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 harbour 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 Petit Palais Beach Hotel
Mitsis Petit Palais Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
3 Stratigou Griva Street, Rhodes, Rhodes Island, 58100
The price is Rs10,480 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rhodes. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (208 reviews)
"Every member of the team were superb, helpful and friendly from the reception, restaurant, pool bar team and even the lifeguard! All members of the team are a credit to the hotel and nothing was too much trouble. The communal facilities are fine… just a little dated throughout. The rooms unfortunately ..."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2021

Mitsis Petit Palais Beach Hotel
Casa Cook Rhodes
Casa Cook Rhodes
5 out of 5
Kolymbia, Rhodes, 85103
The price is Rs20,244 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rhodes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (203 reviews)
"A seriously stunning hotel, in an even more stunning location set within the mountains. Every single element considered. From incredible rooms, to the pool, to the bar and food. The location is incredible, a little remote but that was what we were looking for anyway and only a short walk to a beautiful ..."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2021

Casa Cook Rhodes
Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa - Adults Only - All Inclusive
Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa - Adults Only - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kiotari, Rhodes, Rhodes, 851 09
The price is Rs31,914 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Rhodes. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (77 reviews)
"Swim up room was AMAZING. Food delicious. Decaf cappuccino available. Sunrise yoga on the terrace was beautiful start to the day. Towels changed regularly. What a beautiful week."

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2022

Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa - Adults Only - 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.
Stella Hotel
Stella Hotel
3 out of 5
Pefkos Main Road, Pefkos, Lindos, Rhodes, Rhodes Island, 85107
The price is Rs3,659 per night from 30 Jun to 1 Jul
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Rhodes. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (23 reviews)
Great for a family holiday
"Really good property for family summer break in Rhodes. Every member of staff really friendly and helpful. We stayed in a family apartment which slept four - master bedroom with two single beds, open plan lounge/kitchen which also had two single beds (think these were sofa beds, but we always had ..."

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2021

Stella Hotel
Mariette Rhodes Urban Suites
Mariette Rhodes Urban Suites
3 out of 5
Themistokleous Sofouli 30, Rhodes, Rhodes Island, 85100
The price is Rs8,837 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rhodes. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (30 reviews)
"Hotel Aquamare...... the replacement hotel for Mariette hotel, Bad service, horrible rooms, low average food and drinks. Do not stay here. The room we got was like a backpackers lodge. Laminate floors in the bed room and the bathroom was horrible. There was no shower screen so every time we had a ..."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019

Mariette Rhodes Urban Suites
Athineon Hotel
Athineon Hotel
5 out of 5
17th Vironos Street, Rhodes, Rhodes Island, 85100
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Rhodes. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (176 reviews)
"Excellent service. very nice people .:best location .. Thank you so much"

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Athineon 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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