Gates and Walls Tour of Rhodes, Rhodes (Self Guided)

The medieval walled city of Rhodes has been on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites since 1988. Encircled by huge medieval walls, when you enter the city, you find yourself in a completely different world. Access to the city is provided by eleven gates, although not all of them are open to the public. Take this tour to explore the historical gates, towers, and walls of Rhodes, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.
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Gates and Walls Tour of Rhodes Map

Guide Name: Gates and Walls Tour of Rhodes
Guide Location: Greece » Rhodes (See other walking tours in Rhodes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: rose
La Tour Saint Pierre

1) La Tour Saint Pierre

La Tour St. Pierre is located near Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate in Rhodes. It is one of many medieval towers that were meant to protect the town from enemies. The edifice was constructed by Grand Master Zacosta in 1461-1464.
St. Paul's Gate

2) St. Paul's Gate (must see)

St. Paul Gate is located on the northern end of Rhodes. It is protected by a tower and a low wall. There is a relief depicting Saint Paul at this site. The relief was provided by Grand Master d’Aubusson. Be sure to visit this beautiful historic gate.
Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate

3) Eleftherias (Freedom) Gate (must see)

Eleftherias Gate is located in front of Simi Square and is one of the most popular gates among visitors of the city. This gate connects the medieval part of town with Mandraki Harbor. The gate was created after WWII by the Italians, who considered themselves as liberators of Rhodes. The Italians named the structure Freedom Gate.
Temple of Aphrodite

4) Temple of Aphrodite

The Temple of Aphrodite is located on Symi Square in front of the Eleftherias Gate in Rhodes. It dates from the third century BC. Today the ruins recall the former glory of the ancient temple dedicated to the god Aphrodite. Visit this popular attraction in Old Town Rhodes.
Tarsanas (Arsenal) Gate

5) Tarsanas (Arsenal) Gate

Tarsanas (Arsenal) Gate is located not far from the Aphrodite Temple in Rhodes. It serves as the exit from Old Town to the Commercial Harbor. The name Arsenal comes from the fact that this was the spot where knights used to carry their guns and other military equipment.
Arnaldo Gate

6) Arnaldo Gate

Arnaldo Gate is located south of Tarsanos Gate in Rhodes. This gate provides an exit to the Commercial Harbor. The entrance is surrounded by a variety of shops selling items such as carpets, pictures and more.
Marine Gate

7) Marine Gate (must see)

Marine Gate (also called St. Catherine’s Gate or Sea Gate) is located south of Arnaldo Gate in front of the Commercial Harbor in Rhodes. It was erected by Grand Master Pierre d’Aubusson in 1478 as a means of defense against possible Ottoman attacks. The relief above the entrance depicts the Virgin Mary, Saint John and Saint Peter. This impressive gate is a work of art.
Walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes

8) Walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes

The Medieval City of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is internationally recognized for its abundance of Byzantine, Crusade and Ottoman architecture and history. The medieval city is surrounded by a 4 kilometer fortified wall that covers a surface area of 8,611,128 square feet and was built to protect Rhodes from attack by sieging foreign empires and corsairs who sailed the water of the Mediterranean and Aegean during the Middle Ages. The old city was fortified under the Knights Hospitallers who occupied Rhodes between 1309 and 1522. The massive city walls were long considered to be impenetrable, but they finally yielded to the Ottoman Turks at the beginning of the 16th century.

Along the wall, there are several bastions and towers that can be visited. Each of them includes fascinating features and brings Rhodes’ ancient military history to life for the visitor. You are able to enter the Old City through one of the eleven gatehouses along the walls. There are cat walks and ramparts along the top of the city walls that were used by sentries keeping guard over the city and for defense during attack. There is an entry fee, but you can climb up into several of the towers and walk along the walls, all the while imagining you are a medieval knight.
St. Anthony's Gate

9) St. Anthony's Gate

St. Anthony’s Gate is located not far from D'Amboise Gate. It is a popular historic gate that became the last part of D’Amboise Gate when the knights modified the wall's design. The entry is narrow, and there is a relief above the entrance.
D'Amboise Gate

10) D'Amboise Gate

One of the most remarkable gates from a military perspective in the medieval town of Rhodes is definitely D’Amboise Gate. It was built by Grand Master Emery D’Amboise in 1512. The gate was fortified with two impressive round towers to protect the city from the Ottomans. Even if the Ottomans did manage to enter this gate, they still couldn’t access the town. Knights modified the wall's structure so that there were another three gates to pass in order to enter the town.

Walking Tours in Rhodes, Greece

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Create Your Own Walk in Rhodes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rhodes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town Shopping Tour of Rhodes

Old Town Shopping Tour of Rhodes

Old Town Rhodes offers great opportunities for shopping. There are many stores lining the streets where you can find anything you can imagine, including classic and contemporary gold jewelry, ceramics, carpets, antiques and more. Sokratous Street is the best street in the area for shopping. Take this tour to discover the best shopping destinations in Rhodes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Rhodes, capital of the eponymous island of Rhodes, the biggest island of the Dodecanese archipelago, went down in history a long time ago as the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. To find the place where the famous Colossus once stood, as well as to discover other notable sights of ancient Rhodes, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Medieval Town Landmarks Tour of Rhodes

Medieval Town Landmarks Tour of Rhodes

The medieval town of Rhodes is a world cultural heritage site. It is like an open air museum, as every street, square or building evokes a story about the city's ancient times. It is one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in Europe and has 6,000 inhabitants. Take this tour of Old Town and visit the area's most notable landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Mandraki Harbor Tour of Rhodes

Mandraki Harbor Tour of Rhodes

Mandraki is one of the three harbors in Rhodes. It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance. Today the deer sculptures at the entrance, the St. Nicholas Fortress and a number of medieval windmills create a charming view of the harbor. Many boat trips to other nearby islands leave from here....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Tour of The Acropolis of Rhodes

Tour of The Acropolis of Rhodes

The Acropolis is located on Monte Smith in the city of Rhodes. Structures at this site date back to the Hellenistic period (3rd to 2nd century BC). The partially renovated structures at the Acropolis include the Temple of Pythian Apollo, the Stadium, the Odeion and the Nymphaia. The excavations and restoration work began during the Italian governance of the island (1912-1945) and continue today....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Museums and Galleries Tour of Rhodes

Museums and Galleries Tour of Rhodes

There are many interesting museums located in Rhodes. The Archaeological Museum, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights and the Museum of Modern Greek Arts are the most famous and are a must visit while in Rhodes. Also be sure to take note of the impressive historical buildings that house the city's museums. Take this tour to spend a few hours discovering the museums and galleries of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rhodes for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Rhodes has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rhodes, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.