Measuring 1 ml from N to S and ¾ ml from E to W, Rhodes Town is the main town and largest resort on the island. It comprises 2 parts: New Town, which is the commercial centre, and the walled Old Town, which is picturesque and steeped in history.
Both are compact and easily explored on foot. New Town is cosmopolitan and spacious, with many tree-lined squares; its busy fruit and vegetable market overlooks bustling Mandraki Harbour, which is full of fashionable yachts and day-trip boats. Despite the growth in tourism, Old Town has retained much of its original character, and wandering its streets is like stepping back in time.
Much of its architecture dates from the time of the Knights of St John (14th to 16th centuries) and the period of Turkish rule (16th to 20th centuries). Rhodes Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Something to suit all tastes and budgets, but primarily appealing to history-lovers and those seeking sun, sea and sand.
Some lively night-time entertainment, but dedicated partygoers will be better off staying in Faliraki, 7 mls away.
Accommodation offers a wide range, from A-class hotels to very basic pensions in Old Town. Many hotels are well-established and are now showing their age. Rhodes Town is the main terminus for buses to all the villages and resorts. Taxis easily obtained anywhere in the city. Car hire shops can be found on every street.
Rhodes town is situated on the North East tip of the island (5 miles North East of Ixia, 11 miles North East of the airport, 14 miles South of the Turkish coast). Rhodes Town occupies a relatively narrow point of land, with coasts facing East and West backed by undulating, barren countryside.