In this mini guide we are going to explore some of the most interesting things to do in the northern part of the island for those looking to fully experience Rhodes’ beauties. The following destinations are relatively close to each other. Also they can easily be combined to create a unique and complete day in the island!
Rhodes Old Town
Starting off with the Old Town, (considered by many as the island’s number one highlight) in order to totally explore the medieval buildings and narrow alleys, visitors need at least 3-4 hours. The most magnificent building is the Grand Master Palace, today operating as a museum. After roaming through its corridors, access can also be granted to the old town’s outer walls. Other interesting spots are Suleiman’s Mosque, the Road of the Knights and the Archeological Museum.
Our pro tip for curious explorers is not to be afraid to lose themselves inside the alleys and to always seek small “invisible” paths that others ignore. If time is not a matter, just pick every random alley you can find, so you will end up to random locations of the old city, each one made during different era! It’s impossible to get lost anyways and if you get tired, you can always ask a local to inform you about the nearest exit.
Walking on Mandraki Harbour
Next on our list is our favorite walking/ jogging route for Northern Rhodes. It starts from Mandraki Harbor (The center), where the 3 windmills are located (St Nicholas Castle), it follows the harbor line to the town hall, then to the Casino, the Aquarium and it crosses the northwest sea-line heading to Ixia. Along the way you are going to meet Diagoras Statue, which pictures the ancient Greek Olympian on the shoulders of his sons, Kato Petres, the off-road beach path with the rock-hidden chapel and then head to Ixia where many luxurious hotels are located. The whole route is about 4 km long and can be stretched to 7 km depending on whether you take the bus back to the center or continue a bit more and head to Ialysos village.
One of the most sport-oriented things to do is definitely the hill of Filerimos, next to Ialysos Village. The curvy 4 km road inside the pine tree forest leads to a small park to the top, where many peacocks use it as their residence. On the top you are also going to find a tall, cement cross. It can be climbed from the inside with a spiral staircase, as well as a small church, where many weddings are being held each year. For those looking for alternative paths, they can explore the off-road dusty routes inside the forest, which the fire department has shaped in case of fire emergencies.
These are in our opinion some of the most interesting things to do in the northern part of Rhodes, which combined or separate, have the power to create unique experiences and moments of joy!