Visit Rhodes Town
The new town of Rhodes island is the administrative center of the island of Rhodes with many Italian palaces in Venetian and neo-Gothic style. The city’s beauty is complemented by its parks, squares and wide streets, as well as hotels, restaurants, clunibs and shops of all kinds. Mandraki harbour, once the naval port of ancient Rhodes is the main port of the island, adorned with statues of deer, one male and one female, representing the symbol of the island.
At the sea entrance to the city stood one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. Unfortunately, from the Colossus which was 30 meters high, nothing remains as it collapsed in an earthquake 66 years after his construction. The perfect place to start exploring the new town is Cyprus Square or Platia Kyprou. This square is easily accessible as it is located right in the center of the city. Around the square there is always a lot of local people as well as some tourists.
In the area you will find shops, jewellers, tailors, fashion boutiques, bars and clubs as well as banks and administrative buildings. Worth a visit the market of Rhodes with impressive design and architecture adorned with gold accents and round domes, the building is a real attraction of the place. Inside there are several shops including butchers, fruit and vegetable stalls, bars and also some souvenir shops.
Rodini park and Rhodes town Acropolis
If you love walking in a nature do not miss Rodini Park which is about 3 km from the center of Rhodes town in the direction of Lindos. It is a beautiful recreation area for locals and tourists where you see different types of birds such as peacocks, but also historical relics like the tomb of the Ptolemies dating back to the Hellenistic period. Nearby is the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes, which dominates the highest part of the city of Rhodes. The site is made up of a monumental area that includes public buildings, large temples and places of worship underground. The Stage on Acropolis of Rhodes is used as concerts for Greek or foreign groups. You can also visit the Gymnasium, Theater, located near the stadium, and the Temple of Apollo Pizio overlooking the whole area.
The site has suffered considerable damage during the bombing of the Second World War and the reconstruction is completed only in 1996. On the northern side of the Acropolis is the Temple of Athena Polias, a Doric temple with a single row of columns on all four sides. Another attraction in the Rhodes new town is the Aquarium of Rhodes located on the waterfront. Its purpose is to study the flora and fauna that have developed around the islands of the Dodecanese. Here you can admire rare species of marine turtles and monk seals.