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Best 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 and they are world famous like the Santorini beaches.  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

Ixia beach

ixia beach rhodesBizarrely shaped hotel and apartment blocks set in manicured grounds are the staple of Ixia, home to international luxury hotels that double as out-of-season conference centres.
Typical is the giant Rodos Palace Hotel and the equally upmarket Mira Mare Beach. Tributes to concrete and rivals to a Dallas soap set are the circular Olympic Palace and the Metropolitan Capsis.
Ixia beach is a deep and steep strip of shingle lining the busy airport road. Restaurants and shops edge the long esplanade which has a child playground and a couple of watersport centres.
The northerly wind can get very fresh on Ixia beach and many prefer calm hotel pools to the choppy seas and the non-stop whine of passing mopeds.
In the evening, hotel guests stroll into Rhodes Town past main road bars and eateries lit up like a sci-fi film set. Neon offerings are more smorgasbord or burgers than moussaka or souvlaki.
A few tavernas do offer Greek food and music, but locals stay well away from the tourist traps and prefer the food delights of nearby villages such as Tris (left just beyond the Miramare Hotel).
Quiet roads run inland from the neon-lit main road where visitors may be surprised at the rural switch to rustic smallholdings and goats grazing the fields.

Trianda beach
trianta beach rhodesAbout nine kilometres from Rhodes, the resort of Ixia merges with the hotels of Trianda or Trianta which, although it attracts a great many visitors, manages to retain a traditional Greek atmosphere.
Trianda beach is a long strip of shingle and sand backed by a busy road and riven with sunbeds and offering the usual facilities found on well developed tourist beaches.
There are all the usual watersports and the windy coast here is a big hit with windsurfers, especially in the afternoons when stiff breezes can sweep along the shore.
Trianda is effectively the beach resort of the inland village of Ialyssos and it has a large and bustling village which retains some local atmosphere despite the surrounding high risers, though it’s not particularly picturesque.
Regular buses run into Rhodes Town and to other villages along the coast. There is also a taxi-rank in the centre of the village.

Kermasti beach

kremasti beach rhodesKremasti lies a little further along the coast road from Trianda and is less a resort than a busy run-of-the-mill village with rooms to let, apartments and a few package hotels. Still expanding, Kremasti has a wide pebble beach with the usual sun-loungers, parasols and watersports. The beach is steeply banked pebble and stone, making it unsuitable for children.
It sits at the end of the Rhodes airport runway and can get frenetic on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the main transfer days for Rhodes’ package holidays.
The tree-lined village square is dominated by a striking church and lined with shops. Kremasti village is famous for its Panayieri, or Festival of the Virgin Mary, on August 15. There is a giant street market, fiesta and funfair. The Panhellenic Craft Fair is held in Kremasti from August 14 – 22. The nearby village of Pastida is an oasis of calm, sheltering amid citrus and olive groves with a smattering of small shops and tavernas.

Tholos beach

Further west along the coast road, and at the other end of the airport runway, is the village and coastal resort of Tholos or Theologos. The narrow strip shingle and sand soon flattens out into a wide expanse, backed by scrub and low dunes. The windy beach is a favourite with windsurfers but there is little protection for sunbathers. The crowds tend to thin out at Tholos despite the high rise hotels all around and the hilltop village centre is about a kilometre inland. Tholos has a much more of a traditional Greek atmosphere than most north coast resorts with some typical island architecture among the shops and tavernas.

Fanes beach Rhodes

One of the last resorts on the north coast is the village of Fanes with a picturesque harbour and a flat isolated beach dotted with stands of tamarisk trees. At Fanes, about 30 kilometres from Rhodes City, visitors leave hotel land behind for a long flat swathe of sharp sand and shingle with a couple of good tavernas at the back of the sands. The flat beach, shallow water and strong breezes make for ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing and the sports are hugely popular here.

Faliraki beach Rhodes

faliraki-beachOnce a fishing village, and some brochures claim it still is, a visitor would be hard put to find a fisherman on the main beach at Faliraki these days. Often dubbed ‘lively’ in the brochures Faliraki resort, about 15 kilometres south of Rodos, is little more than a noisy neon teenage playpen. Jet skiing, go karting, bungy jumping are offered to the daily influx of frolicky young visitors whose idea of fun is getting smashed on lager and making a lot of noise.
And noise there is, brain-addling at night as the bars and clubs wind up to full power. The din can be heard several kilometres away. Faliraki beach is a gritty flat sand and packed with bodies from dawn to well after dusk. Mosquitoes home in from the nearby lowland to gorge on the bare teenage flesh.
Drinks at Faliraki bars will cost up to six times supermarket prices and the street touts from the clubs and bars can be both persistent and aggressive. Perversely, some holiday hotels promote a Cycladic village theme for those wishing to enjoy the ‘Greek experience’ that has been comprehensively cemented over. Faliraki waterpark is nearby, one of the largest in Europe, with water flumes and slides for any bored by the beach ” experience” And, if its fishermen you want, there is a small harbour at the southern end of Faliraki beach where a few can still be seen in the early morning.

Tsambika beach

tsambika-beach-rhodesOverlooked by a Gibraltar-like rocky outcrop topped by a monastery, the swathe of soft sand at Tsambika or Tsambiki, also spelt Tsampiki or Tsampkia, is reached down a precipitous, hairpin road.
The steep descent keeps out tourist buses and other public transport, but Tsambika beach nevertheless teems with tourists and the sunbeds are fanned like playing cards. A beach taverna is supplemented by several beach cantinas offering drinks, sandwiches and shady relief from the sun. Behind, the sand peters out to a dirt and gravel car park.
According to legend, barren women had only to climb barefoot to the tiny white Byzantine church of Panayia Tsambika above the beach to ensure pregnancy. As a result many of the island’s children are named Tsambikos or Tsambika, depending on their sex. The rock outcrop above overlooks both Kolimbia and Tsambika beaches with stupendous views along the coast.

Glystra beach Rhodes

glistra beachGlystra is a small cove with an inviting beach of good fine sand that lies to the south of Lardos. This ‘undiscovered’ beach tends to take overspill from more northern beaches at Pefkos and Lardos.
The sands at Glystra are quite deep and the beach makes a long sweep around an attractive bay. The water is shallow, so it’s fine for families with young children while snorkellers can hunt for the shell of a car dumped in the middle of the bay. There is good parking at the northern end of Glystra beach and a family-run cantina opens in the summer providing sunbeds and good food. The beach, although pleasant enough, is rather exposed with little natural shade.

Prassonisi beach

prasonisi-beach-rhodesAt Prassonissi, a dramatic three kilometre spit of sand charges out to sea with the choppy Aegean on one side and the calm Mediterranean on the other. The views are astonishing from a distance, but close up the beach tends to be grubby and dirty, not least because of the cars and jeeps that are parked on it. In winter the seas can link up and turn the spot into a genuine island, about 80km from Rodos. Even in summer the strong winds can force sunbathers to seek shelter. Surfers find Prassonissi ideal, especially off the northern shore, and many professionals come here to train. On most days the sea is alive with sailboards. There are a couple of tavernas at the roadside and there are surfboards and wet suits for hire.

Lardos beach Rhodes

lardos-beachLardos is set in a large bay, about 65km from Rodos, is little more than a group of supermarkets, some tavernas, car hire firms and a few large hotels. A big aparthotel went up but the projected tourist liveliness in Lardos failed to happens as the building work on the coast has fizzled out. The sand at Lardos is soft, if a little gritty, but the water is invitingly clean. Many visitors to this part of Rhodes tend to give Lardos a miss and opt for the nearby sandy beach of Glystra. The village is a 20-minute walk inland where there is a proper Greek community and a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Life centres around the tree-lined village square and its impressive fountain fed by mountain springs. There is live Greek music in the square on festival nights and there are organised trips to Lindos, Rhodes City and other island sights.

Kolymbia beach

kolymbia-beachThe approach to Kolymbia is dramatic, along an arrow-straight road lined with mature eucalyptus. Built as a model farm by the Italians, Kolimbia, Kolymbia or Kolympia, is remarkable for the local houses, noted for their over-large chimney stacks. The resort, about 25km from Rodos, is relatively small and much favoured by German package tour operators. It has a picturesque rocky cove with an attractive beach to the north, mostly shingle with watersports at each end. A long, scruffy beach nearby is backed by an impressively ugly hotel and some sandy coves to the south are a 10-minute walk. Kolymbia has an unhurried air despite the visitor numbers and most hotels blend unobtrusively into the landscape.
The high count of all-inclusive hotels has curbed the independent tavernas and bars with just a handful left to compete. There are boat trips and a bus service to other resorts and to Rhodes city.

Kalithea beach
kalithea beachThermes Kallithea, also variously spelled Thermi, Therma, and Kalithea or Kalithia was originally a health spa built in the Moorish style by the Italians in the 1930s. The dramatic, decayed setting and kitsch architectural features, including domed pavilions and pink marble pillars, make it a favourite venue for fashion photographers.
A major spa restoration has breathed new life into the resort which is approached down an avenue of pines. Palm trees offer shade on a small shingle beach while sun loungers are scattered around a small lido. Buildings are illuminated at night to add a Disney-like glitz to the pseudo oriental atmosphere. A nearby cove is the target of many scuba diving excursions from Rodos and 15 minutes walk away is the beach resort hotel of Aldemar Paradise with various watersports. On the road to Faliraki a left turn down a dirt track leads to several small coves. The sea is deep here so you’ll need to be a decent swimmer to get the benefit. Each cove usually has a few sunbeds and a beach taverna that often gives the cove its name. A succession of grim hotels on the main road leads to Faliraki beach, a 20-minute walk away.

Plymiri Beach
plymiri beachPlimiri has a protected, sandy bay backed by low dunes and a peaceful spot, although the building of two large hotels and a new marina in the old fishing harbour has brought tears to some eyes.
A small roadside taverna near the harbour overlooks the long sandy crescent which backed by bamboo and scrub and lies about 85km south of Rodos. Nearby is the Monastery of Zoodhos Pigi, dating from 1840. To the south are wide and flat deserted beaches, backed by cedar woodland, but with no facilities. The best stretches are found south of Cape Viglos. They are usually deserted and best reached down a dirt track just before Agios Pavlos with its abandoned Italian monastery and impressive clock tower. There are miles of sand along this stretch of coast with beautiful, deserted bays, the most notable at Agios Giorgios. Inland from Plimiri is the farming village of Kattavia with fields of cereals and vegetables with scattered farmhouses, an old abandoned airport and some impressive cypress-lined roads.

Gennadi beach

genadi-beachGennadi is a vast stone and shingle beach about 70km south of Rodos. Much of the land around here is owned by the church so development has been kept to a minimum. Gennadi beach is really just a continuation of Kiotari and good, if you like stone and pebble with scraps of sand here and there. It is very long, at nearly six kilometres, and the stones drop sharply into the sea, although the water is clear and swimming good . A line of tavernas back the most popular parts of Gennadi beach and some are noted for loud and lively parties after a DJ set up at a local beach bar and attracted hordes of youngsters. It gets much more secluded to the south Gennadi village is above the beach over a main road where there are tavernas, small hotels and villas. Some large hotel complexes stand rather isolated in a forlorn wilderness of flat scrub.

Kiotari beach

kiotari-beachKiotari is a modern tourist beach resort backed by hills and, at the last count, four all-inclusive hotel complexes. The beach is large, at three kilometres and very sandy at one end, shingle at the other. A couple of summer beach cantinas plant sunbeds on the best of the sand. Most visitors bed down in the middle of the beach where watersports. Jet skis, water skis, canoes and windsurfing are all on offer. There are some rock pools at one end of Kiotari beach but winds can bring occasional whiffs of a nearby sewage plant.
The resort behind the beach has little in the way of Greek charm thanks the characterless holiday apartments thrown up in the 1990s. There is no real community here but there are several mini-markets, some souvenir shops and a handful of family-run tavernas. There is only one bus a day from Kiotari to Rhodes Town so transport is needed.

Pefkos beach Rhodes

pefkos-beachPefkos located about 56km from Rodos and purpose-built for tourist visitors. Apartments and villas have mushroomed over the past few years but buildings are low rise and hidden in the pine woods.
The one-kilometre beach is narrow with sand and shingle and it lies parallel to the main road and approached down a couple of tarmac roads through pine woods (Pefkos is Greek for ‘pines’).
Sun loungers hug most of the shore but, at the far end, the beach fans out into a flat area of small rocky bays with shallow water, making this an attractive spot for families with children. More small coves can be found by walking north or south. Less manic than neighbouring Lindos, Pefkos has no village – just a clutch of shops, restaurants and bars stretched out along the single street main street. The atmosphere is overwhelmingly British. There are full English breakfasts, Sunday roasts, chips, beer and karaoke, Chinese and Indian restaurants, big screen TVs and quiz nights.
Buses leave for nearby Lindos with connections to Rhodes City but, without a car or moped, a taxi is the only reliable, if expensive, form of transport.