Famous top beaches
- Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:56
Kremasti beach is situated 12 kilometres southwest of Rhodes Town, in the northwestern part of the island. Kremasti beach is a long stretch of shingle and pebble located in natural surroundings. The water is clear and deepens quickly. The shoreline is covered with pebbles. There are several sections with sunbeds and parasols. The beach is usually less crowded than the neighbouring beaches in Ialyssos and Ixia.
The pebble and shingle beach is rather unsuitable for children. Bathing shoes are highly recommended. The almost constant breeze provides perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is possible to rent equipment at the beach. You will find a few restaurants and cafés along the beach. Kremasti is a tranquil and quite beautiful village, which is popular among families and couples looking for a peaceful holiday. The cozy centre of the village is home to several shops, outdoor cafés/restaurants and the whitewashed church, Panagia Katholiki, one of the largest and most beautiful churches in Rhodes. Kremasti is located close to the airport of Rhodes, which is west of the village.
Ialyssos is situated on the north coast of Rhodes, only 8 kilometres west of the town of Rhodes. Ialyssos offer holidaymakers, access to a beautiful sand and shingle beach with crystal clear waters that stretches all the way to Kremasti. The shoreline and seabed are covered with pebbles, and water shoes are recommended.
Beach facilities include sun loungers, umbrellas, showers and toilets. Some sections of the beach are private hotel beaches. The Ialyssos beach is a favourite among families, although the beach has a pebbly shoreline and moderate waves from time to time. The almost constant breeze from the north provides excellent conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing. A variety of restaurants, cafés and beach bars are available along the beach. Being the second-largest town on the island of Rhodes, Ialyssos has a lively atmosphere with many shops, restaurants and bars. There is a wide range of accommodation from small family run hotels to large hotel complexes with beautiful gardens and large swimming pools.
Set on the northwest tip of Rhodes, Ixia is a rather small resort close to Rhodes Town. Ixia has a long beach with a mixture of sand and pebbles. The water is crystal clear with a pebbly shoreline.
The beach is divided into many sections, most of them organized and operated by large seafront hotels. However, you will also find public sections with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. The bay of Ixia often has moderate winds making it popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. Ixia’s pebble and shingle beach is rather unsuitable for children. The main watersports in Ixia are windsurfing, kitesurfing and jet-skiing. There are two water sports centres providing windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment as well as jet-skis. Ixia beach provides a wide range of restaurants and bars. Ixia was one of first purpose-built resorts to be developed in Rhodes. It is a rather quiet family holiday destination with many top hotels.
Elli beach is located at the northern tip of Rhodes island and synonymous town, facing towards the east. Elli is the main beach in Rhodes town and with the blue flag award is one of the most popular beaches on the entire island. (see picture 4 from same figure).
The shingle and pebbly beach is about 400 metres long and 35 metres wide, running from Mandraki harbor to Rhodes Aquarium. The water is crystal clear and usually calm. Elli beach offers you all the amenities needed to enjoy a perfect day in the sun. It is organized with sun loungers, colorful umbrellas, water sports and very comfortable lounge bars. Parking is possible in the streets behind the beach. The shingle and pebbly beach is not the best choice for the youngest children. Elli beach features a wide choice of water sports, including parasailing, banana boat, ringos, fly fish and diving. Along the beachfront there are restaurants, beach bars and a few cozy lounge bars serving cold refreshments along with chill out music.
Kallithea Springs is a spa, which dates all the way back to the classical Antiquity, but the current facilities were built by the Italians in 1929.
After a thorough renovation, the beautiful facilities reopened as a museum with an adjoining beach in the summer of 2007. The beach in Kalithea Springs is fairly small, but it is peaceful and the surroundings are very beautiful.
The beach is located in a bay with sun lounges on both sides. A peaceful blue flag awarded beach. The beach is a mixture of sand, gravel and pebbles. The water is shallow and usually completely calm. When the entrance fee to Kalithea Springs is paid, the sun lounges are free. Other facilities include showers, changing rooms and toilets.
There is limited room to play, but the sand is okay for children and the water is very child-friendly. There are no water sports activities available, the beach is completely peaceful. The snorkeling conditions are excellent. On the right side of the beach, there is a lovely restaurant/café with outstanding view of the bay.
Faliraki is situated on the northeastern coast of Rhodes, about 14 km south of the town of Rhodes. The 4 kilometres long sandy beach in Faliraki is definitely one of the most popular beaches in Rhodes.
Services includes sun beds, umbrellas, showers and public toilets. At the southern end of Faliraki beach there is an official nudist beach, with a tavern. This is the only official naturist beach in Rhodes. All kinds of water sport activities are available at Faliraki beach, including scuba diving, paragliding, jet ski, water skiing and wind surfing. Along the beach front there are beach bars, cafés, restaurants and tourist shops.
Afandou is located in the northeast of Rhodes, just five kilometers away from Faliraki. The beach of Afandou is one of the longest beaches in Rhodes and one of several in Rhodes with blue flag. The four kilometers stretch of beach is covered by course sand and pebbles along the shoreline. The water is crystal clear and fairly shallow making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling and water sports.
There are sun beds, umbrellas, beach bars and water sports facilities in several sections of the beach. Some of these sections have even been awarded the Blue Flag. Other sections of the beach remain more or less untouched by development. The water is fairly shallow, but with the pebbles are not that child friendly. Remember bathing shoes for the children. There is a wide range of water sports, including banana boat rides, jet skiing, water skiing and ringos. There is a small number of restaurants/cafés.
Anthony Quinn beach
Anthony Quinn bay and beach is situated on the east coast of Rhodes, some 4 kilometers south of Faliraki. After filming 'The Guns of Navarone' in Rhodes, the actor Anthony Quinn bought this isolated bay in order to create an international center for artists and film-makers.
However, the purchase was later annulled by the government. Anthony Quinn beach is by many considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes and the scenery is stunning. A stairway leads down to the narrow beach with sand, pebbles and some rocks at various spots.
Services at the beach include sun beds, umbrellas and a restaurant. Parking is free of charge. The picturesque beach is very popular with a tendency to get crowded during the summer months, especially in July and August. The crystal clear water and gorgeous underwater scenery makes the Anthony Quinn bay one of the best areas in Rhodes for snorkeling. A restaurant is situated by the stairway down to the beach.
Ladiko beach is located on the east coast of Rhodes, about 15 kilometres south of Rhodes Town and just 3 kilometres from Faliraki. The picturesque Ladiko beach is situated in a beautiful bay, which is surrounded by hills.
The quite small beach has fine sand with small rocks scattered all around. The water is clean and clear, with a gently slope into the sea. Beach facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, showers and beach restaurants/cafés. The beach is a popular choice among locals and holidaymakers, it is also a blue flag awarded beach, so it tends to get very crowded in July and August. Ladiko beach is not the best choice for small children due to the small rocks scattered all around the beach. On the positive side, the beach has a gentle slope into the sea. The beach does not have water sports available. There are a few cafés and beach bars selling sandwiches, ice-creams and other refreshments.
Agathi beach is located on the east coast of Rhodes, at a walking distance from the village of Haraki and next to the homonymous Haraki beach. Following a drive down a dusty, winding road a picturesque beach set will be uncovered against a mountainous background.
Agathi beach is one of the best beaches in Rhodes. The beach has soft golden sand and crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxation. Beach services include canteens, sun beds, umbrellas, showers and toilets. Parking is free. Agathi beach has soft sand and shallow water, making it ideal for families with children. 'Manolis Water sports' offers all kind of water sports like jet ski, banana boat, etc. Three canteens offer refreshments and light meals like burgers, sandwiches and souvlaki.
Vlycha is located on the eastern coast of Rhodes, only 3 kilometres from the picturesque village of Lindos. One of the several blue flag awarded beaches in Rhodes. Situated in a charming bay, Vlycha beach is a beautiful sweep of sand and pebbles. The crystal clear sea is usually very calm and deepens smoothly and gradually.
Beach facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, restaurants and showers. The beach is not as crowded as the nearby beaches of Lindos. The quietest and most sandy part of the beach is at the southern end. All in all a good beach for families with children, especially the southern end of the beach. Watersports at Vlycha beach includes waterskiing, banana boating and pedalos. There are two beach restaurants/cafés serving sandwiches, ice-coffee and other refreshments. Vlycha has a limited number of hotels and holiday apartments. You will also find a few supermarkets and gift shops.
Lindos is a picturesque village located on the south east coast of Rhodes. Lindos has two very popular beaches, both within walking distance from the town. Megali Paralia is the main beach in Lindos (see picture 16 from same figure). Its name means big beach and it is in fact the largest beach in Lindos.
The other beach, Lindos Pallas, is smaller and relatively quieter than the main beach. Both beaches have fine golden sand. The water is clear and shallow. Services include sunbeds, umbrellas, changing facilities and restaurants. The various paths down from Lindos village are quite steep and it can be a heavy uphill slog home after a heat-soaked day at the beach. The beaches have fine sand and shallow water. This makes the beaches ideal for families with children. Water sports include sea kayaks, pedalos and boat trips.
St Paul’s Bay
St Paul’s Bay (Agios Pavlos) is a picturesque bay just south of Lindos on the southeast coast of Rhodes. It is claimed that St Paul landed here in the year 51 AD to preach Christianity to the Rhodians. The small church built on the hillside is a very popular wedding location, most likely because of the beautiful views of the bay and Lindos Acropolis.
There are two beaches in the bay. The large beach in the southern end is a manmade beach with golden sand. The smaller beach at the northern end of the bay is a mix of sand and gravel. Facilities at both beaches include sun loungers, sun shades, toilets and a café. Parking is possible, close to the beaches. The beaches in St Paul’s Bay are relatively not crowded and very relaxing. The bay is a great place for snorkeling and diving. No other water sports are available. A café can be found on both beaches.
Kiotari is located 60 kilometres south of the town of Rhodes, just a few minutes’ drive from the picturesque village of Lindos. Kiotari has a beautiful 200-300 metres stretch of beach with sand and pebbles. One more incredible blue flag awarded beach, not to be missed. The water is very clear and fairly shallow. Most of the shoreline and seabed is covered with pebbles. Beach facilities include sunbeds, parasols, showers and toilets.
Parking close to the beach is free of charge. Kiotari beach has sandy areas, but the shoreline and seabed are covered with pebbles. Parents should consider beach shoes for the younger children. Watersports center Kiotari offers a wide range of water sports, including jet ski, banana boat and windsurfing. There is a quite newly built cafe at the beach. Kiotari is one of the newest resorts in Rhodes and is by many regarded as the most stylish one. In the small city center you find some shops, supermarkets and restaurants. The hotels are located close to the sea and most of them are large all-inclusive hotels of very good standards.
Gennadi beach is located 12 kilometres from Lindos in the southern part of Rhodes. The almost 6 kilometres long and very wide beach is surrounded by a strikingly beautiful landscape. The pebbles drop quite sharply into the sea. The water is crystal clear and clean, perfect for a swim.
The beach is well organized, blue flag awarded, with sun loungers, umbrellas and restaurants serving refreshments and freshly caught seafood. Gennadi beach is not particularly child friendly. There are no water sports available on this beach. A wide range of water sports can be found at Kiotari beach only a few kilometres to the north. There are several restaurants close to the beach. Try some of the delicious seafood. The picturesque and traditional village of Gennadi is situated close to the beach. Along with the white-washed houses, Gennadi offers restaurants, cafés, shops, small hotels and not to forget the famous old olive press 'Magana'. The road towards the south leads to Prasonisi beach, also known as surfer’s paradise.
Prasonisi is a small islet that during low tide becomes a peninsula attached to the southern tip of Rhodes. It is located around 90 kilometres south of Rhodes town. Like the islet, the two beaches are named Prasonisi.
Both are situated in breathtaking scenery with views to the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and spectacular mountains. Prasonisi is often very windy on the west side, while sheltered on the east. Consequently, experienced windsurfers make use of the windy conditions on the western side, while rather inexperienced windsurfers and sunbathers enjoy the eastern side. Both beaches benefit from fine sand and very shallow water, especially close to the islet.
The eastern beach has sections with sun beds and parasols. Parking is possible close to the beach. Soft sand and very shallow water make Prasonisi beaches perfect for children, especially the eastern side of the beach. Prasonisi is a world-renowned paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers. There are a few surf centers and surf schools at the beach. There are several restaurants and cafés close to the beach. A mini-market with refreshments can also be found on the beach. Prasonisi can't be described as a resort, although you will find a few hotels and rooms to let. The most popular hotel is the Oasis Windsurfing Hotel.
Fourni beach lies below the village of Monolithos, on the southwestern coast of Rhodes. The distance from Rhodes town is 78 kilometres. Fourni beach is a beautiful and peaceful beach in rough surroundings. The sand and pebble beach offers sun beds, umbrellas, showers and a toilet, but only when the small beach café is open.
From time to time naturists visit the western end of the beach. You can reach Fourni beach by car following a twisting mountain road from the village of Monolithos. It is possible to park for free close to the beach. The pebbled shoreline together with the rather strong probability for waves make, Fourni beach less suitable for children. There are no water sports available on this beach. A café sells refreshments and snacks. There are no holiday resorts near the beach of Fourni.