Swimming in Rhodes (Rodos)

Crystal clear waters, sandy coves, pebbled shorelines, rocks and caves, sun chairs and full amenities or just plain peace and quiet – the beaches of Rhodes can offer all this and more.

Its busy resort areas like Faliraki, Kolymbia and Lindos may be busy and hot over the mid summer months but often there is still the opportunity – early in the day or later in the afternoon – when you can enjoy a quiet swim even on these stretches of shoreline.
 


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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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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Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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