Hotel location: Rhodes City
About the resort: Rhodes Town (Modern)
In the most picturesque of the three ports of the city, the yacht harbour of Mandraki, we are welcomed by two bronze deer, which have become the modern emblem of the town. Nearby on the mole stands the lighthouse tower of St. Nicholas, and the three old windmills. The impressive walls of the Medieval Town and the numerous monumental buildings that surround Mandraki add to its majestic air – among others the New Market, the Archbishops Palace, the Annunciation church, the Central Post Office, Town hall, Theatre and Government House (Italian building). At the north end of the town, and the most northern point of the island, stands the Institute of Marine Biology (Aquarium).
Today, Rhodes has to offer an enormous variety of colors and forms, activities and sightseeing. Its marvelous beaches, big modern buildings, picturesque neighborhoods and imposing medieval edifices are all swamped in greenery - in the town itself the streets are lined with trees. Vegetation even grows up as far as the walls of the castle, and the numerous palm trees hint at the tropical.
For many, the best approach to Rhodes is from the sea, from which the Medieval City towering over the harbor can be seen, with its impressive walls, towers, bastions and battlements, and behind it, the domes and minarets of Turkish mosques, which had been build after the Turks invaded and took over the island in 1522 from the Knights.
Nearest beach in the area: Rhodes (Elli)
Being one of the most popular Greek beaches among photographers, the beach of Rhodes still offers something of its cosmopolitan aspect from the 70's, and is one of the most visited beaches on the island. Hundreds of tourists and locals visit the beach daily.
It defies one's powers of imagination to conceive what this beach must have seen in all the years since the English writer Lawrence Durrell described it as the finest beach in the Mediterranean. The multi-coloured umbrellas, the blonde Scandinavian beauties lounging on their sun beds, the towering hotels, the Casino and the Aquarium in the background, all of them once a favourite subject for photographers, are now the theme of cult postcards. Hundreds of foreign visitors descend on the beach every day, as well as local people enjoying their midday break.