It’s also great to explore in your hired car. Once you have lazed about enough or you have taken part in enough sport, we recommend that you jump into your rented car and set off on a drive around the island- you will definitely want to see some of the wonderful sights here. The first stop on this island should be the “old town” – it is definitely a “must see”. Surrounded by a metre long city wall from the 14th century, visitors can quite easily stroll through the narrow streets with their typical fountains, squares and oriental elements. Worthwhile seeing is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John in which you can see the marvellously decorated rooms and admire the old statues to be found there.
For those of you that would like to find out more about the previous history of the island can visit each of the rooms in the palace where you will find exhibitions based around the topic. Just next to here you will find Suleiman’s Mosque from the 19th century- a further symbol of the town. It becomes gallant once again in Knight Street, west of the Mosque where the different Knights left behind their weapons. The whole street is built in Gothic style and serves as a collection area for the international Knighthood.
Relax, Then Get a Bite to Eat
If you are feeling a little tired after your tour in your cheap car hire, pep yourself up in the Hammam- an original Turkish bath from the 18th century. Afterwards you will be distinctly hungry but don’t worry as Rhodes has plenty of fantastic fish restaurants in which you can enjoy tasty fish and seafood in a clean as well as rustic atmosphere. You will find good restaurants on the harbour where you can look out to where one of the 7 wonders of the world stood. The Colossus of Rhodes was destroyed by an earthquake in 227BC.
For those of you that want to get a bit of fresh air after a trip in town, we recommend you visit Petaloudes Valley which is located just a few kilometres west of Rhodes which can be easily reached in your hired car- there you will find the pretty valley that is full of colourful butterflies. This is also one of the reasons that Rhodes has the nickname “home of the butterflies.”