Who would have thought that a small, rocky bay hidden on the coast of Rhodes island would be the subject of a court case, but that’s exactly what happened in the 1990s, when the local government decided to revoke the rights of the bay’s namesake. Named in honor of actor Anthony Quinn, who fell in love with the secluded beach whilst filming the 1961 hit The Guns of Navarone in Rhodes, the bay was gifted to him in thanks for putting the island on the map. Later however, as Quinn progressed with plans to transform the space into an arts and film center, the ‘gift’ was taken away, causing friction between the actor and his beloved second home.
Today, the bay still keeps its name and makes a popular spot for beachgoers, who can be found sprawled on deckchairs along the small, pebbled beach. With an expanse of shallow emerald green water framed by dramatic coastal rocks, this is one of the island’s most undeniably picturesque beaches, perfect for swimming, sunbathing or simply watching the sunset. The bay’s clear waters and rugged coastline also make it a great destination for snorkeling, with colorful reefs running along the rocks and waters teeming with fish.