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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Minos Pension
Minos Pension
3 out of 5
5 Omirou Street, Old Town, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$71 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and ...
4/5 Very Good! (50 reviews)
Rhodes old town stay
"Had a great nights stay in old Rhodes town . Minos and his sraff were so helpful . Had breakfast on the roof terrace with great views of the old town. Room was lovley also had a small terrace off our room which had the sun all morning . Great place to stay"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2021

Minos Pension
Kókkini Porta Rossa
Kókkini Porta Rossa
4 out of 5
Kokkini Porta, Arch. Efthimiou 24, Medieval Town, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Synagogue Museum, Rhodes Port and Clock Tower. Palace of the Grand Master of the ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
"Every single detail meticulously thought out, you want for nothing. Beautiful historical property but with all the modern amenities. Rooms are VERY quiet."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Kókkini Porta Rossa
10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
5 out of 5
16 Polidorou, Rhodes
The price is AU$161 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Elli ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Great hotel in Rhodes Town
"We had a lovely time in 10GR Hotel. Very friendly and helpful staff, great service and excellent location. There is a wine bar on the ground floor with a nice selection of drinks and good food. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Rhodes."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
Domus Studios
Domus Studios
4 out of 5
Apolonion 11, Old Town, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$74 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Property is cozy and well located inside the castle walls,very safe and enjoyable,close to plenty of restaurants,bars and shopping places.On top of that Stergos, the owner is an exceptional host,he will go far and beyond to satisfy your every need,Greek people are very friendly,humble and ..."

Reviewed on 10 Sep. 2021

Domus Studios
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
35 Sofokleous Street, Medieval Town, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (69 reviews)
"Great central location for exploring Rhodes. Wonderful breakfasts"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
4 out of 5
14 Alexandridou, Old Town, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$149 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Rhodes Port. Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (115 reviews)
"Felt like home away from home."

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2021

Spirit Of The Knights Boutique
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