The city outside the walls
There is so much to see and experience in Rhodes, there are so many choices for visitors, that they could never lose interest.One could spend days walking in center of the City, which offers excellent examples of European Architecture of the early 20th century.
The Post office building, was constructed during the first years of the Italian occupation by the Italian architect Florestano di Fausto. During the Italian occupation of the island it was used as the Post-Office (Palazzo delle Poste) and its function today remains the same.
The Prefecture of Dodecanese building, formerly the Governor’s Palace,was built in 1927. It is a combination of many different architectural styles and its style strongly resembles that of the Doge’s Palacein Venice.
The Evangelismos Church (Church of the Annunciation), the Town Hall and the National Theatre are a few more buildings that keep the memories of the island’s Italian past alive.
Visitors can even enjoy the sun and the blue sea at the cosmopolitan Elli beach atthe northern tip of Rhodes town, dotted with multi-coloured umbrellas, many canteens and a diving platform called the “Trabolino”. Modern hotels line on the beach which is one of the most popular on the island the beautifully renovated, historic Grande Albergo delle Rose which operates today as a Casino and five-star boutique hotel.
Things to see
The Mandraki harbor
A stroll in the Mandraki, the small city port with the statues of the Rhodian deer at its entrance, is an experience not to be missed. Next to the Mandrakiis the marina with the traditional windmills, and the Fort of Saint Nicolas. The marina hosts visiting sail boats and yachts.
A must is a visit to the Aquarium at the northernmost tip of Rhodes Island, a few steps from the city center. It is also one of the most important marine research centers in Greece.The original building was constructed in 1935 and is a blend of local and Art D?co architecture, combined with nautical elements. In the underground aquarium the visitor can see many of the species living in the Aegean sea. The original interior of the Aquarium, which has been preserved, is decorated with porous rocks and natural seashells, in order to create the impression of an underwater cave.
Rodini Park is a paradise of meandering streams and paths amidst oleander bushes, cypress, maple and pine trees. Rodini is reputed to be the site of the famed School of Rhetoric where prominent Greeks and Romans, including Julius Caesar, Cato the Younger, Cicero, Pompey, Brutus, Cassius and Mark Antony studied. Also in the park is a 3rd-century BC necropolis (cemetery) with tombs carved into the rock in the Doric-style as well as the Tomb of Ptolemy.
The Acropolis & the Stadium of ancient Rhodes
Saint Stefens Hill known as Monte Smith, marks the site of the Acropolis af ancient Rhodes. The green and beautifully laid out archeological park contains the Hellenistic stadium, built in the 3rd century BC, where the athletic events of the Alioi Games took place. These are apart of the major festival of the ancient Rhodians held in honor of the God of sun, Helios.