Rhodes Travel Guide
Just a short walk from the Harbor and Old Town, the Casino Rodos is a hotel, restaurant, and all-night gambling spot, with hundreds of slot machines, dozens of gaming tables, along with seven restaurants and bars (must be age 23 and over).
The Cooperative of Rhodes, located right outside Rhodes Town, is a nearly 80-year-old winegrowers' cooperative that uses grapes harvested by island farmers to produce several highly regarded vintages, including Retsina, Muscat, and rosé.
The historic Street of the Knights once linked Rhodes Town's waterside port to the Acropolis high above. Many consider this ancient cobblestoned artery one of Europe's best-preserved medieval walkways.
Just opposite the old Grand Master's Palace in Rhodes Town is an antiques store that is considered to be the island's top destination for ancient furniture, carpets, and decorative pieces. Its mosaic floors and airy gardens are works of art.
Rebuilt in the 1940's on the site of a seventh-century Byzantine acropolis, the 14th-century castle is perched on the highest point within the medieval city. Nearly two and a half millennia of Mediterranean history are on display within the heavily fortified walls.
Head to Alexandra for large hunks of gold, including plates and trays. You'll also find silver and platinum earrings, necklaces, and rings, both from Greece and from the rest of Europe.
Ice cream is an all-night event on the island, and Blu, a bar-gellateria serves some of Lindos's best. The cocktails are equally sweet.
The legendary Greek jeweler crafts his designs out of his Athenian workshop. On offer at his Rhodes satellite store is a wide range of signature pieces in gold, inspired by both classical and contemporary Greece.
Rhodes's Jewish population, which topped 45,000 before World War II, has all but disappeared. Its legacy lives on in this museum, with photos, exhibitions of Jewish life, an old cemetery, and a prayer room.
Those seeking a more sedate alternative to Rhodes's rowdy late-night party scene will find live music at Paffuto, plus an extensive list of Greek and European wines, including a weekly house vintage.
Rhodes' answer to the Body Shop stocks locally produced, all-natural cosmetics, plus olive oils, spices, liqueurs, and Greek sweets, such as moist sesame halva and sinfully rich baklava.
A who's-who of 20th-century Greek painters—from Fassianos and Maleas to Theophilos and Moraliss—reside in the small, well-preserved brick building.