Location – North coast
Best for – Culture and history
Rhodes Town is the eponymous city of the island, and as such, is the main drag for visitors. It’s Rhodes’ historical hotspot, packed with culture and throwbacks that extend back thousands of years. Split into an old and new town, it also features a contemporary side, where designer shops, restaurants and bars await.
The medieval city within Rhodes Town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the place where, way, way back in the day, you could have seen one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes.
This slice of the city is famous for its historical layers, whose architectural flavours range from Ottoman to Roman and the Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Knights of St. John. To walk down these storied streets is to step back in time.
Beaches and activities
Elli Beach – Elli Beach is the closest to town, and though it isn’t very big, it’s always bustling. There are sunbeds and umbrellas onshore, and tavernas to the back, with watersports and diving opportunities in the middle.
Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes – This whopper of a site is a 7th-century Byzantine citadel, formerly occupied by the Knights of St. John. Among its stony turrets are a museum, old school sculptures and mosaics.
Street of the Knights – This historic avenue has been set up to look like it would back in the days of the Knights of St. John, cobbled and shop-lined. It’s a nice walk on its own, but take a guided tour and you’ll get insight into its hidden past.