With vast stretches of coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the southeast and the Aegean Sea to the northwest, the island of Rhodes offers plenty of choice for sun-seekers and its pristine beaches are the main draw for tourists during the summer months.
The most popular beaches can be found along the Mediterranean coast, like the Blue Flag awarded Kalithea beach and Faliraki beach, home to a lively water park - both just south of Rhodes town. Further down the coast, the Blue Flag awarded Afandou Beach is Rhodes’ longest beach with calm, shallow waters perfect for younger swimmers, plenty of seashore restaurants and bars, and abundant snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. South of Afandou, the long, sandy beach of Tsambika and the picturesque Lindos Beach, fronting the pretty town of Lindos, are popular choices, and nearby, the rocky shores of Anthony Quinn Bay make one of the coast’s most dramatic swimming and scuba diving spots.
Over on the west coast, the pebbled beaches and windswept coastline are a hotspot for water sports, and activities like windsurfing and kite surfing have taken off in recent years. That’s not all – jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and banana boating are also possibilities.
Although the main beaches can get crowded during the peak summer months, there are still a number of places to escape the masses. The small beaches of Monolithos offer a tranquil backdrop, overlooked by the hilltop Monolithos Castle, or else head to the southwestern tip of the island, where the windy beaches of Cape Prasonisi are a little known paradise for windsurfers.