Shore Excursion and Port Reviews
The Wall of the Old City, Rhodes, Greece
Language and Currency
What is Rhodes Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?
A valid passport is required but no visa is required for stays under 90 days.
The official language of Greece is Greek, but some English is spoken in the tourist areas. Greece has accepted the euro as its formal currency, however you may still see some Greek drachma being traded. US dollars are accepted in the tourist areas.
Typical Ruin in Old Rhodes
Rhodes is an island of great contrasts. The great walled city of Rhodes is awe inspiring and exploring its maze of streets confusing. With modern suburbs, shopping centers and extensive ruins lying side-by-side, Rhodes offers a unique look at ancient and modern life in Greece.
Summertime in Rhodes is wonderful. In fact, Rhodes lists June, July and August as absolutely dry months with no chance of rainfall. Average temperatures range between the mid 60s (wintertime to the mid 80s (summertime).
Ships Docked in Rhodes
Ships dock at the pier right outside of the walled Old Town. Everything is within easy walking distance.
Shopping in Rhodes Town
There is limited shopping by the ship but inside the walled Old City is a shopper's paradise. Its maze of meandering streets are full of shops, boutiques, street vendors, restaurants, coffee bars and galleries. Also, look for vendors with stands outside the walled city along the coastline.
Rhode's New Market
In New Town, you will find numerous designer shops and boutiques selling the latest in fashions. The "New Market" in New Town offers many stalls and shops that sell unique products found only in Rhodes.
Greek arts and crafts, shells, sponges, local art work, clothing and much more.
The Moat Around Rhodes Town
Exploring Rhodes Town is definitely worth the investment of time. Be sure to take the walk along the Old City's walls for a unique look at the labyrinth that makes up Rhodes Town and also for a good orientation of the city before entering its maze of streets.
Rhodes Old Town Shopping
New Town is also worthy of some shopping time if you are looking for some designer clothes and other items, as is the large flea market during the weekend.
The Town of Lindos and its Acropolis
No trip to Rhodes would be complete without a trip out to Lindos. Lindos is the proverbial Greek village with whitewashed walls and red tile roofs. Lindos offers a wonderful beach for sunning and many shops and boutiques to boot. Excellent hillside restaurants overlooking the beach are also a wonderful experience. What really sets Lindos apart from other villages with great white powdery beaches is that a huge rock erupts from the ocean to form a massive mountain of stone that goes straight up and down. On top of the rock is a very intact walled acropolis.
Lindos and the Stairway to the Acropolis
The hike from Lindos up to the acropolis takes you from sea level, through Lindos' winding pedestrian pathways up to a trail that picks its way further up the face of the rock until you finally reach a stairway that leads to the entrance to the acropolis. Once inside, you are treated to ruins that are incredibly intact. It amazes me that one can still sit on the fallen columns, pick up pieces of the ruins, handle some of the old pottery and generally investigate each piece as if you just found it. Lindos is a very special experience.
Inside Lindos' Acropolis
On the way to and from Lindos one passes various lesser sights that are worthy of a look-see, but make no mistake Lindos is where one should invest their time (that is, after exploring Rhodes Town),
Yes, don't miss exploring Old Town and also Lindos and its acropolis.
None that I found, how about you?