Medieval City

Medieval City, Rhodes Town

Medieval City
Historic Walking Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Surrounded by medieval walls, this old part of Rhodes is the location of many interesting attractions of historical significance.
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5,648 reviews
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Ridgetown, Canada8,732 contributions
Sep 2021
We loved old town Rhodes. On return to the town of Rhodes from the acropolis of Lindos, our bus dropped us off at the Amboise Gate. We walked over the 3 moats and through the town to the Palace of the Grand Masters. The courtyard of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is believed to be the location of the fames Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.
Lynda and I loved Rhodes. One of the best things about our visit was that we stayed overnight and were able to enjoy this wonderful city in the evening. We had beer and snacks at the Archipelagos Bar-Restaurant and watched the crowds pass by. And while we did not do a lot of shopping on this trip, we did find Rhodes to be one of the very best places for that. We purchased a nice Turkish rug at a great price.
Written December 19, 2021
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Nigel M
6 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This city is huge, the biggest walled city in Europe.
We walked around this city many times, not just in the tourist area but also in the residential area and we got lost several times because of its size.
It was good to see different parts of the city that many people don't bother to look around.
You can find old ruins as you walk around the narrow alleys and streets as well as a few shops, restaurants and hotels that are off the beaten track.
In the tourist part of the city is a main square with loads of shops and stalls selling just about anything and everything. Most of the designer clothes are fake and don't pay the asking price, haggle the price down for some great bargains.
There are plenty of restaurants touting for your custom, so be prepared to be pestered as you walk past. The food and drink prices are good value though, so it's worth sitting at a table and watching the world go by whilst enjoying an ice cold beer. A word of caution though make sure you order a pint not a large beer or you get a 1 or 2 litre glass boot of beer at silly prices.
It's worth going as there is so much to see and enjoy and because it's so big a few visits will be needed.
Written November 13, 2020
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UK91 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
A jewel of a place. The old town walls and moats are really well preserved. The narrow streets are full of tavernas and shops. Plenty of places to find shade and a cooling drink.
Watch the prices in the square by the gate close to the port - you may regret sitting at a cafe there unless you have loads of money.

Desperation over the loss of trade due to Covid seems to have led to shops and bars posting staff outside to drag in any potential customer who shows even the slightest interest. A little like the Spanish Costas in the 70s, and a practise that I thought had stopped.
Don't let that stop you enjoying the town and all it has to offer.
Written September 30, 2020
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Jason E
Sevenoaks, UK109 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Rhodes the city is amazing, how the knights Hospitalers ever came to lose it is quite shocking, even if the Ottoman Turks used 100,000 men and 400 ships to take the 6000 knights who held it. It’s it the most castley place I could ever imagine. It’s like a castle in a castle in a castle surrounded by a castle and much of it is superbly preserved. That’s the good bit. What isn’t is that almost the entire area contained by the 7km circumference castle walls is lined with almost identical, overpriced restaurants selling the exactly the same food... Greek salad, souvlaki and standard Greek fare, tacky souvenir shops, T-shirt and jewellery shops. Literally every square metre of wall that has a hole big enough for a shop is selling the same awful stuff. There are a few fish restaurants scattered about but you will need to pay around €80 per head to eat at them and run the gauntlet of waiters trying to entice you into their kebab shop to get to them. The city is best viewed from a high hotel floor from outside the old town, from which it is all battlements, minarets and the majestic castleyness of the Palace of the Grand Master. My advice, walk the city walls along the harbour side, walk in see the street of the knights and Palace of the Grand Master, then get out. Unless you like cats of course, there are almost as many as there are locals and at dusk they wake up from their daily slumber to patrol restaurant tables asking for souvlaki.
Written August 23, 2020
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In-Yong H
London, UK657 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Walking around Rhodes Old Town really feels like going back in time. The walls and a lot of the building are very well preserved, but at the same time it is still very much a functioning city. Come in the evening to avoid the heat and to see the city come more to life as bars and restaurants open up. Try to avoid the main touristy thoroughfare with the shops selling mainly tacky souvenirs. It can get quite dark and scary in some of the narrow alleyways though - be prepared!
Written August 19, 2020
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Jed C
Chester, UK115 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
As you walk through history your met with the historical ambience and beauty that the past can only deliver.
People have lived and suffered here and we this generation should come and visit to pay homage .
Oh and enjoy a romantic meal with the loves in your life
Written September 18, 2020
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Castricum, The Netherlands151 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The Greek town of Rhodes has something special to offer and that is the medieval town. This is a large fortification with ancient walls. You can walk all around it on the outside which will take about an hour. It stretches for some 4 kilometers so you get an idea of how large everything is. I highly recommend you to do this first when you visit the old town. Take your time and try to imagine how life must have been in the old days. Especially when you would have had plans to raid the city… Take water with you as it might get hot; you will be exposed to the sun pretty much the whole walk.

So now you are back and want to see what lies within the walls. There are several gates that give access to the old town. It doesn’t matter which one you enter. Inside the old town, there are signs on a lot of places on which you van see where you are and where you will want to go. You get to see all the old buildings and can even visit the royal castle. Just walk along. You will always end up somewhere and you can’t really get lost.

You will come across many tourist shops, restaurants and cafe’s. Thich may put you off a bit but actually adds to the atmosphere. However, don’t skip the back streets that may not look appealing. Most of the time you will see lovely pittoresk things and photo opportunities. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here. No hurry. Look at the architecture. Buy an icecream and sit down for a while. Want to have dinner here? The back streets offer the best value for money, as is often the case.

So, this place will guarantee you a great afternoon!

If this review was helpful to you, please vote “thumbs up” so I know I was of help to you. Enjoy your stay!
Written October 1, 2021
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Sandwich, UK1,217 contributions
Sep 2021
Drove up from Lindos to the beautiful Old Town in Rhodes, it must be about 25 years since i was last here, it was just as beautiful as i remembered it. My partner has never been so was curious as to what the fuss was about, he soon saw..... He loved it!
We spend a lovely morning/early Afternoon here in September taking photos of cobbled streets the walls and just about anything and everything medieval enjoying the ambiance of it all. It is all pedestrian streets so no hustle and bustle of cars around , go off and explore the winding roads and speak to the locals its pure joy.
Gets fairly busy when the cruise ships come in around lunchtime.
Written November 23, 2021
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London, UK189 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The Rhodes Old Town is impeccably well maintained. The city walls, the iron lamps along the pathways and the cobbled lanes transport visitors back many hundreds of years.

It’s one of the best examples of a maintained medieval city, castle or tower I’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately many laneways are filled with very touristy shops selling cheap, mass-produced souvenirs. There’s a few gems amongst them though, to be fair.

The town would also benefit from more information for visitors about the history. I’d recommend reading up ahead of time or at the time to get the most out of your visit.
Written September 13, 2020
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9 contributions
Oct 2020
I did not expect this medieval old town to be so charming, magical and exciting to wander about. Plenty of narrow streets, with all the diversity of atmosphere, climatic... I walked cross the Medieval City several times, for a few hours each visit and I could always discover another new path or a corner, with yet another thrilling view. You can't get bored or disappointed with this part of the Rhodes town.
Written October 16, 2020
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