Swimming in Dodecanese


This long pebbly bay is 22 kilometres south-east from Rhodes, near the village of the same name. Parts are developed with tourist facilities and services but it is big enough for everyone and its deep water is the clearest and often the freshest on the island.
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A picturesque cove, near the beach of Haraki and the medieval castle of Feraklos, 38 kilometres south-east of Rhodes City. Nearby is the Kokkino Ammo (red sand) beach favoured by locals.
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One of the most gorgeous pebbly beaches on the island, this beach is surrounded by rocky hills and shrubs. Mostly deserted, great if you have a boat to explore. Access also by dirt road.
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Here's a well-organized beach near the big village of Arkasa on the western side of the island, 15 km north of Pigadia. White sand, shallow waters and delicious little restaurants (tavernas) serving seafood and local cuisine.
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The beach of Agios Nikolaos near the village of Spoa has won accolades for its clean waters. There are umbrellas, beach chairs, and a little restaurant, all in a serene environment.
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Perfect if you love snorkeling, its rocky underwater landscape will give you much to explore. If you’d rather take a swim, you’ll be stunned by the view of beautiful Kastri Islet.
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A quiet and pretty beach some 13 km from the capital. Sandy and pebbly with gorgeous waters, surrounded by mountains and greenery. There's a small 'taverna' for food.
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These three sandy beaches near Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos, offer clean waters, different watersports, good food and sea-side restaurants. They are most popular and happening, so not ideal for those seeking privacy.
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Considered one of the nicest beaches on the island with stunning waters. Easier to access by boat than by road. Not much else apart from the gorgeous beach though.
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This secluded, almost tucked-away beach is perfect if you like to feel like you’re the only person in the world. Its pebbly shore and clear blue waters will reward you for your half-hour hike there.
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The name of this beach means 'Clay River', boasting white sand, shallow waters and big waves that are great for surfing. A beach canteen onsite comes in handy.
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This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!
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Here's a decent organized beach with some umbrellas that's not crowded, lying serenely a few minutes away from the airport on the way to Pigadia. The name means "Well of Christ".
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Not far from the airport, this sandy shallow beach is perfect for families and not too busy. However you need to get your own umbrellas.
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There is a little beach off the small fishing village of Diafani that you could swim in, but for a more secluded experience head to nearby Vananta (pronounced Vananda). Better done by boat than road from Pigadia.
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The main beach in town at the south end between Mandraki and the Rhodes Aquarium. It is sandy and pebbly, can be crowded mid-summer, but the water is always clean and refreshing. Lawrence Durrell once described it as the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean.
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The island’s largest and most developed beach: 4 km of sand with everything from pedalos to beach bars, brash and noisy in some parts, quieter in others. Kathara (Clean) beach is near the small fishing harbour and there is a nudist beach at the southern end of the bay.
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Finicky travelers will love Finiki beach on the western side of the island with its crystalline waters, accommodation options, seafood 'tavernas' and more. Umbrellas and beach beds normally available.
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This attractively secluded and isolated beach lies against a backdrop of sharp mountains. Explore by boat or make sure you have everything with you if you go hiking there.
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Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.
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If you’ve always dreamt of swimming in the shadows of the cliffs, then this is the beach for you. The aquamarine water is stunning and the dramatic rock formations and boulders that you can swim around will impress you.
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Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.
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Small sandy beach 55 km southeast of Rhodes town, about 11 km away from Lindos. It is quiet, and its water is shallow, ideal for swimmers.
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In the eastern part of the island, this is a quiet beach with crystal clear waters ideal for the scuba diving. The beach has an archaeological interest as well; its nearby castle of Feraklos was the first fortress in Rhodes used by the pirates as a base of operations.
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A long beach 8 km to the north west of Rhodes town, it is favoured by wind and kite surfers. Some freestyle competitions are held here as well as the European Windsurfing Championship.
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At the northern part of the western coast of Rhodes, 4kms from Rhodes town, this is a favourite for wind surfers, the pebbled beach in front of a long strip of hotels.
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Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.
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The bay is famous for its domed Italian health spa buildings and its small bay with crystal clear water. Favoured by diving schools and sunbathers seeking a relaxed setting, it can get crowded in the summer but is recommended for mid summer evening dips!
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Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.
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These twin beaches offer the best of both worlds – an active crowd and a quieter family atmosphere. One is pebbly and the other sandy but the water in both is so inviting you won’t want to get out.
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The gorgeous beach of Kastelia lies after Ammoopi, representing a hidden paradise among the rocks. You can reach it through a dirt road from Ammoopi.
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One of the island’s newest and fastest developing resorts, 60 km south from the town of Rhodes, on the eastern coast of the island.
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Located 24kms from Rhodes town, this small natural bay on the east coast is developed without being too crowded.
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Sitting on the south western coast of the island, 45 km from Rhodes town, this beach is undeveloped, featuring pebbles, sand and interesting rock formations.
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Located 12 km southwest from Rhodes town on the northwest coast of the island, the beach is a combination of sand and small pebbles.
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One of the nicest sandy beaches on the island lying between two mountains with crystal waters about 14 km from Pigadia before the beach of Apella. Some accommodation not far from the beach.
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At 70 km from the town of Rhodes and 30 km from Lindos, this is a large beach with sandy shore and clean water.
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A small bay 5km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki. It is a popular spot and rather crowded mid summer.
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In the bay of Lefkos on the central western side of the island there are 3 beaches that can delight curious travelers. Gialou Horafi has umbrellas, while Panagias which is smaller and quieter does not.
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If you’d like to feel like you’re alone on a deserted island, then go to Limnionas. With beautiful blue-green waters that sparkle in the sun and fishing boats dotting the shore, you’ll surely return.
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Lindos bay is sandy, safe and invariably very busy during summer. It is however a great early morning or late evening swimming spot – just try to miss the crowds! Nearby, on the other side of the acropolis, is St Paul’s Bay, a tiny harbour named after the Apostle Paul.
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Roughly means 'Long Beach', Makris Gialos on the southern tip of the island (near the airport) about 15 km from Pigadia is very popular for windsurfing. Sandy and with lovely clean waters.
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Megali Ammoopi is perfect for families with children thanks to its shallow waters. Nearby is Votsalakia, a pebbly beach with fantastic water. These are popular beaches with restaurants, cafés, hotels, etc.
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Translating as 'Garden of Michael', this beach near the airport offers wild beauty and unique caves by the beach paint a surreal picture in this Mediterranean island.
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A bit south of the capital in a bay with three small sandy beaches and unique beauty. Not far from the larger Ammoopi (pronounced like 'o' in door) but more secluded.
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Very quiet and secluded, it’s perfect for some solitary swimming. It’s a favorite of the locals and once you dive into its blue-green waters it will no doubt become your favorite as well.
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Just a few minutes drive from Lindos, this beach is sandy and pebbled, relatively undeveloped compared to its surroundings. Pefkos was once the holiday place for Lindos residents but is now a large sprawling resort.
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Relatively large pebbly beach and a peninsula just 6 km from Pigadia with shallow water, great for families with kids. Several 'tavernas' and eateries to rest and feast in.
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This gorgeous black-sand beach leads to blue-green waters and will make you feel like you’ve gone to an exotic island. The volcanic rocks and boulders dotting the sea will give you some exploring to do.
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The name translates as River of Birds, but it's more a beach with large pebbles just 10 km south of Pigadia. Can be reached by a dirt from Ammoopi.
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At the southernmost top of the island, 92 kilometres south of Rhodes town, this is a paradise for windsurfers, particularly during the months of July and August when the Meltemi winds are at its strongest.
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This is a perennial favorite among surfers. It boasts a unique formation with lots of small coves.
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Welcome to the biggest sandy beach on the southwestern tip of the island. This isolated beach doesn't have any restaurants or umbrellas, so go well prepared.
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If you arrange a boat trip from Diafani to Saria, you can swim but also explore this isolated island with its medieval ruins and recent churches. It was once a pirate's hideaway too.
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Located 30 km of Rhodes town, this is sandy and pebbly bay is Archangelos’ beach, developed and busy but big enough to enjoy.
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The water from the thermal spring that runs into the sea makes a swim here not only fun but also therapeutic. Sparkling pebbles, blue-green waves and a dock for diving make this a favorite.
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This stunning beach has combination sandy and pebbled shores as well as therapeutic thermal springs that flow into the sea.
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Located at the far end of Afandou bay, this beach is pebbly, quiet and has interesting caves to explore.
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The long sandy beach of Tsambika is located 26 kms south-east of Rhodes town, under the watchful eye of the Tsambika Monastery. It is developed with sun beds, tavernas and water sports but still big enough for everyone.
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The small and picturesque bay mostly known as Anthony Quinn (the actor bought property here after filming the Guns of Navarone) is nearby. Its waters are deep, cold and crystal clear, favoured by locals and Italian visitors to Rhodes.
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Pebble beaches with deep waters on the southeast side of the island. Strong winds make them just perfect for windsurfing. In summer Valias offers umbrellas and beach beds. Restaurants available.
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Some 47 km from Rhodes town, this a pebble beach surrounded by large hill-side hotels. In spite of its development the water remains clear and clean.
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On the east coast of the city, near the main cemeteries and the Kallipaetira sports complex. A sandy beach, favoured by locals as it is close to the city centre.
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