James Villas Rhodes

Rhodes City travel guide

Rhodes City, also called Rodos, is steeped in history and the old town and the castle are a magnet for day trippers who join the holiday throngs holed up in Rhodes' hotels.

With so much to see within the city walls, the beaches tend to get overlooked. The main beach is just north of Mandraki harbour and stretches to the northern tip of the island.

Long ranks of sunbeds sit on the sand and shingle, linked by wooden duck boards and backed by a skyline of high rise hotels and the famous Rhodes' casino.

The city beach is called Elli beach and the sandiest part lies front of the Mediterranean Hotel, although the sunbeds are crammed so tight you may not see a great deal of sand.

Rhodes beach is dominated by a staggered line of hotels that tower behind. More shingle than sand, the northern tip is little visited, just a swathe of stone curving around the headland.

This is where the Rhodes Aquarium, rather ominously called the Hydro-biological Institute sits, looking rather isolated, on a small hill.

On the north-west side is another, less attractive but popular beach, called Akti Miaouli. There are the usual tourist facilities from toilets to showers and plenty of watersports.

The north-west coast is exposed to the north winds and breakers can roll in when the wind gets up. The old walled city of Rodos lies just south of Mandraki harbour.