The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming the city into a stronghold. It ... More
Medieval City of Rhodes
The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming the city into a stronghold. It subsequently came under Turkish and Italian rule. With the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights, the Upper Town is one of the most beautiful urban ensembles of the Gothic period. In the Lower Town, Gothic architecture coexists with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period.
The walk through the back alleys and stone walkways of Rodos is nice; however, inside the walls of the medieval city you will pay more for everything. My husband and I sat down and had one filter coffee and a cappuccino for 6 Euros (approximately 9 USD). Beyond this there are hundreds of shops selling some souvenirs, but most of the goods have nothing to do with Greece or Rodos (fake Dolce and Gabbana T-shirts, Prada purses, etc.). My husband and I are not shoppers and we found the city to be a giant shopping mall with some interesting historical buildings. We tried the Aquarium as well, and while it was somewhat interesting, it is way overpriced, 5 Euros for half an hour tour. To be fair we had spent a week rock climbing in Kalymnos and were in Rodos as a layover on our way to do more climbing and hiking in Crete. We were unable to get out of town to visit some of the beaches or smaller villages, which we probably would have liked. If you are an outdoor person who detests shopping and paying too much for stuff, get out of Rodos Town quickly.
With no doubts Rhodes is one of the best places to spend unforgetable holidays;) Night' life, old town in Rhodes, Greek people, food, wheather and much more wonderful things;)I have been there this summer and I'm coming back there this summer for sure;)))))
I love it, I live there for the last 5 years and it is one of the best places in Greece concerning atmosphere and heritage. Like all famous travel destinations it has some problems with noise, crowd, night life but an afternoon walk in the alleys, an evening stroll at the various bars and cafes is perfect. Do not neglect to visit the Grand Master's Palace and the Museum, and take a walk in the surrounding moat of the fortified town. If you are wise, visit it in autumn, winter or spring!!
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