Rhodes

Once home to the fabled Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Medieval City of Rhodes has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988. The island is still one of the wonders of the world, home to world-renowned ancient ruins and traditional hillside villages, some of them made famous by The Guns of Navarone. The waters of Rhodes, so beautiful they seem to mirror the sky, are impossible to resist, as are her tranquil beaches. As you enter the harbour, Mandraki, you will be greeted by a stag and a hind, the heraldic animals of Rhodes, each perched high atop a column on either side of the harbour entrance. Rhodes has been about 2,400 years in the making, and she’s ready for her close-up.

Highlights


Rhodes Town – One of the Best Preserved Medieval Cities in Europe


The architecture, cuisine and culture of Rhodes Town, the island’s capital, bear the inscriptions of its many tenants, including the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, the Ottomans and the Italians. The ancient city of Rhodes was built amphitheatrically facing the sea, beginning in 408 BC. The Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523, after the Genoese ceded the island to them, built the city’s fortified walls during their occupation and, by the time of the great Ottoman siege in 1480, Rhodes was considered the best-fortified city of the day. There are ten gates that lead through the walls into the Medieval City of Rhodes

Modern Rhodes – A Thriving Dodecanese Capital

Beyond the Medieval City of Rhodes, the modern city is home to a number of interesting buildings from the early 20th century, such as the post office, which has been used as such since the Italian occupation. Also noteworthy are the Dodecanese Prefecture administration building, the Church of the Annunciation, Mosque of Murat Reis and the historic Hotel of Roses. Cosmopolitan Elli Beach, at the northeast of Rhodes Town, is part of the fabric of Rhodes Town, as is the wonderful Rhodes Aquarium at the northern tip of the city, a few blocks past the Museum of Modern Greek Art. The basement of the aquarium has been transformed into a model of an underwater cave.

The Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes – Incredible Columns from the Temple of Apollo

About 2 km southwest of Mandraki and the Medieval City, the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes looks down toward Rhodes Town from the hill of St Stephanos, also known as Monte Smith. Most significant here are the incredible columns, still standing, from the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo, Beside the temple is the lovingly restored Roman music conservatory, which hosts music and theatre performances today as it did thousands of years ago. Further down the hill, the restored Stadium of Diagoras once hosted games in honour of the sun god, Helios.

Rodini Park – Bucolic Paradise Just South of Rhodes Town

Travelling south from Rhodes Town, just after you leave the city, a paradise awaits you. Rodini Park, one of the world’s oldest, is a small, green valley where you can close your eyes and enjoy the cleansing sound of a waterfall, count the water lilies floating on a quiet lagoon, sit in the shade of a tree or ramble across one of the park’s many wooden bridges. A peaceful haven, Rodini Park is believed to have been the site of the celebrated School of Rhetoric of Rhodes, where Julius Cesar, Cicero and Mark Anthony honed their craft.

The Village of Lindos – Labyrinth of Pebble-Paved Streets

Continuing southeast for another 50 km brings you to the picturesque coastal village of Lindos, whose whitewashed houses line a labyrinth of pebble-paved streets. The captains’ residences were built around votsaloto courtyards between the 15th and 18th centuries. The monumental doorways and their decorative stonework, built into apsidal entrances, are especially impressive. The frescoes inside the post-Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) were painted in the 18th century.

Excursions


The Acropolis of Lindos and the Palace of the Grand Masters

Duration: 6 hrs
  • Village of Lindos
  • Acropolis of Lindos
  • Ceramics Demonstration
  • Palace of the Grand Masters
  • Medieval Town of Rhodes (Old City)

Medieval Tour – Philerimos Church & Palace of the Knights

Duration: 4 hrs
  • Acropolis of Rhodes
  • Our Lady of Philerimos
  • Lalyssos
  • Palace of the Grand Masters

Walking Tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes

Duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Old City (Medieval City of Rhodes)
  • Street of the Knights
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Palace of the Grand Masters