RHODES Beaches

Rhodes beaches are one of the main reasons the island is one of the most popular destinations of Greece. The island’s coast is dotted with a variety of swimming spots.

Elli (or Eli) Beach, Rhodes City

Rhodes Eli beach
The main beach of Rhodes town is a very nice place to swim despite the crowds.

A wide beach wraps around the new city of Rhodes on the east, north and west sides. The eastern end of the beach is the most popular, being sheltered by the strong winds that plague the entire west coast of Rhodes. Despite its lenght and width, Elli beach is packed tightly with parasols and can feel very crowded, but the sea is very cool and clear.

The northern tip of the beach is always empty while the west end is in front of many large hotels and it is used by the patrons who don’t care for the crowds of the east end, of don’t want to walk the few blocks to the east end.

Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
Water Rating: 4/5  Rating: 4 our of 5

Faliraki Beach

Faliraki beach
The beach at Faliraki in Rhodes, Greece.

Faliraki offers a nice long and wide beach lined with fine sand, but it is more known for the wild nightlife these days.

The town of Faliraki is overrun by tourist shops, but the beach is quiet and pleasant during the day. The southern end of the beach is more developed with restaurants, cafes, and parasol rows, but the northern end offers much space for quiet swimming and sunbathing.

At the southern end of Faliraki there are several smaller beaches, Kathara beach, another small beach (reportedly a nudist beach of dubious quality), the Anthony Quinn beach, and Ladiko beach.

  • Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 4/5  Rating: 4 our of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Restaurant at the beach, bar at the beach, town within walking distance, organized Beach (trash collection, umbrellas, showers etc.), hotel on the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: Some room for Parking. The northern end of. Faliraki is vast and offers ample space to park an RV for the day.
  • Snorkeling: Sandy sea floor

Ixia or Trianda Beach

Ixia beach, Rhodes island
Ixia is also known as Trianda beach. Rhodes island, Greece

This is a large beach strip 5Km southwest of the city of Rhodes.

Large hotels dominate this whole area and the beaches are offered for a variety of seaside activities besides swimming and sunbathing.

The better part of the beach is further south, and in general the sea is calm morning hours, and gets rough as the winds pick-up later in the day.

 

  • Our Overall Rating: 2/5  Rating: 2 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 4/5  Rating: 4 our of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Restaurant, bar, town within walking distance, organized (trash collection, umbrellas, showers etc.), hotel near the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: Some room for Parking, but you’d be better off driving a bit fafter south for a better space.
  • Snorkeling: Not very interesting

Ialysos (or Ialyssos)

Ialysos beach
The beach of Ialysos, in Rhodes, Greece.

Ialysos beach is about 15Km southwest from the city of Rhodes in an overdeveloped part of the island.

Despite its ancient name, Ialysos beach felt the least Greek and the least desirable place to be unless if you like windsurfing.

Windsurfing is a popular activity since the northern coast of Rhodes is windy.

  • Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand and shingle
  • Seafloor: Sand, shingle, and large pebbles
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Restaurant, foot truck on the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: There is plenty of room for parking an RV.
  • Snorkeling: Not very interesting

Kamiros, or Skala Kamirou

Kamiros beach in Rhodes
Kamiros beach is near the archaeological site.

This is a small beach, nicely groomed by the lone restaurant at the edge. It is a nice spot to swim for those who visit the ancient site of Kamiros, or for those who drive towards Monolithos and want to rest somewhere in between

The bus from Rhodes stops right at the top of the beach, and to get to the ancient site from there you have to walk through a dirt road for about 10 minutes.

Being on the west coast makes this beach subject to strong winds, but during our visit it was calm and very pleasant.

  • Our Overall Rating: 1/5  Rating 4 our of 5
  • Water Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand and shingle
  • Seafloor: Sand
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Restaurant on the beach, but not much else
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: There is some room for parking an RV.
  • Snorkeling: Not very interesting

Kalithea beach, or Kalithea Thermi

Kalithea beach is a small sandy cove about 13Km to the southeast of the city of Rhodes. It is an old Italian spa built in the 1930’s with in the art-deco style but its quaint buildings are showing their age.

Restorations at the site are undergoing but the small sandy beach is a nice spot to swim and snorkel, though it can feel crowded in the summer.

Kremasti

Kremasti beach
Kremasti beach, in the west coast of Rhodes island. Greece

Kremasti beach is near the airport and is a bit quieter than the nearby Ialysos beach.

It is windy but one can find enough seclusion in its considerable length, especially in the southern-most end.

It is a favorite beach for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

 

  • Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand, shingle, or large pebbles, depending on the spot
  • Seafloor: Sand, shingle, and large pebbles or rocks, depending on the spot
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Cafeterias, restaurants, and foot truck on the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: There is plenty of room for parking an RV.
  • Snorkeling: Not very interesting

Tsambika and Kolimbia Beaches

Tsambika and Kolimbia are two relatively quiet tourist resorts with clean waters and wide beach areas. The area is relatively undeveloped and a good place to spend a quiet day by the water, or a whole week in one of the nearby hotels, although they can get fairly crowded at certain times.

Stegna Beach

Stegna beach benefits from its proximity to the picturesque village of Archangelos and it offers clear waters in a quiet environment.

Lindos Beaches

View of Lindos beach
Lindos beach, Rhodes.

Lindos is the second most popular destination of Rhodes for a reason. Besides the spectacular acropolis and the picturesque village, it has two very nice sandy beaches right at the edge of the village, and a third one nearby.

The beaches of Lindos get very crowded by mid-day in the summer since every Rhodes visitor will visit Lindos at least once during their stay. The walk down to the beach is a pleasant one, but the climb back up towards the village is steep. Several locals with donkeys would ferry you up to Lindos for a few euro.

The scenery is beautiful, the sea crisp and clean, and only it’s crowded nature prevent us from rating Lindos beach higher than 3. But if you don’t mind the crowds, you will love the beaches of Lindos.

  • Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 4/5  Rating: 4 our of 5
  • Beach berm: Sand, shingle, or large pebbles, depending on the spot
  • Seafloor: Sand, shingle, and large pebbles or rocks, depending on the spot
  • Access: Fair = Accessible by car, and or poor road condition.
    There is a road to get near the beach, but if you are coming from Lindos town, there is a long foot path you have to take down (and then up) the steep hill. Donkey opereators will insist that you should rent a donkey, but do check the price before you commit because it’s not cheap.
  • Amenities: Restaurant, cafeteria, town within walking distance. Organized (trash collection, umbrellas, showers etc.) with a hotel near the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: Site is unsuitable for RV parking, but you can use the municipal parking lot and walk to the beach.
  • Snorkeling: Good snorkeling site at the edges near the rocks

Prasonisi

Is a long sandy strip of sand that connects Rhodes island with the islet named Prasonisi. The beach is usually windy on the west side, but sheltered on the east. Consequently, windsurfers enjoy the conditions on one side of the beach, while sunbathers congregate on the other.

Vlicha Beach

Vlicha beach
Vlicha beach, Rhodes island, Greece.

You will find Vlicha beach about 3Km north of Lindos. It is a long and wide beach lined with large pebbles and parasols.

The beach is dominated by two large hotels, one built right on the south end of the beach, and the other one a little further up the hill.

  • Our Overall Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Water Rating: 3/5  Rating 3 out of 5
  • Beach berm: Shingle
  • Seafloor: Shingle
  • Access: Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities: Restaurant and hotel on the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility: Site suitable for parking for the day, but not for camping
  • Snorkeling: Not very exciting for snorkeling

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