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Guide to the Best Beaches in Rhodes

From organised tourist resorts to the island’s wild, windswept coastline, Rhodes has an incredible array of beaches, all lapped by the turquoise waters of the Aegean. To help you plan your next trip we’ve picked a few of our favourites, arranged here in clockwise order from Rhodes Town.

If you’re looking to take your Rhodes beach holiday to the next level, you might like to consider our Rhodes sailing trip. This sailing tour is an experience by itself, but it’s also a great way to get an overview of the island’s best beaches and see which ones you’d like to return to later in your holiday. To add a cultural experience to your visit, check out our range of private Rhodes tours

We wrote a guide to the top 10 beaches in Rhodes back in 2018, but felt it was time for an update. So here’s our guide to the best beaches in Rhodes. It’s time to start daydreaming and planning your perfect beach holiday on the Island of the Sun…

Elli Beach, Rhodes Town

Elli beach sits at the head of Rhodes Town, straddling Mandraki Harbour and the Rhodes Aquarium. Packed with umbrellas and sunbeds, and flanked by bars and restaurants, it’s the ideal spot to top up your tan while in the capital. Elli Beach is busy, so it’s great for people who like a little hustle and bustle, perhaps meeting fellow tourists or locals and having a chat.

The Beaches at Kallithea

Beaches at Kallithea

Best known for its spa, the area around Kallithea is filled with rocky inlets offering the perfect opportunity for a dip, while the café has several sunbeds. If you’re seeking sand, continue east towards Faliraki. Rhodes’ most popular beach certainly isn’t its quietest, but if you love a lively atmosphere and sandy shores, it’s a winner. Neighbouring Kathara beach is quieter.

Anthony Quinn Bay, Faliraki

Anthony Quinn Bay – Faliraki

A strong contender for most beautiful beach on Rhodes, Anthony Quinn was named after the actor who fell in love with this sandy bay while filming The Guns of Navarone. Just around the headland, is one of the longest beaches on Rhodes… 

The Bay of Afandou

The long, naturally sweeping bay of Afandou stretches from the small pebble beach at Traganou to the quiet resort of Kolymbia. While parts of the bay are organised, its size means there’s plenty of space to get away from the crowds, making the Bay of Afandou the perfect spot for anyone who prefers a more tranquil beach experience.

Tsambika Beach

Tsambika Beach

Boasting fine, golden sands, the pretty beach of Tsambika sits below the monastery of the same name, offering a range of beach facilities, watersports, and restaurants. There is plenty to do here, but all of the facilities near or on Tsambika Beach make it the perfect spot for a longer beach visit.

Stegna Bay and Agathi Cove

Secluded and unspoilt, the small bay at Stegna has a lovely family ambiance with soft sands and shallow waters, while the picturesque cove of Agathi offers golden sands, a gently shelving shoreline, a scattering of cafés, and interesting snorkelling.

The Beaches at Lindos

Beach at Lindos

Mesmerising Lindos offers a pick of beaches, with the main Lindos Beach bordering the whitewashed town and small St Paul’s Bay, which occupies an impressive location beneath the acropolis watched over by a charming white chapel. 

Pefkos Beach and Glystra

To get away from the crowds at Lindos, continue westwards to the picturesque Pefkos beach and the small, sandy Glystra cove. Both beaches offer a more tranquil experience than Lindos’ more popular spots.

Wilder Adventures – Beaches in Western Rhodes

The western side of Rhodes is much wilder, with fewer organised beaches. This makes it less ideal for anyone looking for an easy-to-find, luxurious beach experience. However, western Rhodes is a magnet for those seeking adventure. It’s home to perhaps the most spectacular beach on the island: Prasonisi. This beach consists of two sandy coves leading to a rocky island at the base of Rhodes. It’s a paradise for windsurfers, especially during the meltemi winds in July and August.

If you’re seeking wild beauty, the pebble beach beneath the castle at Monolithos is worth visiting while you’re at the castle. And for an adventure fix closer to Rhodes Town, the windswept beaches of Ialysos and Ixia offer fantastic windsurfing and kitesurfing.

We hope we’ve inspired a few readers to add one or two of these incredible beaches to their Rhodes bucket list. To find out more about the beaches of Rhodes or to book any of our Rhodes tours or shore excursions, please get in touch. We’re ready to help you plan your perfect Rhodes Experience – and find your favourite beach on the island!

About the author

Daffy is the co-founder of Rhodes Experiences. He enjoys traveling, photography and writing about the Greek tourism industry, as well as Rhodes island, which he calls home.
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