Rhodes Town is situated on the north-eastern tip of Rhodes, Greece. The town is actually more like two separate and contrasting different towns, the Old Town nestled within a double ring of high walls and a deep moat that seal off the ancient buildings within. Within the Old Town are layers upon layers of history from periods including the classical, Ottoman, Italian and medieval eras and a snaking maze of alleyways you can spend hours exploring. To the north is the New Town, with up-market shops, waterfront bars, bistros and the city’s best beach. With this combination of the modern and old worlds, you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do on your Rhodes Town holiday.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 0m
When to go
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Rhodes Town truly has something for everyone. A stand-out attraction is the medieval walled city, the Old Town. The UNESCO-recognised World Heritage site features twin walls that contain winding cobbled streets and a selection of traditional cafés and tavernas to grab a coffee while you take a break from the walking. Following your refreshing drink, you can head to the Street of the Knights, a 14th century palace that belonged to the Grand Masters, visit the Turkish quarters or head to Mandraki harbour to watch the yachts and fishing boats. For evening entertainment, you can opt between the Old Town’s traditional Greek tavernas or venture further out to Faliraki for a more loud and lively evening out.
Wine and Dine
As with other activities in Rhodes Town, the cuisine is split into two distinct categories between the Old and New Town. The Old Town is a mixture of cafes, pubs and bars with plenty of options for family-friendly places to eat and drink, all centred around Cyprus Square. There are plenty of traditional restaurants and tavernas offering a wide variety of both international and local dishes, perfect for enjoying tzatziki and gyros and chatting as you enjoy a bottle of wine. In the New Town, the restaurants and bars are more lively and modern, with more international cuisine and a wider selection of alcoholic beverages. Along the beach front you’ll find plenty of pleasant cafes, snack bars and tavernas perfect for enjoying your lunch in the warm Greek sunshine.
During your stay in Rhodes you have easy access to everything you’ll need to keep the whole family entertained. Rhodes’ eastern coast has a glorious 30-mile stretch of clean white sand and calm shallow waters that are safe for children to paddle in. Most of Rhodes’ large modern hotels are ideal for all-inclusive family holidays in Rhodes, as many have kids’ clubs, babysitting, restaurants and water sports facilities, as well as spa facilities so that you can relax and unwind while your kids have fun. The UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town, located on the island’s north tip, makes a fascinating and educational family day out.
Action and Adventure
The plethora of luscious beaches in the Rhodes Town area make it easy to enjoy some adrenaline-pumping activities during your holiday. If you’re bored of sunbathing, head to Kalathos Beach and Pefkos to try out the exciting water sports on offer there including water-skiing, jet-skiing and scuba diving. The small village of Fanes is only 26km from Rhodes Town and is about 1km inland, with a large sandy beach. The area is famous for its kitesurfing and windsurfing due to the strong winds. Other active things to do include parasailing and coastal walks, where you can enjoy the picturesque views of the azure waters and clear blue skies.
Life's a Beach
Beach lovers can spend lazy days sunbathing on the stretch of clean white sand at Psaropoula and enjoying the pleasantly calm warm waters, providing the ideal conditions for family holidays. There are plenty of refreshment stands and beach amenities to help you stay relaxed and refreshed. If you prefer more action, take a trip to the beach in Faliraki for a day of high-octane water sports including banana boats, windsurfing and diving.
The contrasting theme carries through to the nightlife in Rhodes Town, with a mix of lively and traditional bars, relaxed piano bars and buzzing nightclubs such as Senso. During the summer, Rhodes Town hosts a number of modern and classical music concerts. If you prefer to keep things relaxed on holiday, head to one of the town’s cinemas for a pleasantly chilled evening. Holidaymakers who prefer a more lively nightlife scene can head to the Casino of Rhodes, at the Grand Hotel Summer Palace, to try their luck. The top nightlife in Rhodes can be found at the resort of Faliraki, only 14km from Rhodes Town, which is popular with holidaymakers aged 18-30 and has a focus on clubs and bars, with clubs such as Q-Club and Liquid pumping out classic and current club songs as you dance into the early hours.
Rhodes Town is ideal for couples of all ages with a wide variety of activities, no matter what your tastes are. Couples who love history can venture to the Old Town area and enjoy getting lost in the winding alleyways, stopping for coffee and snacks as they go. The island’s extraordinary natural beauty makes the perfect location for romantic holidays and provides a scenic backdrop for special occasions such as anniversaries or proposals. Couples who enjoy the buzz of a vibrant nightlife scene will love to visit nearby Faliraki and hit the clubs, enjoy a romantic meal or relax and unwind over a bottle of wine.
There are few places on Earth where you can stroll around twenty-four centuries of heritage, but Rhodes Town is one of them. The UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Old Town represents the uniquely cross-cultural history of the town, which has been formed by some of history’s most famous cultures including the Ottomans and was once ruled by the Knights of St John. The town’s culture is reflected in the historic monuments, from the Palace of Grand Masters to the Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue to the Roloi Clock Tower. As food, drink and music has always been a huge part of life in Rhodes Town, you will find plenty of traditional tavernas and bars giving you a taste of Greek culture. During the summer months, the town hosts numerous classical and modern music concerts, many of which are hosted outside to make best use of the area’s stunning natural beauty.