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Rhodes Town

Holiday Villas in Rhodes Town Resort

Located in the north of the island, Rhodes Town has two distinct faces. This magnificent medieval town is the cultural hub of Rhodes, with its cobbled alleyways and historic touches wherever you look. You’re best exploring this captivating place on foot, exploring the delights within the walls. By contrast, the new town is a bustling haven of shops with bars and restaurants on every corner where you can enjoy a quick pick me up or relaxing meal. Rhodes Town is also a great location for windsurfers, thanks to the Aegean breeze making waves.

Exploring Rhodes Town On Villa Holidays

Rhodes Town is the perfect place for a shopping spree. You’ll find designer labels along with well-known brands lining the high street. In the heart of the old town, some of the shops have been around for centuries specialising in pottery, carpets and leather. It’s a colourful scene and fun just to browse and soak up the atmosphere. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the largest outdoor market sellers set up their stalls. Located at Taxiarxhis, you can certainly pick up a bargain, including fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, flowers and clothing. Along the east and west coastal roads, there are also plenty of large supermarkets to choose from.

Both the old and new town offer a wonderful collection restaurants serving both local and international cuisine. Why not explore the cobbled alleyways and enjoy a typical Greek meze, visit the bustling new town with restaurants on every corner, or try a fish taverna on the seafront.

There are a couple of tavernas in the village of Koskinou, around 8 kilometres from Rhodes Town that are very popular with the locals.

If you are looking for more lively nightlife, then try Ofanidou Street, the renowned bar street in Rhodes New Town, or the open-air bars and clubs in the old town. There are plenty of choices for all ages and budgets from exclusive restaurants, night clubs, discos…the list is endless.

The beaches on the eastern side of the city are perfect for families, with calm, crystal clear waters. Kalami is one of the sandy beaches in the Kallithea area, which has a trendy beachside restaurant with luxury 4 poster beds to hire. Kallithea Bay is just a short drive along the coast famously known as Kallithea Springs – great for scuba diving and snorkelling with a cafe bar open till late.

Neighbouring resorts on the western side of Rhodes Town offer a number of pebbly beaches and are best known for wind surfing, sailing, and paragliding. Elli beach, is the main beach in the city and easily recognised with the diving board in the sea. There is also a cosmopolitan beach bar, and everything you need to relax and have fun.

Rodini Park was built by the Romans and is said to be one of the oldest parks in the world. With an abundance of trees creating natural shade, as well as various streams and ponds, it’s the perfect place for exploring or relaxing with a picnic.

Or why not visit Rhodes Aquarium, where you’ll love getting up close and personal with a variety of marine life, reefs, sea flowers, octopuses and different fish.

There are regular daily excursions from Mandraki Harbour, offering both short trips around the harbour and island hops to the nearby islands of Symi and Chalki. Why not hop on and off the red double decker bus - it's a great way to see the town.

Or, just a short drive along the coastal road of Kallithea, you’ll find the largest waterpark in Europe, a magic castle and the Luna Park.

Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a trip to Monte Smith, the highest point in Rhodes Town, with panoramic views over the town below, the Aegean Sea and nearby islands. You can also see relics of ancient Greece including a theatre, stadium and temple dedicated to Apollo.

Visit Ancient Kamiros, 40 minutes' west of Rhodes Town, for archaeology and history, and is one of the three ancient cities of the island (Ialyssos, Lindos and Kamiros).

Closer to home, why not take a drive to Petaloudes - the Valley of the Butterflies – just a 20 minute drive from Rhodes Town. You can take a train up to the monastery and then enjoy walking back down the shaded valley - a natural habitat to thousands of butterflies.

The Kalithea Springs are also within a a short drive and is well worth a visit. Legend tells us that many visited the springs for its thermal healing water. Today, although it no longer operates as a spa, it's a great spot for swimming with beautiful gardens and steep rocky creeks that offer diving adventures.

Lindos and its Ancient Acropolis are also within easy reach by car, just 48 kilometres away. Or, you can sail to Lindos from Mandraki Harbour, with enough time to walk up to the Acropolis, have some lunch and a swim before sailing back along the East Coast.