Sunbathe on one of Rhodes’ many beaches. Credit: Greek journalist

Rhodes, the largest Greek island in the Dodecanese archipelago, has beautiful beaches, as well as a plethora of ancient ruins and beautiful historic buildings to explore.

The idyllic island has many iconic buildings from the time of its occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.

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The main town of the island of Rhodes has an old town, with the famous medieval “Knights Street” as well as the palace of the great masters with the appearance of a castle. Captured by the Ottomans and then held by the Italians, the palace is today a history museum.

The old town really creates the illusion that you have traveled to the time of the medieval knights, with its medieval castle, cobbled alleys and sturdy walls, creating a unique atmosphere.

The fairytale castles, as well as the nightlife, the friendliness of the locals and its beautiful beaches make Rhodes a popular destination for vacationers.

We have compiled a list of the ten best beaches in Rhodes. However, feel free to visit and judge for yourself which one is the most enchanting.

Agathi Beach, Rhodes is located near a medieval castle

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Agathi Beach, Rhodes. Credit: G. Gregorini / CC-BY-2.0

Agathi is a small sandy beach located on a picturesque cove, close to the medieval Faraklos Castle and Haraki Beach, located 10 kilometers (six miles) north of Lindos village and 38 km (24 miles) to the southeast of Rhodes town.

The beautiful landscape of this region is complemented by golden pink sands and turquoise waters. The beach offers sun loungers, showers and umbrellas, as well as three canteens offering refreshments and snacks.

Kallithéa Beach

Kallithea Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Kishjar / CC BY 2.0

Located 8 km (five miles) south of Rhodes Town, Kallithea Beach is well known for its medicinal hot springs, which were once exploited by Italians but are no longer functional.

It’s a truly breathtaking place, with beautifully renovated buildings set among pine and palm trees, and there are Arab-inspired mosaics at the springs.

Iconic Anthony Quinn Bay Beach

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Anthony Quinn Bay. Credit: Michael Zer Mayer / CC BY 2.0

Located 20 km (12 miles) south of Rhodes town, this well-known beach is named after the lead actor in The Guns of Navarone, which was shot there. The original name of the beach was Vagies.

The beach, considered one of the most beautiful on the island, is the quietest beach in Rhodes. It is a rather narrow beach, with a combination of rocks, sand and pebbles.

Ladiko is a picturesque cove

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Ladiko Beach. Credit: Pjotr ​​Mahhonin / CC BY-SA 4.0

Located on a pretty bay 2 km (1.2 miles) from Faliraki village and 20 km (12 miles) south of Rhodes town, Ladiko is a small pocket beach, with a small picturesque cove that is a A delight for the eyes as well as a calm respite on windy days.

The seaside has fine, clean sand, although a few small rocks are scattered around, which provides visual interest and makes the area even more scenic. There are many beach facilities and the beach is surrounded by lush greenery.

Faliraki Beach

Faliraki Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Kraus / CC BY-SA 3.0

Located 10 km (6.2 miles) from the airport and 16 km south of Rhodes town, Faliraki offers a well-organized beach that is covered with a multitude of colorful umbrellas and lounge chairs. Many restaurants, taverns and beach bars to choose from are nearby.

The beach offers water sports, including windsurfing and water skiing. The golden sands of the beach combine perfectly with the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, making it an attractive and relaxing landscape.

Afandou Beach

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Afandou Beach. Credit: Pupsy / CC BY 2.0

Located 19 km (12 miles) south of Rhodes Town, Afandou is a long and spacious beach. A village of the same name sits in a crescent around the bay.

Afandou has pebbles and sand and includes many rental facilities and fish taverns.

The clear, sparkling waters stay cool even on the hottest summer days, providing ideal swimming for visitors. This beach is also a favorite with windsurfers.

Agios Pavlos Beach

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Agios Pavlos Beach, Rhodes. Credit: Narvaleos / CC BY 2.0

The small bay of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul), located near the ancient acropolis of Lindos, is 48 km (30 miles) south of Rhodes town. The beach features golden sand forming a giant dune, pebbles, and plenty of deckchairs to choose from.

The beach was named after the white chapel that stands on the beach. The chapel is dedicated to Saint Paul, who came to Greece and preached Christianity in AD 43.

Pefkos Beach

Pefkos beach consists of pebbles and soft golden sand. At the end of the beach there are numerous rocky coves, ideal for swimming in shallow water.

There are also many shops, bars and taverns. Treat yourself to a variety of fresh seafood by visiting one of the waterfront tavernas.

Haraki Beach

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Haraki Beach. Credit: Pelagalli / CC BY 2.0

Located 36 km (22 miles) from Rhodes Town, Haraki is a very calm beach with crystal clear waters ideal for water sports such as scuba diving.

The cove offers beautiful scenery and nearby beaches such as Agia Agathi and Kokkini Ammos have idyllic waters for swimming, as well as rocks and caves to explore.

Haraki also has an archaeological history. Feraklos Castle is on the left side of the beach. This castle was the first fortress on the island which was used as a base of operations by the Aegean pirates.

Kalathos beach as a tropical paradise

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Kalathos beach. Credit: Piotru / CC BY 2.0

Located 65 km (40 miles) from the airport and 50 km southeast of Rhodes Town, Kalathos Beach offers soft golden sand with crystal clear waters.

Bamboo umbrellas and wooden deckchairs can be purchased for just a few euros. Some accommodations are available near the beach, while others can be found in the village of Kalathos itself.

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