Written by on Wednesday May 7, 2014
Rhodes Town is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and the best old town that I have ever visited. Only a short walking distance from the main port and Mandraki Harbour a maze of cobbled streets awaits brimming with ancient architecture, museums, upscale restaurants and traditional tavernas.
Get ready for some serious sightseeing - Spiriting back to the Byzantine Empire, the atmospheric old town is home to the Palace of the Grand Masters, a truly magnificent 14th century palace and the famous Knights Quarter and Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved and most delightful medieval relics in the world. In the 16th century, it became the address of many Inns which housed the dignitaries of each nation, and today the facades still reflect many architectural details of these countries.
People Watching – The town is brimming with traditional tavernas which sit side by side with contemporary bars and restaurants. Sample the local cuisine with a Greek meze or Greek plate or simply sip an Ouzo in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
Shopping – Pick up some local goodies, like natural sponge, spices and good quality leather in the medieval old town, filled with quirky gift shops and designer boutiques. Or head to the New Town with high street and designer favourites.
Rhodes Town holds a special place in my heart, having married there 10 years ago. It is a magical and atmospheric town with hidden gems around every corner.
Rhiannon Kilbride, Head of Cruise Marketing