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On the northern tip of the Greek island of Rhodes, you’ll discover the island capital of Rhodes Town. This beautiful settlement is both a heritage hotspot and beach resort, with its Medieval old town (one of the world’s finest) and a sand-and-shingle beach in the centre. Plus there’s a newer side to the town, with designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. So whether you want to spend holidays to Rhodes Town soaking up the resort’s fascinating history or you’d prefer to relax in the sunshine and spend a lazy holiday on the beach topping up your tan, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.
Spring is popular for slightly cooler temperatures.
Rhodes International Airport (RHO).
Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Rhodes Town for sunny days spent strolling down the Street of the Knights or sipping Rhodian wine in an old town taverna.
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To get a feel for the rich history of Rhodes Town, you’ll need to head to the historic heart of it. The UNESCO-listed medieval old town is filled with cobbled streets that criss-cross and open out into shady, café-lined squares where you can sip a cup of coffee. When you’re ready to take a break, Elli Beach is well placed for a spot of relaxation; it’s centrally located, so you’ll have no trouble finding it. When the sun goes down, it’s up to you whether you take it slow at a local taverna or head to a late-night club.
Holidays to Rhodes Town aren’t complete without a visit to the beach. You can take your trip at a slow pace down on Elli Beach, which you’ll find close to the town centre with the skyline rising up behind it. This half-kilometre stretch of sand and shingle is a great place to soak up the summer sunshine and take a dip in the crystal-clear water. And there are plenty of loungers and umbrellas to go around. If you want to try your hand at water sports, you’re in luck; take your pick from water-skiing, banana boat rides, and diving. Head over to the harbour if you fancy a boat trip down the coast to Lindos.
Rhodes Town’s UNESCO-listed old town is a big draw for holidaymakers. Make your way through the beautifully preserved streets and you’ll feel like you’re back in medieval times. One of the biggest of its kind in Europe, you’ll discover a fascinating maze of medieval fortifications, more than 200 unnamed alleyways, and a wealth of Byzantine architecture. History buffs should make a beeline for Museum Square and visit the Archaeological Museum; it’s most famous for Aphrodite of Rhodes, a marble statue dating back to the 1st century BC.
The old town is the best place in Rhodes Town to sample local cuisine and nightlife, it’s bursting with quaint little tavernas and Greek restaurants, plus buzzing cafés and bars. Over in the new town, there’s a thriving nightlife scene, complete with dance clubs and chic bars on Miltiadou Street, and you’ll even find a swanky casino. You’ll find plenty of places to shop both here and back in the old town, whether you want to hunt down handmade treasures or pick up designer labels at upmarket boutiques, you’ll be well catered for here.
Couples: From chic restaurants to the stunning beach, holidays to Rhodes Town make a dreamy romantic escape.
Sightseers: The UNESCO-protected old town is one of the world’s finest medieval towns. Beautifully preserved architecture and landmarks make this a haven for history buffs.
Night owls: When the sun goes down, you’ll find an atmospheric nightlife scene, including a 600-metre stretch of old inns and contemporary bars.
Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken in the main tourist centres, hotels and bars. Pick up a phrasebook or download our handy language app if you want to give a few Greek basics like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ a go.
Currency: Euro (€).
Local time: 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Rhodes International Airport (RHO).
Flight time from UK: Around 4 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Rhodes Town tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/dodecanese/rhodes.
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations.
Temperature: Between June and September, 28°C is average
Best time to visit: If you want slightly cooler temperatures, spring is a great time to visit.
Rhodes Town enjoys a long, dry summer, with average temperatures in the high 20s (°C). The hottest months of the year are July and August, which frequently hit 30°C. It’s the best time of year for Rhodes Town holidays if you want to top up your tan on the beach. Summer nights are also very mild; they rarely drop below 20°C, so you can enjoy dinner al fresco or a moonlit walk along the beach.
By bus: Regular services run between Rhodes Town, Lindos and Faliraki; they go half an hour or so in peak season.
By taxi: They’re perfect for short journeys back to your hotel in the evening. You can find taxi ranks by the old town and harbour, or give them a call in advance.
By boat: If want to head over to Lindos (which is well worth a visit), you can catch a boat from the harbour.
Rhodes Rock: Every June, Lindos hosts the island’s favourite rock festival. The biggest rock tribute and cover bands take over the ancient amphitheatre for three nights, playing famous tracks from Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin.
Medieval Rhodes Festival: Held in late May or early June, this is one of the biggest events in the island’s calendar. In the medieval old town, you’ll find locals participating with costumes, performances, and re-enactments (think jugglers, jesters and fire eaters).
Flower Festival: Visitors and locals flock from all over the island to experience this colour festival in every May. You can expect stunning parades and decorated floats, plus plenty of traditional food and wine.