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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Located 78 km southeast of Rhodes town, this small pebbled beach remains unspoilt.
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.
Located at the far end of Afandou bay, this beach is pebbly, quiet and has interesting caves to explore.
At 70 km from the town of Rhodes and 30 km from Lindos, this is a large beach with sandy shore and clean water.
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.
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.
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.
Located 50 km from Rhodes town on the western coast, an inviting sandy beach with crystal clear water.
Situated 63 km from Rhodes town and 12 km from Lindos, part of this beach is developed but it is not touristy.
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.
Located 24kms from Rhodes town, this small natural bay on the east coast is developed without being too crowded.
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.
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.
A small bay 5km from Rhodes Town and 2km from Faliraki. It is a popular spot and rather crowded mid summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located 12 km southwest from Rhodes town on the northwest coast of the island, the beach is a combination of sand and small pebbles.
Located 30 km of Rhodes town, this is sandy and pebbly bay is Archangelos’ beach, developed and busy but big enough to enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.