Rhodes' biggest draw might be its beaches, but there's plenty to do on the largest Dodecanese Island besides top up your suntan and learn to windsurf. From exploring the island’s ancient cities to sipping wine in a traditional winery, here’s how to get the most of 3 days on the Greek isle.
Archaeological Museum of Rhodes
Some tours of Rhodes Old Town combine a guided visit of the Archaeological Museum with other key sights such as the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and the Street of the Knights (Odos Ippoton). Alternatively, purchase a cost-effective combo ticket for access to the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Decorative Arts Collection, and Our Lady of the Castle church.
Walking tour of Rhodes' Old Town
We spent 3 1/2 hours walking through Rhodes' Old Town with our guide, Sambeka. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide. We learned a great deal from her about Rhodes' history, which is fascinating and learned about most of the important sites in the city.. We did this tour on our first full day in Rhodes, which I definitely would recommend because we could better appreciate everything else we did during our stay after learning so much about the city on our tour. I would highly recommend it to others visiting Rhodes for the first time. We thought it was well worth the price we paid for it and a much better value than the tour we had in Athens before coming to Rhodes.
808kathy, Sep 2019
Things to Know Before You Go
The Archaeological Museum is a must for travelers with an interest in ancient history; admission tickets for the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes can be purchased on the day.
Children are welcome at the museum though the exhibits are more adult-oriented.
Information panels are in both Greek and English, making independent exploration of the museum a breeze.
There are restrooms at the museum.
How to Get There
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is situated within Rhodes Old Town, just off the Street of the Knights. Walking from Mandraki Harbour takes around 10 minutes.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from April through October, and from Wednesday-Monday, during the months between November and March. The best time to visit is between April and October, as certain collections—including the epigraphic and prehistoric exhibitions, and a small display of pithoi (Greek containers)—are only open in summer. Come in the middle of the day to escape the heat.
Rhodes Old Town
Surrounded by 14th-century walls, the UNESCO-listed Rhodes Old Town is a fascinating place to explore. The remnants of the ancient Temple of Aphrodite sit in Simis Square, though most of the star attractions date back to the Middle Ages, when the Knights of St. John took control of the island. Stroll down the atmospheric Street of the Knights (Odos Ippoton) and explore the magnificent Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
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