It’s time to head over to some of the best beaches in Rhodes.

We visited a few historical locations so far and learned a couple of myths in previous posts, but even though there is still a lot to come, it’s time to take a break. I am sure you will agree after checking out these best beaches in Rhodes. And yes, even I need a rest from time to time and have to remind myself to slow down since I am totally restless when coming to places I have never been.

While rushing around Rhodes these days a friend said that “it wouldn’t be hard to picture me hanging from the palm leaf just to find a better angle for a photo”. So true.

(So, Renata, see, I’m slowing down, wait for me at Elli Beach. Read your book and have a coffee, and I’ll be coming soon… At least after I visit all the beaches around the island!)

Best beaches in Rhodes

Cafe at Ellie Beach

And let me just say, this Greek island has it all. I love places that get me thrilled with their history and stories, mythology, and where I can still have a good day at the beach. It is like soaking up so much knowledge and culture, “uploading” interesting new information, taking some time to “save, and archive” and then freeing some more space among those “gray cells” for what is to come the next day. So, take your bathing suit and sunscreen (since it’s always hot and windy, and we don’t want you to get sunburned), and let me take you – to the best beaches in Rhodes.


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: Windy Beach in the city

Best beaches in Rhodes

Wind or no wind

If you are here from the beginning of this Rhodes Greece travel series, you read thus far that the west side of the island, the one that faces the Aegean Sea, is always windy and hence, offers a range of water sports. Beaches on this side of the island are quite similar with various rock formations in numerous coves, or they are covered with pebbles.


Passageway towards the beach in Kallithea

Although this side seems a bit rough and it is less “organized”, there are still spots with sunbeds and parasols. Go to Glyfada or Skala Kamirou for example, or to the Kamiros beach beneath the ancient town on the hill, or to Paradissi and Kremasti. You can just lay on the beach here, under the parasol, with showers nearby and a restaurant or two to have lunch and coffee at.



However, if you prefer parts of the shore a bit wilder and unspoiled by tourism, you can just stop along the coast where ever you choose. Almost the whole western coastline is just one long rocky beach dotted with coves. It mostly stretches along the road. The traffic is scarce which makes it easy to park and take a plunge with nobody around. It might get tricky if the wind is a bit stronger with huge waves and some sharp rocks one tries to avoid. But still, a cove will be all yours.


Kallithea beach – rocky but beautiful

Pebbles or rocks

Since the city of Rhodes is located at the peak of the island, you will find Windy and Ellie Beach, both pebbled, but the latter is with calmer and warmer waters. From here, when you go along the east coast, there is such a range of beautiful beaches and coves, that it is hard to choose from. Let’s start from the beginning, like following the map – going from the capital to Prassonissi and seeing the best beaches in Rhodes.


White pavilion at Kallithea

The first and very popular spot is Therme Kallitheas. Not far from Rhodes (less than 10 kilometers), it can easily be reached by local bus. They go every 20 minutes in both directions and you can stay in this charming little bay the whole day since the last bus goes back to Rhodes around 11 pm. If you go by car/scooter, there are signs on the road where to turn left and a vast parking area next to the entrance.


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: Sandy Faliraki coast

Kallithea is well known for its springs and was the spa area back in the 7th century BC. When ruling the island, Italians restored the spa. Today, there is a lovely bay with restaurants on both sides, sunbeds, a pleasant breeze, and a beautiful white pavilion on the small hill where weddings often take place. The sea is amazing, and clear, with surreal shades of blue and green, perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. It’s getting warmer, but it was cold a couple of weeks ago when I went there for the first time (at the beginning of June).


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: Clear waters at Afantou

The fee for the beach entrance is about 3 euros and bear in mind that all the prices here are a bit higher than in Rhodes city. While coffee (the Greek frappe) at Ellie Beach is two euros (next to the Aquarium) or three (next to the Casino), in Therme Kallitheas you will pay 3.60. If you paid 7 euros for souvlaki in Rhodes, here it’s going to be 14, sandwiches are from 5 to 9, and calamari (9-12 in Rhodes) is around 15 euros here. Sunbeds are free but you are expected to spend at least 4 euros per person for food and drinks.


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: View of the Tsambika bay

Sunbeds or a “wild” beach

Another four or five kilometers or so, and you will get to probably the most popular beach on the island – Faliraki. A long sandy shore makes it alluring to vacationers with a lot of facilities around. There is a small town nearby with everything you need. They say that it was extremely popular with European youth, so much so that the town actually cut its relations with some of the travel agencies at some point because it became chaotic. Kids were drunk all the time, partying, but also fighting and injuring one another. Now, it’s just a nice, peaceful little village with a wonderful coast, and one of the best beaches in Rhodes.



Going forward along the eastern, Mediterranean coast, there is another long pebbled bay – Afantou Beach. It’s probably the longest beach that is almost all “wild” and deserted. There are a few spots where you can come across sunbeds and parasols (for around 5 euros per person, but it will soon hit 6 or 7 because the season is on). Even though the sea is amazingly clear, there is a bit of a breeze (of course), and the view of the horizon is just beautiful. It seems like there is nowhere to hide from the sun though. It reminded me of a few beaches in Arab countries, with dry land next to the sea. Still, if you want to be “alone” on the beach, to have a vast space just for the two of you, or you and your kids, or friends, this is the perfect spot. (Just make sure to bring a parasol or two.)


Pallas Beach Taverna on the shore

Sunbathing or kite-surfing

Another beautiful bay called Tsampika is about 15 minutes away from the Afantou. There, you will be greeted by fine yellow sand and a lovely range of blue and green waters. There is a fantastic view of the beach from the Tsampika Monastery above.


The shore opposite Rhodes city

Also, if you go to Lindos, even though the place is full of things to see and explore, make sure to spend some time on the beach as well. If you come on cruise tours from Rhodes, the boat will stop right next to the beach. Fine sand, a clear sea, and a few nice places to rest. There is a lovely white restaurant Pallas Beach Taverna, with sunbeds that have sort of safety boxes attached, so that you don’t have to worry about your things while enjoying the swim. Not expensive, charming, and with delicious fried calamari rings for a bit over 9 euros.


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: Surfing at Prassonissi

Further “down” the eastern coast, you will also find lovely spots like Lardos Bay or Gennady Bay, but they are not worth coming to for the sole purpose of the beach. But there is one that is so worth it. Another 50 km or so from Lindos and you will see the sign to turn from Kattania village towards – Prassonissi.


Constant winds are perfect for kite-surfing

This is the opposite peak of the island, opposite Rhodes city. And there lies a small strip of sand by which a huge rock is joined to the island. The landscape is surreal. On one side of that sandy strip, there are sunbeds staggered at one half of the beach, while surfers took over the other half. The other side of the strip is reserved for numerous kite surfers.


Popular water-sports destination

The sand seems yellow on the Mediterranean beach, but almost white on the Aegean shore on the other side. There are restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, and water sports facilities with all the gear you need. Such a vivid beach! It’s not too crowded yet, but still with lots of surfing sails on the surface and in the air that it looks so colorful and bursting with energy.


BEST BEACHES IN RHODES: The Aegean side of Prassonissi

So, just take a pick, since there are some beautiful beaches here to choose from.

As for me, I think it’s time to go find that friend of mine under the parasol on Elli’s. She probably read the whole book by now…


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  • 04/07/2017

    Looks like a beautiful place! I love the beach pictures with the kites and surfboard. I would like to surfboard sometime πŸ™‚

    • 04/07/2017

      This is a perfect place for such sports. So glad you like the photos, thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Fair Dinkum Traveller


    Another great glimpse of the world and another reason why I have t pack the bags and head to the Greek Islands, as Rhodes looks stunning and a perfect place to take the wife and relax in the sands by the beach. Good read.

    • 05/07/2017

      Hehehe, thank you so much for your kind words! It is perfect, just the place to get lost in with your loved one, so true. πŸ™‚

  • 06/07/2017

    These are amazing places. They all look pristine and beautiful. I would like to visit them all if I could. However, if I had to pick one, I would choose the Afantou Beach.

    • 06/07/2017

      You can’t go wrong which ever you chose! πŸ˜‰ Afantou is lovely, amazingly clear waters, I just loved swimming there!

  • Daniela || Ipanema travels to


    It looks like a small piece of paradise! Never suspected that the beaches there are so different. Love the less touristy places.

    • 08/07/2017

      Yes, amazingly different, love the fact that there is a choice. πŸ™‚

  • Sandy N Vyjay


    What a lovely beach. I would prefer to hit the western side though. You mention that is where you have the unspoilt beaches in their natural avatars. Water sports is something I would really dig. All in all Rhodes holds the promise of some really great times.

    • 09/07/2017

      Oh yes, I loved its diversity. The west side is unspoilt, but it can get really windy. Huge waves could often be observed only, but still, it’s a wonderful sight. πŸ™‚

  • 09/07/2017

    What an incredible beach! I’ve only been to mainland Greece but would love to explore the islands one day, I’ll definitely include Rhodes in the list!

  • 09/07/2017

    What a wonderful list to help choose the perfect the beach! I love how their is so much diversity! Who knew there could so much variation. It does sort of make one want to explore them all. πŸ™‚

    • 10/07/2017

      That’s probably the best option – to visit them all and see for you self. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  • bruceschinkel19


    How fun! This looks like an excellent place to stop and relax. Those clear waters and beautiful beaches are something i definitely need to visit

  • 01/07/2018

    Such a great place to visit with the whole family

    • 01/07/2018

      Yep, you can even choose the beach to your own liking, and go to a different one every day if you want. πŸ˜€
      Thank you, so kind of you to stop by! <3


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