Rodos is the largest island of the Dodecanese and one of the largest islands in Greece. As you can imagine you have plenty of choices! The most common name for the locals is Tsampikos for men and Tsampika for women. So, you will often hear these names here!
The town of Rodos is located on the most northern tip of the island and her shape - a tip for math lovers - is triangular. At the center of Rodos Town, you can visit the Medieval Town and get ready for an exciting journey into the past, in the era of knights. This Medieval Town is so rich in historical findings that in 1988 was designated as a World Heritage City. The impressive Castle of the Knights is located on the northwest side of the Medieval Town and is the perfect setting for romantic strolls. Other major attractions of the Medieval Town - which apart from medieval monuments, hosts a whole mosaic of ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman and Italian monuments - is the Temple of Aphrodite, the Hospital of the Knights, which houses the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the armory, the Museum of Decorative Arts, Suleyman's Mosque and the Palace of Kastellania.
Heaven on earth
The Rodini Park is an earthly paradise situated 3 km from Rodos Town. The journey in the past continues as it is the oldest park in the world and known for its dense and diverse vegetation. The bridges, the ponds full of water lilies and the wonderful trails make up the idyllic landscape. The multicolor peacocks who live here will definitely... monopolize the flash of your photos!
Let's go for shopping
In the center of Rodos Town, visitors can enjoy shopping in a market spread on a flat area near the sea. Here you can discover brands with international prestige, while many cafes and restaurants are ideal for relaxation during the day and night. Visitors should also enjoy the products of pottery (one of the oldest arts born in the Aegean islands) located in souvenir stores. And because Rodos Town is ideal for walking, you can buy a pair of handmade leather sandals made by craftsmen of the island. If you like to buy folk clothes, go to the trendy district in the west of Mandraki. It is worth visiting the flea markets held in the town of Rodos four times a week. Spend the afternoon shopping in the Turkish neighbourhood and don't miss a pleasant stroll at the promenade along the beach of Elli which will lead you to the famous Casino.
Jet set and casino
The hotel Grande Albergo delle Rose inaugurated in 1927.Two years later the hall casino opened that attracted many visitors, celebrities and jet setters. In the mid'70s the casino stopped working. It reopened in 1999 continuing the glorious path... Today you can find 300 electronic machines and 34 table games that will take off your adrenaline. And if you love the poker, join one of the upcoming poker tournaments.
You are in Rodos Town and of course you will stay up all night. «Bar Street» will offer you a night of drinking and dancing, from the frantic disco until the typical Greek «stekia» (in Greek means a place where people meet habitually). Enjoy it!
DO: See the Medieval Town from above, from the walls that surround the town. Tours every Tuesday and Saturday. Also visit the aquarium, where you can admire rare species of fish.
DON'T: Forget to buy umbrellas. The umbrellas' trade on the island was free from duty. Now Rodos is in the top position in sales worldwide.