sports and activities of Rhodes island
The island is ideal for a range of activities covering all tastes and age groups from go-kart tracks, cycling, mini football and squash to diving, water sports, horse riding, tennis and golf to mention but a few.
Go-Kart tracks: In operation at Faliraki, Damatria and Lardos.
Bowling: There are modern bowling centres where local champions leagues are organized. While playing one can also enjoy a coffee or drink.
Diving: Due to the fear of antique smuggling diving is only permitted with organized by special scuba diving schools in the sea area around Kallithea. Daily outings are organized with lessons and certification.
Water sports: At many beaches around the island there are organized water sport centres where one can take lessons in surfing, catamaran, sailing, parasailing, jet skiing, pedalo, canoeing and extreme sports.
The World Windsurfing Championships also take place on the island drawing the interest of many visitors.
Extreme sports: If you want to get your adrenaline going try bungee jumping at Faliraki or at New World Bungee and Aquarius Euro-Bungee All operate in accordance with the legal safety requirements and are supervised by trained staff.
Camping: There is one campsite on the island at Faliraki which has all the amenities to guarantee you a please stay.
Water Park: Impressively large with a wide range of rides, the water park is built amphitheatre-like on the side of hill above Faliraki beach. Apart from traditional rides like slides, lazy river and black hole it also has a rafting slide, giant slide, aqua gym, lifeguards, a bar and restaurants.
Horse riding: You can hire horses for riding near the village of Pastida and Ialyssos on the western side of the beach.
Tennis: Rhodes Tennis Club lies on the road from Rhodes to Kallithea in the Karakanero area. It covers an extensive area and is ideal for fans of the sport.
Cycling: Cycling is possible all over the island. You can hire a bicycle and enjoy your ride either in town or exploring the whole island.
The International Cycling Games organized each year during the first half of March are of particular interest.
Underwater fishing: There is an organized underwater fishing centre in the village of Lardos.
Golf: Afandou Golf Club - Rhodes Golf Club is located at Afandou Beach and belongs to the Greek National Tourist Organization. The area covers 550,000 m2 and is an 18-hole course. Those interested in playing can hire equipment and clothing. There is also a refreshment bar.
Mini Football: 5 x 5 pitches can be found next to the Aegean University as well as the 2nd Km of the Rhodes - Lindos Road.
Mini Golf: Mini golf courses can be found all over the island primarily at the large hotel complexes.
Paintball: This is a harmless game of warfare. The only paintball part is at Kalythies on the road towards the village of Psinthos.
Squash: Fans of squash can enjoy their favourite sport at the major hotel complexes.
Sailing: Given that there are no beaches on Rhodes accessible only by boat, yachts are usually rented on Rhodes for longer trips to surrounding islands such as Halki, Symi, Kastellorizo, Kos, Nissyros, Tilos, etc. The marina is located and Mandraki and has all the necessary facilities.
Beach Volleyball: At quite a few beaches on Rhodes you can play beach volleyball on specially laid out courts.
Each year the World Beach Volleyball Championships are held in Rhodes Town during the month of July.