The beaches in Rhodes offer keen swimmers plenty of opportunities to practice their best back stroke, while admiring the sea life in the ocean waters, or lie in the sun on one of the many quiet, secluded beaches situated on this majestic island. Holidaymakers can sunbathe all day and then take a break from the heat and sign up for a windsurfing adventure, or jump on a banana boat with friends.
Elli Beach is made up both sand and pebbles and gets very busy during the holiday season so if you want to avoid the crowds it’s best to come early in the day or late afternoon. The beach has a five-metre high diving platform from where amazing dives into the clear blue sea are executed. Great to watch.
Sun loungers and parasols are available to hire and there are a variety of water sports to enjoy or why not join in a game of beach volleyball? Lifeguards operate daily from June to October from 10 am to 6 pm. Along the beachfront, there are bars and restaurants for when you are feeling in need of refreshment. There are also showers, toilets, and facilities for the disabled.
If you want a break from the sun, stroll around the town of Rhodes or sample the Greek food in the friendly taverns
More than 5 kilometres long, Faliraki is the most popular and liveliest beach on the island of Rhodes.
It has beautiful soft sand and crystal-clear water and during the summer months is lined with over 4,000 sunbeds. There is hardly a cloud in the sky from May to October and if you want to soak up the sun on your holidays then this is the right place for you. If you like to be more active, there is everything here that you could possibly ask for – bungee-jumping, jet skiing, surfing, and diving, to name but a few.
Faliriki mainly attracts fun-loving party people. With the beach to keep them entertained during the day and its numerous nightclubs, bars and cafes for the evening. Whatever you’re looking for there’s always plenty to do from dawn till dusk.
Ixia Beach is made up of a string of adjoining beaches rather than one single strand, most of which are for the use of the seafront hotels guests. There are, however, areas that are publicly owned and are for the use of everyone. The beaches are a mixture of sand and pebbles. It is a favourite spot for windsurfers, with two water sports centres renting surfboards and jet-skis. Many locals come to this beach to surf and some freestyle competitions, such as the European Windsurfing Championship are also held here.
You will find sunbeds and umbrellas for rent along the beach and there are toilets and showers, all kept beautifully clean.
Along the esplanade behind the beach, there are supermarkets, kiosks, bakeries and patisseries and the village itself, has delightful restaurants, traditional taverns and plenty of bars.
The beautiful Kalathos beach stretches along the shore for 4 kilometres and is made up of sharp grainy sand and tiny pebbles. The seabed drops away sharply just a short way in so you do have to be careful. water sports are popular on this beach and there are many to choose from.
A large hotel complex sits in the middle of Kalathos beach and, although there are plenty of sunbeds, parasols and other amenities here, much of the beach to the north remains almost empty, even in the height of summer.
There are cafes on the beach that offer cool refreshing drinks and a variety of delicious snacks and if you fancy a stroll to the northern end of the beach you will find a derelict airstrip and control tower left over from World War II.
The beach of Kathara (meaning clean in Greek) is located just a short distance from Faliraki, the only thing separating the two beaches is a small harbour. Kathara is a magnificent sandy beach, surrounded by rough rocks while the crystal clear and shallow waters of the sea, make it an ideal choice for families with small children.
The beach has all the usual facilities such as sun loungers, umbrellas, showers, changing rooms and toilets. There is plenty of room for the children (and adults of course) to play in the fine-grained sand but there are no water sports on offer here. You can park along the roads behind the beach but there is no actual designated car park.
Even though the beach is very close to Faliraki, it is hardly ever crowded and is reasonably quiet. Hard to believe, but true.
Kiotari beach is located not far from the picturesque resort of Lindos. The beach is mostly sandy but there are stones at the edge of and a short way into the clear blue sea.
There are plenty of wooden sunbeds and bamboo umbrellas available to hire and many water sports to try. There are also day trips on board a yacht, boat excursions to Lindos and a glass bottom boat trip around the bay.
There are many taverns and restaurants on the beachfront where they serve traditional delicious Greek food and the area around Kiotari beach has numerous shops with souvenirs and lovely handmade goods to buy.
If you want a change from lazing on the beach, you could visit the Byzantine castle in Asklipio or drive to Lindos and admire the imposing remains of the Acropolis.
To enter Kolymbia you travel along a fresh, lush green road lined by eucalyptus trees – aptly named Eucalyptus Road.
At the end of Eucalyptus Road is the main beach, while to the right and left you can find hotels with their own private beaches. There is also a small pretty harbour nestled among the volcanic rock outcrops and the beaches around the harbour are small and made up of sand and shingle.
Trees provide some natural shade near the harbour but otherwise, the beaches are exposed, although there are plenty of colourful umbrellas and sunbeds for hire. There are various water sports on offer on the main beach and the shallow water makes all three beaches popular with families.
Kolymbia is a relatively low-key resort and has kept its natural beauty. There are plenty of traditional Greek tavernas and restaurants used by both locals and tourists
Lalyssos Beach is situated on the north coast of Rhodes town and has a beautiful sand and shingle beach with crystal clear waters. A consistent northerly breeze has made the beach a particular favourite with windsurfers.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire at very reasonable prices and there are also toilets, changing rooms and showers. If windsurfing isn’t your thing, there are many other water sports for you to try or perhaps you prefer to just relax on your lounger, soaking up the sun and watch others being energetic.
The shoreline and seabed are covered with pebbles, so for comfort’s sake, it’s best to wear beach shoes, especially if you are walking across to one of the many restaurants, cafés, and bars to enjoy a nice meal and a drink.
Some sections of the beach are private hotel beaches but there’s still plenty of room for everyone.
In Lindos, there are two different beaches sharing the same bay – Lindos, and Pallas. Lindos is a long sandy beach, well protected from the weather by the rocky peninsula of Aghios Emilianos. It is extremely popular and therefore very busy. Many Brits actually come to Lindos for the whole summer each year and day-trippers come from other parts of Rhodes either by coach or car.
The beach has plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire, water sports activities, beach bars and some nice restaurants. The sea water is excellent, cool and crystal clear, inviting for swimming. From the beach, you can enjoy a stunning view of the village of Lindos and its Acropolis.
For family or for those wishing to avoid the large crowds, a better choice is the Pallas beach which is much quieter and where the shallow waters make it ideal for small children.
The beach of Theologos on the eastern side of Rhodes is a lovely blend of traditional village and holiday resort.
The attractive, white sand beach is 10 km long, the water does deepen suddenly and there are often quite large waves making it great for windsurfers but not very child-friendly. On days without the big waves, water sports activities such as water skis, banana boats, single rings, double rings and super sofa are available to hire. The crystal-clear waters and the green landscape create a superb setting.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire and there are a few taverns on the beach that serve delicious food.
The old centre of Theologos is built in a traditional style with tall shuttered buildings and narrow streets – a delight to wander around. The old-style way of life is still widely practiced in the village itself, and the people are friendly and welcoming.