Built at the northern end of the island in 408 BC; the town stretches from the hills of Monte Smith all the way to the Medieval City, to Mandraki port and on to the beaches beyond – just a few miles to the east.
Rhodes is considered one of the best planned cities designed by Hippodamus, with a checkerboard road network, much of which has survived until the current day. Its unique makeup is based mainly on the extensive architectural projects constructed by the Knights of St John and later by the Italians.
Today, Rhodes town is the second most highly populated town in the Greek islands. Second only to Heraklion in Crete and in spite of its tourist development its unique identity has remained untouched. At the same time Rhodes is vibrant all year round with an intense professional and social life, with modern shopping centres, multi-cinemas, theater stages, acclaimed restaurants and even a famous Casino. Rhodes is an active multicultural society that regularly hosts International sporting and cultural events.
With 55,000 residents, nearly 50% of the island’s total population, Rhodes City is the capital of the Dodecanese and an important administrative and commercial center of the Aegean.
On the outskirts of the city and within just 6-7 km, the smaller towns of Ialyssos and Koskinou complement the suburban landscape, bringing the total population of the commuter triangle of the island, Rhodes – Ialyssos – Koskinou to 70,000.
The economic prosperity of the city resulted in the growth of one of the most viable real estate markets in the country. Both commercial and residential property have experienced steady growth over the last forty years and have sustained remarkable stability in the recent times of economic crisis in Greece.