Welcome to Rhodes Town
Rhodes Town is really two distinct and very different towns. The Old Town lies within but utterly apart from the New Town, sealed like a medieval time capsule behind a double ring of high walls and a deep moat. Nowhere else in the Dodecanese can boast so many layers of architectural history, with ruins and relics of the Classical, medieval, Ottoman and Italian eras entangled in a mind-boggling maze of twisting alleys. Strolling its hauntingly pretty cobbled lanes, especially at night, is an experience no traveller should miss. Half the fun is letting yourself get lost. The New Town, to the north, boasts upscale shops and waterfront bars servicing the package crowd, along with the city’s best beach, while bistros and bars lurk in the backstreets behind.
Inter-island ferries and catamarans use the Commercial Harbour, immediately outside the walls east of the Old Town, while excursion boats and private yachts are based at Mandraki Harbour, further north beside the New Town.