- Author George Pilarinos
- Published June 13, 2021
- Word count 845
Popular for having 300 days of wonderful sunshine all year round and originally the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Colossus of Rhodes, this vibrant island right off Turkey’s coast is a place hard to resist.
If you have been planning a once in a lifetime trip in Greece, here are the 5 best things to do in Rhodes town that you should never miss out! Rhodes tours will surely be incomplete if you don’t get the chance to visit them.
- See the Sights in Palace of the Grand Master
If Rhodes’s crown is the Old City, the Palace of the Grand Master is no doubt the beautiful gem sparkling atop the crown.
A walk around this imposing structure from the 14th century with its mosaics, sculptures, exquisite marble, architecture and art that date back to the ancient times will give you an idea of how life was like during those days.
This is one sight you should visit if you are in the Old Town and is also among the best things to do in Rhodes Island if you also happen to be a fan of palaces.
Take note, however, that the palace is often closed on Mondays so best to plan your visit considering this schedule. Don’t forget to drop by the Archaeological Museum as well if you are a history buff.
When you feel hungry after a day of exploring the palace, check out Angela Castle where you will be served with real authentic Greek dishes in a quaint tiny courtyard.
- Wander the Street of the Knights
For those who love to stroll around Rhodes Old Town and its cobbled streets, make sure you let yourself get lost in the Street of the Knights.
Originally a place where knights gather prior to an attack, strolling the street is among the most unique things to do in Rhodes Island if you love to get a slice of history.
During the bygone days, the knights were divided based on their birthplace and as a result, there used to be seven inns that depict seven languages.
Even though only four of these inns remain today, you will surely feel a rush of nostalgia once you step on the street.
If you want something yummy, drop by at Ta Kardasia and fill your tummy with one of the island’s best moussakas.
- Admire the View from the ‘’Roloi’’ Clock Tower
Despite being the Old Town of Rhodes’ highest elevation, ‘’Roloi’’ Clock Tower is almost unnoticeable at first glance. To get there, turn right at the end of Socrates Street to the tourist Orfeos Street and after several meters, you will find this clock tower that can be traced as far back as 1852. What is amazing is that this clock remains working to this day.
It was once used to show Turkish time to the Greeks as the Turks implemented strict rules for the public. They determined who can enter and leave this strategically critical city and when they can do it. Today, you just need to pay an entrance fee to climb this tower. There is a steep wooden staircase that will lead you to the top. From there, you can admire the stunning view of the Old Town of Rhodes.
- Feel the ancient Greek spirit at the Acropolis
This structure dates back to the 3rd century BC and preserved in the ruins of the site are important antiquities, along with a network of subterranean sanctuaries. Antiquities such as the restored ancient Stadium of Diagoras and the Odeon, the small marbled theater which today hosts musical and theatrical performances. Do not forget to visit the caves of Nymphaia, the Gymnasium and the Library.
On the hilltop dominates the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the god of the Sun. Walk to the edge of the hill and admire the panoramic view of Ialisos bay, the tukish coastline and the city of Rhodes. Ideally schedule your visit in the afternoon hours, as it s not so hot and because of the magnificent sunset view the area offers.
- Go for a Walk at Rodini Park
Rodini park is apparently the world’s oldest park and just a short distance away from downtown Rhodes where you can go for a walk, a peaceful and perfect way of ending a long and tiring day. A pleasant blend of manicured and overgrown, the park is filled with thick vegetation and charming trails that will lead you to ancient aqueducts, quiet pools, babbling brooks, and drinking animals.
The grounds serve as a home to a group of peacocks that are not shy and if you are lucky, they might even flaunt their famous plumage. Since there are no hours of operation or entrance fee at the park, you can always go there whenever you need to soothe your mind and body surrounded by nature.
To reach Rodini Park, you can walk approximately 3 km or take a bus from the central bus station. There are also Rhodes transfers companies that can take you to the park.
I have been working in the tourism industry more than 10 years, gaining experience in tour operating, transportation and accommodation. As a seasoned tour leader, I am passionate about developing tourist services and making them unique experiences. You can find more details about my job at https://gretour.com/ and at https://rhodes-airport-transfers.co.uk/