Things to do & see in Rhodes town Greece

one of the gates of the Medieval town
one of the gates of the Medieval town

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Rhodes island is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. It is situated at the southeast of the Aegean sea in Greece. Rhodes is also known as the island of the knights. The island of Rhodes is full of history and rich heritage. At the town of Rhodes the visitor has a wide choice of things to do and see.

The fort of St Nicholas along with the deer statues in Rhodes
The fort of St Nicholas along with the deer statues in Rhodes

My trip to Rhodes was quiet short. I went there for a full day since Aegean Airlines had a super offer. The round trip to Rhodes island including tax cost me 28 euros. I couldn’t miss this kind of offer.

A lot of cruise ships stop for a day at Rhodes harbour, so I hope this guide will be helpful to visitors coming with the cruise ships as well.

one of the gates of the Medieval town
one of the gates of the Medieval town

How to get to Rhodes Island Greece

By Air: Rhodes international airport “Diagoras” is located just 14km away from Rhodes city centre. From the airport you can either take a bus to the city centre or a taxi.

By Boat: Rhodes harbour is located in the city centre. There is a daily connection from Piraeus port in Athens to Rhodes with stopovers to a couple of islands. The trip lasts approximately 12 hours. There is also a ferry connection from Rhodes to the other Dodecanese islands like Kos and Patmos, and other islands like Crete and Santorini. Rhodes is also a popular destination for cruise ships.

view of the walls of the medieval town from the port
view of the walls of the medieval town from the port

Where to stay in Rhodes Town

Staying in Rhodes Town affords visitors the option of going into the old town for dinner or drinks, and there are some great little hotels here. Here are my top picks for accommodation in Rhodes Town:

The Evdokia Hotel, just minutes from the port of Rhodes, has small, basic rooms with ensuite bathrooms in a restored 19th century building. They offer guests a homemade breakfast each morning, and recent reviews indicate that it is absolutely wonderful.

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In the heart of the old town is the Sperveri Boutique Hotel. It is a short ten minute walk to the beach and steps from local restaurants and bars; there is also a bar within the hotel. Some rooms have a small terrace or balcony, while others feature a seating area; if you have a request, don’t hesitate to ask when booking!

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Another favourite hotel in the old town is the Avalon Suites Hotel. The hotel is housed in a restored medieval building and all rooms either look over the courtyard or the town. Suites are luxuriously furnished with an ensuite bathroom, seating area, minibar, and balcony or terrace.

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Lastly, the Kokkini Porta Rossa is a small yet elegant boutique hotel in the centre of town. With only five suites, it is exclusive, but you will feel right at home in the sumptuous bedding, the private ensuites with spa tub, complimentary minibar and evening receptions, and the prepared towels and beach mats you can take to the nearby beach.

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Should you choose to stay at one of the larger hotels in Rhodes Town, you might prefer either the Blue Sky Beach Hotel or the Ibiscus Hotel.

The Blue Sky Beach Hotel is a good spot for families with small children, as it is right on the beach and has all the modern facilities you could want. Town is about a ten minute walk from the Blue Sky.

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The Ibiscus Hotel is at the end of the point, a few minutes walk from both the old town and the beach. For travellers who seek modern amenities while being close to the historical centre, this is an ideal hotel. Both of these hotels have onsite bars and restaurants, but are also close to local tavernas.

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Top things to do and see in Rhodes Town

Rhodes town was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is considered the largest and best preserved fortified city in Europe. Rodos town has many influences. You will see spread around the town buildings from the Hellenistic, Ottoman, Byzantine and Italian period.

Here is a list of places worth seeing in the town of Rhodes.

Medieval Town

Many of Rhodes tourist attractions can be found within the walls of the Medieval City. You can walk within this picturesque town with the small alleys and the traditional buildings. The main road that crosses the medieval town is called the Street of Knights. It is a very well-preserved street that starts from the Archaeological Museum and ends at the Palace of the Grand Master.

The street of Knights Rhodes
The street of Knights Rhodes
At the alleys of the medieval town Rhodes
At the alleys of the medieval town Rhodes
At the street of the Knights Rhodes
At the street of the Knights Rhodes
Around the Medieval Town Rhodes
Around the Medieval Town Rhodes

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

It is located within the Medieval city and it is considered one of the most important monuments. The visitor will see medieval furniture, mirrors, paintings etc. It also houses the Byzantine Museum.

Tickets Cost: Full: 9 € Reduced: 5 €

There is also a special ticket package available that costs 10 € full price and 5 € reduced price and includes the Grand Masters’ Palace, the Archaeological Museum, the church of Our Lady of the Castle and the Decorative Arts Collection.

Winter:
Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 – 15:00
Monday CLOSED
RHODES 2400 YEARS EXHIBITION : CLOSED
MEDIEVAL RHODES EXHIBITION : CLOSED

Summer:
From 1-4-2017 to 31-10-2017
Daily 08:00 – 20:00
RHODES 2400 YEARS EXHIBITION
Daily 09:00 – 17:00
MEDIEVAL RHODES EXHIBITION
Daily 09:00 – 17:00

The lower level part of the RHODES 2400 YEARS Exhibition is temporarily closed for maintenance.

The Palace of the Grand Master Rhodes
The Palace of the Grand Master Rhodes
At the Palace of the Grand Master
At the Palace of the Grand Master
A room-at the Palace of the Grand Master
A room-at the Palace of the Grand Master
Wandering at the Grand Master's Palace Rhodes
Wandering at the Grand Master’s Palace Rhodes

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes – Hospital of the Knights

The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is housed at 15th century building of the Hospital of the Knights. It has a vast collection of findings from the excavations of the island of Rhodes and the surrounding islands.

Tickets Cost: Full: 8 € Reduced: 4 €

There is also a special ticket package available that costs 10 € full price and 5 € reduced price and includes the Grand Masters’ Palace, the Archaeological Museum, the church of Our Lady of the Castle and the Decorative Arts Collection.

Winter:
From 1st November – 31st March
Tuesday-Sunday: 08:00-15:00
Mondays : Closed
Prehistorical and Epigraphical Collection: CLOSED

Summer:
From 1-4-2017 until 31-10 2017
DAILY: 08.00-20.00
Epigraphic Collection and Prehistoric Exhibition: 09:00-17:00

The entrance of the Hospital of the Knights which is now an archaeological museum
The entrance of the Hospital of the Knights which is now an archaeological museum
As you enter the hospital of the knights Rhodes
As you enter the hospital of the knights Rhodes
At the yard of the hospital of the Knights
At the yard of the hospital of the Knights

The Acropolis of Rhodes or Monte Smith Hill

At the Acropolis apart from the incredible views you will see the ancient stadium of Diagoras and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The entrance is free.

Medieval Clock Tower

If you want to see the town from the top then you should climb the stairs up to Clock tower. Tickets cost 5 € and can be exchanged with a refreshment at the cafe when you go down.

The Medieval Clock Tower
The Medieval Clock Tower

Suleman Mosque

It was the first mosque constructed in Rhodes. It was named after Sultan Suleiman to commemorate his conquest of the island.

The Suleiman Mosque Rhodes
The Suleiman Mosque Rhodes
The-Suleman Mosque from above Rhodes
The-Suleman Mosque from above Rhodes

Panagia tou Kastrou – Lady of the Castle Cathedral

It was built-in the 11th century and used to be the Knights Cathedral. During the Ottoman occupation it was turned into a mosque.

The Lady of the castle Cathedral
The Lady of the castle Cathedral

The Fort of St Nicholas

It is situated at the end of Mandraki harbour. It was built by the knights of St John in the 15th century.

The fort of St Nicholas Rhodes
The fort of St Nicholas Rhodes

Mandraki Harbor

It used to be the port of ancient Rhodes. At the entrance of the port you will see a female and male deer that are the symbols of the city. You will also see three medieval windmills and the fort of St Nicholas. If you are staying in Rhodes island longer than a day you can take from here a boat and make a day trip to Symi islands.

The three windmills at Mandraki harbour Rhodes
The three windmills at Mandraki harbour Rhodes
Evangelismos church at Mandraki Rhodes
Evangelismos church at Mandraki Rhodes
Restaurants at Mandraki harbour
Restaurants at Mandraki harbour

There are some other places to visit in Rhodes island that I didn’t have the time like the Rodini Park which is situated 3km away from the city to the road that goes to Lindos. It is a park with rich fauna and a small zoo. You can also visit the Aquarium  especially if you are traveling with children.

outside the walls of the medieval town
outside the walls of the medieval town
Restaurants within the Medieval town Rhodes
Restaurants within the Medieval town Rhodes
Megalou Alexandrou square at the medieval town Rhodes
Megalou Alexandrou square at the medieval town Rhodes
view of the medieval city walls Rhodes
view of the medieval city walls Rhodes

Even though I only spent a day in Rhodes, apart from the city of Rhodes I managed to visit Lindos as well and absolutely loved it. Rhodes is such a beautiful island and I will come back in the future to explore it further. 

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 Map of Rhodes Town

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16 Comments

  • Rhodes looks like such a beautiful place — especially the medieval buildings. I would love to go there someday. And I think I would want to spend much more than one day there!

  • Rodes Town is such a beautiful place. I went there once when I was younger and remember the positive impression it left on me. Can’t wait to go back.

  • We are going to Rhodes for a day on our cruise. Should we pay for a professional tour of the medieval city or just go there ourselves and explore?

    • Hello, I think it’s easy to explore the medieval city on your own as we did. It;s not very big and youonly need a map. Now I would reccommend a professional tour only if you want to learn a lot about the history of the place. Note that in every museum there is an english sign underneath.

    • Thanks for stopping by. Rhodes has one of the prettiest towns I have ever seen. You should cdefinitely visit.

  • We’re visiting in June from Turkey for an overnight stay and very much looking forward to it now. Thank you for all this information.

  • Hello Chrissy, I just found your blog via Pinterest as I’m planning our one day stay on Rhodes Island. We will be arriving via cruise and have only about 9 hours on the island. You mentioned seeing both Rhodes town and Lindos during your one day stay, do you think it is possible to visit both in 9 hours? Would you suggest going to Lindos first and then Rhodes Town or just staying in Rhodes Town for the whole day? Thank you!

    • Hello Danielle, I did see both in about 12 hours. It will be a tiring day but it is worth it. As soon as you get off your cruise ship go and take the bus to Lindos. Don’t stay in Lindos more than two hours so that you have time to see Rhodes old town too. The good thing is that Rhodes medieval town is walkable and relatively small. Enjoy your time in Rhodes.

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