Rhodes

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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 harbor 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.

Castellum Suites - All Inclusive
Castellum Suites - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Ag.Ioannou 8 - Nea Poli, Rhodes
The price is AU$74 per night from 12 Nov. to 12 Nov.
Located in the heart of Rhodes, this all-inclusive resort is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Andrea Papandreou Park, and Rhodes St. Francis Church. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"Great staff, very friendly made u feel comfortable...All inclusive was value for money, lot of variety especially in breakfast... Finally location of the hotel was excellent not noisy but very close to old city walls and a short walk drom city center"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

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Akti Imperial Deluxe Resort & Spa Dolce by Wyndham
Akti Imperial Deluxe Resort & Spa Dolce by Wyndham
5 out of 5
Rhodes, Ixia, Rhodes, AGEAN
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes resort is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Ixia Beach. Ixiás Beach and Temple of Apollo are also within 2 miles ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (162 reviews)
"The reception area a bit clinical and white. Very clean hotel & pools were always clean. The chairs in bar area could be comfier & sunbeds could do with cushions. Paper cups outside - alcohol didn’t quite taste right. Better inside with glasses. Food choice was really good. Wouldn’t call it 5* but ..."

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2021

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Sheraton Rhodes Resort
Sheraton Rhodes Resort
5 out of 5
Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$218 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Rhodes hotel is just steps away from Aegean Islands and Ixia Beach. Ixiás Beach and Ialyssos Beach are also within 2 miles (3 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (514 reviews)
"Very friendly staff. A great deal in October."

Reviewed on 22 Oct. 2021

Sheraton Rhodes Resort
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Athineon Hotel
Athineon Hotel
5 out of 5
17th Vironos Street, Rhodes, Rhodes Island
The price is AU$70 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
This family-friendly Rhodes aparthotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Rhodes Port, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and Archaeological ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (154 reviews)
"The hotel is in a great location for who wants to visit Rhodes Old Town. Good area for walking and restaurants too. It's also relatively close to the airport, so it's convenient if your flight arrives late and you decide to continue your journey the next day. Rooms are large and convenient for a ..."

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2021

Athineon Hotel
Ammades Epsilon Apartments
Ammades Epsilon Apartments
4 out of 5
Kallithea Avenue, Faliraki, Rhodes
The price is AU$108 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in Rhodes, this beachfront aparthotel is connected to the convention centre and within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Faliraki Beach and Water Park ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (67 reviews)
surprisingly cool
"cozy appartment, very nice beach, professional staff and beautiful sea thos summer"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Ammades Epsilon Apartments
Villa on the Beach with Infinity Pool
Villa on the Beach with Infinity Pool
No street name, Rhodes, South Aegean
This family-friendly Rhodes villa is located by the sea, just steps away from Aegean Islands and Pefkos Beach. Agios Thomá Beach and Plakiá Beach are also within ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
A very beautiful Villa that is in an outstanding location. The pictures don't do it justice.
"A wonderful experience. Would book again in a heartbeat."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2021

Villa on the Beach with Infinity Pool
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