This is still the most popular beach in Rhodes, probably because of its central location. It’s in town and only a stone’s throw from our hotel and the Old Town. It is the most densely populated beach on the island so if you’re looking for something a lot quieter, perhaps you should give the city a miss. Its lenght is approximately a kilometre and it begins in the region of the Aquarium, which is in front of the Mediterranean Hotel, and includes the beach in front of the historic ‘20s Rodon Hotel, which also houses the Casino of Rhodes. This is also the beach with the island’s only diving board in the sea. The multi-level diving board is a few decades old and is showing signs of wear and tear so do take care not to hurt yourself if you wish to use it. The area with the diving platform is known as Ellie Beach and it is probably the most photographed beach in Rhodes, along with Lindos, Faliraki and the Bay of Kalithea. It is also one of the most organised beaches on the island, with a plethora of umbrellas, sun beds, kiosks, superettes, restaurants and a variety of other services on offer.
The Old Town
Best to know one thing from the start about Old (Medieval) Town of Rhodes : It's not laid out on a grid -- not even close. There are roughly 200 streets or lanes that simply have no name. Getting lost here is not a defeat; it's an opportunity. When you approach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It's a thrill to behold.
Try your skills and luck or enjoy your food or drink into Casino Rodos Grande Albergo Delle Rose.
The Aquarium of Rhodes is a research centre, aquarium and museum in Rhodes, Greece. It was built in the 1930s, when the island was under the Italian rule.
The building an Art deco design by the Italian architect Armando Bernabiti, was constructed between 1934 and 1935. It was first named the Reale Istituto di Ricerce Biologiche di Rodi (Royal Biological Research Institute of Rhodes). In 1945, when Italian rule ended, it was renamed the "Hellenic Hydrobiological Institute". Now it is known as the Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes.The Station carries out research on the oceanography of the Dodecanese. It is administered by the National Centre of Marine Research.
Shopping in the town of Rhodes, despite the size of the island is quite literally a shopper's paradise! With a vibrant cosmopolitan spirit of International fashion from designer labels to low budget fashion, the new town of Rhodes the busiest commercial district, definitely has it all from the most basic to the most extravagant.
Sensational designer labels such as ESCADA, RAXEVSKY, GANT, ESPRIT, MAX MARA, LACOSTE, BOSS, TRUSSADI, VERSACE, ARMANI, PEPE JEANS to name a few, can be purchased in a number of exclusive department stores.
The latest collection of casual/smart clothing can be found at major department stores MARKS & SPENCER, ZARA/OYSHO/ MANGO/PULL & BEAR (INDITEX GRP) , B.H.S. & TERRANOVA. In addition to these there is a good selection of smaller local boutiques with equally attractive trends.
Rhodes has a good selection of athletic shops selling all major brands of foot wear, athletic clothing and accessories such asNIKE, ADIDAS,PUMA, REEBOK etc.)
Top brands and designer shoes, gold/silver, fashion jewelry, handbags, cosmetics & perfumes are also available.
Shopping hours in Rhodes Town:
Monday-Friday 09.30 - 14.00 & 17.00 - 21.00, Saturday 09.30 - 14.00, Sunday CLOSED.
Monday-Friday 09.30 - 21.00, Saturday 09.30 - 18.00, Sunday CLOSED.
The most important time for shopaholics. Rhodes has two sale periods during the year although special offers are frequently on and off all year round with slight reductions. For those of you who are fortunate to be on vacation in July the sales start around the 13th, with price discounts ranging initially from 30% to 50%-70% the same is applicable to the winter sales which start around end January.
Local Street Markets (Laiki Agora)
For a shopping spree with a difference, there are three local markets (Laiki Agora) which take place weekly. The markets have their own charisma, selling fresh vegetables, fruit and fish, flowers, plants, clothing, shoes, upholstery and many, many more products which are incredibly cheap you are definitely guaranteed a bargain! The street markets take place on Tuesday/Thursday's, at Byronas Street (near to Diagoras football stadium) , Analypsis, Potelmeon Mitilinis St on Friday's and the most popular and the biggest at the Taxiarxhis cemetery on a Wednesday's and Saturday's. All markets are open from approx. 08.00 - 15.00 hrs.