Beaches in Rhodes Greece
Most beaches on Rhodes have been awarded the European Union blue flag - an environmental award for clean beaches and crystal clear waters
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The Municipality of Rhodes
At the northern tip of Rhodes town is its cosmopolitan beach, one of the most photographed in Greece. It is known as Elli Beach. The towering hotels, Casino and Aquarium are ranked along the longest beach on the island dotted with multi-coloured umbrellas, many canteens and dive boards known by the name of trampolines.
The Municipality of Ialyssos
At Ixia and Ialyssos there are organized beaches with sand, pebbles and
waters that suddenly deepen. They are excellent for those who love to
swim. Due to the northerly winds which normally blow here they are ideal
for lovers of windsurfing like in the east
Beaches of Kallithea
At the baths at Kallithea there is an organized beach with small bays where there pines stretch down to the sea, rock pools and stones sculpted by the sea. Each bay has deck chairs and a canteen.
In the same area are the sandy beaches of Reni and Kokkina.
At Faliraki is an extensive stretch of sand more than 5 km long. Here the major hotels dominate with their organized beaches and a range of water sports. There are also many quiet spots too. Faliraki has beaches to satisfy even the most demanding visitor. Katharas Bay which combines a sandy beach with precipitous rocks is perhaps the most picturesque bay on the island and the area is also known as Nudists Bay. At Traganou Beach the sea penetrates impressive caves that have been carved out of the living rock.
One can also get to Faliraki by boat from Mandraki port in Rhodes Town.
After Faliraki at Ladiko there is a small bay that has just above everything: fine sand, pebbles, trees on the surrounding hills, deckchairs, showers and taverns. Behind Ladiko is Anthony Quinn Beach. The well-known actor Anthony Quinn bought a large property in the area during the filming of "The Guns of Navarone" which today bears his name. Swamped in greenery reflected even in the water, this beach with its impressive colours is one of the most beautiful on the island. There is a small pier for boats while many yachts also drop anchor further out to sea.
At Afandou there is a large beach with sand and pebbles. The sea deepens suddenly here. There are a few canteens, kiosks, fish taverns and water sports on offer. Along the coastal road is Rhodes Golf Course. A mini train and buses connect the village of Afandou with the beach.
At Kolympia there is an organized beach with sand, fine pebbles and pedalos. Left and right of the main beach are hotels. In the natural harbour one can enjoy fresh seafood served up where the waves break on the beach.
Tsambika is one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Large, it has wide stretches of fine, golden sand. Many people of all ages and nationalities come here to swim in its clear, green waters. High above on an imposing rock is the Monastery of Panaghia Tsambika from whence the beach took its name.
Stegna is a beach ideal for all those looking for quiet. A picturesque harbour with sand and pebbles, water sports and a few taverns right at the waters edge and rooms to let.
Haraki is an idyllic small bay with umbrellas and other tourist facilities. The right-hand side of the beach has large pebbles while the left-hand side has sand only.
Shortly before Haraki lies Agathi, a small, beautiful sandy beach sheltered from the wind. It is ideal for camping having a cave at one end where one can camp out overnight.
Beaches in Lindos
At Kalathos is a large beach some 4 km long with sand and fine pebbles. At one point along the beach is a washed up shipwreck.
Vlicha is a large beach just before Lindos. Its crystal clear waters gradually get deep. The most important hotels in the area stand at the sides and in the centre of the beach.
Lindos is the best known beach on the island. The picturesque bay at Lindos is divided into two different stretches of sand. One on the left side of the beach and the other as one directly below the acropolis accessed along Palla St. and known as Palla Beach. Everywhere are deckchairs, umbrellas, taverns and crowds of people. The water here is very shallow and thus ideal for children.
Aghios Pavlos Beach in a sheltered bay has two stretches of sand, that on the right being organized while that on the left is ideal for those who prefer quiet. There is a chapel at the end. Pebbles, sand, rocks for diving and greenish waters are the characteristics of this beach.
The verdant coastal resort of Pefki has an organized beach and modern hotel complexes.
Sheltered Glystra Bay with its lovely windless beach lies close to Lardos. A small and charming beach it has fine sand and is preferred by all those who love quiet and calm.
South Rhodes beaches
Kiotari is a modern tourist resort along the length of an impressive, seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach. Holidaymakers here are usually families or couples looking for quite and good sea. It is worth stopping off for a swim at the wonderful beach with its clean, golden sands and trying the traditional dishes served at restaurants where attention is paid to detail.
Gennadi has sand and small pebbles as far as the eye can see but also the loudest beach parties on the island. The beach has two sides: intensity and quiet.
Aghios Pavlos has wet sand difficult to walk on, cedars and is usually deserted. It is the ideal place to spend some time alone. To get to the beach take the dirt track through the cypress trees opposite the Italian Monastery with its impressive bell and clock tower.
At the southernmost tip of the island is Prasonisi, wavy on the right and windless on the left, and surfers everywhere. On either side of the sandy causeway linking Prasonisi with Rhodes are small bays. Depending on wind direction there are waves on one side or the other. The island can be reached on foot or by swimming - this depends on the season and the water level. The sea on both sides often mingles covering the land and creating images of outstanding beauty. This is a paradise for surfing particularly in July and August when strong winds blow.
Fourni is a small quiet beach with pebbles and choppy seas, ideal for those who love authentic beauty. Along the beach one can also find wild bays and a single rock in the shape of a boat which dominates the view out to sea. Every so often sea turtles (Caretta caretta) appear on the beach.
beaches of Attavyros
A short distance outside of Siana village is Glyfada beach, one of the less well known beaches on the island and ideal for those who enjoy exploring. Its many pines stretch down to the rocks along the coast and their reflection gives the waters a wonderful hue.
Skala Kameirou beach with its charming little harbour and fish taverns is ideal for fishing.
The Municipality of Petaloudes
A sandy beach, summer breezes, and specialized facilities all make Tholos an ideal place for fans of windsurfing.
See also Kos