The third stop on our Oceania Nautica cruise was Rhodes. Rhodes is a beautiful island – its name means “Rose” in Greek and is named for its beauty. It is the largest island in the Aegean.
When you first see Rhodes from the water, you see its intact medieval wall. The old town has castles, palaces, and museums from different time periods, including the Grand Masters Palace. It has a rich history of occupation by many nations, but the time period that you “feel” is the years of the Knights Templar. They were on the island for two centuries and their presence is felt walking through the streets.
The city of Rhodes is divided into the old town and the new town. The old town is full of souvenir shops, restaurants and all the medieval remains. New town has the residential areas, the beaches, the resort/beach hotels and other stores like pharmacies and grocery stores.
A few miles outside the main city is the acropolis of Rhodes. You also can see the sight of another of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes, which was toppled by an earthquake in 226 BC.
Further out on the island is the town of Lindos that also as an acropolis and is a very nice day trip.