INTRODUCING RHODES TOWN
A city break in Rhodes Town can be as laid-back or action-packed as you wish. Stroll around the city walls for an all-encompassing view of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Delve into the Knights’ Quarter to discover historic churches and local markets. Or you could simply wander from your boutique hotel to the chic bars and restaurants lining the beach, and watch the luxury yachts sail by.
Medieval masterpieces and Turkish treasures on the shores of the sparkling Aegean.
Things to do
Rhodes Town’s hotchpotch of building styles tell of a city where east meets west. The Archaeological Museum is the place to learn about life in ancient Rhodes, with artefacts from around the island. You could lose yourself in the cobbled lanes of the Knight’s Quarter – a perfectly preserved image of life in the 15th century. Or explore Hora, where many churches were converted into mosques during Ottoman rule. Here you can still find traditional hammams, dating back almost 500 years.
ART & CULTURE
Walk in the footsteps of kings at the Palace of the Grand Masters. Built in the 14th century, this magnificent castle is now a museum. It’s here you can see sculptures and mosaics from around the island. But Rhodes Town isn’t just about history. It’s also home to the Museum of Modern Greek Art and a wealth of stylish bars and music clubs.
The labyrinthine streets of the old town are a treasure trove of local markets, antiques galleries and artisan workshops. This is the place to pick out a pair of traditional, hand crafted leather sandals. Or original paintings inspired by Byzantine icons. If you’re in search of a designer shopping fix, head to the new town. Here you’ll find high-end boutiques and exclusive department stores stocking many top names.
Embark on a day trip to Panormitis on the neighbouring island of Symi. This beautiful monastery set on a clear lagoon is a sight to behold
Top Tip from SLH