Greek tourist organisation likes to present their traditional style of living in association with local people. We visited one of the older woman, who kindly received us and pinned a bunch of basil leaves in a sign of a welcome on our chest. Tourists like visiting her. She makes her living with showing her traditional life and architecture.
Lawrence Durrell's Residence
This is an old villa adjacent to the mosque - again this is another example of the mixture of archictural styles seen in this area - a legacy of the italian building programme. In fact this villa was the former home of the English novelist Lawrence Durrell. Durrell wa a great fan of Rhodes and lived here until 1947, writing about his experiences here. He was Public Information Officer for the Dodecanese Islands in 1945. He called the villa Villa Cleobolus after the ancient ruler of Lindos. It will be good to see this place fully restored as a museum and gallery for Durrell exhibits.
If on a budget and want some tasty greek food to taste then Vikings is a good choice. What it lacks in superior quality and presentation is made up by variety and value. An "eat as much as you want" buffet of numerous greek appetisers and main courses for just 6 euros. That will fill you up so you can skip the tinned fruit and strawberry mousse they have as desert. Considering they give complimetary non-alcoholic fruit cocktails and a liqueur to finish with it really is good value. Anything greek - except I wasn't overstruck with the meatballs!
CHURCH OF AGHIA TRIADA (Holy Trinity)
This is a cross form church with cupola, that I happened to find on my wanders around the "Old Town"
It has frescoes that are probably of the late 15th and the early 16th century. It was used as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation.
The Marine Gate is by far the most impressive Gate in the Old town. It is commonly known among locals as 'Kolona' and frequently used as a meeting point. It was built in 1478 by Grand Master d'Aubusson and is situated directly in front of the Commercial Harbour which is used by major Ferry companies and Cruise liners.
If you've just hopped off a Cruise ship/Ferry, there is a taxi rank right in front of the Marine Gate.