The diversity and magnitude of Rhodes coastline make it possible for visitors to benefit from a vast number of different places to swim. The island features a range of beaches with varying comforts and activities including taverns, bars, and water sports. With almost 250 kilometers of sea coast, you can understand why Rhodians boast about it. The east side of the island has almost continuous sandy beaches with quiet waters. Beaches on the west are mostly more stony. The wind mostly comes in from the west and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the west so that side of the island is better suited to surfing or kite boarding. Here are a list of some of the most famous beaches on the island.
The stunningly beautiful city beach on the bay. This beach is located below the village of Lindos with lovely fine sand. Water sports, sun beds and parasols are available, restaurants can be found throughout Lindos and cafeterias are situated on the beach.
This is the beach where the best of Rhodos society like to gather every day. The attraction is partly the short distance from Rhodos town, partly the glamour of the splendid baths erected here by the Italians. It is located just to north of Faliraki, to 10 kilometers from Rhodes city. This was originally an Italian built spa. Currently building work is ongoing to build what looks like it will be a modern spa nearby to the original buildings. Yet it is still a great place to swim and snorkel.
Faliraki is the most famous and the most highly organized beach on Rhodes. This beach is located at the north east part of Rhodes, approximately 12 Km from capital city and 10 kilometres from the airport. A extended sandy beach with plenty of tavernas to select from. There is also no shortage of people to rent jet skis from or to coordinate other activities. At the southern end, there is a quiter, more rocky beach but the sea there is unsuitably surface for swimmers.
Ladiko Beach is situated to 15 km from Rhodes City and just 3 km from Faliraki. Just a tiny cove but with everything you could possibly want. Fine sand ,small rocks,sun beds, umbrellas, water showers and a fish Greek Taverna. Very famous with Italians and Greeks ,especialy in August when it comes very crowed. In recent years actually ,the sun beds have spread over to the opposite shore with rocks ,ideal for those looking for some peace and calm.
Agathi Beach is located to 38 km from Rhodes City and 10km from Lindos City. This is a sandy beach, which is a calm shelter through the week, however many citizens visit at the weekend. The golden sands, along with the emerald waters, create a wonderful and beautiful picture. Three Canteens feature refreshments and snacks on the beach as well as sun beds, umbrellas rentals and showers.
Eucalyptus trees cover the principal avenue of Kolimpia, a smart, purpose -built resort overlooking Afandou bay. The beach comprises of a long stretch of fine white sand ending at Vagia Point, a small cove ringed by volcanic rock. Kolympia itself has an variety of shops and restaurants and regular buses run throughout the bay to Afandou, Rhodes City, and Lindos.
Afandou beach is located to 22 km from Rhodes city and is only 200 m from Afandou Golf Beach. This beach is made of sand and pebbles and doesn t have any facilities or rentals which make it less crowded than other beaches of Rhodes. Its deep, clear sparkling waters are ideal for swimming and remain quite fresh even under the hot sun. Some fine taverns can be found adjacent to the beach and, in the village, tourists will find even more taverns and all kinds of accommodations.
Tsampika Beach is located to 26 Km from Rhodes town. This is one of the most lovely beaches, the blue waters and golden sands create a beautiful landscape, ideal to relax and enjoy the sun. Water sports are available at the center. Apart from these, and a mini-market next to the bus station ,there is absolutely nothing else here-nothing except crowds of people of all ages and nationalities, who come to swim in the emerald crystal- clear water and admire the imposing rock with the Monastery of the Virgin of Tsampika, from which the beach has taken its name.
Elli Beach is located in Rhodes City. This is a sandy organized beach adjacent to Rhodes Aquarium and you can find here several interesting beach bars and restaurants. It is considered as one of the most photographed beaches of Greece because it still retains something of the cosmopolitan character of the 1970's. The multi colored umbrellas, the towering hotels, the Casino and the Aquarium in the background, once a favorite theme for photographers are now the theme of popular postcards.
Ialysos beach is about located to 7 kilometers from the capital of Rhodes. Ialysos Beach has really defined itself now as a capital of the Greece surfing scene and certainly the trendy place for surfing dudes in the summer. Blue waters, a seemingly endless organized beach, the pleasant cool summer climate and mild winters. Definitively, this is a place to enjoy.
Ixia beach is about 4 kilometers from the capital of Rhodes. Ixia beach comprises of a sand and pebble crystal clear waters and constant wind which makes it an ideal spot for windsurfing, surfing, and jet ski with two water sports centres. Basically this is a series of nearby beaches rather than one single beach, most of them organized and operated by the sea front hotels. Some sections are public and others are private. The beaches have a mixture of sand and pebbles. Along the walkway behind the beach there are supermarkets, kiosks, bakeries, patisseries and restaurants.
Prassonossi Beach is located to 92 km from Rhodes City and 40 Km from Lindos. It is one of the most extraordinary beaches on the island, at its southernmost end. This beach is a paradise for surfers, especially in July and August when the meltemi winds set in. There are surfboards and wetsuits for hire, but most people come down to the beach with their own equipment. It's worth a visit even if you're not a surfer yourself, just to appreciate the magnificent scenery and admire the skill of the wind surfers.
This is a small pebble beach, located to 36 km from Rhodes City. It is principally frequented by visitors renting rooms nearby, but families of local people also come out with their umbrellas and settle themselves on the no-charge section in the center of the beach. The right-hand side of the beach has large pebbles, to the left there is sand. If you decide to swim at the far right end of the beach you'll have a fine sight of the Feraklos castle. Also, there are several tavernas, mini-markets, caf s and bars.