Rhodes City

 

The city of Rhodes lies on the northern tip of the island, wrapped by a wide beach that engulfs the new town almost from one end to the other. The eastern part of the beach is called Elli beach and is the most popular being sheltered from the high winds that plague the western part of Rhodes beach. The northern tip and western beachfront is packed with a multitude of hotels, most of which cater to the package tourism that feeds the island with a constant stream of visitors.

Further in, the town of Rhodes resembles a regular Greek city with busy street life, outdoor cafes and restaurants, and noisy road traffic. During the day the city breathes in the rhythm of its commerce, and after dawn it comes to life in every corner-bar and street café with locals and tourists alike contributing to the care-free atmosphere.

Rhodes main activity hub by day and night is the eastern end that faces picturesque Mandraki harbor. Two main squares, Koundourioti and Eleftherias are pleasant areas to stroll by evening, and several main arteries radiate from there towards the inner part of Rhodes town. 25 Martiou street and Galias Lambraki can bring you to Amerikis street that is lined with stores and fast food restaurants. A little to the north of Plateia Koumoudourou you can find the Casino and if you keep heading north on Kos street you will eventually find the very interesting Aquarium.

Around Mandraki harbor, are a number of monumental government buildings built by the Italians before WWII (see Rhodes history), the Murad Reis Mosque by the beach, and the National Theater. Two statues of deer at the supposed location of the ancient Colossus of Rhodes frame the entrance to the Mandraki harbor that is guarded by the charming fort of Saint Nicholas that doubled as a lighthouse.

Some scant remnants of the ancient city of Rhodes are located at the Monte Smith hill on the southeast part of the city. This location was part of the ancient acropolis of Rhodes that lies beyond the ancient city walls. Visible today are a small theater, the well preserved stadium, and the ruins of the temple of Apollo.

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