During my holiday in Rhodes I woke up at sunrise every morning to do my morning run/walk along the coastal paths. One morning I headed towards Rhodes Old Town and by the commercial harbour I accidentally found an entrance to the gigantic Rhodes Old Town moat surrounding the walls of medieval Rhodes Old Town.It was still early in the morning, not too many people on the move. There was no one else in sight and the gates were open. I was not sure whether it was ok to access the moat but since the moat with wide green gardens looked very inviting I decided to enter. Later on I heard that the moat is always accessible, day and night.Running along the inland side of Rhodes Old Town for approximately 2,5 km, the moat is fairly deep and very wide, with beautifully maintained green gardens and sandy paths.Rhodes Old Town moat is considered one of the finest examples of medieval fortifications in Europe providing an absolutely stunning experience to admire several outstanding gates, striking towers and the massive old town walls that are up to 12 meters thick.Exploring sturdy bastions, artillery firing posts, low casemates and long ramparts in the middle of the moat together with exciting underground passages felt like a true adventure back in the old days. Cannons and gigantic cannon balls added to the experience.Just like the atmosphere in the Old Town, discovering the moat felt like stepping centuries back in time. I even found it a bit spooky as there was no people around. I only saw a few people on their morning walk, but other than that it was very quiet.It was a great idea to explore the moat very early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the scorching sun. The tall old town walls provided plenty of shade making my morning walk very pleasant! And besides, this was my first time ever walking a historical moat. Do you know if there are other historical moats to explore?
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