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Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, is not an ordinary holiday resort but a cosmopolitan place with an international reputation: the charming medieval town, the sophisticated Lindos, the irresistible valley of the butterflies, the high-quality lifestyle and the long golden sand beaches make the days and nights in the island unforgettable. Rhodes is a combination of medieval tradition and modern style which impresses and fascinates visitors of all kinds. At the homonym capital of Rhodes, the romantic medieval Old Town holds amazing historical buildings, and the modern New Town also has its archaeological findings. Millions of tourists walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town every year, to visit the museums, the churches and the fortress walls, just following the steps of the knights. Together with an intensive nightlife in Faliraki, crystal water and warm locals, the island makes for a great choice in holiday!
Rhodes offers a variety of activities all year round: the island’s natural beauty, ancient monuments from its long and often turbulent history, a wonderful atmosphere and a warm hospitality from Rhodes' population.
Rhodes offers restaurants for every taste, as from traditional Greek Taverns to international menus with fish, pizzas, and pastas, you can almost find everything. If you are looking for some typical experience, then go ahead and try the traditional dishes "Koulouria" or "matsi", which you may find mostly in the village taverns, as well as handmade pasta boiled in goat stock, browned in fresh butter and sprinkled with Parmesan.
Cosy and friendly cafes are located throughout the whole island but some of the best can probably be found in Rhodes Town. What they all have in common is a broad menu of fresh juices, refreshments and excellent service but do, anyways, try to experience as many different, yet always cosy atmospheres as possible.
The "bar street" in the Old town, the fashionable clubs in Ixia, the Greek style nights in Ialysos, and the sleepless days and nights at the beach bars in Faliraki and Lindos make the entertainment on the island unforgettable. While Miltiadou Street in the Old town and OrfanidouStreet in Niochori are the two main "nightlife streets" in the town of Rhodes, the whole city has quite much in offer.
Shopping in Rhodes can be a great and exciting experience, as the combination of traditional and modern markets offers an unique shopping experience. However, there are two different kinds of markets in the same town: the folklore market and the new market with all the familiar brand name stores, and even the opening hours of the two markets are different. The shops in the Old Town stay open until late at night, as their target group is mostly tourists, and Aristotelous and Sokratous streets and all the streets around the Ippokratous square are the heart of shopping in the Old town. Colourful umbrellas, lots of souvenirs, jeweller's shops, crowds and many other gifts are set up in this area, creating the feeling of an all-day fair. If you are looking for stylish and trendy clothes, you have to visit the New Market in Sofokli Venizelou Str and Kyprou Square. In Archangelos, in contrast, you will find pots and the traditional leather boots the old islanders used to wear. As to jewellery, watches, ethnic wares, ceramics, trendy and expensive clothes from the most popular brand names, you can find almost anything you want just by walking the streets of the Old and the New town.
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