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Rhodes, Greece (5/29/19)

Rhodes is another new port for us. The only time I can remember hearing the name mentioned was was in advertisments for the 1961 movie The Colossus of Rhodes, which I never saw. Oh, I have also seen Rhodes listed in itineraries for Western Mediterrean cruises. I thought it was the name of an island, but I recently learned that is is also the principal city on the island, plus it is the name of a regional unit that covers a number of islands in the Region of South Aegean. So, when the itinerary says we are docking in Rhodes, I assume it means a port in, or near, the city of Rhodes on the northern tip of the island of Rhodes.

I marged three pictures to give you an idea where the island of Rhodes is located and to show you the special natarure of the city of Rhodes. As the map on the left shows, Rhodes is much closer to Turkey, than to Greece; thus, you wil find a lot of Turkish influence in the archecture, food and culture. The middle pictuture is of the citadel of Rhodes, built by the Knights Hospitalliers of Saint John in the 13th century AD. It is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see the footprint of the citadel in the city map on the right.

Rhodes Pic

The harbor is extremely close to the heart of the city, less than half a mile northeast of the main tourist area. Most of the town's attractions are within 20 minutes walking distance. The port offers easy access to ATM's, Internet cafes and shops in town, but there's not much else at the port itself. Taxis stop at the port for passengers who want to explore the New Town or other areas. Rhodes' Old Town is easily explored on foot, but wear comfortable shoes. Taxis are also plentiful.

EXPLORE THE PORT:

Rhodes Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for Rhodes.

Rhodes Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Rhodes, with a ranked lists of attractions, activities and more.

Frommer's Rhodes - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Rhodes, with lots of links to explore.

Rhodes Travel Guide - U.S. News Travel's guide to Rhodes.

Tours by Locals Rhodes - Experience Rhodes through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Rhodes Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Rhodes Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is tomsportguides.com, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Municipality of Rhodes - The official website of of the city of Rhodes.

Greece All Time Classic - The Rhodes page from the official website of the Greek Isles.

Rhodes Island Tourism - A 10-min, semi-professional, med-def video on the island of Rhodes with music and narration.

Rhodes Travel Guide - A 25-min, professional, med-def video on the island of Rhodes with music and narration by Expoza Travel. It is very British and a bit staid.

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