Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese group of islands, both in size and the population (90,000 inhabitants). It is also the most visited of all those islands, attracting many tourists will enjoy the endless sandy beaches of the island. Rhodes is located 18km west of the shores of Turkey, between mainland Greece and Cyprus. Rhodes is mountainous interior and landscape covered with forests of pine and cypress.
The beach resort of Faliraki is the most developed of the island and is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Rhodes. Located in the north-east of the island at 14 km from the capital and 10 kilometers from the airport.
The resort, now a tourist paradise, awaits its guests with a sandy beach, with various sports and entertainment opportunities, with taverns, restaurants, nightclubs, rental car and not least with aquatic Aquapark.Parc Faliraki or Waterpark is located on the coast northeast of the island near lively Faliraki.
The beach resort of Faliraki is the most developed of the island and is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Rhodes.
Kalithea is a seaside resort located in the growing popularity, located in the north-east of Rhodes island, between the capital (6 km) and the resort of Faliraki (5km). Location of a holiday in Kalithea bay is the one with green hills in the background.
Kalithea Beach consists of a large stretch of sand and offers many facilities for water sports. Preferred location is especially divers, because the clear waters. Nightlife in Kalithea is relatively quiet, with several bars, restaurants and a disco.
At first, Kalithea resort developed around mineral springs, was built by the Italians.
Ialyssos is one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes. It is located approximately 10 kilometers from Rhodes town, on top of a hill covered with an old fortress that watches over the fertile plains and sea.
Since ancient times, the foundation remained Doric temple to always remember the glorious history of Greece
Trianta Lalyssos is called and is the second largest city on the island of Rhodes.
Blue waters, endless beaches, pleasant climate, great hotels, shops of all kinds and many nightclubs of Ialyssos are one of the most popular destinations on the island.
Ixia lies at the North West part of Rhodes at a distance of about 7 Km from the city of Rhodes close to Rhodes International Airport. Some of the best hotels in Rhodes can be found here.
The beach is mainly organized and during the summer season it gets rather windy with large waves, so is suitable for wind surfing and sailing. Ixia also offers spectacular sunsets!
The shingle beach follows the curve of the main road with most of the tourist accommodation along the road; bathers should take care, as the waves can be a little rough. Most hotels have pools and deckchairs for those who prefer not to brave the sea.
Kiotari is 60 km from new and old Rhodes town, 65 km from airport, 17 km from the famous Acropolis and the historic town of Lindos and only 30 km from Prassonisi, famous for surfing and other water sports.
It is a newly built area, with many variants of accommodation and hotels. There are restaurants, beach and water sports can be practiced. Kiotari is a good place to explore the rest of the beautiful islands. Walk in the mountains, visit historical sites and a monastery.
Kiotari has grown up over the last ten years along an impressive, vast beach, but does not suffer from the same tourist saturation which has negatively affected many of the other traditional resorts of Rhodes.
Kolymbia resort is located on the east cost, midway between Rhodes Town and Lindos, 4 km from Afandou.
Or Kolímbia Kolymbia Rhodes is a place in the scenic mountains and beaches representing a favorite destination for many people. With some stunning 5-star hotels on this side of the island, as well as small self-catering villas and apartments, the village is very welcoming and retaining a traditional tone to many.
Lindos is a settlement located on the east coast of Rhodes island, belonging to the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean.
It is one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes, the city's - rodiana typical settlement, small and cozy village with narrow streets and crowded.
Located above a beautifully landscaped golf beach (sunbeds, umbrellas and a few taverns), which is located above the Acropolis today - which is reconstructed inside the medieval fortress of ancient temples.
Lindos is 50km south of the town of Rhodes. The settlement keeps the colours and atmosphere of another era.
West along the coast road of Rhodes is the village FANES, just west of Soroni, with a picturesque harbour and a flat isolated beach with tamarisk trees for some natural shade.
We are getting out of large hotel territory here and about 30km from Rodos city. The beach is long and flat, mainly fine sharp sand and shingle with a couple of decent tavernas at the back of the beach.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are hugely popular here, given the wide flat sands and the northerly exposure.
Kremasti offers the facilities of a modern tourist resort, with authentic elements of traditional Greek life. Located 12 km southwest of Rhodes Town, the village is actually one of the largest settlements on the island, attracting visitors, mainly due Kremasti sandy beach and the nearby Butterfly Valley. You can swim in the deep blue waters and relax on the beach well organized extended 10 km along the west coast. You can rest in the shade of trees or you can hide under an umbrella at one of the tavernas on the beach, take a light meal typically greacească. Stroll among the traditional houses with large gardens and wonderful decorations and see the impressive church of Panagia Kremasti carved wooden iconostasis, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, hence the name of the city.
Theologos is a charming village located 22 km south of Rhodes town. It is a modern tourist resort with 3,000 abiding inhabitants, most of whom are engaged in tourism. The paves that pass through the centre of the village lead to old buildings and the traditional whitewashed houses. The locals preserve an openhearted and friendly mood that matches with their simple way of life. Theologos is worldly known as the Valley of Butterflies, a magnificent area situated 8 km south of the tourist settlement. The surrounding region is full of amazing sights, including the famous Monastery of Kalopetra and the white chapel of Agios Soulas which is built in a great environment. The homonymous beach offers many facilities and water sports for the visitors and it is the ideal spot for the windsurfers with the right conditions.
The town was founded at a time when pirates used to plunder the islands of the Mediterranean basin. During this period the inhabitants retreated inland. Because this city could be seen from the sea remained as "Afandou" which in Greek means hidden.
A traditional and quiet, slightly inland village, Lardos is 51km from Rhodes Town and only 7km west of Lindos. It offers a bit of both the old and the new worlds – it has retained some of its charming old-world character and adopted new ideas. The central square is rather busy, and roads shoot off in several directions from the main road, as the village is situated on a major crossroads that leads to other popular villages, such as Lindos and Kiotari, among others.
Lardos is surrounded by a stunning green landscape, which is just as well because this whole area – and especially Lindos – attracts the sun’s rays during the hottest months of the year, more than in any other part of Rhodes, causing temperatures to soar to the mid 40s. The lush vegetation in this region, therefore, is a gift from God as it helps tremendously in easing the discomfort this repressive heat causes.
Koskinou, located on the east side of the island, just outside Rhodes town (around 7km) and 8.5 km from the island’s main holiday resort of Faliraki, is a traditional village dating back to the 15th century. The village took its name from the main occupation of its inhabitants who used to manufacture sieves (a sieve means ‘koskino’ in Greek). At first sight Koskinou does not seem particularly impressive but as soon as you make your way into the maze of narrow streets of the old part of the village you will be charmed forever. Koskinou is especially famous for its unique traditional houses with their facades painted in bright, vibrant coulours, red, turquoise, blue and yellow, doors with carved designs, fine stone porches with arches and the lovely little black and white ‘chochlaki’ pebbled-floor gardens, unique to Rhodes.
Pefkos or Pefki is a well known beach resort located on eastern coast of Rhodes, just a few kilometers south of Lindos, 56 kilometres (35 mi) from the capital city Rhodes. Pefkos was once known as a fishermen's hamlet located along the coastal road that connects the villages of Lindos and Lardos. Originally Pefkos was mainly used as a summer temporary residence for those who lived further inland but grew crops such as grapes, olives, tomatoes, figs and corn. They couldn't return home daily due to the heat and distance, so had small very basic Greek houses in Pefkos. Visiting Pefkos by day will leave one with the impression of a quiet and relaxed holiday resort; however when the lights come on the resort is bustling with warm, friendly activity.
Trianta village can be found on the bay namesake, the ancient city was built as Doric. Like the rest of the area is very populated village and although attracts many visitors each year, it has managed to retain its traditional Greek character.
Gennadi (Greek: Γεννάδι) is a Greek village, municipal branch offices of South Rhodes, Rhodes, South Aegean region. In 2001 its population was 665.
Archangelos is 30 kilometres from the centre of Rhodes town and is the island’s largest village. The name was chosen in honour of the patron saint of the village, the Archangel Michael.
On entering this village, one is struck by the mini “concrete jungle” appearance of the place. Row upon row of houses, shops, eateries and places of entertainment, jockey for space. It also has a branch of most major banks and even a post office, and the business section is just a bit too congested and busy for a village. However, don’t be fooled by its flashy exterior because the modern outlook of this village does in no way reflect the true lifestyle of the inhabitants – this settlement is regarded as staunchly faithful to village traditions and fiercely patriotic.
Paradisi is one of the most attractive and charming villages of Rhodes located 16 km north of the capital. The name Paradise derives from the beautiful surrounding with the exotic gardens that Arabs once brought to the village. This is a true paradise, just like its name indicates. This village has 2,500 inhabitants but during the summer months it gets quite crowded due to the fact that the airport is only a couple of kilometres far. The nearby beach is a developed tourist settlement with numerous local shops, traditional houses and several renovated buildings. Despite the fact that today Paradisi constitutes a popular tourist destination, the locals have preserved their sociable and friendly character. The area has various options for accommodation, food, shopping and any kind of entertainment. Most of the people visit Paradisi for the sandy and organized beach that stretches for 10 km from Kremasti to Theologos. The access to the village is easy from the town of Rhodes. There are public buses running frequently as well as taxis.
Kalathos is the very next village after Massari and about 45km from Rhodes Town. It belongs to the Municipality of Lindos and is a convenient 6km away from this very popular ancient village and acropolis.
The village has managed to retain its charm and appeal throughout the ages, and its location high up on the hillsides, means that the inhabitants can enjoy an uninterrupted, splendid view of the aquamarine sea in the distance. The weather in this area is sunny and dry – even in the winter time – and is said to benefit people with certain chest ailments. For instance, some years ago, tuberculosis sufferers made special trips to this village in the hopes of ridding themselves of the disease. Its ideal location and weather, combined with the peaceful atmosphere, makes it a haven for elderly people looking for a healthy and quiet environment to spend the remainder of their lives in.
The village of Lachania is situated at the foot of the mountains that occupy the interior of the island, offering a panoramic view of the valleys stretching up to the sea. This is perhaps the most beautiful village on Rhodes and a total surprise for any visitor - a picture postcard setting, a scene of absolute tranquility and harmony. Most of the well -maintained traditional houses have been bought by foreigners (mainly Germans) or else by people from the town of Rhodes who are discriminating enough to appreciate the village and have settled here, creating a youthful and artistic community.
Pastida lies 15 km north of Rhodes town and 7 km from the popular resort Ialyssos. It is close to the airport. Pastida distinguishes for its authenticity and traditional character and consists of by whitewashed houses, paved alleys and a picturesque square. The surrounding region is covered with olive groves and vast vegetation. Pastida is a calm village with tranquil atmosphere, an ideal destination to escape from the noisy crowds. With few population, Pastida has restaurants and taverns where homemade dishes are offered. Although it has an easy access to the town of Rhodes and many beach resorts, still Pastida remains a peaceful destination. The village is offered for a short trip where you can wander the paved streets and the close nature, or for calm alternative holidays on the island. There are local buses connecting Pastida to Rhodes Town and other surrounding places.
Vlycha (Vlicha) is a pleasant little beach just before Lindos that has a sun bed for everyone, while the sea here deepens smoothly and gradually. It's big enough not to become crowded, but not too immense and appeals particularly to people staying in Lindos who want to escape from the crowded central beach. On the slopes around, and at the centre of the seafront, stand the largest hotels in the area. The quietest part of the beach is at the right-hand end. There are two small eating places serving sandwiches, pancakes and espressos, as well as toilets and card-operated telephones.