The Knights Island

Rhodes at a glance

Rhodes is one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea, the largest island in the Dodecanese and the fourth largest island in the Aegean. It is located northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens and just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey.  Today, Rhodes Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Rhodes Island has one of the longest and most splendid histories of any place in the world. It has been the capital of the Medieval Aristocracy and there are many impressive historical and modern monuments worth visiting. Rhodes’ nickname is The island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Rhodes is the island of contrasts and its beauty lies exactly in these contrasts.

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How to get to Rhodes Island

By boat

Rhodes is a major ferry destination from all the other Dodecanese islands, Crete and several Cyclades, as well as Piraeus. Almost all craft – except cruise ships and catamarans/hydrofoils – dock at remote Akandiá,the easternmost of Rhodes Town’s three ports, well outside the medieval walls. Rhodes is accessable via ferry from Symi, Tilos and Bodrum, Fethiye, Datca and Marmaris in Turkey.

By plane

The island is served by Rhodes International Airport, Diagoras International Airport (RHO). The airport is situated on the west coast about 14 km from Rhodes Town. There are regular flights to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki. There are daily flights from Athens airport by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines and from Crete (Heraklion) by Sky Express. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki. From May till October charter airlines fly directly to Rhodos from many European airports.

Get 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.Local dealers are the best option for rending a car on the island, the services provided by some of the companies is outstanding!!!they can give you all the insider tips you will need so your road trips around will give you the possibility to discover all the natural beauties and enjoy your visits to the endless archaeological sites and places of interest on the island. The prices epecialy at the start and the end of the summer start from 20 euros per day some of the best local companies which are also the biggest are Rodos cars rent a car and Rhodes car rental Asphalt highways will allow you to reach the entire island, especially the last couple of years the road system is improved a lot!

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.

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Rhodes Attractions

Ippokratous Square - Πλατεία Ιπποκράτους, Ρόδος

Old Town

Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Old Town of Rhodes is considered to be one of the most important monuments of the world's cultural heritage. It was built by the Knights of the Order of St. John that arrived in Rhodes in the 13th century. In 1522, after several unsuccessful attempts, the city of Rhodes falls into the hands of the Ottomans. The city of Rhodes is a popular international tourist destination.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights - Παλάτι του Μεγάλου Μαγίστρου (Ρόδος) - Rhodes Island-Ρόδος-Isola di Rodi-罗得岛-ロードス島-Rodosz szigetén-Insel Rhodos-Wyspa Rodos-Ilha de Rodes-Insula Rhodos-Остров Родос-Родос-Родос-Rodos Adası-L'île de Rhodes-रोड्स द्वीप-Isla de Rodas

Palace of the Grand Masters

A tour of the Medieval Town will offer the visitor a lively history lesson. The palace was originally built in the late 7th century as a Byzantine citadel. After the Knights Hospitaller(Order of Saint John) occupied Rhodes in 1309, they converted the fortress into their administrative centre and the palace of their Grand Master. During the Italian rule of Rhodes, between 1937 and 1940, it became a holiday residence for the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, and later for Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Archaeological Museum of Rhodes Rhodes Island-Ρόδος-Isola di Rodi-罗得岛-ロードス島-Rodosz szigetén-Insel Rhodos-Wyspa Rodos-Ilha de Rodes-Insula Rhodos-Остров Родос-Родос-Родос-Rodos Adası-L'île de Rhodes-रोड्स द्वीप-Isla de Rodas

Archaeological Museum

In the capital of Rhodes you can visit the archaeological museum, which hosts objects from the Hellenistic period. Ceramics, vases, statues, sarcophagi in perfect condition and of course the diamond of the museum, the famous statue of Aphrodite of Rhodes. It was constructed to be used as the Main Hospital of the city during the Knights’ era (15th century). The second hospital used by the Knights, now houses the library of the Archaeological Institute.

Kritinia Castle

Kritinia Castle

The castle above Kritinia, named Kastellos (Κάστελλος), was built in 1472 by Giorgio Orsini to protect the inhabitants of the village from the attacks of the Ottoman fleets. It is a very important archaeological site, as the ancient village is preserved in excellent condition. The castle is located 48.6 km (approx. 1h driving time) from Rhodes Town. The hill on which the village of Kritinia and the castle are situated are on a bus route.

Acropolis of Rhodes Theatre Monte Smith Hill Rhodes

Monte Smith Hill

The Hill of Monte Smith(named after the British admiral Sir William Sidney Smith) is the site of the Acropolis of ancient Rhodes. The Green and beautifully laid out archaeological park contains the Hellenistic stadium, built in the 3rd century BC.

Ancient Ialyssos Rhodes Αρχαιολογικός χώρος Αρχαίας Ιαλυσού, Ρόδος, Ελλάδα

Ancient Ialyssos

At the northern point of the island is the Acropolis of Ialysos. Evidence from Achaic, Byzantine, but also from the Knights' era. Filerimos Hill is the site of the ancient acropolis of Ialyssos with its temple of Athena Polias. In Byzantine times, the hill was used as a fortress and in the 13th century the monastery of the Virgin Mary was built here.

Butterflies Valley

Butterflies Valley

It is located 25 km southwest of the capital and is definitely one of the most beautiful place to visit. This fairy valley is fantastic with the thousands of butterflies around you. The valley of Butterflies is a major tourist attraction on the island of Rhodes. It is estimated that more than 700.000 people visit the valley during the summer months.

Rhodes Aquarium

Aquarium

The Aquarium of Rhodes is a research centre, aquarium and museum in Rhodes, Greece. It was built in the 1930s, under the Italian rule (an Art deco design by the Italian architect Armando Bernabiti) and is currently administered by the National Centre of Marine Research.

Kalithea Spa

Kalithea Spa

Kallithea Springs are located at the bay of Kallithea, just 9km from the City of Rhodes. Known since antiquity for their therapeutic properties, the thermal springs of Kallithea were utilized by the Italians, in the early 20th century, being very popular and attracting visitors from all over the world. Nowadays, the Kallithea Springs are welcoming hundreds of visitors per day, being one of the most popular attractions on the island of Rhodes.

Monastery Tsambika Rhodes Greece Παναγιά Τσαμπίκα – Προστάτιδα της Ρόδου

Tsambika Monastery

The monastery is very old and built on top of a hill with a fantastic view to the beautiful and panoramic beach of Panagia Tsambika. Also, there is a new monastery too and is found on the road that connects Rhodes town and Archangelos. Lots of people every year visits the monastery, especially childless women which they offer child dolls at the icon of Panagia. It is considered that the monastery is a protector of the island and that’s why many of the men at Rhodes are named Tsambikos and many women at Rhodes are named Tsambika.

Αncient city Kamiros

Ancient Kamiros

During the prehistoric period the area was inhabited by Mycenaean Greeks. The city itself was founded by the Dorians. Ancient City of Kamiros lies on the northwest coast of the island, three km west of the village of Kalavarda. It was one of the three great ancient cities of Rhodes that reached its heyday in the 6th and 5th Century BC, thanks to its developed agricultural economy. Important findings from the area now adorn the collections of the British Museum and the Louvre.

Waterpark Rhodes Faliraki

Waterpark

The unique Waterpark is situated on the east Built amphitheatrically on an area of 100.000 sq. coast of the island, 12km from Rhodes center and opposite hotel Esperos Palace. Easily reached with spacious parking and free bus transfer from the city center and from the south of the island. It offers a big selection of slides for all ages. Extreme speed slides, open and closed slides, Twisters, Black Holes, Turbo, Free Fall and Kamikaze slides are just a few that can be experienced.

Toy Museum Rhodes

Toy Museum

The Rhodes Toy museum is situated just outside the village of Archipoli. Nestled amongst olive groves, it is surrounded by mountains and pine forests. The museum was built with our stunning natural environment in mind, therefore it is completely powered by solar energy.Toy Museum contains 5000 Greek made toys from the 1930's to late 1980's! Beside the exhibition there is also the opportunity for children to play actively.

ASTRONOMY CAFE AND OBSERVATORY HIPPARCHOS

Hipparchos Observatory

Hipparchus of Nicaea(190–120BC) was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician. He is considered the founder of trigonometry. The Observatory is an astonishing hidden gem in Faliraki. It’s the perfect place to watch the stars from close-up. If you have an interest on astronomy a perfect place with perfect staff.

Roloi Clock Tower Rhodes

Roloi Clock Tower

The Clock Tower sits in the center of the Old Town, a 10-minute walk from the harbor. The clock tower is a byzantine structure that was originally built at the end of the 7th. century. From the top of this Byzantine-style tower you can experience superb views of Rhodes Port and the historic landmarks of Rhodes City’s Old Town. On an exceptionally clear day, you can see the island of Symi and the hills along Turkey’s southwest coast.

muslim library rhodes Rhodes Island

Muslim Library

Hafiz Ahmed Agha Library is an important historic Ottoman building in the medieval city of Rhodes in Greece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The library was founded by Hafiz Ahmed Agha in 1793. He founded this library for the literate public of his home town with 1995 manuscripts from the entire scope of Islamic science in 1793. The institution became a center of learning. Hafiz Ahmed Agha paid the librarians also for teaching the Arabic language.

Acropolis in Lindos Rhodes Island

Acropolis in Lindos

31 miles southeast of the capital, you will see another ancient city of Rhodes, Lindos. Mansion houses that keep well over the years, narrow streets are the features of this area. The ancient temple and towers of the city will impress you!

Rodini park - Rhodes Greece

Rodini Park

Hipparchus of Nicaea(190–120BC) was a Greek astronomer, geographer, and mathematician. He is considered the founder of trigonometry. The Observatory is an astonishing hidden gem in Faliraki. It’s the perfect place to watch the stars from close-up. If you have an interest on astronomy a perfect place with perfect staff.

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