Rhodes Old Town

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Rhodes Old Town showing heritage architecture and a city

One of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in all of Greece, this UNESCO-listed city is crammed with historic architecture and ruins.

The Old Town in Rhodes is one of the oldest continually populated medieval towns in Europe. Discover Byzantine relics, Ottoman mosques and Venetian architecture and learn about the history as you explore the fascinating ruins.

The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the Order of the Knights of St. John, was founded during the years of the Crusades. By the early 14th century, they were one of the strongest military organizations in Christian Europe. Between 1309 and 1523, they governed Rhodes and converted the city into a fortified town.

Enter the Old Town through the Eleftheria Gate to the Plateia Simi (Simi Square). Discover many museums in this part of town, including the Folk Art Museum and the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in the Great Hospital. Walk along the winding alleyways to the pedestrian-only Street of the Knights. This beautifully preserved street is where the knights once resided. Framed by tall walls, with knights’ inns and family houses, the street still looks much like it would have in the 14th century.

Near the Knights’ Quarters is the striking Palace of the Grand Masters. The palace, which was the administrative headquarters for the order in the early 14th century, is one of the most impressive structures in Rhodes. It now houses the Byzantine Museum. Enter to browse displays containing medieval relics, sculptures, antique furniture and mosaic floors.

Visit what is believed to be the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located near the harbor, this monument honored the Rhodian victory in the battle of Demetrius the Besieger in 305 B.C.. This colossal statue took 12 years to complete and is thought to have been approximately 100 feet (30 meters) high.

Shop for souvenirs on Sokratous Street and stop for a coffee on the café-lined Ippokratous Square where the Castellania Fountain, the Chadrevan Mosque and the Palace of the Castellan are located. After a day of sightseeing, relax in a Turkish hammam at the Platia Arionos.

Medieval fortified walls enclose the Old Town of Rhodes. It is pedestrian-only and many of the lanes are unmarked, so be prepared to lose yourself in the winding cobbled streets. To get here, take a taxi or catch a local bus.


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Auberge 32
Auberge 32
2.5 out of 5
Timokreontos 32, Rhodes
The price is AU$60 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Rhodes ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"Excellent location in old town and yet very quiet. Clean with fresh towels daily. It has all basic things you need and good value for money. There is a smell in the bathroom and room that you can't get rid of as there is only a tiny window on top of the bed. Other than that all good"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

Auberge 32
Zacosta Villa Hotel
Zacosta Villa Hotel
4 out of 5
Xenofontos 23, Medieval City, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$181 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Rhodes Port and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Elli ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Great host, great location, and great room! I have read that this is the best place to stay in the Old City and I would have to agree."

Reviewed on 26 Aug. 2021

Zacosta Villa Hotel
Allegory Boutique Hotel
Allegory Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Antifanous 11 & Ippodamou, Medieval Town, Rhodes
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$191 per night from 16 Oct. to 16 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Rhodes Port and Temple of ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"Greta hotel and fantastic staff. Very helpful with everything and the best service and value. Beautiful hotel and personal service was incredible. I highly recommend this hotel. Great location, quiet and close to everything."

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2021

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Saint George Studios
Saint George Studios
3 out of 5
Apollonion 35 Rhodes, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$129 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Aegean Islands, Clock Tower and Collachium. Street of Knights and Palace of the Grand Master of ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"Lovely peaceful spot in the midst of the busy and beautiful old town. The owner could not be more helpful - he even picked us up from the ferry. Our fourth visit to Saint George and I'm sure not our last."

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Saint George Studios
Eleni Rooms
Eleni Rooms
1 out of 5
Perikleous 26, Rhodes
The price is AU$80 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Square of the ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"The place was in the perfect location in the old town, central but on a more quiet street. The room was very clean and with all the modern amenities while still having the historical feeling. Best of all the hosts were very kind and responsive."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2019

Eleni Rooms
Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel
Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel
4 out of 5
Panaitiou 28, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands and Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Street of Knights and Collachium ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"One of the best hotels we stayed in and Vangeli the manager is brilliant. In the heart of everything you need. I give this hotel 10 stars we loved it."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2019

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