Acropolis of Rhodes
The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of the most accessible ancient sites on the island. Alongside the Temple of Apollo, other notable ruins include the remnants of an 800-capacity Roman odeon and traces of a 3rd-century BC stadium. Most guided tours of Rhodes include a visit to the acropolis. These include half-day tours to Rhodes’ eastern side and full-day trips around the island, which typically stop at the 4,000-year-old Acropolis of Lindos as well.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Acropolis of Rhodes is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time visitors to the island.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Allow about two hours to tour the complex and soak up the views.
The Acropolis of Rhodes is not easily accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
How to Get There
The Acropolis of Rhodes is located on the slopes of Monte Smith, just southwest of Rhodes Old Town. It’s a steep 30-minute hike up from town, or you can catch city bus 5. Many guided tours pass by or visit the site.
When to Get There
While the grounds are open 24 hours a day, the best time to visit the acropolis is around sunset, when the views across the city and sea from the Temple of Pythian Apollo are often spectacular. However, this is also the busiest time—consider a sunrise visit to get the place a little more to yourself.
Historical Sites on Rhodes
The Acropolis of Rhodes is one of several important historical sites on the island. The Acropolis of Lindos, with ruins dating back some 2,500 years, is one of the best-preserved sites on Rhodes, while the Hellenistic ruins of Kamiros stretch across the island’s northwest coast. To learn more about Rhodes’ human history, pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Old Town.
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