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Rhodes Town is the island capital of Rhodes, known for being home to one of the world’s finest medieval towns. Fortified and filled with treasures, Rhodes Town is mesmerising for sightseers and features a vibrant nightlife scene, Greek restaurants and top-class shopping. When you fancy relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine, the city even has its own beach.
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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The best way to experience Rhodes Town’s historic heart is to throw yourself into the labyrinth of cobblestone streets, which criss-cross and open out into shady, cafe-lined squares. Spend a few hours browsing the jaw-dropping 1st century gems of the Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll down the legendary Street of the Knights. When you need to cool off, Elli Beach is perfectly placed for relaxing with a cocktail and taking a refreshing dip. It’s back to the old town in the evenings, where you can pick from dozens of local restaurants and tavernas, then onto a chilled-out bar or big club – your choice.
After a morning’s sightseeing, Rhodes Town’s beach provides a refreshing change of pace and the chance to soak up a little sunshine. Very close to the town centre, Elli Beach is half a kilometre of sand and shingle, with incredibly calm, clear water. The beach has lots of loungers and umbrellas to go around, with the town’s skyline rising up behind it and a number of bars and cafes to hand. There are some fantastic water sports activities in Rhodes Town, including parasailing, banana boats and diving. You can also visit the harbour to plan a boat trip down the coast to Lindos.
One of the biggest attractions in Rhodes Town is the UNESCO-listed old town, among the island’s most loved historic gems. One of the largest of its kind in Europe, the town is a maze of medieval fortifications, unnamed alleyways and Byzantine architecture. History buffs should make a beeline for Museum Square and visit the Archaeological Museum, famous for its 1st century BC marble statue, Aphrodite of Rhodes. Brave the cobblestones of the Street of the Knights, the world’ best-preserved medieval street, then find a sunny square and a pavement cafe for some hard-earned rest and a cold drink.
Shopping in Rhodes Town is an experience itself, particularly in the atmospheric old town. Hunt down local treasures and tiny stores selling handmade silver jewellery, ceramics and leather. The town also has upmarket boutiques and some quaint antique shops. The old town is the best place in Rhodes Town for nightlife and dining, with little tavernas and Greek restaurants as well as buzzing cafes and bars. The new town area of the city is home to a thriving nightlife scene, with dance clubs and stylish bars lining Miltiadou Street, and even a swish casino.
Couples: From the intimate bars and restaurants of the old town to the beautiful beach, Rhodes Town is a dreamy setting for couples.
Night owls: Rhodes Town’s nightlife scene is upbeat and diverse, with enough bars, clubs and restaurants to entertain the biggest bar-hoppers.
Sightseers: One of the world’s finest medieval towns bursting with sites, architecture and museums, Rhodes Town is a sightseer’s paradise.
Language: The language spoken in Rhodes Town is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Rhodes Town is the Euro (€)
Local time: Rhodes Town is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Rhodes International Airport (RHO)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 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 recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Rhodes Town
Temperature: 28°C average between June and September.
Best time to visit: Spring is popular for slightly cooler temperatures.
Rhodes enjoys long, dry summer, with an average temperature in the high 20s (°C). The warmest months are July and August, which frequently hit 30°C. Summer nights in Rhodes are very mild, rarely getting cooler than 20°C.
By bus: Rhodes has an excellent bus network, with services running between Rhodes Town and the likes of Lindos and Faliraki, running approximately every 30-60 minutes in high season. Buses are the most affordable and efficient method of transport.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Rhodes Town, and are ideal for short journeys like getting back to your hotel in the evening. There are taxi ranks by the old town and harbour, or they can be called in advance.
By boat: If you are interested in visiting the likes of Lindos, catching a boat from Rhodes Town’s harbour is a lovely experience in itself.
Medieval festival: One of Rhodes Town’s newest events is the Medieval Festival, which sees the old town return to its medieval roots for several days in June. Expect to see locals in costume, historical re-enactments plus entertainment like fire jugglers, parades and jesters. You may even see a knight riding along the old town’s moat.
Rock festival: A must for lovers of classic rock, the Rhodes Rock Festival comes to town in June for several days of tributes and covers to the best rock bands in the world. The event takes place in Rhodes’ beautiful amphitheatre and features music from the likes of Queen, Iron Maiden and Deep Purple