If you have ever held a fascination with the ancient world, you would likely know where “The Colossus of Rhodes” once stood. And even if you didn’t know, a visit to Rhodes during yacht holidays in Greece is certainly a colossal kind of adventure, and one of the best places to find out about life in ancient Greece!
Arriving by sea during a yacht charter in Greece into the main commercial port of Rhodes is such a memorable experience. The sight of imposing castle walls with intermittently dispersed watchtowers and tall minarets above massive fortified gates is very grand indeed. And through these gates you will journey forth... and wind your way to the heart of Rhodes’s medieval old town... your footfalls echoing with those of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who carefully negotiate the medieval city’s streets every summer in search of a singular vision of antiquity that’s still alive and well.
Choose your time for the Aegean yacht charter to visit wisely and avoid the crowds of cruise ship passengers, and then you will be able to slip into that blissful state of having the ancient vibe work its magic on you. Enjoy fragrant smells wafting along the streets where gyro vendors and local restaurants come to life in the early evening. Stay curious as you tuck into pan-fried squid, moussaka or stuffed vine leaves topped with garlic yoghurt. Here in the old town of Rhodes, there are shops galore, many of which are downright enticing with wares you've never seen before – among them locally sourced products and handcrafted homewares.
Some of these shops are close to the port, and some are further afield where they appeal to Rhodes' high society folk, set out, as they are, in a Rodeo Drive-like ambience. In the so-called, “new town”, there is a whole street that appears to be lined with umbrella shops and after further bit exploration, you will reach an area set aside for hotels, restaurants and cafes, or a residential area that’s rarely-visited by anyone but locals.
Spend three full days sightseeing on this, the largest of the Dodecanese islands on a private yacht hire Greece, and you will have delved into most of the really interesting sites and attractions that are enclosed within the medieval walls of the old town, or just beyond them, including the idyllic setting that is Lindos Bay – a short taxi ride away.
If time is short however, just be content to explore the beauty of the port and the walled city -- inhabited for centuries. Wandering through its maze of narrow, cobblestone streets, you cannot possibly get lost, although it may seem that you are from time to time!
While sailing Greece we suggest you visit to the busy, shop-lined “Socrates Street”, the bell tower, the Archaeological Museum and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. A stroll down the Street of the Knights is another highlight, as is a leisurely stroll through Rhodes’s commercial heart with its luxury boutiques, fancy eateries and pretty, tree-lined streets. The center of town also has the nightclubs and party venues which come alive after 10:00 pm at night, the most famous being “Colorado Club Rhodes”.