Mooring your boat in this marina is a real privilege since the Rhodes marina at Mandraki is actually the old town harbor. Rhodes Marina at Mandraki is actually a public port that does not offer the usual facilities of a modern private marina. The port alike the town of Rhodes occupies the northernmost tip of the island right below the medieval castle and opposite the Market Square of Rhodes, a 30 minute drive from the airport and 20 minutes walk from the commercial (ferry) port of Rhodes. The facilities within the harbor area can give a minimum of comfort to the charterers since there is power, water and supermarkets near the yachts.
Mandraki harbor was the main harbor of Rhodes for almost 2,500 years. On the left side you can see the entrance to the harbor and the two deer, (it is believed that the Colossus of Rhodes was standing there), a Rhodian symbol of strength and wealth. Mandraki Harbour still remains very active, with lots of sailboats, private yachts and small cruise boats that offer trips around Rhodes and other nearby islands.
Information on Rhodes Mandraki Marina
The marina is located in the north part of Rhodes island, along the other ports of the old town, being the furthest to the north, with the coordinates 36°26′ N 28°14′ E. From out at sea, the marina is easy to spot thanks to the medieval castle that sits just above it on a hill. Also, opposite the marina, the Yacht Charter skipper can see the main market street.
The marina has 120 berths which are never enough during the summer months, a reason for which a booking in advance would be a good idea. Berth where directed or where convenient. The harbor is crowded in the summer, with sailing yachts often two or three out of the quay. Mandraki is now designated as a marina, although as yet few additional facilities have been introduced. Yachts can also go on the pontoon on the W side, just inside the entrance, if there is room.
Facilities at Rhodes Marina
• Water and 220V power is available on the quay.
• Fuel is delivered on the quay by a car-tanker.
• The main street is a 7-minute walk from the dock.
• A 24-hour taxi stand is also found across the road outside Mandraki marina.
• The local bus terminal of Rhodes town with connection of the main villages/ beaches/ sites of the island (such as Lindos) is about 300m away from the yachts’ berths.
• ATM cash point and many Banks are located in the town near the yacht’s pier.
• Parking area (unguarded, quite safe) is also located into the marina, but you better consult the base manager about the best place to leave your car.
• WC / Toilets / Hot water showers are available near the office 5-minutes walk from the boats’ berths.
There are two supermarkets within the harbor that are open 7 days a week from 07.30 to 21.00 during the summer. There you will find almost anything you wish. Provisioning lists are accepted in Rhodes too. You can do more shopping in the market square nearby.
There are various cafes, taverns and restaurants within walking distance of the ancient town and market square. A couple of the best taverns / Greek traditional restaurants in the island you will find in remote villages about 7-16 km SW of the town. Our staff can call a taxi for you and advise you how to locate them.
The Weather in Rhodes and the Dodecanese
From May to October, the prevailing wind in this area blows from the W or NW at Force 4-6B. If your bearing is towards Kos island, then after you pass the Turkish cape West of Symi island, the winds are usually calmer and blow from N (or NE sometimes). The National Observatory of Athens issues a Sailing forecast, published in their website.
Hazards Close to the Marina
Beware of the rocks and shallow waters on the north side of the port entrance. Also: drop as much chain as you have in your chain locker, so that your boat’s anchor will not stuck to the heavy-big-chain of the mooring-lines which is submerged parallel to the dock at a distance of 30m (90 feet). Waters at this point are 20 m deep and you will -most probably- need a diver to free your anchor.
Rhodes Marina in Google Maps