ACCOMMODATIONS IN RHODES TOWN AREA
The New Town.
the Turks conquered Rhodes, they displaced the Greeks and only the Turks and Jews
were allowed within the Old Town. The Greek element was driven out and
forced to live in neighborhoods outside the city walls, known by the Turkish
name of 'Marasia'. These suburbs expanded towards the South and South-East
of the Castle, around spots where there had been only country dwellings
and churches under the rule of the Knights. During the last hundred years
another new area of building has sprung up, the so-called "Niochori" (new
village), along the north front and its first inhabitants were those relocating to Rhodes from other nearby islands
as well as foreigners. This was the area that
the Italians chose to built their modern buildings, turning it into the
administrative center of the city.
On the front of the building and by the sea front side, there are many coffee shops and snack bars, while on the rear of the building is where all the local buses that serve all the West and part of the East side of the island are located. Less than 100 meters away is the KTEYL (another bus terminal) that serves the eastern part of the island.
In front of the New Market is Mandraki
Harbor. This was the naval port of ancient Rhodes and its entrance
could be closed by chains. Now days, the entrance is adorned by two statues; a male and female deer - symbols of the island - which stand on
top of two columns. This is where Colossus
was standing, according to some historians. The port is now used by yachts,
large and small, local fishing boats and cruise boats that leave from here
every day for short cruises to nearby islands or to tourist resorts around
the island of Rhodes. In addition, small and large boats of all types can
be rented here and the adventurous ones, can organize and carry out their
own cruises. On the long water breaker at Mandraki, stand the three medieval
This may be reached either by foot (it is less than 3 km from the center
of the city) or with by bus number five (5), which leaves Eleftherias square,
next to the New Market, every half hour. The hill is named after the English
admiral Sir Sidney Smith, who used the site as a lookout post for keeping
watch on Napoleon's fleet, during the French war with the Turks and therefore it offers a
magnificent view of the Aegean Sea and on clear days, you can
even see some of the nearby islands including the now, Turkish coast.
Rodini Park. It is located about 3 km from the center of town, alongside the road to Lindos. You can get to it either by taxi or bus which leaves from the terminal at the New Market every half an hour. The park with its many trees and thick shade, with a nice little stream, which every so often forms ponds where water lilies grow. This is an ideal environment for the peacocks which live and breed freely in the park and give a touch of an exotic garden. It is believed that the park was the site of the School of Rhetoric. If you take the path along the bank of the stream, you will come to the Tomb of the Ptolemies. The rock has been removed from the tomb in such a way as to form a large square base and each side measures 27.8 meters. The edges of each side are decorated by 21 Doric columns. The tomb dates back to the period of the Hellenistic Civilization and was restored in 1924.
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