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Updated: April 28, 2023
By Santorini Dave
My Favorite Hotels in Rhodes
• Rhodes Old Town: Nikos Takis
• Lindos: Lindos Blu
• Faliraki: Elysium
• For Families: Lindian Pearl
• For Couples: Kokkini Porta Rossa
The Best Places to Stay in Rhodes
• Rhodes Town: The island’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhodes Town is a must-see destination and the best place to stay in Rhodes for first-time visitors. Divided into the medieval Old Town and the modern New Town, it offers a fascinating blend of history, culture, and contemporary life. The narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town, lined with charming shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks, provide an enchanting setting – especially for couples or honeymooners. Best hotel: Nikos Takis
• Lindos: This picturesque village is known for its whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches, and the impressive Acropolis of Lindos, which overlooks the town from a hilltop. The crystal-clear waters of St. Paul’s Bay and Lindos Beach make it an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing, while the village’s narrow streets and traditional tavernas offer a glimpse into local life. Best hotel: Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel
• Faliraki: Famous for its golden sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, Faliraki is a popular destination for travelers seeking sun, sea, and fun. The main beach offers a wide range of water sports and beachside amenities, while the lively town center boasts an array of restaurants, bars, and clubs for a memorable night out. Best hotel: Elysium
• Kiotari: This peaceful resort area, located on the southeast coast of Rhodes, offers a tranquil retreat for those seeking relaxation and natural beauty. The pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of Kiotari make it a perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, while the nearby village provides a taste of traditional Greek hospitality. Best hotel: Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa – Adults Only
• Ialyssos: Situated on the northwest coast of Rhodes, Ialyssos combines history, culture, and good wind surfing. The ancient city of Ialysos, with its archaeological sites and stunning views, is a must-visit. The long stretch of pebbly beach offers a range of water sports and beachside amenities, while the town center provides a variety of dining and shopping options. Ixia is just to the east and has a similar atmosphere. Best hotel: Sea Melody Beach Hotel Apartments
• Stegna: This small, laid-back fishing village on the east coast of Rhodes offers a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of the island’s larger resorts. The secluded Stegna Beach, with its crystal-clear waters and relaxed atmosphere, is good for swimming or sunbathing. The village itself features a handful of traditional shops and tavernas. Best hotel: Stegna Sea & Sun
• Prasonisi: Located at the southernmost tip of Rhodes, Prasonisi is a haven for windsurfers and kitesurfers due to its unique geographical position and consistent winds. The sandy beach here forms a narrow spit of land that connects the main island to a small islet, creating a stunning backdrop for water sports enthusiasts. Best hotel: Zanetos Prasonisi
The 15 Best Hotels in Rhodes
1. Nikos Takis Fashion Boutique Hotel – Rhodes Old Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 70773
The best hotel in the Old Town of Rhodes. Stunning, exotic boutique hotel, steps from the Grand Master Palace in the middle of the Medieval Old Town, featuring eclectic, individually themed (Morocco, Medieval, and more), strikingly-colored rooms and suites (3 rooms/5 suites) with tiled/marble floors, kettles, and sea/garden/town/Palace views. Rooms have distinctive touches like stone walls and arches and iron chandeliers, and suites add sitting areas, colorful inlaid headboards, indoor/outdoor jacuzzis, draped hand-embroidered fabrics, terraces, painted cupboards, and 4-poster beds. No pool. Great location a short walk from the main sights and surrounded by restaurants and shops.
2. Kokkini Porta Rossa – Rhodes Old Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 75114
Impeccable, charming boutique hotel, located in a former knight’s residence on the edge of Rhodes old town, with a very hospitable home-away-from-home vibe. It has 6 superb suites featuring exposed stonework, sitting rooms with daybeds, and freestanding bathtubs/outdoor soaking tubs/jacuzzis. Individual suites have special touches like lofts, sofabeds, beds with unique/lighted headboards, a private garden with a deep soaking bathtub, and an unusual wooden roofed balcony. Lacks a pool. Many restaurants, boutiques, and more are within walking distance.
3. Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel – Lindos
Hotel Phone: +30 22440 32110
Exclusive, modern, adults-only hotel, set on a hillside overlooking the Vlycha Bay with well-lit, neutral toned rooms, suites, maisonettes, and villas, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, jacuzzis, mood lighting, and balconies with panoramic bay views. Upgraded rooms feature large balconies with sunbeds & shared pools (1 pool between 2 rooms), bathtubs with overhead star lights or walk-in wardrobes &, dressing areas, and double jacuzzis on the balconies. Suites add living areas and upgrades feature shared pools. One-story villas have living rooms, French windows, and private infinity pools with double jacuzzis while the 2-story maisonettes add state-of-the-art gyms and jacuzzis in the bedrooms. Lindos village is 6 km away.
4. Melenos Art Boutique Hotel – Lindos
Hotel Phone: +30 22440 32222
Set on a hill and loaded with character & color, this stunning Ottoman-era-influenced boutique hotel features gorgeous, individually designed suites and one villa, with extensive hand-carved woodwork, tapestries on walls, ornate closets and mirrors, carved village doors, chests, traditional ‘step-up’ wooden Rhodian beds, sofabeds, sitting areas, and beautiful sea/partial sea/garden views. Upgraded suites feature private balconies/patios with pebbled mosaics and mosaic bathrooms. The lone villa features a kitchen (fridge, cooking facilities) and a large terrace with panoramic sea views. There’s a very popular rooftop restaurant topped by medieval-style tents. No pool but the Lindos village center and the beach are a short stroll away.
5. In Camera Art Boutique Hotel – Rhodes Old Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 77277
Exquisite boutique hotel in the heart of Rhodes Old Town with fancy, photography themed suites (Nike of Samothraki, Forms of Light and more) and living areas with sofabeds, photographic items on display, and wooden/ceramic floors. The 3-level, Forms-of-Light room has 2 terraces with harbor views and the top-end family villa, Places in Suspension, has a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, jacuzzi, fireplace, and a large terrace. Lacks a pool. Has a communal jacuzzi in the courtyard.
6. Avalon Boutique Suites – Rhodes Old Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 31438
Rustic, stone-walled, medieval retreat-styled boutique hotel in Rhodes Old Town featuring 6 spacious, themed, beautifully decorated suites (Mythos, Eros, and more) with antiques, double-glazed windows, bathtubs with jacuzzis/hyromassage columns, fireplaces (some), and balconies/patios with lovely town/port/courtyard views. Suites can be bi-level, have handcrafted iron beds, convertible couches, glass jacuzzis, stained glass windows, and 4-poster beds depending on the type. Lacks a pool. Good location within walking distance of many restaurants, historic sights, and the port.
7. Hotel Ellique – Rhodes Old Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 34943
Delightful, adults-only, renovated 14th-century property in Rhodes Old Town featuring 4 picturesque, color-coded rooms with high ceilings, oak floors, open stonework, antique furniture, lead lighting, custom-made tiles, included breakfast, and overlooking a courtyard. Lacks a pool. Many restaurants, shops, cafes, and more in the neighborhood.
8. Sheraton Rhodes Resort – Kritika
Hotel Phone: +30 2241 075000
Slick, modern hotel, offering minimalistic, stylish rooms and suites with parquet floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and furnished private balconies with mountain/garden/sea views. Suites add living areas and additional amenities such as VIP check-in and more. Hotel has direct access to a private beach. Rhodes town is 3.5 km away.
9. Atrium Prestige Thalasso Resort – Lachania
Hotel Phone: +30 22440 46222
Fabulous, beachfront resort featuring a huge variety of stylish rooms, suites, bungalows, and villas with hand-painted ceilings, jacuzzis, floor-to-ceiling windows, and furnished terraces/balconies with garden/sea views. Upgrades add personal pools, grassy terraces, jacuzzis with ceiling starlight effects, and lounge areas, depending on the room or suite category. Some bungalows and villas have wooden pergolas and/or personal pools with decks. As there’s not much within walking distance, it’s best to have your own transport. Lindos village is 34 kms away.
10. Elite Suites by Rhodes Bay – Ixia
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 89900
Romantic, all-suite, hillside boutique hotel overlooking the Ixia bay, featuring fantastic, modern, well-laid-out suites, all of them (except for the entry-level suites) offering breathtaking bay views from the outdoor private pools (with wooden decks and jacuzzis). All suites have wooden floors, spacious sitting areas, bathtubs, smart controls for curtains & lights, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgraded suites get cozy private gardens with sun loungers accessed via a wooden bridge from the living room, and the top-end Presidential suite has a bigger private pool. The hotel has a quirky, standout spa with a freshwater, black swimming pool, Asian/Japanese-themed treatment rooms, algotherapy, color therapy, and more. Located 3 kms from Rhodes town.
11. Rodos Niohori Elite Suites – Rhodes Town
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 32414
Welcoming, exclusive, and traditional home, with 3 thoughtfully-designed suites (named after flowers) having unique features (a stone fireplace, gnarled wood staircase, sofabed, dining room, terrace, and more, depending on the suite), fridges, and breakfast included. No pool. Located close to many excellent restaurants and is a short walk away from the beach and Rhodes old town.
12. Elysium Resort & Spa – Faliraki
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 45700
Trendy, beachfront hotel 10 kms from Rhodes town, with spacious, modern rooms and suites featuring chic furniture, sitting areas, bathtubs, and furnished balconies with amazing sea views. Superior Deluxe rooms add jacuzzis (glass panel mechanism permits sea views). Luxury suites have walk-in closets, large living rooms with dining tables, bigger balconies, jacuzzis, and Elite club services. The top-end Presidential Suite has dimmable lights, mind-blowing sea views, and a deep whirlpool bath (right in front of the bed). Hotel has a freshwater lagoon-style pool and a sandy private beach.
13. Atrium Platinum Resort & Spa – Kritika
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 44901
Snazzy, modern hotel with sophisticated and bright rooms and suites with jacuzzis, balconies, and sea views. Upgraded rooms have terraces with shared pools or personal heated pools. Upgraded suites have personal pools, lounge areas, and more depending on the type. Located 4 kms from Rhodes town.
14. Rodos Palladium – Faliraki
Hotel Phone: +30 22410 57300
Sprawling, classy hotel, 10 kms from Rhodes town, featuring warmly decorated, double/twin rooms, family rooms, and suites with pull-out beds, bidets, bathtubs, fridges, and private furnished balconies with beautiful mountain/sea views. Superior double/twin rooms add sofabeds. Suites add living rooms and the top-end suites add entertainment systems. Has a large lagoon-style pool.
15. Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort And Villas – Kalathos
Hotel Phone: +30 22440 31601
Fusing classical Greek and Italian styles, this lovely resort has airy, picturesque rooms, suites, and villas with bathtubs/showers and balconies/terraces with garden/partial sea/sea views. The top-end room adds a private pool with sun deck and a jacuzzi. Villas (recommended) have handcrafted furniture, wooden pergolas, private heated pools, and jacuzzis. The hotel has a state-of-the-art spa with chromotherapy, underwater jet-massages, hydro jet showers and more. 6 kms away from Lindos village.
Hi Dave, you must be a very busy man with all these questions we ask you. So here are my questions. We will be in Rhodes, Greece for 6 days: (21 May-27 May)
1. What are the best day trips to other islands from Rhodes?
2. Is it worth going to Turkey for the day?
3. Should we hire a car?
4. What are the best restaurants in Rhodes?
5. And anything really special we should see?
We are from Australia. Hence we are very adventurous!
Rhodes in May is a nice time. Rhodes is up and running after the Winter break and the weather is not yet torrid as it can be in mid-Summer and usually warm enough to swim.
Best daytrips from Rhodes to nearby islands? The most obvious one and most-touted one is to Symi – it is the closest. Organised trips typically take you first to the Panormitis monastery on the southern tip then after an hour or take you on to the main harbour town of Symi itself. Visitors typically amble around the port – maybe take the steep climb to Ano Symi (remember the postman does this every day!) have lunch and take the excursion craft back to Rhodes. Since you are adventurous types, you could take the earliest connecting regular ferry to Symi Port, hire a motor bike and head on up the winding road over the top of the mountain and visit Panormitis (19kms) yourselves.
It’s a spectacular ride though you will need to be careful on the curves winding down to Panormitis bay. Take a ride to the little village of Emporeios (4 kms) enjoying the dry and stark coastline and on your way back stop off at little Nos beach (with cafeteria/taverna) just before you hit the first houses of Symi.
Other islands you may consider are Tilos – much less touristed and low-key and doable via the Dodecanese catamarans and also possible with a bit of planning the island of Chalki, which is really better for an over-nighter. Tilos is really on the main port of Livadia and the main inland village of Megalo Chorio. Hire a scooter (or little car), pick you way round the island and lunch at the fishing port of Agios Antonios, or on Eristos beach (where you can best swim). Chalki is very pretty and if you can manage a day trip with the Dodecanese Catamarans it’s worth it.
Turkey for a day? It’s certainly doable and you’ll need to look into the schedules of the boats and catamarans, but you’ll probably not get to do more than wander around Marmaris for a day (and it’s a big town) unless you can pre-arrange an excursion out of Marmaris.
Hiring a car in Rhodes? Yes and no. If you are based in the Old or New Town of Rhodes and you don’t plan to tour, then you can do without a car. Public transport (bus) is good and inexpensive and you can swim in the New Town quite easily. If you want to see Rhodes Island, then a car is a very good idea – at least for a couple of days. Local agents such as Triton Holidays are very good at getting favourable car rental deals and arranging local tickets and accommodation in general – including Turkey.
Best restaurants in Rhodes? There are many excellent ones and many below-average touristy ones. Here are three tips. In the New Town give Koozina a go. Very, very nice. In the Old Town don’t miss Marco Polo Café and for the ultimate in haute cuisine (if you are down that way) try the à-la-carte restaurant at the Lindos Blue Luxury Hotel in Lindos.
Special things to see? The Old Town. Allow plenty of time to savour and explore. Adventurous people will venture to the Deep South and probably end up at Prasonisi the southernmost point with a wide sandy beach and tavernas. Down here is quite different to the North (and you will need a car). Seek lunch at the Taverna Platanos in Lachania where you will be excused for thinking you are not in Rhodes, or in one of the rustic taverns such as Bakis Bros in the mountain village of Embonas.
Best beach on the island is probably Tsambika Beach on the East side. Get here in your hire car; choose a beach taverna and order a cold beer or frappé; swim and relax when you are ready. Nice lunch to be had in the garden environment of Athiri Restaurant on the approach road to Tsambika Beach.
Hi! Thanks so much for putting together this wonderful guide. My fiancee and I plan on travelling to Greece for our honeymoon, and we’ve found your guide of tremendous help. I did have one questions in regards to Hotels in Rhodes.
In my searches in google, a hotel that constantly pops up is Lindos Blu. It has good tripadvisor ratings, and comes up in a lot of “best of” hotel guides across the internet. I was curious if you had ever been and what your take on it was?
Lindos Blu is an exclusive, adults-only small resort that vies for the title of best overall boutique resort on Rhodes. Perched on a hillside overlooking expansive Vlycha Bay the hotel also has perhaps Rhodes’ most respected restaurant. Architecturally modernistic it has excellent views and a growing reputation as one of the best hotels in Rhodes.
Hi! My finance and I are taking our honeymoon to Greece and debating on Milos, Naxos, or Rhodes for our third island after Mykonos and Santorini. Which island would you recommend for best beaches and relaxation? Thank you.
For beaches and relaxation definitely Naxos. Milos is wonderful but is more of an active visit as you really need to explore to reveal its charms. Rhodes is beautiful but much busier and much harder to get to (from Mykonos or Santorini) than Naxos.
Any recommendations for a good hotel near the Rhodes airport – or one with a free shuttle to the airport, as I have an early morning flight and want to stay close to the airport.
Old House (apartments) are cheap, clean, and good value. If you have little luggage you could walk to the airport or owner Michael will give you a ride for a small fee.
We are going to be in Rhodes next July for a week and are hoping to go to Crete by ferry, do you know how often ferries go to Crete from Rhodes or would it be a better option to go via one of the other Cyclades islands and work our way down to Crete that way?
If that is best option which island do you recommend going to from Rhodes which would be quickest option to Crete?
There are 2 ferries per week (with Anek) between Rhodes and Crete – it’s a fairly long ferry ride depending on the route (9 to 13 hours). In summer there can sometimes be one or two more ferries/week. There are also direct flights in summer with Skyexpress. If you went via the Cyclades then Santorini is the best option.
We will be a family of grandparents and grown grandchildren visiting Greece for 10days. We were thinking of renting a boat to travel from Athens to Santorini to Crete to Rhodes where we are meeting up w another part of family June 1st. Does this strike you as “best route” or do you suggest flying betw islands instead?
Also, what is best upscale Rhodes hotel with a pool and yet still able to walk to Old Town (15min walk or less) and also be near a beach? Am I delusional? Thank you so much for your help.
Try Bellevue Suites in Rhodes Town. Close to the beach, walking distance to Old Town, and (smallish) pool. Two-bedroom suites sleep 4 and have kitchenette.
Hi, we’re going to Rhodes for a week from October 16th with our daughter who’s 15 months old. We’re looking for a hotel in Rhodes new town that provides parking, since we plan to rent a car and we understand that there’s no driving in the old town. We’re also looking for an authentic Greek experience, meaning mostly friendly staff and good Greek food. Ideally both breakfast and dinner should be available at the hotel. Could you please offer us some advice? Thanks!
The hotels with lots of character and a Greek feel are in the Old Town. In the New Town the Best Western Plaza Hotel has a good central location and a nice pool. There’s a decent restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and better restaurants are an easy walk away). Free parking at the public parking lot is a 5 minute walk. The beach and Old Town are about a 10 minute walk.
I will be going to Rhodes next week, I am between the AquaGrand in Lindos and the Elysium Resort! Wich one you think would be better for a 60 years old couple??
Both are beautiful resorts with great pools and good sea swimming. But neither have much within walking distance and the beaches are pebbly more than sandy (the Elysium has the more sandy of the two). Elysium is 15 minutes from Rhodes Town (and the ferry port), while AquaGrand is almost an hour’s drive. The Elysium is also closer to the airport.
We are staying for a couple of days at the end of September, beginning of October in Old Town, Rhodes (after visiting other locations) and would like to a few beach days at the end of our trip. Are there any nice beach hotels–actually on the beach–in Rhodes? Or are we better off staying in Lindos or elsewhere and simply exploring beaches by day? We don’t love those big glitzy resorts, are looking for somewhere with charm or at least a bit of chic. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Well, a couple of places come to mind – or rather jump off the page – and they, plus one other option, probably match what you are after. You didn’t say where you are staying in the Old Town, but there are some pretty good choices and as you are planning to travel at the end of September to the beginning of October, accommodation rates should be cheaper. First up, consider staying at the Kokkini Porta in the Old Town itself. It’s a newbie boutique hotel that will make you feel very pampered. Next up, you could still stay in Rhodes Town, but in the New Town and be more or less next to the beach – and a nice beach it is too. Have a look at the website of the Hotel Mediterranean. It’s at the northern end of the New Town – just past the casino – and is a great duo combo option (Old Town nearby and beach on your doorstep). Either way, you are not far from a beach and Rhodes’ town beach is actually very attractive.
You mention something chic (something special perhaps?) so here’s a tip. Down south is a luxury complex with your own private suites bearing names such as “River Passage Pool Suite”, “Ottoman Gardens Junior Suite” or, for the romantically inclined, enjoy your own jacuzzi and King sized four-poster bed in the “Ottoman Gardens Honey Suite”. This secluded hideaway with private beach is called Lindian Village and it’s not far from Lindos. It’s better than Lindos itself because Lindos is not actually on a beach – you have to walk, to one side of the village or the other.
You might get a better deal – plus organise a car hire of your onward tickets if you go through one agency and that is Triton Holidays. Ask for Managing Director Kim Sjögren and he and his team can arrange all the details, if you prefer the easier route. Good luck with your planning end enjoy Rhodes.
Hi! I am just planning my Greece trip and need help with Rhodes! Will be in Rhodes at the end of September, from Sunday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Traveling with my 65 yr old mom and sister, so we are looking to do activities but also relax (but can’t do too much stairs for my mom). Should we base ourselves in only one part of Rhodes (near Old Town)? Is it easy to get around the island if we stay here and just take taxis everywhere? Or should we stay somewhere else and get a car? We are a bit nervous of driving there (we are from NY, and I think we can handle it, but you never know!). Or should we stay in two different places?
We are also going to Crete and Santorini…I love lounging by the pool but my mom and sister don’t care as much for it. So I do want at least 2-3 days at a nice pool resort for me during our trip. Is it better to do this in Rhodes, Crete, or Santorini? We are ending in Santorini so figured I would schedule this relaxing time then…
And last question, we will need to go from Santorini to Athens back to NY in early October. Our flight back to NY leaves Athens at 1230 pm. Should we fly back from Santorini to Athens very early that morning (like 830 am) or should we aim to get back to Athens the day before? I am not sure how reliable the flights are….Just thought I’d ask!
Thanks for any advice.
By the end of September things should be quietening down in Rhodes particularly the further away you go from Rhodes Town (Old and New) so you may care to base yourselves nearer the action of Rhodes Town. Rhodes is easy to get around but it is a big island and while taxis are good for getting around the New Town (on foot is the way to go in the Old Town) it will get very expensive if you use taxis for day trips.
If you are from New York, driving in Rhodes will be like a ride out around the Hamptons – easy! It’s not like Athens or Thessaloniki: it’s busy enough around Rhodes Town and there are one-way streets to confuse you, but driving out of Rhodes on the main highways is a pleasant experience and you can hire a car at a very reasonable price by the end of September.
If you stay in the main town, make a point of staying in the Old Town as it is like stepping back in time: very atmospheric and old-word with narrow cobbled streets and alleyways that disappear round corners leading to somewhere tempting. You can’t park your car in the Old Town, so you’ll have to walk to it each day outside the walls of the moat.
It will take about two hours to drive from one end of the island to the other. The ’touristy’ side is the east coast, while the west coast is less developed. You an easily drive across the island through the hill villages. All road signs are in Greek and English.
Any island would do for sunbathing. It’s great to sit by the pool in Santorini and look out at the caldera. On the other hand, pools tend to be smaller there than on other islands (and hotels with a pool and view cost more) – not sure if that’s a concern.
Flights are fairly reliable. But allow at least 3 hours in Athens as delays are common for Greek flights.
What town on Rhodes island is the best to stay in around the beginning of June. We are looking for somewhere with a lovely view, not too busy but not isolated at the same time?
We took your advice when we went to Santorini…stayed in Imerovigli and it was just perfect.
Your advice is very much appreciated.
In general terms Rhodes’ east coast is the best coast. It sports the best beaches and is usually protected from the prevailing northern weather and the meltemi wind that can make north-facing resorts somewhat bracing. If we exclude Rhodes Town – which is still a nice option – especially if you choose carefully in the Old Town, you have a string of resorts with sandy beaches running down the coast as far as Gennadi.
You do mention a town – which probably also means village – so that limits the search to a handful of places. The first places that come to mind are the adjoining communities of Lindos and Pefki. Lindos is busy though not crazy-busy in June like it will be in August. It is the jewel in the eastern flank of Rhodes: pretty – too pretty for its own good in full Summer – but certainly very atmospheric, with labyrinthine alleyways, plodding passenger donkeys, glitzy boutiques, and romantic rooftop night-time dining. There are two decent beaches to escape to, but so do the day crowds that come by the boatload to enjoy Lindos’ narrow streets and folksy ambiance. Pefki is a little less frenetic and ‘different’. It has scattered low-rise appartments to rent plus the odd tourist resort complex, is more open in its feel, and is not touristy-folksy like Lindos and you are likely to find a place to stay that is cheaper than in Lindos itself. Neither Lindos nor Pefki are isolated though they are both around 50km from Rhodes town.
A little further south is the compact beachside village of Gennadi. The beach here is pebbled, but the waters are pristine and clean. It’s a community that lives independently and essentially apart from the more mainstream tourism that starts to peter out at Lindos and Pefki.
Back up the coast and back to sand the next and final suggestion would be the extended resort village of Stegna. It is popular, has a long sandy beach, and still retains a small-town feel. It might meet your requirements for a ‘not too busy’ and ‘not too isolated’ getaway spot.
Try Triton Tours in Rhodes Town, if you’d rather someone else does the looking for you when searching for a place to stay. Kim and his team from Triton have their fingers on all the best deals around on the island of Rhodes and can organize you a hire car as well, if you prefer.
Brilliant…that’s great help to us Dave. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
I have one extra day in Greece. I can either spend it in Athens or go to Rhodes or stay in Mykonos. Is a day trip to Rhodes (from Athens) worth it?
Rhodes is a wonderful island with lots too see so, yes, you’d certainly love it. But, just to be clear, you would have to fly from Athens (it’s a long way from Athens to Rhodes by ferry) so you’re looking at a flight in the morning to Rhodes and then a flight back in the evening. You’d have a full day of travel. But, it’s doable. That said, if you were willing to do something like that, then I’d do the same thing but for Santorini which is easier to see in a day than Rhodes. And the flight to Santorini is only 45 minutes instead of 65 minutes from Athens to Rhodes.
What are the best beaches on Rhodes? I will be with my 12 year old daughter but it doesn’t have to be “kid-friendly”. Just nice sand, and nice water for swimming. A friend told me one side of Rhodes had great beaches and the other side not so good, but from my research I can’t tell what side is better or if that’s even true. Thanks, Liz.
Rhodes’ beach quality is determined by their location. As a general rule beaches along the northwest side of the island are more exposed, scraggy, and inferior to beautiful beaches along the southeast side of the island. This is primarily due to the influence of the northerly ‘meltemi’ wind that scours the Aegean sea during the summer months. The only possible exception may be the beaches abutting the coastal resort strip between Rhodes Town and the airport where they don’t see so much of the weather. As you move to the southwest they tend to be thin, rocky, and without the sandy coves that punctuate the southeast coastline.
Starting with the beaches closest to Rhodes town, the first one is actually in Rhodes Town and it is just fine. This is the town beach (of Rhodes Town) in front of the Casino. It’s clean, has umbrellas and loungers, cafés and restaurants and changing rooms. Considering it’s convenience to town this is a great beach. Next beach up needs a bit of a drive (or a local bus), but it’s worth the effort, and that is Kallithea beach (10kms from Rhodes Town). It’s little more than two sandy coves with a rocky headland under the hulk of the former and now restored Italian spa. There’s a scuba diving outfit based here too. From here on the long resort hotel strip begins and while the beaches are OK (if exposed) they are the almost exclusive reserve of the resort hotels. Faliraki (15kms) is ostensibly the beach centre of eastern Rhodes. The beaches are OK – long and straight and pleasant enough but Faliraki is full of package tourists. Not far south from Faliraki is the eponymously named Anthony Quinn beach (17kms) – really two beaches strung on either side of a bent sausage-like peninsula. It’s pretty and well protected and consequently very popular.
Traganou, Afandou, and Kolymbia beaches follow next and constitute a long stretch of sand from just south of Faliraki to Cape Vagia. It used to be fairly undeveloped (though that is changing) and there are long stretches of pebble and sand beaches that see much fewer visitors than elsewhere. Of the three Kolymbia beach (24kms) has the best development so you might want to head there if you are down this way. Next up is probably the best beach on Rhodes: Tsambika Beach (28kms). Enclosed by widely spread headlands upon one of which is the monastery of Tsambika, this beach scene has a low-key collection of beach bars and cafés and just the right mix of sand, clean water, and a fun atmosphere. Noteworthy also is the more intimate Agathi beach (40kms) and perhaps my second favourite just north of the village of Haraki. It is small, cosy, and generally only sought out by those in the know. This one is worth a visit too. Lindos (50kms) is next on the list and while its north side beaches are just fine as is the cosier St Paul’s beach to the south, they get the mass crowds, and might not be everyone’s scene. If you are visiting Lindos, then it’s certainly worth a visit.
Blink and you might just miss minuscule Stafylia beach that will appear suddenly through your windscreen as you round a bend just 6km short of the southern village of Kiotari (60kms). It’s the last sandy beach for a while. South of here the scene changes with pebbles taking over from sand at Gennadi (63kms) and 15km further south Plimmyri has a protected grey sand beach with at least one fish taverna for lunch. For utter isolation (look for the church of Agios Pavlos next to a grain silo and in amongst some derelict buildings after Plimmyri) there is a dirt track to a beach which I think is also called Agios Pavlos where there is nothing – but water and sand. The twin beach of Prasonisi (91kms) marks the end of the island and while there is a nice beach, it is mainly a windsurfer scene and perhaps not for family bathers. Most people come here because it is like Lands End in the UK. It has to be ‘done’.