Rhodes also known as Knights island. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece. It was famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Things to do in Rhodes:
The Medieval City of Rhodes
It is an UNESCO World Heritage and is the largest and the most preserved fortified city. Throughout the centuries, the islands was held by the Greek, the Romans, the Knights, the Ottoman, the Italians and the Greek again and this makes the islands fill with abundant of rich histories and vast cultures from the different occupations.
There are plenty to see in the city itself: the infamous Palace of Grand Master , Archeological museum of Rhodes, Panagia tou Kastrou, Panagia tou Bourgkou, Roloi Tower, mosque of the Suleyman, Ippokratous Square, walk around the old town, walk around on top of the Fortification wall, walking on the moets, eat in one of the tavernas, ….
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Outside the Old Town of the fortified wall of Rhodes is where the new town, Mandraki, is located.
Near the old town you will find Mandraki harbour, Colossus of Rhodes memorial, waterfront, medieval windmills and municipal buildings nearby. Further away lies the Rhodes casino and seafront resorts, Elli beach and many ancient sites at the Monte Smith.
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Kalithies / Faliraki
Kalithies is one of the big village in Rhodes. It is more famous for its Faliraki resort and its nightlife which is around 2km from the Kalithies.
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The castle was built after the fall of the Constantinople in 1453 by the Knights of St John to protect the island from the Ottoman invasion.
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Massari means village in the mountains. There are much green vegetation around the area.
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Lindos is known for its clifftop Acropolis. The temple of Athena Lindia sits above an earlier temple and at the lower site is the 14th century castle of Knights of Saint John.
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There are islands nearby that you can do a day trip from Rhodes.
Symi is a small island not far from Rhodes, more known for its colourful neoclassical houses near the port and the 18th century monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis.
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Chalki, also known as Halki, is a small island near Rhodes, around 30 minutes boat ride from the Kamiros Skala port. It is a low profile island but rich with history. Many places in the island unfortunately can only be reached by foot only. It is perfect for a day trip to Chalki.
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Overall I have spent one month in Rhodes during this trip. I have completed lots of walking, hiking, getting lost in the old town and new town, sun and sea. Coming to Greece is like a feeling of going through a time machine to a laidback old town, with dirty streets and too much of cat poo everywhere, with some places which do not even have a public toilet. Without the monuments, what’s really worth coming apart from the beach and beer?
No regrets of coming to Greece, there are friendly people around and fond memories as well, and as I always said every trip is an experience itself.