Rhodes (Rodos)

Rhodes is an island that has it all! A great climate, crystal clear water, a coastline of beaches, archaeological sites, a walled Old Town with its unique skyline telling the tale of the island’s history are but a few of its attractions. Of all the Greek islands it is possibly the most blessed – by the Gods with its rich mythology and history and by nature with its outstanding natural beauty and sunlight.

Rhodes, or Rodos as it is often called, is however possibly the most misunderstood of any of the Ecotourism sectors. Let’s face it, because of its natural and manmade treasures this island is the grandfather of Greek tourism. It’s been in the mass market for a long time and has every service, every facility that today’s tourists require.

What most visitors don’t realize, however, is that Rhodes keeps its best assets for its more discerning guests. Those who decide to steer clear of the island during its mid summer madness, who, after wandering the Old Town and its maze of museums and mosques, Medieval walls and churches, venture off the main drag and into the real Rhodes.

Anyone veering off the beaten track will find the Rhodes that is unknown to many, an island of striking wild flowers, tiny unique orchids and herbs and birds rarely seen in their European habitats. Despite a spate of devastating forest fires the island still has areas of virgin pine forest rarely featured in the guide books. And there are still small mountain villages where the locals will welcome you with a souma and spin their own tales.

The island of Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese group, which includes some 200 smaller islands situated to the southeast of mainland Greece, very close to the coast of Turkey.

It is the fourth largest of the Greek islands, 79.7 km (49.5 mi) long and 38 km (24 mi) wide, with a total area of approximately 1,400 square kilometres (541 sq mi) and a coastline of approximately 220 km (137 mi).

The island’s interior is mountainous, sparsely inhabited and covered with forests of pine (Pinus brutia) and cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). Its rocks, limestone and schist, form a mountain backbone in the centre of the island: Akramytis in the south-west 823m, Atarviros, the highest, in the middle at 1,215m and Profitis Ilias to the north 798m.

While its shores are rocky, and in some areas sandy, the island has arable strips of land where citrus fruit, wine grapes, vegetables, olives and other crops are grown.

The island’s coastline is indented with innumerable beaches (Tsambika, Afandou, Stegna, Pefkos and Glystra to name but a few) and headlands, Zonari in the north-east (site of the city of Rhodes), Lardos or Fokas in the east, Armenistis in the west and Prassonisi in the south.

Rhodes has a Mediterranean climate, mild winters, hot summers and an average of 300 sunny days a year. It is this climate, together with Rhodes’ natural features and its location that provide a diversity of fauna and flora ranging from the rare and unique to common and even endangered species.

The island has a growing number of wild fallow deer, a rare breed of miniature horses, the protected Gizani freshwater fish and a valley of butterflies, Petaloudes. Conifers, plane oaks, oaks, thyme, capers, cyclamens and many other wild flowers are typical of its flora.

Rhodes location, at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, has played a vital role in its economic and cultural development over the ages, its action-packed history proof of Rhodes’ importance since prehistoric times. Its history, however, goes back beyond any known archives, back to a time of gods and goddesses, giants and nymphs, fantasy and myths.

Mythology has it that when Zeus took over the Olympus throne he divided his earth up amongst the other gods. Helios, the sun god, was somehow forgotten and later a distraught Zeus asked what he could do to make up for his omission! The Sun God knew of an island just emerging off the coast of Asia Minor and that became his gift. Helios found a new home which he has bathed in sunlight ever since!

Rhodes written history is long, rich and intriguing. The island has been sought after, fought over, wrecked and rebuilt by many tribes, plundering pirates, exceptional fighters, a host of different civilizations who feature in a tale of intrigue, adventure and heroism.

Rhodes boasted one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its gigantic Colossus, the island’s symbol, was said to straddle the entrance to Mandraki harbour.  It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today.

Besides its natural beauties and beaches, the island boasts many outstanding archaeological sites, the Lindos acropolis, Ancient Kamiros, castles, monasteries, museums, traditional buildings and villages.

Rhodes town, the capital of Rhodes Island, is a large modern centre that is fortunate to have its walled medieval town. This UNESCO World Heritage Town, with its impressive palace and Street of the Knights, is a living monument to the island’s past. This town-within-a-town is unique and has an amazing atmosphere during the off season months when it is easy to imagine Knights rattling along its cobbled streets.

Beyond the boundaries of the Old Town (Palia Poli as it is called in Greek) ruins of ancient Rhodes are everywhere. Many have been built over after being checked and listed by the local authorities and archaeological experts. Some are signposted but easily the most outstanding are the ruins of the Rhodes acropolis, on the Monte Smith hilltop, overlooking the new and the old towns.

Here, especially just before dusk, a visitor can begin to understand what Rhodes is really about. The modern town and its busy roads, apartments and shops ends and an archaeological park begins. Time stops, turns back to an older Rhodes, in an ageless setting of pillars and stones, a magnificent ancient stadium and small (restored) theatre. This is one of Rhodes’ many secrets. It is a busy cosmopolitan centre that still has quiet special places. This one happens to be within walking distance of the commercial centre; the island’s other secrets are found elsewhere!

In the Kalithea Bay on a warm evening… atop Mount Tsambika with its tiny monastery, fantastic view and amazing tales… in the hills behind Efta Piges (Seven Springs) full of wild flowers and herbs… hiking through pine forests to small chapels… bird watching in Afandou… horseback riding… paragliding near Archipoli or just relaxing on a secluded beach that has yet to be discovered by tourists.

Yes even that is still possible on Rhodes!
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Location - Rhodes (Rodos)

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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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It has been said that any visit to Rhodes without bird watching is incomplete! Rhodes’ climate, its natural features and its location provide a diversity of fauna and flora ranging from the rare and unique to common and even endangered species. Many people are unaware that the island is home to more than three hundred species of birds, a number that increases over the spring and summer months with Rhodes on a principal migratory route.

Some of the areas that have been noted for their bird life are: the Apolakkia dam, Ialysos, Kalithea, the Gadoura river mouth, Ixia, Kremasti Bridge and Koskinou. Ataviros and Profitis Ilias are known for common birds like vultures, hawks, Peregrine falcons, eagles and owls.

Species on Rhodes include Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Crested Lark, Sardinian Warbler and House Sparrow but, according to the birders, rarer species such as Baillon’s Crakes, Short-toed Larks, White-tailed Lapwing, Trumpeter Finch, Black-headed Bunting can also be found.Other sightings include Golden Eagle, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Golden Oriole, Audouin’s Gull, Calandra lark, Lanner Falcon, Long-Legged Buzzard and White-winged Black Tern. The Bonelli’s Eagle, an endangered species, can also been seen.

According to one fan the morning is the best time for bird watching especially in the Ialysos area where a number of Spanish birds have been sighted on its beach and even in its residential area. The Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Great Snipe, Yellow Wagtails, Great Reed Warblers, White-tailed Lapwing and Baillon’s Crakes can be found at the river near Kremasti town and the Kremasti Bridge.

Below are some notable birdwatching sites, and below this is a detailed list of bird sightings in Rhodes and names of birds.

Bird list and Sightings

1. Phalacrocorax aristotelis - European Shag - at Rhodes aquarium area, near Pefki, Kiotari, Apolakkia lake

2. Ardea cinerea - Grey Heron - Kremasti river

3. Egretta garzetta - Little Egret - Rhodes harbour , Kremasti river

4. Buteo buteo - Common Buzzard - north Soroni

5. Buteo rufinus - Long-legged Buzzard - Kremasti river, west Ataviros, near Masari , Afandou Beach, Ialysos, Asklipio, Kalithea

6. Falco tinnunculus - Eurasian Kestrel - Common everywhere

7. Alectoris chukar - Chukar - (probably) heard near Kritinia castle.

8. Porzana parva - Little Crake - Kremasti river

9. Gallinula chloropus - Common Moorhen - Kremasti river

10. Fulica atra - Eurasian Coot - Kremasti river

11. Burhinus oedicnemus - Stone-curlew - Mount Smith

12. Vanellus spinosus - Spur-winged Lapwing - Kiotari beach

13. Charadrius dubius - Little Ringed Plover - Ialysos beach, Kremasti river, Kiotari beach, Apolakkia lake

14. Tringa totanus - Common Redshank - Apolakkia lake

15. Tringa glareola - Wood Sandpiper - Apolakkia lake

16. Larus michahellis - Yellow-legged Gull - Common

17. Sterna sandvicensis - Sandwich Tern - near Rhodes aquarium, Kremasti river

18. Columba livia - Rock Dove - Common

19. Columba palumbus - Woodpigeon - Just heard once below the Kamiros area

20. Streptopelia decaocto - Eurasian Collared Dove - Common

21. Clamator glandarius - Great Spotted Cuckoo - road between Apolakkia and Monolithos

22. Cuculus canorus - Common Cuckoo - Petaloudes

23. Otus scops - European Scops Owl - Just heard, always duding the day: near Siana (Ataviros), Lindos , Petaloudes

24. Tachymarptis melba - Alpine Swift - Lindos

25. Apus apus - Common Swift - Common

26. Apus pallidus - Pallid Swift - Lindos

27. Merops apiaster - European Bee-eater -Kremasti river

28. Upupa epops - Hoopoe - Rhodes aquarium, Mount Smith

29. Jynx torquilla - Eurasian Wryneck - Kiotari

30. Calandrella brachydactyla - Greater Short-toed Lark - Kremasti river, Gadoura river

31. Galerida cristata - Crested Lark - Very common, especially in the south and east

32. Riparia riparia - Sand Martin - Afandou beach

33. Hirundo rupestris - Eurasian Crag Martin - Rhodes town, Haraki Castle

34. Hirundo rustica - Barn Swallow - Common

35. Hirundo daurica - Red-rumped Swallow - Kremasti river

36. Delichon urbica - Common House Martin – Haraki, Kremasti river

 


37. Motacilla alba - White Wagtail - Common

38. Motacilla flava - Yellow Wagtail - Common in different places, often in large flocks

39. Anthus trivialis - Tree Pipit - near Rhodes aquarium, Mount Smith

40. Anthus cervinus - Red-throated Pipit - near Rhodes aquarium

41. Monticola solitarius - Blue Rock Thrush - near Siana, Lardos & Lindos

42. Turdus merula - Blackbird - Common in small numbers

43. Cettia cetti - Cetti´s Warbler - Kremasti river

44. Acrocephalus schoenobaenus - Sedge Warbler - Kremasti river

45. Acrocephalus scirpaceus - Reed Warbler - Very common in Kremasti river

46. Acrocephalus palustris - Marsh Warbler - Heard at Kremasti river

47. Acrocephalus arundinaceus - Great Reed Warbler - Kremasti river

48. Hippolais pallida - Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Afandou beach

49. Phylloscopus trochilus - Willow Warbler - Heard SE of Asklipio

50. Phylloscopus collybita - Common Chiffchaff - Common in small numbers

51. Sylvia atricapilla - Blackcap - Kremasti river

52. Sylvia curruca - Lesser Whitethroat - Kalithea

53. Sylvia rueppelli - Rüppell´s Warbler - Feraklos Castle, Haraki

54. Sylvia melanocephala - Sardinian Warbler - Common

55. Luscinia megarhynchos - Common Nightingale - Heard in Lindos, & Mount Smith

56. Phoenicurus phoenicurus - Common Redstart - Lardos

57. Saxicola rubetra - Whinchat - Common in small numbers

58. Saxicola rubicola - European Stonechat - Pefkos

59. Oenanthe oenanthe - Northern Wheatear - Common in small numbers

60. Oenanthe hispanica - Black-eared Wheatear – Mount Smith, Pefkos, Haraki

61. Oenanthe isabellina - Isabelline Wheatear - Rhodes aquarium, Afandou beach

62. Cyanistes caeruleus - Blue Tit - Common

63. Lanius senator - Woodchat Shrike - Common in small numbers

64. Garrulus glandarius - Eurasian Jay - Common in small numbers

65. Corvus corone - Carrion Crow - Common

66. Corvus corax - Common Raven - Kritinia Castle, Siana Ataviros, Haraki

67. Emberiza hortulana - Ortolan Bunting - Mount Smith

68. Emberiza calandra - Corn Bunting - Common

69. Ploceus melanocephalus - Black-headed Weaver - Kremasti river

70. Fringilla coelebs - Chaffinch - Common

71. Carduelis chloris - European Greenfinch - Common

72. Carduelis cannabina - Linnet - Flock in Afandou beach

73. Passer domesticus - House Sparrow – Common.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Rhodes is known for its long tradition in ceramics and pottery. The potters of Rhodes were known and their talents recognised throughout the ancient world and there are documents stating that clay bricks from the island were used in construction of the dome of Agia Sofia in Constantinople.

Photo: Κλαίρη Μουσταφέλλου

Pottery was cultivated on the island from Mycenaean times and fine examples of local work can be seen in the Rhodes archaeological museum. It is said that in the seventh and sixth centuries BC Rhodes rivalled Corinth in producing Greece’s finest pottery: characteristic of this period are vessels decorated with wild goats, deer and griffins, alternating with chains of anthemia and lotus blossoms; also the Fikeloura style, decorated with partridges in the central band between plant designs. Faience pottery, brilliant enamels on ceramic plates, developed throughout the island and fine examples of this art can be seen in the folklore museums and traditional houses of Lindos, Archangelos and Koskinou.

The island’s pottery factories have, however, hit hard times. Many have closed and those that still survive are struggling as the market for these traditional products wanes. Many fear that traditional Rhodes-style pottery is a dying art with only a handful of families still producing some hand thrown and hand painted pieces mainly for the tourist trade.

Rhodes offers well organised facilities and excellent climatic conditions for sailing. In Rhodes there are also many types of sailing boats for hire, with several companies organising charter boats offering tours of the nearby islands. Captain and crew can be arranged.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fourni beach

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

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Gennadi

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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Kalathos beach

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

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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!

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Kamiros Beach

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

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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.

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Kolymbia beach

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ladiko beach

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Traganou beach

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Windsurfing is very popular in Rhodes and there are organized facilities of various types around the island with private schools offering wind surfing tuition and kite surfing courses.

Good facilities and excellent climatic conditions are found on the west coast, the gulf of Ixia and the beaches of Ialysos. Prassonissi, on the southern tip of the island is considered a surfers paradise and there are several schools and camps in operation at beaches on the east coast.

From April until the end of the summer the winds on the island tend to be in a north-west to west direction, known locally as Meltemi, generally around 12 knots. Other winds are usually fairly stable, in a south to west direction. The gulf of Ixia and the beach of Ialysos are close to the Diagoras International Airport and all types of hotel accommodation are available. For Prassonissi surfers there are traditional villages with rooms to rent and small hotels nearby with the ever increasing new Kiotari area only 10kms away. International windsurfing competitions, formula and free style are organised regularly.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rhodes, the island and the town, is an open museum, its archaeological finds and sites testament of a history stretching over three thousand years and some. In antiquity three ancient Dorian cites, Lindos, Ialysos, on the Philerimos (Filerimos) hill and Kamiros, ruled the island of Rhodes. In 480BC they united to establish one stronger central city which quickly gained the reputation as one of the most beautiful cities of ancient times.

Many have mixed feelings about the city now, especially during the busy mid summer season, so avoid those hot packed months because despite its modern development Rhodes still has much to offer.

In ancient times, the island was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World—the Colossus of Rhodes. Historical sites on the island of Rhodes include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor’s Palace, Rhodes Old Town (walled medieval city), the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the ruins of the castle of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia and the St. Catherine Hospice.

Ancient Ialyssos

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Ancient Kamiros

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Ancient Lindos and Acropolis

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Colossus of Rhodes

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Agios Nectarios

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Agios Nicholaos, Fountoukli

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Agios Soulas

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Chapel of St. Anne (Santa Anna)

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Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Church of St. Francis of Assisi

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Ipseni Monastery, near Lardos

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Moni Thari, near Laerma

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Panagia Kremasti

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Pantanassis Monastery

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Saint Nicholas, Ialysos

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The Church of Saint Demetrius

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The Monastery of Filerimos

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Houmarli Medresse Mosque

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Mosque Demirli

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Mosque of Ibrahim Pasha

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Mosque of Redjeb Pasha

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The Mosque of Agha

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In Camera Art Boutique Hotel 4 *

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Grande Dame Villa

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Sun Beach Resort 4 *

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Atrium Prestige 5 *

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Elysium Resort & Spa 5 *

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Lindos Royal 5 *

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Melenos Lindos 5 *

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In Camera Art Boutique Hotel 4 *

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Panorama Gennadi Hotel

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Sunday Hotel 3 *

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In Camera Art Boutique Hotel 4 *

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