In addition to historic sites, the island of Rhodes is also home to a wide selection of beaches. From the windier west coast, which is better suited for kitesurfing and windsurfing, to the calmer Mediterranean beaches of the east, Rhodes has plenty of choice when it comes to beaches. Here’s our pick of Rhodes’ best beaches.
Situated on Rhodes’ east coast, this 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of fine pebbles has calm Mediterranean waters suitable for swimming. Some sections of the beach are bordered by tavernas and water sports operators, while others are blissfully undeveloped.
Situated on the northeast of the island, this bay is home to three separate beaches, as well as a wildly popular waterpark. Choose between a pebbly stretch, the central family-friendly sandy beach, and Mandomata, a nude beach. Because of its setting near several major resorts, it’s a fairly lively option, with lots of beach bars and water sports activities on offer.
Anthony Quinn Bay
Surrounded by large rocks, this small and secluded bay is named after Anthony Quinn, the Hollywood actor who became smitten with Rhodes after filming the 1961 war epic, The Guns of Navarone, in Greece. It’s one of the most popular beaches for sunbathers, who lay out on the pebbled beach in deck chairs, as well as for snorkelers, who search the crystal-clear waters offshore for colorful marine life.
This Blue Flag–awarded beach is about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) south of Rhodes Town. Once the site of ancient thermal springs, the beach now hosts a 1929 art deco spa complex, which has been beautifully restored and is now open to the public.
Agios Pavlos Beach
Set along St. Paul’s Bay near the town of Lindos, Agios Pavlos is a small, picturesque inlet with shelter-providing rocks extending out into the emerald waters on either side of the bay. A mixture of pebbles and golden sand gives way to shallow, clear water. Loungers and sun umbrellas are available for rent.