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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 6 € Reduced: 3 €
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: 6 € Reduced: 3 €
- 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.
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.
It was the first mosque constructed in Rhodes. It was named after Sultan Suleiman to commemorate his conquest of the island.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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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