Drink like a local
The new-town area of the city is overflowing with popular bar and club venues. All along Orfanidou Street – or Bar Street, as the locals call it – you’ll find piano lounges, pubs, bars, dance clubs and cocktail bars. There’s lots of variety when it comes to the nightlife here and you can dance the night away or simply watch the sun go down at a traditional taverna. Many of these Greek tavernas play live music and if you’re really lucky you’ll be able to witness some traditional Greek dancing and plate smashing.
Designer fashion and local ceramics
Shopping is a huge pastime in Rhodes and in both the old and new areas of the city you’ll be able to spend a few euros on some souvenirs for back home. The new town offers high-street names and designer brands including Versace and Armani, whereas in the old town you’ll find quaint boutiques, market shops and craft stores. Rhodes is known for selling an array of local products, some of the most popular being island-made wine and Rhodean ceramics.
For something truly unique head to the Savas Rhodes Hand Made Gallery where they sell intricate artwork, accessories and ornaments.
Fancy, relaxed and on the go
Even if you don’t opt for an All Inclusive holiday to Rhodes, there’s no shortage of delicious places to eat in Rhodes Town. The new area of the city has a large commercial touristy scene, with international restaurants – American, Italian, Japanese and Chinese – popping up all over the place. You’ll find traditional Greek tavernas scattered along the city and coastline, with venues serving authentic seafood and meat dishes as well as meze platters.
Seafood is in high demand on this island and traditional Greek tavernas are piled high with fresh local fish straight from the island’s shores. For something to grab on the go there’s several fast-food and takeaway joints as well as charming bakeries and ice-cream parlours.
Rhodes Town is rich in historical structures, and just a 10-minute walk from the new town area is an ancient Olympic stadium with stone seating and Apollo’s temple gazing down over it all. This well-conserved archaeological ruin is a popular tourist hotspot and contains a small museum offering the historical background of the site.
One of the world’s best-preserved medieval relics also happens to live in Rhodes Town – the Street of the Knights, paved with cobbles and once the address of the Knights of the Order of Saint John, is a site not to be missed.