Activities In Dodecanese

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Afandou

An interesting area for the combination of various habitats: olive groves, scrub, two riverbeds, and small pools with small reed beds, some wasteland and a golf course. This site is interesting during migration for waders (Wood sandpiper, Dunlin, Little ringed plover, Little stints); Egrets (Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern) and Garganey. The golf course and surroundings are likely to produce species like Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated pipit (the latter during migration). During the breeding season Red-backed Shrike, Stone Curlew, Rufous Bushchat and Kingfisher are almost certainties, together with species like Bee-eater, Quail, Reed Warbler and Olivaceous warblers.

Afandou

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.

Agathi

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.

Agios Minas

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.

Agios Nikolaos (Arkasa)

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.

Agios Nikolaos (Spoa)

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.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

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.

Ahata or Achata

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.

Ammos, Afoti, Vronti

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.

Apella

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.

Apitikou beach (near Emborio)

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.

Appolakia Reservoir

The only deep and permanent freshwater can be found at the Appolakia Reservoir built in the late eighties. Take the road from Appolakia to Gennadi. At the north end of the reservoir an area of marsh and reed beds attracts species like Grey Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck`s Stint. It is the most certain place to see species like Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen, sometimes accompanied by Garganey, Mallard, Black Necked Grebe or Kingfisher.

Argilopotamos

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.

Arki Islets

If you’re a nature lover and a birdwatcher, the Arki network of tiny islands is a perfect day trip for you. Arki’s islets boast rugged landscapes that attract migratory birds because of their pristine and vital ecosystem. Whole cliffs and boulders are often covered in birds. Migratory and domestic birds, lizards and flora create a unique ecosystem around Patmos, supported by this well preserved pristine habitat. Don’t miss out on the island’s environmental research center on Arki. Then hike through the islands to find secret coves perfect for swimming.

Aspri Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip, take in the sun and immerse yourself in the caress of stunning crystal-clear green waters. It’s one of the best beaches, and not only is it a quiet place for solitary swims, but you’ll also be thrilled with the wonderful views of the nearby monastery. It’s also very close to town, so you can take a break from exploring and go for a relaxing swim.

Cassonia beach (near Pothia)

This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!

Christou Pigadi

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”.

Damatria

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.

Diafani and Vananda

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.

Didimes or Tou Liginou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

If you love nothing more than combining ecosports and fun, then go on a short hike down an ancient path to find this stunning beach. It’s called Didimes, or twins, because a huge boulder separates the beach, turning Didimes into two separate bays. The rugged landscape and aquamarine waters will lull you into believing you’re on an exotic island.

Elli Beach Rhodes

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.

Faliraki beach, 14 km from town

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.

Finiki

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.

Forokli

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.

Fourni beach

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

Gadouras River

Valley and mouth of the Gadouras river (about 10 km north of Lindos, about 8 km south of Arhangelos); east of the main road Arhangelos-Lindos. Combination of river valley with a stony/sandy bed, some fresh water pools, scrub, a kind of lagoon with high reed and various shrubs, and in the neighborhood: arable land, olive groves and grassy fields. This place is good for waders in spring and autumn (Little stint, Little ringed plover, Ringed plover, Wood sandpiper, Green sandpiper, Marsh sandpiper, Collared Pratincole); Egrets (Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Grey Egret, Squacco Heron); Terns (White-winged black tern, Gull-billed tern). Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Olivaceaous warbler, Bee-eater, Quail, Woodchat-shrike and Short-toed Lark should be certainties in the breeding season. This is also one of the best places for Stone Curlew and Rufous Bushchats.

Gefira beach (near Pothia)

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.

Gennadi

Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.

Glystra beach

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.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

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.

Ialysos beach

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.

Ixia beach

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.

Kalathos beach

Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.

Kallithea

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!

Kamiros Beach

Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.

Kandouni and Linaria beaches (near Panormo)

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.

Kastelia

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.

Kato Kambos Beach (near Kambos Town)

If you’re looking for action and watersports, then Kato Kambos beach is the ideal place for you. Long stretches of sand, blue green waves and all the equipment you need for your favorite sport. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike, and you’ll be happy you joined the crowds and took a dip after you dive into its cool waters.

Kefalas Cave (Northwest Kalymnos, in Pothia)

After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites. Legend has it that the nuns of Saint Catherine Monastery discovered it but kept it a secret because of a rumored treasure stored there by pirates. Archaeological evidence found here suggests it was a site of worship for Olympiou Dios.

Kiotari beach

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.

Kolymbia beach

Located 24kms from Rhodes town, this small natural bay on the east coast is developed without being too crowded.

Kopria beach

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.

Kremasti beach

Located 12 km southwest from Rhodes town on the northwest coast of the island, the beach is a combination of sand and small pebbles.

Kyra Panagia

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.

Lachania beach

At 70 km from the town of Rhodes and 30 km from Lindos, this is a large beach with sandy shore and clean water.

Ladiko beach

A small bay 5km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki. It is a popular spot and rather crowded mid summer.

Lambi Beach (Lambi Bay near Palia Mandra village)

This one-of-a-kind beach will not only astound you because of its crystal-clear waters and wonderful surroundings, but also because the pebbles that cover the shore and spill into the seabed sparkle with all shades of colors. If you go at night, you’ll see the bottom of the sea awash with color. Don’t take them home, though. It’s against the law.

Lefkos: Gialou Horafi, Panagias-Limani, Frangolimniona

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.

Limnionas beach (Kefalos village)

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.

Lindos Beach, 8 km south of Rhodes

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.

Livadi Geranou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

Accessible via boat or after a short hike, this wonderful beach offers stretches of golden sand that seem to unroll before you, welcoming you to one of the most stunning beaches in Patmos. There are lots of trees that dot the sand, so it’s perfect if you want to spend the day and bring along a picnic. The crystal clear waters will certainly beckon.

Makris Gialos

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.

Megali Ammoopi and Votsalakia

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.

Meli Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip in this stunning stretch of perfect crystal-clear water. The natural landscape also provides wonderful views, and the thick line of trees along the coast offers hot swimmers plenty of shade. If you’ve got kids, it’s perfect as it’s sheltered from wind and offers calm, almost waveless waters. It’s a wonderful place to kick back and relax.

Mihaliou Kipos

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.

Mikri Ammoopi

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.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

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.

Pefkos (Pefki) beach

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.

Pera Ammos

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.

Petra Beach (near Kalikatsou Boulder)

There’s nothing more rewarding than coupling exploration with a relaxing swim. Admire Kallikatsou Boulder with its many caves, carved stone steps and rich religious history and then take a dip in Petra beach. Its cool crystal-clear blue waters will invite you in after spending some time in the sun taking in Kallikatsou’s secrets.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

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.

Plimmiri

From its sand dunes the flowing have been seen: Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, Hoopoe, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike and Black-headed Bunting. The chain of little fields, sometimes irrigated, provide good habitats for larks and pipits during migration and winter (Calandra Lark, Sky Lark). In autumn a sea-watch can be satisfactory with species like Shag, Eleonora`s Falcon, Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Honey-buzzard and Cory`s Shearwater.

Pouliou Potami

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.

Prassonissi

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.

Psalidi beach (Psalidi)

This is a perennial favorite among surfers. It boasts a unique formation with lots of small coves.

Psili Ammos Beach (near Diakofti village)

If you want to explore or have an adventure on your way to a swim, then sail to Psili Ammos or hike through rugged landscape to find this exotic beach. Fine white sand meets blue-green water in what’s widely believed to be Patmos’ most beautiful beach. Don’t miss it as you’ll be transported to someplace rather tropical.

Psoraris

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.

Rhodes town area

The beach on the north side of the town, near the Aquarium, can be good for migrating birds, egrets and seabirds, like Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Red-throated pipit, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Cory`s Shearwater. During migration Monte Smith is very interesting for songbirds (Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Icterine warbler, Subalpine warbler, Flycatchers); Wheatears and Shrikes. Monte Smith holds also a strong population of Olivaceaous warblers. The old town of Rhodes has a population of Crag Martin. On or between the old walls of Rhodes-town, Little Kestrel and Hoopoe can be seen regularly. The harbour of Rhodes-town can be interesting for terns and gulls, especially Audouins Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common gull, Common Tern and even Gull-billed Tern.

Saria

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.

Stegna Beach

Located 30 km of Rhodes town, this is sandy and pebbly bay is Archangelos’ beach, developed and busy but big enough to enjoy.

Therma beach (near Therma)

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.

Thermes beach

Thermes beach is a popular destination for the locals who enjoy soaking in the warm thermal springs that bubble into the sea from the mountain. The landscape is breathtaking as well, so combine a therapeutic swim with views of a dramatically rugged shoreline.

Thermes beach (Thermes)

This stunning beach has combination sandy and pebbled shores as well as therapeutic thermal springs that flow into the sea.

Traganou beach

Located at the far end of Afandou bay, this beach is pebbly, quiet and has interesting caves to explore.

Tsambika beach

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.

Vagia Beach (near Kambos Town)

This wonderful pebbled beach is caressed by turquoise waves and this idyllic setting will surely sweep you off your feet. You can either walk there or take a quaint boat and sail in. Either way, it’s a swim that will rejuvenate you and give you a sense of peace that’s only fitting in this serene island. Take a picnic with you and spend the day.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

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.

Valias and Pounta

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.

Vlicha beach

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.

Wetlands and Lake around Grikos Bay and Petra

Patmos’ insistence on resisting commercial development led to the preservation of pristine ecosystems close to town. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will love the wetlands and lake near Petra. They are both protected sites where a vibrant ecosystem of wild ducks, swans and heron seek refuge. Patmos is a vital stop for migratory birds, and as such will delight nature lovers.

Zefiros Beach

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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Afandou

An interesting area for the combination of various habitats: olive groves, scrub, two riverbeds, and small pools with small reed beds, some wasteland and a golf course. This site is interesting during migration for waders (Wood sandpiper, Dunlin, Little ringed plover, Little stints); Egrets (Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern) and Garganey. The golf course and surroundings are likely to produce species like Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated pipit (the latter during migration). During the breeding season Red-backed Shrike, Stone Curlew, Rufous Bushchat and Kingfisher are almost certainties, together with species like Bee-eater, Quail, Reed Warbler and Olivaceous warblers.

Appolakia Reservoir

The only deep and permanent freshwater can be found at the Appolakia Reservoir built in the late eighties. Take the road from Appolakia to Gennadi. At the north end of the reservoir an area of marsh and reed beds attracts species like Grey Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck`s Stint. It is the most certain place to see species like Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen, sometimes accompanied by Garganey, Mallard, Black Necked Grebe or Kingfisher.

Arki Islets

If you’re a nature lover and a birdwatcher, the Arki network of tiny islands is a perfect day trip for you. Arki’s islets boast rugged landscapes that attract migratory birds because of their pristine and vital ecosystem. Whole cliffs and boulders are often covered in birds. Migratory and domestic birds, lizards and flora create a unique ecosystem around Patmos, supported by this well preserved pristine habitat. Don’t miss out on the island’s environmental research center on Arki. Then hike through the islands to find secret coves perfect for swimming.

Gadouras River

Valley and mouth of the Gadouras river (about 10 km north of Lindos, about 8 km south of Arhangelos); east of the main road Arhangelos-Lindos. Combination of river valley with a stony/sandy bed, some fresh water pools, scrub, a kind of lagoon with high reed and various shrubs, and in the neighborhood: arable land, olive groves and grassy fields. This place is good for waders in spring and autumn (Little stint, Little ringed plover, Ringed plover, Wood sandpiper, Green sandpiper, Marsh sandpiper, Collared Pratincole); Egrets (Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Grey Egret, Squacco Heron); Terns (White-winged black tern, Gull-billed tern). Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Olivaceaous warbler, Bee-eater, Quail, Woodchat-shrike and Short-toed Lark should be certainties in the breeding season. This is also one of the best places for Stone Curlew and Rufous Bushchats.

Plimmiri

From its sand dunes the flowing have been seen: Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Tawny Pipit, Hoopoe, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike and Black-headed Bunting. The chain of little fields, sometimes irrigated, provide good habitats for larks and pipits during migration and winter (Calandra Lark, Sky Lark). In autumn a sea-watch can be satisfactory with species like Shag, Eleonora`s Falcon, Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Honey-buzzard and Cory`s Shearwater.

Rhodes town area

The beach on the north side of the town, near the Aquarium, can be good for migrating birds, egrets and seabirds, like Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Red-throated pipit, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Cory`s Shearwater. During migration Monte Smith is very interesting for songbirds (Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Icterine warbler, Subalpine warbler, Flycatchers); Wheatears and Shrikes. Monte Smith holds also a strong population of Olivaceaous warblers. The old town of Rhodes has a population of Crag Martin. On or between the old walls of Rhodes-town, Little Kestrel and Hoopoe can be seen regularly. The harbour of Rhodes-town can be interesting for terns and gulls, especially Audouins Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common gull, Common Tern and even Gull-billed Tern.

Wetlands and Lake around Grikos Bay and Petra

Patmos’ insistence on resisting commercial development led to the preservation of pristine ecosystems close to town. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will love the wetlands and lake near Petra. They are both protected sites where a vibrant ecosystem of wild ducks, swans and heron seek refuge. Patmos is a vital stop for migratory birds, and as such will delight nature lovers.

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Kefalas Cave (Northwest Kalymnos, in Pothia)

After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites. Legend has it that the nuns of Saint Catherine Monastery discovered it but kept it a secret because of a rumored treasure stored there by pirates. Archaeological evidence found here suggests it was a site of worship for Olympiou Dios.

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Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

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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Thermes beach

Thermes beach is a popular destination for the locals who enjoy soaking in the warm thermal springs that bubble into the sea from the mountain. The landscape is breathtaking as well, so combine a therapeutic swim with views of a dramatically rugged shoreline.

Afandou

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.

Agathi

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.

Agios Minas

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.

Agios Nikolaos (Arkasa)

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.

Agios Nikolaos (Spoa)

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.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

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.

Ahata or Achata

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.

Ammos, Afoti, Vronti

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.

Apella

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.

Apitikou beach (near Emborio)

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.

Argilopotamos

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.

Aspri Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip, take in the sun and immerse yourself in the caress of stunning crystal-clear green waters. It’s one of the best beaches, and not only is it a quiet place for solitary swims, but you’ll also be thrilled with the wonderful views of the nearby monastery. It’s also very close to town, so you can take a break from exploring and go for a relaxing swim.

Cassonia beach (near Pothia)

This beautiful, family-friendly beach is the closest to the island’s biggest town. Have fun and dive from the jetty!

Christou Pigadi

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”.

Damatria

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.

Diafani and Vananda

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.

Didimes or Tou Liginou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

If you love nothing more than combining ecosports and fun, then go on a short hike down an ancient path to find this stunning beach. It’s called Didimes, or twins, because a huge boulder separates the beach, turning Didimes into two separate bays. The rugged landscape and aquamarine waters will lull you into believing you’re on an exotic island.

Elli Beach Rhodes

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.

Faliraki beach, 14 km from town

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.

Finiki

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.

Forokli

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.

Fourni beach

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

Gefira beach (near Pothia)

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.

Gennadi

Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.

Glystra beach

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.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

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.

Ialysos beach

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.

Ixia beach

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.

Kalathos beach

Situated 50 km south east of Rhodes City between Haraki and Lindos.

Kallithea

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!

Kamiros Beach

Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.

Kandouni and Linaria beaches (near Panormo)

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.

Kastelia

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.

Kato Kambos Beach (near Kambos Town)

If you’re looking for action and watersports, then Kato Kambos beach is the ideal place for you. Long stretches of sand, blue green waves and all the equipment you need for your favorite sport. It’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike, and you’ll be happy you joined the crowds and took a dip after you dive into its cool waters.

Kiotari beach

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.

Kolymbia beach

Located 24kms from Rhodes town, this small natural bay on the east coast is developed without being too crowded.

Kopria beach

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.

Kremasti beach

Located 12 km southwest from Rhodes town on the northwest coast of the island, the beach is a combination of sand and small pebbles.

Kyra Panagia

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.

Lachania beach

At 70 km from the town of Rhodes and 30 km from Lindos, this is a large beach with sandy shore and clean water.

Ladiko beach

A small bay 5km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki. It is a popular spot and rather crowded mid summer.

Lambi Beach (Lambi Bay near Palia Mandra village)

This one-of-a-kind beach will not only astound you because of its crystal-clear waters and wonderful surroundings, but also because the pebbles that cover the shore and spill into the seabed sparkle with all shades of colors. If you go at night, you’ll see the bottom of the sea awash with color. Don’t take them home, though. It’s against the law.

Lefkos: Gialou Horafi, Panagias-Limani, Frangolimniona

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.

Limnionas beach (Kefalos village)

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.

Lindos Beach, 8 km south of Rhodes

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.

Livadi Geranou Beach (near Livadi Geranou village)

Accessible via boat or after a short hike, this wonderful beach offers stretches of golden sand that seem to unroll before you, welcoming you to one of the most stunning beaches in Patmos. There are lots of trees that dot the sand, so it’s perfect if you want to spend the day and bring along a picnic. The crystal clear waters will certainly beckon.

Makris Gialos

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.

Megali Ammoopi and Votsalakia

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.

Meli Beach (near Skala Town)

Take a dip in this stunning stretch of perfect crystal-clear water. The natural landscape also provides wonderful views, and the thick line of trees along the coast offers hot swimmers plenty of shade. If you’ve got kids, it’s perfect as it’s sheltered from wind and offers calm, almost waveless waters. It’s a wonderful place to kick back and relax.

Mihaliou Kipos

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.

Mikri Ammoopi

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.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

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.

Pefkos (Pefki) beach

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.

Pera Ammos

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.

Petra Beach (near Kalikatsou Boulder)

There’s nothing more rewarding than coupling exploration with a relaxing swim. Admire Kallikatsou Boulder with its many caves, carved stone steps and rich religious history and then take a dip in Petra beach. Its cool crystal-clear blue waters will invite you in after spending some time in the sun taking in Kallikatsou’s secrets.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

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.

Pouliou Potami

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.

Prassonissi

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.

Psalidi beach (Psalidi)

This is a perennial favorite among surfers. It boasts a unique formation with lots of small coves.

Psili Ammos Beach (near Diakofti village)

If you want to explore or have an adventure on your way to a swim, then sail to Psili Ammos or hike through rugged landscape to find this exotic beach. Fine white sand meets blue-green water in what’s widely believed to be Patmos’ most beautiful beach. Don’t miss it as you’ll be transported to someplace rather tropical.

Psoraris

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.

Saria

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.

Stegna Beach

Located 30 km of Rhodes town, this is sandy and pebbly bay is Archangelos’ beach, developed and busy but big enough to enjoy.

Therma beach (near Therma)

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.

Thermes beach (Thermes)

This stunning beach has combination sandy and pebbled shores as well as therapeutic thermal springs that flow into the sea.

Traganou beach

Located at the far end of Afandou bay, this beach is pebbly, quiet and has interesting caves to explore.

Tsambika beach

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.

Vagia Beach (near Kambos Town)

This wonderful pebbled beach is caressed by turquoise waves and this idyllic setting will surely sweep you off your feet. You can either walk there or take a quaint boat and sail in. Either way, it’s a swim that will rejuvenate you and give you a sense of peace that’s only fitting in this serene island. Take a picnic with you and spend the day.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

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.

Valias and Pounta

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.

Vlicha beach

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.

Zefiros Beach

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.

Agios Minas

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.

Agios Stefanos beach (Kefalos village)

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.

Appolakia Reservoir

The only deep and permanent freshwater can be found at the Appolakia Reservoir built in the late eighties. Take the road from Appolakia to Gennadi. At the north end of the reservoir an area of marsh and reed beds attracts species like Grey Heron, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck`s Stint. It is the most certain place to see species like Little Grebe, Coot and Moorhen, sometimes accompanied by Garganey, Mallard, Black Necked Grebe or Kingfisher.

Haraki beach – 36 km from Rhodes town

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.

Kallithea

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!

Kastelia

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.

Kefalas Cave (Northwest Kalymnos, in Pothia)

After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites. Legend has it that the nuns of Saint Catherine Monastery discovered it but kept it a secret because of a rumored treasure stored there by pirates. Archaeological evidence found here suggests it was a site of worship for Olympiou Dios.

Kyra Panagia

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.

Lambi Beach (Lambi Bay near Palia Mandra village)

This one-of-a-kind beach will not only astound you because of its crystal-clear waters and wonderful surroundings, but also because the pebbles that cover the shore and spill into the seabed sparkle with all shades of colors. If you go at night, you’ll see the bottom of the sea awash with color. Don’t take them home, though. It’s against the law.

Palionisos beach (near Palionisos)

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.

Platis Gialos beach (near Panormo)

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.

Prassonissi

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.

Rhodes town area

The beach on the north side of the town, near the Aquarium, can be good for migrating birds, egrets and seabirds, like Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Red-throated pipit, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Cory`s Shearwater. During migration Monte Smith is very interesting for songbirds (Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Icterine warbler, Subalpine warbler, Flycatchers); Wheatears and Shrikes. Monte Smith holds also a strong population of Olivaceaous warblers. The old town of Rhodes has a population of Crag Martin. On or between the old walls of Rhodes-town, Little Kestrel and Hoopoe can be seen regularly. The harbour of Rhodes-town can be interesting for terns and gulls, especially Audouins Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common gull, Common Tern and even Gull-billed Tern.

Thermes beach

Thermes beach is a popular destination for the locals who enjoy soaking in the warm thermal springs that bubble into the sea from the mountain. The landscape is breathtaking as well, so combine a therapeutic swim with views of a dramatically rugged shoreline.

Vagies (Anthony Quinn) beach

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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Ialysos beach

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.

Ixia beach

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.

Prassonissi

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.