Kallithea Close to the town of Rhodes, about 11 km away, is Kallithea, with its exotic beach lined with palm trees that cast elaborate shadows on the sand. Renowned for its hot thermal springs, during the Italian occupation a spa was constructed in an Arabic style and visitors can still enjoy a relaxing thermal bath in the renovated building.
19 km’s, south of the capital, is the beautiful village of Kalythies, seat of the Municipality of Kallithea and notable for the cave of Saint George (to spilaio tou Agiou Glorgiou) where the remains of a human Presence from the Neolithic period have been discovered (5000 3700 BC).
Not far from Faliraki is Psinthos, a Village where stunning examples of nature’s beauty are hidden behind every little corner, delighting any Sightseer, who stOps at the Fasoula spring to drink its cool refreshing water. Age-old plane trees, whose shade provide a welcome relief in the summer, are plentiful in and around the village including the square with the impressive church dedicated to the Theotokos (a Greek title of the Virgin Mary). Before leaving, do not forget to buy some jars of the local honey which is noted for Its excellent flavour.
Faliraki Attracting thousands of tourists of all nationalities, Faliraki, 12 km from the capital
Rhodes is renowned for its youthful ambience and the inexhaustible enthusiasm for partying until dawn. The area has very good hotels and a well-organised beach stretching for 4 km that is one of the most beautiful in Greece. Besides a water park, there are facilities for water sports and, for the more adventurous, extreme sports. Famed for its exuberant nightlife, the resort is home to many well known night clubs catering for all musical tastes.
A recommended excursion is to the archaeological site at Sarantapihos, adjacent to Kalithies, which is believed to be part of an acropolis (citadel) from the Archaic period (800 BC 480 BC). Also worthy of a visit is Erimokastro with ruined ancient walls and the old monastery of the Prophet Amos (tou Prophiti Amos) at the top of the hill just outside Faliraki.
bay, carved out by the action of the sea over time. This delightful magical landscape, considered one of the best small beaches on the island, attracts many visitors and is ideal for those wanting to relax after a long night of festivities.
The atmospheric Traganou beach, with its well-known cave at one end, is only 4 km from Faliraki and 15 km from the city of Rhodes. Sunshades and sun loungers are only available at certain points along the beach, otherwise, the whole beach is yours to enjoy freely, picking a spot to lay your beach towel and relax.
A mere 15 km from the bustling capital is
the village of Afantou. Despite the level of tourism, the residents have retained their customs and traditions and are particularly welcoming to visitors. The village has managed to retain its charm with buildings in keeping with local architectural tradition. The surrounding area is characterised by its lush vegetation and the great beaches.
The nearby fine pebble and sand beach of Afantou stretch for 4 km. As the water deepens not far out from the shore, the beach is relatively quiet and as there are usually not many bathers it is ideally
suited for games such as beach volleyball and beach soccer. Within walking distance, there is also a good golf course. At the end of the day, head to one of the snack bars for a cool, refreshing drink.
Kolympia The resort of Kolympia, 6 km south of Afantou is an ideal place to spend a Simple day of relaxation, to recharge worn down batteries, swimming or fishing in its lovely azure waters.
The resort of Kolympia, 6 km south of Afantou is an ideal place to spend a simple day of relaxation, to recharge worn down batteries, swimming or fishing in its lovely azure waters.
This long beach with golden sand is 26 km south east of the capital and offers water sport facilities. After having a swim, make your way up to the monastery of Panagia Tsampika (the Virgin Mary of Tsampika), sitting at the top of an imposing rock. Local legend has it the Virgin Mary of Tsampika has the power to perform miracles, particularly for women who have difficulty conceiving.
Adjacent to Archangelos is the simply beautiful Stegna, with its small harbour lined with bars, cafés and restaurants where delicious local dishes can be sampled. its pebble beach also has facilities for water sports. For accommodation apartments overlooking the harbour are available.
Archangelos on the way towards the south coast, 28 km from the city of Rhodes, is Archangelos, the island’s largest village and an important tourist resort. Originating from the Middle Ages, the village was deliberately sited inland as a form of protection
from frequent pirate raids. At first glance, Archangelos is a stereotypical concrete clad provincial village, but a quick exploration of its side streets soon dispels this preconception. To this day the village’s buildings still retain strong elements of their local architectural tradition. Even more surprising is that, despite increased tourism and the accompanying exposure to a modern lifestyle, the villager’s have
faithfully conserved many aspects of the traditional island way of life: be it baking bread in wood-fired ovens, practising skills and crafts of bygone eras, following unique customs or even speaking their own local dialect.
There is a host of choices for night-time entertainment, whilst during the day local attractions include a Venetian castle and the church of Archangelou Michail (Archangel Michael). Before leaving the village, consider finding space in your luggage for a hand-woyen rug or pottery.