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Rhodes, Greece Port Reviews
 



The Brilliance of the Seas Docked in Rhodes

Rhodes, Greece Port Reviews
Rhodes, Greece On Your Own Shore Excursion
By Nancy Norris

 
Marine Gate

 

Overview:

Rhodes, Greece is the largest of the 12 Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea. With over 3,000 hours of sunlight a year, it's no wonder it is known as the sun island. A study in contrast, the island is composed of ancient, medieval and modern cities. The walled Old Town of Rhodes, on the northernmost point of the island is Europe's largest and oldest inhabited medieval city. This UNESCO World Heritage site is arguably the most fascinating part of the island. The Euro is the official currency and Greek is the official language, but English is spoken in the tourist areas.


Mandraki Harbor Entrance

Cruise Port Location and Information:

Ships dock at the Commercial Harbor, just outside the walled city and within easy walking distance of Old Town.


Cruise ship in port

 

Exploring on Your Own:

The massive wall built by the Knights of St John that encloses Rhodes Old City is visible from the ship and acts as a beacon for your explorations. The best way to discover the treasures of Old Town Rhodes is on foot, so wear your “smile shoes”.  As you exit the port, follow the walkway along the harbor, keeping the water on your right and the walled city on your left.


Harbor Walk

Along the walk, to your left, you will notice car rental and ferry ticket stalls located on the outer portion of the walled city.


Businesses along outer wall

Just beyond the dolphin sculpture in the harbor, you will arrive at the closest gate to the port, St. Catherine's Gate. There are actually 9 main gates into the walled city, but this is the most convenient.


Sculpture in harbor

Enter Old Town Rhodes via this gate and you will find yourself in the Jewish Quarter, one of the three areas in which the old town is divided (the other two are the Knight's and the Turkish Quarters).


St. Catherine's Gate

 

This is a great place to start your exploration of the maze of close to 200 streets and cobblestone alleys that wind their way through the walled city. Be aware that many of these lanes have no name and getting lost is part of the adventure.


View of harbor from inside St. Catherine's Gate

Shopping Tips:

Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! There is no shortage of shopping opportunities in Old Town Rhodes. Handmade lace, leather goods, ceramics, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, rugs and olive oil products are good buys.


Shopping

Make sure to hone your bargaining skills, the shop keepers welcome haggling on prices (particularly in the Turkish Bazaar along Soukratos Street).


Soukratos Street

Soukratos Street runs parallel to the Avenue of the Knights and ends in Ippokratous Square (Turkish Square).


Ippokratous Square

Ippokratous Square is the main commercial street in Old Town. Many shops, bars and restaurants surround the impressive fountain in the center of the square.



Castellania Fountain in Ippokratous Square

For even more shopping opportunities, Orffeus Street is a wide street lined tourist and artisan shops that connects to Soukratos Street.


Orffeus Street

Port Highlights:

Follow the maze of streets in Old Town and around every corner you will find remnants of the island's fascinating history.


Avenue of the Knights

The Avenue of Knights is a well-preserved cobblestone street 600 m long and 6 m wide that was the official main street that connected the political center of the city to the religious center. This street was the epicenter of both the public and private lives of the Knights of St. John. Notice the stone carved codes of arms on the outer walls. Following this street will lead you directly to the Palace of the Grand Masters.


Palace of the Grand Masters Exterior

The 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters is an imposing structure that is as impressive inside as it is from the outside. It is now a museum that houses mosaics, antique furniture and sculptures.


Palace of Grand Masters Interior

Originally the 14th century Hospital of Knight's of St. John, it has been converted to an archaeological museum where a collection of Rhodes artifacts from prehistoric to Hellenistic and Roman times are on display.


Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

One used as a lookout post, the view from the top of the Rolloi Clock Tower is amazing. It will cost you 4 euros to climb to the top, but you can turn in your ticket for a drink at the bar when you come down.


Clock Tower

Located in the Jewish Quarter, the focal point of this square is the small blue mosaic fountain. The square was named in memory of the thousands of Jews that were sent from Rhodes to Auschwitz in the Second World War.


Hebrew Martyrs Square

As you wander the streets and alleys of Old Town, 14th Century ruins and remnants of the cities historical past seem to pop up at every turn.


District Church of the Virgin of the Burgh ruins


Knight on clock tower look-out

Make sure to take some time to discover the many hidden sculptures and gardens within the walls and the interesting construction of the outer walls and various gates. You can even follow the path of a dry moat around the city walls.


Dry Moat

Off the Beaten Path:

On the south side of Rhodes Island, 48 kilometers from Rhodes Town, is the picturesque white-washed town of Lindos. Professing to be the prettiest village on Rhodes, it is definitely worth a visit. Sitting high atop a hill, the Acropolis of Lindos sits vigil over the town. The grandeur of this acropolis was second only to the acropolis of Athens.


Town and Acropolis of Lindos

Within the acropolis lie the 4th century BC ruins of the Temple of Athena, the Propylaea of the Sanctuary leading to the remains of a Roman temple and a Knights of St. John castle.


Temple of Athena

Dining and Drinking Suggestions:

There are almost as many cafes, restaurants, bars and lounges in Old Town Rhodes as there are shopping opportunities. Walk down any of the streets and alleys and you are sure to find an appealing spot for a drink or meal.


Many Dining Options

The many warm, sunny days in Rhodes are perfect for enjoying one of the charming outdoor terraces and cozy courtyards. 


Dining at Hebrew Martyrs Square

A trip to Rhodes would not be complete without stopping at one of the local ouzerias for a taste of ouzo, the anise-infused Greek brandy.


Sarris a popular ouzeria/restaurant

Must Do List:

There is no doubt that visiting Rhodes Old Town walled city should be on everyone's must do list. If time permits or you have been to Rhodes before, then traveling to Lindos to view the acropolis is also highly recommended.

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