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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: CEST | Avg. Flight time: 3.5 hrs
Faliraki is Rhodes’ major resort town for an obvious reason: it has some of the best beach spots on the island. Thanks to cheap alcohol (many places offer two-for-one drinks), the nightlife here is certainly vibrant. The aptly named Bar Street and Club Street are where most people party until the morning hours.
Faliraki also boasts the largest water park in Greece (the aptly-named ‘WaterPark’), and its many slides and wave pools should keep children (and adults) entertained for hours. There are a number of restaurants within the park and even a supermarket by the entrance.
Hotels in Faliraki range from very cheap and cheerful – for revellers who just want somewhere to sleep off the night before – to great-value family-friendly resorts.
If Greece’s rich and fascinating history appeals to your curiosity, the city of Rhodes (or Rodos) is the ideal place to stay. Based here, you’ll be in prime position to explore the Old Town museums, cobbled streets and ancient architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and will be close to a great variety of restaurants, bars and local shopping. Don’t miss the medieval Street of the Knights or the Palace of the Grand Masters.
Nearby, the Marine Aquarium will delight families with its display of shells and starfish, and it also features a 2,000-year old seal skeleton, of all things. Although small, it’s a great escape from the heat of a baking summer day.
If it’s peace and quiet you’re seeking, opt for a hotel in one of the smaller resorts such as Kolympia, about halfway between the city of Rhodes and Lindos. Here you’ll find idyllic beach life and a less frenetic atmosphere, but the town is big enough to provide all you’ll need in terms of restaurants and cultural interest.
Upmarket Kallithea, just 20 minutes from the city of Rhodes, is stunning, peaceful, and has a laid-back ambience – the biggest draw here is the restored thermal springs. There’s a tucked-away beach below the thermal springs which you can visit for a few euros. Hotels here aren’t cheap, but they are affordable if you manage to get an all-inclusive holiday package.
In comparison to the east coast, hotels are few and far between in the west, and most of them are concentrated in Kremasti and Theologos (aka Tholos). Both of these small resort towns are perfect for a hotel-based get-away-from-it-all holiday.
Prasonisi sits on the southern tip of Rhodes and is constantly bombarded by high winds, making it an ideal spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are several cheap hotels north of Prasonisi (but south of Lindos) and many of them provide free transport to get you to the kite beach in the morning, picking you up again in the evening.
Looking to visit Rhodes? Make sure to check out our Tips and Advice first.