is also a casino and many clothing stores.

 

Finally, the modern city is home to the remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes. The site is located about 2 km from the old town, on the slopes of Monte Smith.

 

There you will see the remains of the stadium, the theater and the temple of Apollo Pythian. It is not very big but the access is free.

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LINDOS

Lindos is the must-see village to visit during your stay in Rhodes.

 

It is located 50 km south of the city of Rhodes, about 1 hour drive. Classified as a historical monument, Lindos is a beautiful village with white houses built in amphitheaters, overlooking the sea and overlooked by the Acropolis.

 

The entrance to Lindos is forbidden to cars, so you have to park in one of the free parking lots at the top of the town and then walk down. The town is made up of a maze of alleys lined with countless souvenir stores, clothes shops, cafes and restaurants. The place is really very touristy.

 

It is at the top of the village that is the site to see in Lindos, the Acropolis. It can be reached on foot.

 

Built on a rock at 116 meters above sea level and surrounded by walls erected by the knights, the Acropolis was one of the most fortified places on the island of Rhodes.

 

Inside are the ancient ruins of a theater and especially the temple of Athena, built at the highest point of the Acropolis. Some columns remain. From the archaeological site, you will have a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the village of Lindos below.

 

You can visit Lindos quite easily. You can ask the hotel for day trips, or rent a car (lobby hotel) and go directly there.

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PLACES TO EAT

📍Naya Rhodes - Beach Bar - 20 minutes from the Hotel by car 

 

📍Koutouki 42 - Typical Greek Restaurant - 14 min by bus - 6 minutes by car

 

📍Stavlos restaurant - Meat and greek restaurant - Madraki - 15 minutes by bus from Rodos Palace - 7 minutes by car

 

📍Piatakia - discovery menu for typical greek food - - 15 minutes by bus from Rodos Palace - 7 minutes by car

 

📍Pizanias - fish restaurant - Old town of Rhodes - 15 minutes by car - 22 minutes by bus

PLACES TO PARTY

🎉AlterEgo club - 11pm-5am 

 

🎉Macao - 9pm-4am 

 

🎉l’Eternel French Bar - 6pm - 2am