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Rhodes is really all through the year Greek island destination only a couple of miles from the shoreline of southern Turkey. The town of Rhodes was the place of one among the Seven Ancient Miracles around the globe, the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous statue that's stated to possess straddled the doorway to the town’s harbor. Rhodes is definitely a vibrant and melting pot city that shares its title with the hilly island where it is located. Today, the town is reminiscent of the abundant heritage structures that echo the magnificence of the ancient civilizations that thrived here.
 
The area of Rhodes (1,400 square km [540 square miles]) is among the great islands from the Mediterranean. It had been lengthy considered a bridge between Europe and also the East, and it has seen many waves of settlement throughout recorded history. Ancient Rhodes would be a effective city and it is political organization grew to become the model for that town of Alexandria in Egypt.
 
When Rome required the town in 42 BC, it had been fabled because of its beauty and the sanctuary of Lindos, where pilgrims from round the region converge. Rhodes would be a crucial stop on the path to the Holy Land throughout the Crusades. It came briefly under Venetian influence, then Byzantine, then Genoese, however in 1309, once the Knights in combat of St. John required the town from the Genoese masters, it’s most glorious modern era started. Today Rhodes is a well-liked holiday island for Men and women who come for that sun and also the beaches.
 
Where You're Docked
Ships dock at the port located on the north tip of the island, about a 10-minute walk to town. This is busy passenger port for daily hydrofoil and ferry from and to a  Greek islands  between Turkey mainland. The port offers easy access to ATM's, Internet cafes and shops in town, but there's not much at the port itself. Taxis stop at the port for passengers who want to explore the New Town or other areas. Rhodes' Old Town is easily explored on foot, but wear comfortable shoes. Taxis are also plentiful. Also you can rent a bike around port area.
 
Things to See
Rhodes Town continues to be a town of two parts: that old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, consists of exceptional medieval architecture, Orthodox and Catholic places of worship, as well as an old Turkish quarter. Distributing from the walls of Old Town may be the modern metropolis, or new town.
Among the so many locations and points of interest Rhodes island has to offer, here are just a few of them you must not miss when you are on the Island. Rhodes has more to offer than sea and sand, and visiting the following places will surely give something extra to remember from vacation.
 
Getting  Around

By bus
All public bus lines  radiate from Rhodes town and reach almost every relevant place throughout the island. The main bus terminal in Rhodes city is the Neá Agorá (New Market). Buses run by both companies stop there, but ticket booths, as well as timetables and prices, are distinct. Rhodes town lines are run by Roda, but have a separate stop, along Mandraki sea promenade, across the street from the new market. One interesting line is n° 5, which goes up to the Achropolis, price €1.
Tickets can also be bought in the bus from a cashier or directly from the driver. Keep your ticket until the end of your voyage. The price of a bus ticket will depend on the destination. For example, a trip from Rhodes city to Faliraki will cost €2.20.
Bus stops on the road are marked by a sign, but do not hesitate to signal a bus driver that you wish to board. The buses are often very full and so remember to be actively moving backwards in the buses. Sometimes the driver jumps out and peeks in from the middle door to urge tourists to move backwards. Only part of the bus stops have the timetables displayed, and the buses are often late. Also, note that most villages and resorts have more than one line passing through and stopping in different places. For example Faliraki has got three, one along the main street, one at the town center, and one right along the sea promenade. make sure your bus goes to your preferred stop, or you'll need to walk a bit.

By taxi
Taxis on Rhodes are dark blue with white roofs. There is a list of expected maximum taxi charges you can obtain from the tourist information office. For example, a trip from Rhodes city to Faliraki should not cost more than €13; the trip from the Airport to Rhodes city a maximum of €16. The minimum fare for each trip is €4, the taximeter starts at €0.85. Never let the driver turn off the meter. Each suitcase will be also be charged, €0.50-0.60 each.
You can radio a taxi via telephone number ? +30 2241 069800. This adds a standard surcharge of €1.50. Waiting fare is €7.90 per hr. Between midnight and 5 AM you will have to pay twice the normal rates. You can book ahead to avoid delays at high traffic times such as weekends.
Within Rhodes city limits, fixed rates are applied. If you get a taxi from one of the taxi stations or stop one in the street, the fare is €5. At the main taxi station, close to the New Market (Mandraki), there are hosts that try to cut down waiting time by making sure that the taxis doesn't leave half empty - especially if you are going a bit further. If you share a taxi within the Rhodes city limits the fare is €4.

By car
It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory possible. You can rent a car at the airport or via any hotel and at many local dealers. Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, although roads in the interior - especially the south - may turn out to be little more than dirt paths.

By motorcycle
Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of Rhodes city. An additional advantage is that they are cheap to rent - €10-15 a day is the usual price.
If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves. When renting a moped, check if the profile of the tyres is ok and if the brakes work properly. If it is the last vehicle in store, be suspicious - it could be the one that needs a repair badly. Though helmets are not required on the streets, (although you might well be stopped and fines €50 if you are not wearing a helmet on the main roads) it might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one, especially if you intend to drive on streets with more traffic.
 
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
On the north end of the island, overlooking the sea, stand the ancient remains of the Acropolis of Rhodes. The buildings of the Rhodes Acropolis date back to the 3rd-2nd century BC. Though the entire Acropolis has yet to be excavated, some amazing sections have been restored: the stadium; a marble odeion - a concert hall or theatre; four columns of the Temple of Pythian Apollo; and a few remains of the Temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus.
 
Valley of butterflies 
Situated approximately five kilometers south east of the village of Theologos (or Tholos), the Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes) is one of the most attractive destinations on the island. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia (species Quadripunctaria Poda) overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. 

Filerimos and the ancient city of Ialysos 
Ialysos is one of the three ancient cities of Rodos with remains of occupation dating back to 3rd millennium BC and also settlements & cemeteries dating from the Mycenaean-Minoan period. 
 
The building remains of ancient Ialysos discovered to date are mainly on the Filerimos hill, which was given this name in Byzantine times. Its earliest known name was Achaia, which is further evidence for the presence of Greeks in this area during the Mycenaean period, Strabo calls the hill Ochyroma ('Fortification').  
From very early times the hill was in fact used as a strong point and also as a place of worship. During the period of Italian rule (1912-1945) a 'Golgotha' was built: this was a series of shrines with relief scenes of the Passion, which leads from the square to the west edge of the plateau of the Filerimos hill.  Also a 30m stone  cross was constructed but it was destroyed during the WWII. In 1996 a 16 metre cross was rebuilted on the top the plateau from  which you can enjoy the view.
Seven Springs
The scent of pine on every breath, rustic bridges and trickling streams set the mood for 'Epta Piges' (Seven Springs), found 30 km from the City of Rodos . Those who want to rise to the challenge can wander around the maize of footpaths searching out the source of each of the seven springs. Lying across the entry road, a green lake with turquoise waters nestles in a pine clad gorge.
 
A sign posted footpath leads to it from the main site as does a tunnel carrying a stream. Many visitors walk through the 610ft (186m) long dark tunnel but it is not recommended for claustrophobic, who may follow the signposted alternate route. Peacocks wander the site too and if they are not to be seen their penetrating cry is unlikely to pass unnoticed. Set in some of the deepest shade by the water edge, the taverna (occasional operation during winter) is an atmospheric place to refresh and the food is good too.
 
The monastery of Tsampika 
A tiny, Byzantine church, dedicated to Our Lady, located on the top of a hill which offers breathtaking views. The road to Tsambika monastery turns off the main road, some meters before the road to Tsambika beach. The road will take you half way up the hill. After this point, you need to walk up the hill, following 350 steps. It's perched high at 300 m with commanding coastal views, both north over Kolymbia and south over Tsambika beach until Lindos, which makes it worth, to climb up. According to the legend, any woman having problems getting pregnant should go up there barefoot, to pray to the Virgin and she will be blessed with children. The saints day is the 7. September.

Historical Museum. A Healthcare Facility from the Knights in combat, carried out 1489, houses this museum. Within the courtyard just past the imposing facade are cannonballs in the Ottoman siege of 1522, and, in surrounding halls, are a couple of well-known representations of Aphrodite: the Aphrodite of Rhodes, who, while bathing, pushes aside her hair as though she's listening along with a standing figure, referred to as Aphrodite Thalassia, or "from the ocean," as she is discovered within the water from the northern city beach. Other important works include two sixth-century BC kouros (statues of idealized male youth) based in the nearby ancient town of Kameiros, and also the beautiful fifth-century BC funerary stela of Timarista putting in a bid farewell to her mother, Crito.
 
Byzantine Museum. Symbols and frescoes from places of worship throughout Rhodes (many of them lengthy since destroyed) are displayed inside the eleventh-century Lady from the Castle chapel, when the Byzantine cathedral and, underneath the Turks, a mosque.
 
Motel of France. Probably the most elaborate from the striking inns about this notoriously historic street now houses a French language institute. The façade's ornately created using the fleur-p-lis and heraldic designs and bears an inscription that dates your building between 1492 and 1509.
 
Loggia of St. John. This 19th-century neo-Medieval structure stands on the website from the 14th-century chapel of St. John, patron from the Knights in combat of St. John it is the final resting host to many people from the order. An ammunition storehouse throughout Turkish occupation, the chapel was reduced to boulders within an explosion sparked by lightning in 1856.
 
Mosque of Süleyman. The mosque was built circa 1522 to commemorate Sultan Süleyman's conquest of Rhodes. It had been reconstructed in 1808 having a elegant minaret and distinctive pink and whitened stripes.
 
Structure from the Grand Masters
The Knights in combat of St. John built many of their monuments along a street referred to as Street from the Knights in combat (Ippoton), which comes from the Structure from the Grand Masters, in the greatest place from the medieval city, toward the commercial port. This cobbled lane is a touch greater than a third of the mile lengthy and follows the path that when connected the traditional acropolis towards the harbor. This medieval assemblage is outlined on sides through the Inns from the Tongues, in which the Knights in combat supped and held their conferences.
 
The Structure from the Grand Masters from the Knights in combat of Rhodes (to make use of its official title) is really a massive affair with fairy-tale towers, crenellated ramparts, and most 150 rooms. Situated towards the top of the road from the Knights in combat, it is the place to start an excursion. Untouched throughout the Turkish siege of Rhodes in 1522, the structure was destroyed in 1856 by a surge of ammunition saved nearby within the cellars from the Chapel of St. John the current structure-a Mussolini-era Italian renovation-was reconstructed inside a storybook, pseudo-medieval style then extremely popular in early twentieth century and it was later utilized as a vacation abode for King Vittorio Emmanuele III of Italia.
 
Today, the palace's assortment of antiques and antiquities includes Hellenistic and Roman variety flooring from Italian excavations in Kos, as well as in the permanent exhibition downstairs, extensive shows, maps, and plans showing design from the city can help you get oriented before wandering with the labyrinthine Old Town.
 
Turkish Library
The 18th-century library houses an uncommon assortment of Turkish, Persian, and Arab manuscripts, including many rare Korans. Striking memory joggers from the Ottoman presence, the library and also the Mosque of Suleyman continue to be utilized by the people of Rhodes's Turkish community who remained in Rhodes following the 1923 population exchange, full of repatriation of Greek and Turkish migrants.
 
Walls of Rhodes. Situated within Lindos, these wonderfully restored walls, among the Mediterranean's great medieval monuments, illustrate the engineering abilities and also the financial and human assets open to the Knights in combat of St. John. For two centuries the Knights in combat increased and curved the walls in order to deflect cannonballs. The moat between your inner and outer walls never contained water it had been a tool to avoid intruders from creating siege towers.
 
Lindos
Cradled between two provides hiding for, Lindos is enchanting and remarkably well maintained. Many 15th-century houses continue to be being used. Everywhere are good examples of Crusader architecture: substantial houses of carefully cut Lindos limestone, with home windows crowned by elaborate archways. Intermixed using these Crusader structures are whitewashed, geometric, Cycladic-style houses. Many flooring are paved with black-and-whitened pebble mosaics. The narrow alleyways could possibly get crowded in summer time.
 
Acropolis of Lindos. The ultimate approach from the winding path in the modern town to the Acropolis ascends a high flight of stairs, past a wonderful second-century BC relief from the prow of the Lindian ship, created in to the rock. The doorway towards the Acropolis goes with the Medieval Castle built through the Knights in combat of St. John, then towards the Byzantine Chapel of St. John on a higher level. The Romans, too, left their mark around the acropolis, having a temple devoted to Diocletian. Around the upper balconies, begun by classical Greeks around 300 BC, would be the remains of elaborate porticoes and stoas, commanding an enormous sweep of ocean and creating a effective statement with respect to Athena and also the Lydians (who devoted the monuments around the Acropolis to her). The Temple of Athena Lindia towards the top is remarkably modest, because of the drama from the approach. As was common within the fourth century BC, both front and also the rear are between four Doric posts. Numerous written statue bases put together all around the summit, proclaiming oftentimes towards the work from the skilled Lindian sculptors.
 
Chapel from the Panayia. A elegant building having a beautiful bell tower, the chapel most likely antedates the Knights in combat, although the bell tower bears the arms of Grand Master d'Aubusson using the dates 1484-90. Frescoes within the elaborate interior were colored in 1779 by Gregory of Symi, and also the black-and-whitened pebble floor is a well-liked Byzantine design.

Old (Medieval) City of Rhodes
The Medieval (or Old) Town of Rhodes is oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. There are many gates, but we suggest that you first enter through Eleftheria (Liberty) Gate, where you'll come to Plateia Simi (Simi square), containing ruins of the Temple of Venus, identified by the votive offerings found here, which may date from the 3rd century B.C. The Medieval City of Rhodes offers an oportunity to loose track of time. There are roughly 200 streets or lanes that simply have no name. Getting lost here is not a defeat; it's an opportunity. Whenever you feel the need to find your bearings, you can ask for Sokratous, which is the closest the Old Town of Rhodes comes to having a main street.
 
Ancient Kamiros
On the north-western shore of Rhodes, close To the promontory of Agios Minas (the Ancient Mylantio) lies the third of The island's ancient cities - Kamiros.Kamiros was one of the three large Doric cities of the island, which united with Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create the powerful city - state of Rhodes.Although it was established by the Dorians, it seems like the first inhabitants of the area must have been Achaeans, as the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis close to the village of Kalovarda reveal. Kameiros was basically an agricultural society which produced oil, wine and figs. During the city's golden era of the 6th century, it was the first Rhodian city to cut its own coins.
 
The village of Monolithos and its castle
The main attraction of the village of Monolithos is the mediaeval castle, which stands among the pines on the great outcrop of an isolated rock from which the name Monolithos (lonely rock) is derived.
Word to the wise: You need to rent motorcycle or a car for this point. There are just three car and motorbike bike rental shops set up right between the cruise ship terminal and the City of Rhodes, and they have limited inventory.
 
After Leaving your car at the bottom, there is a a ten-minute walk that will bring you to the summit, where your only company is the sea and the fragrance of the wild herbs. Within the castle walls stands the church of Agios Panteleimon. Bellow the castle you will find an attractive stone building housing a small café. The road leads on to Fourni, the beach at Monolithos, ideal for those who like pebbles, waves and a peaceful setting.
 
Beaches
There is a good variety of beaches on Rhodes. The east side of the island has almost continuous sandy beaches with calm waters. Beaches on the west are mostly more stony. The wind mostly comes in from the west and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the west so that side of the island is better suited to surfing or kite boarding.
 
Rhodes is a well-liked island with European travelers, and every one of the island's beaches have well-developed facilities. Rhodes has numerous popular beaches, particularly around the eastern coast on the path to Lindos. The stunningly beautiful town beach on the bay. Very trendy, so wear your thong bikini here if you want to fit in.
 
 
The nearest to Rhodes (city) is Kallithea. Approximately half way to Lindos is Faliraki. Just north from the Lindos peninsula is really a small bay with resorts and beaches (at right). And merely south of Lindos is really a small public beach with sights from the Acropolis. Lachania. Stretching continuous for several miles at a go, the shore starts from the north of the Gennadi. Keep driving along this route until you reach an isolated spot.
 
Kalithea. Just north of Faliraki, this was originally an Italian built spa. It is very pleasant spot but can be crowded. Currently building work is ongoing to build what looks like it will be a modern spa adjacent to the original buildings. A number of separate beaches, each seemingly with their own taverna lie just south of the spa.
 
Faliraki. A long sandy beach with plenty of tavernas to choose from. There is also no shortage of people to rent jet skis from or to organise other activities. At the southern end, there is a quiter, more rocky beach but the sea there is inconveniently shallow for swimmers. The only legal nudist beach on the island which has excellent facilities including sunbed hire, toilets and food and drink outlets is also found to the south of Faliraki.
Ladiko Beach (Anthony Quinn Bay). This is a very scenic spot. On one side of the bay is a relatively small beach. The other side is rocky but a man made platform provides further space for sunbathing and access to the sea.
Tsambika Beach. On the far right of the beach near the rocks nude sunbathing is tolerated.
Gennadi Beach. This area and nearby Prasonisi attracts surfers. The village resort is peaceful and quiet. Virgin sands, hotels, and beach bars are a feature. Gennadi only began to be developed relatively recently. The main coastal road along the beach is developing with new hotels and villas belonging to people from Rhodes. Unexplored beaches stretch along the sandy shore from Gennadi to Prasonisi. This area is among the last unspoiled stretches of coastline left on the island.
 
Eating Out
Some say that to truly experience a culture, you have to see it. But in addition to this you have to taste it as well. With these five favourite Greek restaurants on Rhodes, now is your chance to taste your way to one of the world’s most delicious cultures.
 
Ta  Kioupia London’s The Guardian called it one of the 10 best restaurants in the world, but when it comes to Greek food, this must be near number 1. Tucked away in the tiny Tris Village, about 10km from Rhodes Town, you’ll know the trip was worth it the moment you take a whiff of that succulent cooking by renowned chef Michael Koumbiadis. A stylish yet rustic setting perfectly accents the delectable dishes prepared of the local ingredients from traditional recipes with a modern flare. Reservations are almost always required, but for very good reason.
 
Mythos Retaurant for a delicious meal with a view, Mythos restaurant not only fits the bill, it exceeds it. Set below the spectacular Lindos Acropolis with views across the glimmering Lindos harbour, Mythos’s ambiance is unmatchable and the dishes perfectly reflect the area.
This is because they are prepared almost exclusively from produce from the area; everything is 100% natural and most is from Mythos’s own farms, so that even without the chef’s spot-on preparation, it would still taste fantastic.
 
Manolis Dinoris -- Once the stables of the 13th century Knights of St. John’s Inn, Manolis Dinoris is now a lively and delicious seafood taverna in Rhodes’s Old Town.
 
Reputed to be the oldest restaurant on the island, this restaurant does an impeccable job balancing the authentic traditional style of both the building and the dishes with a contemporary family-run feel. The garden is a beautiful summer setting while the roaring fire is cosy in winter, and the menu of freshly caught seafood is unmatchable all year ‘round.
 
Mimakos Taverna while a little out of the way and a challenge to find (there’s a handy map on the website below), the view alone from Mimakos Taverna is worth the hassle. Not far from Rhodes, this delightful open-air restaurant is perched atop a mountain offering magnificent vistas of the entire island and the sea.
The only thing that could compare is the food, which is grilled and cooked up Greek-style and perfectly seasoned to bring out the flavours of the natural ingredients, making for a delectable experience for all of your senses.
 
During the high season, Rhodes claims one of the most active nighttime scenes in Greece outside of Athens. Granted, some of that energy is grounded in the resort complexes north of the city, but there is enough to go around. Your own common sense is as good a guide as any in this ever-changing scene. In a city as compact as Rhodes, it's best to follow the lights and noise, and get a little lost. When you decide to call it quits, shout down a taxi (if you're outside the Old Town) to bring you back -- just remember where you're staying.
 
As a rule of thumb, the younger foreign set will find the New Town livelier than the Old Town. Cafe scenes are located on the harbor, behind Academy Square, or on Galias near New Market. The bar scene tends to line up along Diakonou. In the Old Town, most of the clubs and bars are found along Miltiadhou -- these tend to be more frequented by the local youth. There must be at least 100 nightclubs on Rhodes, so you're sure to find one to your liking.
 
Gambling is a popular nighttime activity in Greece. Rhodes, for many years, housed one of Greece's six legal casinos, a government-operated roulette and blackjack house adjoining the Grand Hotel. Now in private hands and known as the Casino Rodos, it is in the Grande Albergo delle Rose, in the New Town; admission costs 15€, and patrons must be at least 23 years old.
 
Unfortunately, the sound-and-light (son et lumière) production that for many years entertained and informed visitors with its dramatic presentation of the history of Rhodes was terminated in 2010 due to Greece's budgetary problems. We can only hope that it will be restored by the time this edition of the guide is in use. The public sat in the gardens just outside the walls adjacent to the Plateia Rimini in the New Town and it was one of the most pleasant diversions on a summer evening. Check at your hotel or any travel agency to learn if it has been revived (and if so, then be sure to check for the English-language performances). Admission was 6€ for adults, 2€ for youths, and free for children 10 and under.
 
Alas, too, the Traditional Folk Dance Theater of the Nelly Dimoglou Dance Company, was also terminated in 2010 for the same budgetary reasons. Located at Adronikou, off Plateia Arionos, Old Town (tel. 22410/20-157), this internationally acclaimed company has always been lively, colorful, and utterly entertaining. Spirited young men and women perform dances from many areas of Greece, often in embroidered flouncy costumes. Performances usually took place May through early October, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:15pm. Admission was 12€ for adults. Ask at your hotel or travel agency to learn if this has been restored.
 
Shopping
Rhodes has a good amount of ceramics, both modern and traditional, wooden bowls, reproductions of ancient statuary, woven area rugs, jewelry, lace, and food items for example honey, essential olive oil, not to mention, olives themselves. Cotton clothing, and powerful handmade sandals and leather goods, will also be excellent options.
 
Souvenir shopping in Rhodes Town is targeted on Sokratous Street and also the labyrinth of narrow alleyways within the old Turkish Quarter. You will find exactly the same merchandise within the alleyways of Lindos, where every inch of surfaces can be used for display-sometimes towards the hindrance of pedestrian traffic flow. Rhodes Town has numerous high-class jewelry retailers and camera shops, whereas Lindos has more galleries. The winding path leading to the citadel of Lindos is typically where Lindian women disseminate their lace and embroidery within the rocks like fresh laundry.





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