Rhodes Old Town

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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4 out of 5
Perikleous 25 & Tauriskou 26, Rhodes
The price is AU$46 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this apartment building is steps away from Aegean Islands, Jewish Synagogue Museum and Square of the Jewish Martyrs. Virgin of the ...
4/5 Very Good! (77 reviews)
"Great location in Old Town."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

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10GR Hotel and Wine Bar - Adults Only
5 out of 5
16 Polidorou, Rhodes
The price is AU$154 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this luxury hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands, Street of Knights and Castle of the Old Town. Marine Gate and Athinas Square ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (49 reviews)
"Genuinely nice me of the nicest stays we’ve had. An excellent location, beautifully designed and wonderful staff. We can’t wait to return and would highly recommend this stay to anyone"

Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2021

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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$168 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands and Clock Tower. Street of Knights and Collachium are also within 5 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (111 reviews)
"We had a lovely stay at Spirit of the Knights! Duncan and Elena were very hospitable and helpful during some unusual situations. We hope to come back and would highly recommend this hotel!"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

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4 out of 5
Antifanous 11 & Ippodamou, Medieval Town, Rhodes
The price is AU$212 per night from 19 Nov. to 19 Nov.
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (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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Emerald Dream House
Emerald Dream House
3.5 out of 5
Omirou Street 71, Rhodes
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Athinas Square and Castle of the Old Town. Rhodes St. Francis ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"This unit made our honeymoon in Rhodes so much more comfortable! This was our first time in Greece and we were not prepared for the heat, so a nice cool apartment and huge bathtub was much appreciated. It was extremely safe, peaceful, and spacious. The unit is in a quiet area of the heart of the ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2019

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In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
35 Sofokleous Street, Medieval Town, Rhodes
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The price is AU$218 per night from 3 Nov. to 3 Nov.
Located in Rhodes Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Aegean Islands, Kahal Shalom Synagogue and Castle of the Old Town. Athinas Square and Square of the ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"This is a spectacular property in the perfect spot for walks to the Old Town of Rhodes for the restaurants and shops. We had the Villa for our 4 night stay and it was just beautiful with a huge patio for sitting in the evenings after a long day sipping wine. Special mention for the staff (family) ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

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