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The Ten Best Beaches on Rhodes, the Island of Knights

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A sunbather on one of the many beaches in Rhodes. Credit: Greek Reporter

Rhodes, the largest Greek island of the Dodecanese archipelago, has lovely beaches that face the pine woods on the mountainsides, as well as a wealth of ancient ruins and beautiful historical buildings to explore.

The idyllic island still has many iconic buildings from the time of its occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.

The main city on the island of Rhodes has an Old Town, featuring the famous medieval “Street of the Knights,” as well as the castle-like Palace of the Grand Masters. Captured by the Ottomans and then held by the Italians, the palace is now a history museum.

The Old Town truly creates the illusion that you have traveled back to the age of medieval knights, with its medieval castle, stone-paved alleys, and stout walls all creating a unique atmosphere.

The fairy tale castles, as well as the nightlife, the friendliness of the local people, and lovely beaches make Rhodes a popular destination for vacationers.

We have compiled a list of the top ten beaches on Rhodes. However, feel free to visit and judge for yourself which is the most enchanting.

Agathi Beach, Rhodes is situated near a medieval castle

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Agathi Beach, Rhodes. Credit: G.Gregorini/CC-BY-2.0

Agathi is a small sandy beach which lies on a scenic cove close to the Medieval castle of Faraklos and Haraki Beach located 10 kilometers (six miles) north of Lindos village and 38 km (24 miles) southeast of Rhodes Town.

The beautiful scenery of this area is complemented by rose-gold sands and turquoise waters. The beach offers sun beds, showers, and umbrellas, as well as three beach bars that offer refreshments and snacks.

Kallithea Beach

Kallithea Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Kishjar/CC BY 2.0

Found 8 km (five miles) south of the town of Rhodes, Kallithea Beach is well known for its hot medicinal springs, which were once exploited by the Italians but are no longer functional.

It is a truly breathtaking place, with beautifully-renovated buildings set among pine and palm trees, and there are Arabic-inspired mosaics at the springs.

The iconic beach of Anthony Quinn Bay

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Anthony Quinn Bay. Credit: Michael Zer Mayer/CC BY 2.0

Located 20 km (12 miles) south of Rhodes Town, this well-known beach was named after the lead actor of the film The Guns of Navarone, which was shot there. The original name of the beach was Vagies.

The beach, which is considered to be amongst the island’s most beautiful, is the quietest beach on Rhodes. It is a rather narrow beach, with a combination of rocks, sand, and pebbles.

Ladiko, a scenic cove

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Ladiko Beach. Credit: Pjotr Mahhonin/ CC BY-SA 4.0

Located on a lovely bay 2 km (1.2 miles) from the village of Faliraki and 20 km (12 miles) south of the town of Rhodes, Ladiko is a small beach featuring a scenic cove which is a delight to the eye, as well as a calm respite on windy days.

The seashore contains fine, clean sand with some small rocks, providing for a visually-interesting and scenic beach. There are ample beach facilities, and the beach is surrounded by lush vegetation.

Faliraki Beach

Faliraki Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Kraus/CC BY-SA 3.0

Located 10 km (6.2 miles) away from the airport and 16 km south of Rhodes Town, Faliraki offers a well-organized beach which is covered with a multitude of colorful umbrellas and sun loungers. Plenty of restaurants, tavernas, and beach bars from which to choose can be found nearby.

The beach offers water sports, including windsurfing and water skiing. The golden sand of the beach combines perfectly with the turquoise waters of the Aegean sea, which makes for attractive and relaxing scenery.

Afandou Beach

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Afandou Beach. Credit: Pupsy/CC BY 2.0

Located 19 km (12 miles) south of the town of Rhodes, Afandou is a long, spacious beach. A crescent-shaped village of the same name is located on the bay.

Afandou is a pebble and sand beach with many rental facilities and fish tavernas.

Afandou’s clear, sparkling waters remain fresh even during the hottest summer days, providing ideal conditions for swimmers. This beach is also a favorite of windsurfers.

Agios Pavlos Beach

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Agios Pavlos Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Narvaleos/CC BY 2.0

The tiny bay of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul), located close to the ancient acropolis of Lindos, lies 48 km (30 miles) south of the town of Rhodes. The beach features golden sand which forms a giant dune, pebbles, and plenty of sunbeds from which to choose.

The beach of Agios Pavlos was named after the white chapel, located right on the beach itself, dedicated to Saint Paul, who came to Greece and preached Christianity in the year 43 AD.

Pefkos Beach

Pefkos Beach is a pebble beach with soft, golden sand. A number of rocky coves, with ideal shallow-water swimming spots, are located at the very end of the beach.

Many shops, bars, and tavernas can also be found there. Indulge in a variety of fresh seafood by visiting any of the waterfront tavernas.

Haraki Beach

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Haraki Beach. Credit: Pelagalli/CC BY 2.0

Located 36 km (22 miles) from Rhodes Town, Haraki is a very peaceful beach with crystal-clear waters ideal for water sports, such as scuba diving.

The cove provides a lovely landscape, and the neighboring beaches, such as Agia Agathi and Kokkini Ammos, are idyllic to swim in, while the rocks and caves provide opportunity for exploration.

Haraki has an archaeological history, as well. The castle of Feraklos can be found on the left side of the beach. This castle was the first fortress on the island and was used as a base of operations by Aegean pirates.

Kalathos Beach, a tropical paradise

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Kalathos Beach. Credit: Piotru/CC BY 2.0

Located 65 km (40 miles) from the airport, and 50 km southeast of the town of Rhodes, Kalathos Beach offers soft, golden sands with crystalline waters.

Bamboo umbrellas and wooden lounge chairs may be had for just a few euros. Some accommodations are available near the beach while more can be found in the village of Kalathos itself.

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