This is a very important spot of Rhodes. The Tourist Information office is located near Mandraki harbour, very close to the Bus Station and the Municipal Market.
I found the office extremely helpful. The staff speaks at least English and German. You can get get lots of valuable and useful infomation here, related to both the town and the island. Here you can also pick your bus schedule, city and island map etc.
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, however, it did not bestride the harbour entrance as is commonly pictured. It's 20 tons of bronze would have sunk immediately into the sea bed. The statue of Rhodes' protector, sun-god, Helios, 32 metres (105 ft.) high, probably stood near the Palace of the Grand Masters, site of an ancient sanctuary.
Sculptor Charles of Lindos took 12 years to cast the Colossus. Extracting bronze from battle machines and tools left after Demetrius's abortive siege, he finished the work around 290BC. He commited suicide after discovering a mistake in his calculations. An assistant tried to correct it but to no avail. During an earthquake around 225BC, the Colossus cracked at the knees and crashed to the ground.
The Delphic oracle warned Rhodians not to restore the statue, and the crumpled bronze lay where it had fallen for nearly 900 years. Arab pirates shipped it to the Lebanon, selling it as scrap to Jewish merchants, who needed 90 Camels to carry it away.
Most responsible drivers will recognise that you cannot see and properly appreciate a country when you are driving, add to that the "wrong" side of the road and you can see the problem get worse. It is possible to see the real Rhodes by bus, you will need some determination to decipher bus timetables (which are basically a list of starting times from the first departure point, and that's all), and to appreciate that the Rhodians find it hard to understand that their fellow Europeans might simply wish to see the country, villages etc. from a bus or coach window rather than spend our cash in souvenir shops! You may get some help from the main tourist info office situated on one of the corners up the hill on Papagou which is the street running inland from the taxi station at Mandraki. Unhelpfully this office only opens Monday to Friday office hours!
shells in Rhodes
At the seaside and within old city there are plenty of shops selling touristic objects. Figures and boxes made by using shells were very lovely. Vairety of shells show the richness of Aegean nature again and again. Prices are very reasonable for those valuable gifts.
Driving around Rhodes by car
If you want to explore the island, you'll need a car. I recommend that you rent one for at least two days! There are lots of car rentals (for cars, motorbikes or even trikes), so it's shouldn't be a problem to find one. Most cars driving around are rental cars... and lots of them are Hyundai Atos, like ours!
Streets on Rhodes are good, especially the ones at the coast and where the tourist busses drive along! However to reach some villages in the interior, you have to take a gravel street - and as we had a brandnew car we rather didn't tried this!
We were told that the Greeks don't know any stop signs or "no passing" - instead they know the head of the police. ;-) But it wasn't that terrible, driving there was okay. You have to know that Greeks like to use their horn very often (sometimes without any obvious reason) and don't be surprised if someone uses his arm as indicator... Often, the white lines on the street are not very well visible (so no wonder that it's ignored!). Direction signs are first in Greek and later shortly before the crossing they are in English, so it's not necessary to be able to read Greek letters (however it might help). Sometimes directions signs are not very clear, but we found our way!