Faliraki in Greece is a very popular seaside town is located in the northeastern part of Rhodes. During the day, it is a beach holiday destination for thousands of tourists, and at night it transforms into nightlife lover’s paradise. Who would have thought that what was a mere fishing village just a few decades ago, today entertains so many with its golden sand beaches, it’s attractions and it’s clubs and bars.
Faliraki’s popularity as a holiday destination is because it has something suitable for all tastes. The picturesque beaches are perfect for water sports, fans of underwater hunting, diving and surfing. You can play tennis, volleyball or basketball, and also train in one of the modern sports centers. During the day you can walk along the quiet and not very crowded streets, as most holidaymakers prefer the beach zone.
Faliraki has carefully preserved historical buildings and there are several quarters whose construction dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. One such building is the Church of St. Nektarios, one of the largest buildings in the area. The most picturesque area in Faliraki is the Central Quay, where all kinds of restaurants, bars and coffee houses are located.
This magnificent Greek resort is perfect for families with children, for honeymooners or for holidaying with friends. If you are looking for such a trip, then Faliraki is perfect for you.
It is located just 13 km from the capital of the island and 10 km from the airport, making it is easy to get to all the attractions from here, which more than compensates for the lack of ancient monuments in the village itself.
Things to do in Faliraki – attractions and entertainment
The village of Faliraki is the pearl of the island of Rhodes. It some of the best shopping centers in Greece, a huge water park, chic restaurants and in-demand cafes. Despite the fact that the resort is relatively young, there are preserved historical buildings that can also be seen.
A week is not enough to get around all the beautiful places of the city. Therefore, if you have limited time, some of the must visit sights of Faliraki are listed below.
1. Astronomical cafe
The only cafe observatory in Greece is located on a mountain near the bay of Anthony Quinn. Over there one can not only learn a lot about space, look at the moon and stars through a telescope, or play with astronomical instruments, but also enjoy views of the beaches of Faliraki.
Entrance to the cafe and observatory is free, but each visitor must buy something, whether it be coffee or a full meal. There is constant music, refreshing cocktails and delicious crepes. The average price of a dessert with a drink is 2-4 euros.
Exact address: profet ammos area, Apollonos.
Opening hours: daily from 1800 to 2300.
Getting to the astronomical cafe on foot is difficult, we advise you to go there by car.
Read more: Guide to Different holiday places in Rhodes
2. Church of St. Nectarius
The church, built in 1976, is striking in its beauty. The whole complex consists of a main building and a bell tower made of terracotta stone. Inside there are spectacular murals and unusual paintings, and in front there is a small area lined with pebble patterns.
The two-story church of St. Nectarius is a smaller “brother” of the church of the same name, located in Rhodes. This is an active Orthodox cathedral with services and often there is church music playing. Like in all Greek churches, one can use scarves and skirts for free, light a candle for a voluntary donation, drink and cleanse with holy water from a spring at the entrance over there.
Usually there are few travelers in the church. But on weekends, especially on Sundays, there are many parishioners with young children. It is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm (from 12 to 18 siesta), the exact location is Faliraki 851 00.
If you want to take spectacular photos of the temple, go there in the evening when church employees turn on multi-colored lights.
3. Aquapark in Rhodes
The largest water park in Greece and the only one in all of Rhodes is located in the northern part of the city at Rhodes 851 00. Its total area reaches 100,000 sq. meters. The entry price is 24 euros for an adult, 16 euros for children.
The water park has more than 15 slides for visitors of different ages, a wave pool and a water playground. In addition, there are all the amenities for a comfortable stay and various establishments:
- a cafe (burger – 3 €, frenchfries – 2.5 €, 0.4 l of beer – 3 €)
- a supermarket
- free toilets and showers
- sun loungers
- safety lockers (6 € deposit, 4 € returned with things)
- beauty salon
- souvenir shop
This is a great place for an active holiday with the whole family.
Opening hours: from 0930 to 1800 (in the summer to 1900).
Opens in early May, closes with the end of the beach season in Greece in October. The best time to visit the Aquapark is in the summer, as a strong wind blows on high slides in the fall or spring.
Pay attention to the weather before going to Aquapark. They will not refund the entrance fee, even if it starts to rain, and you will be forced to leave ahead of time.
4. Kallithea Springs Bath
Thermal springs are located on the outskirts of the village, a couple of kilometers south of Rhodes. One can swim in the healing warm waters at any time of the year, take beautiful photos from Faliraki against the backdrop of artificial waterfalls, and admire the natural scenery.
Kallithea Springs has a small sand and pebble beach with sunbeds, a bar and other amenities. The water there is always calm and warm, and the slope is shallow, so in the season you can see many families with children. In addition, Kallithea Springs is known for its regular exhibitions, which are held in a large rotunda.
The entrance fee from 8 am to 8 pm is 3 € per person, children under 12 years old are free.
Be sure to bring your snorkeling gear with you as this is one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Rhodes.
Read more: Guide to Ialyssos and Ixia, a beach holiday hotspot in Rhodes
Faliraki has 8 beaches with different surfaces.
1. The main beach of Faliraki
This four-kilometer beach, covered with golden sand, is located a kilometer from the water park. The bottom is visible through the crystal clear water, and the city administration carefully monitors the state of the coastal zone. There is a convenient entry into the water, it is shallow, there are no stones and the sea is calm. This makes this beach suitable for families with children.
The main beach of Faliraki has all the necessary amenities like sunbeds and umbrellas (9.5 euros per couple, free until 11am), showers and toilets and café and bar (coffee – 2 €, meat dish – 12 €, salad – 6 € , a glass of wine – 5-6 €). In addition, tourists can indulge in water sports like:
- Banana ride – 10 minutes 10 euros
- Water skiing – 25 € per circle
- Parasailing – 40 € per person
- Rent a motor boat – 55 € / hour
- Rent a catamaran –15 € / hour
- Rent a jet ski – 35 € / 15 minutes
- Windsurfing – 18 €
There is a nudist zone on this beach. There are also umbrellas and sunbeds (5 €), “bananas” and a separate rental area, showers and toilets. This part is hidden in a small bay, so you cannot get there by accident.
Some of the negative points of the beach are:
- Lack of rubbish bins
- High crowds in beach season
2. Traounou Beach
7 km south of Faliraki is the large and wide Traounou Beach. It has fewer tourists, a clear sea and a clean coast covered with large pebbles. Entering the water is convenient and gradual, but after 4 meters from the shore, the depth exceeds 2 m, so one must keep an eye on the children.
Away from the coast there are a lot of fish and beautiful algae, so do not forget to take snorkeling masks. One can take great photos on this beach of Faliraki.
Renting sunbeds and umbrellas for Traounou costs 5 euros per day, but you can do without them by bringing your own towels. On the beach there is a tavern with low prices. Wi-Fi, a shower, changing rooms and a toilet are available. On weekends, the locals of Rhodes go to this beach. Tourists do not usually come here even in beach season.
There is no natural shade due to absence of trees. The number of toilets is small, and those that exist are only next to the cafe. There is not much else to do other than enjoy the beach and the sea.
3. Anthony Queen Beach
This beach has become one of the most popular in all of Greece after filming the movie Greek Zorba with Anthony Quinn in the title role. Covered with small pebbles mixed with sand, it hides in a small bay surrounded by many tall plants, 4 km south of the village.
This place is unique in terms of fauna – diving (diving 70 € / person) and snorkeling enthusiasts (rent 15 €) go there from all over Greece. In summers, one can find a free sunbed on Anthony Queen’s beach only in the early morning, but you won’t be able to relax on your coverlet, since the coast is very small and there is practically no space free from amenities.
On the territory of this beach Faliraki (Rhodes) there are several toilets and showers, locker rooms. The water here is calm all year round, as this is not the Mediterranean Sea itself, but its emerald bay. An amazing view of the surrounding cliffs covered with green plants opens from the shore.
Some of the shortcomings of this beach are as follows:
- Lack of infrastructure and entertainment;
- Small territory and a large influx of tourists.
4. Mandomata Nudist Beach
This is the largest nudist beach in the village of Faliraki and the island of Rhodes in general. From the outskirts of the city one can get there in just half an hour, but at the same time it is not visible to prying eyes, so finding it is quite difficult. Over there one can enjoy the beauty of untouched nature, plunge into the warm and clear sea, relax in the shade of trees to the sound of water.
Unlike other nudist beaches in Greece, you can rent a sunbed and an umbrella, use a shower and even relax in a tavern located right on the coast. Please note that entering the water here is not very convenient, since it is filled with fragments of rocks – be sure to take slippers for swimming. In general, the coast is strewn with small stones covered with sand.
Some of the shortcomings of the beach are as follows:
- No entertainment or shopping
- Hard to get there
Both women and men can come to this nudist beach of Rhodes.
5. Thassos Beach
This beach is hidden in a picturesque rocky bay 7 km from Faliraki. The seafloor here is covered with large and small stones. Metal stairs are installed in places to provide an entry into the water. It is better to bring special beach shoes with you.
Despite the fact that the beach is completely rocky, there are also all the necessary amenities – sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, toilets and changing rooms. The infrastructure here is not very well developed, but nevertheless there is a good beach cafe on Thassos, which serves Greek cuisine and delicious seafood. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the beach. It is a great place for snorkeling.
6. Ladiko Beach
This popular beach in Rhodes is located 3 kilometers from Faliraki, next to the coast of Anthony Quina, in a small picturesque bay. There are fewer tourists, since the entry into the water is quite sharp and a great depth begins already after 3 meters, rendering it unsuitable for families with children. The sea off the coast is clean, calm and deep, so you can snorkel from huge boulders located directly at the shore. Snorkeling and diving are quite popular here.
Ladiko is actually divided into two parts – sandy and rocky, so over there one can take unusual photos against the background of the sea in Faliraki. There is a basic set of amenities like sunbeds and umbrellas (10 euros per pair), toilets and showers. Nearby is a tavern serving cocktails for 7-10 euros, smoothies and juices – about 5 €. There is not much space on the beach, so if you want to grab a sunbed then come to the coast by 9am.
Do not swim on this beach without special slippers, as you can injure yourself on the stones at the bottom.
Some of the shortcomings of the beach are as follows:
- You can not relax without a sunbed
- It is inconvenient to go into the sea
- Remains crowded
7. Traganou Beach
4 km from Falikari there is a wide, sparsely populated pebble beach. It captivates visitors with its unusual beauty with high cliffs, amazing caves and emerald-colored bay. The water here is very clean and the entry into the water is gradual. But the bottom is stony and the depth begins almost immediately after a few meters from the shore. This beach mostly stays empty.
Traganou has all the basic amenities like sunbeds and umbrellas for 10 euros per day, fresh water showers, changing cabins and toilets. Due to the fact that the coast of the beach stretches for several kilometers, one can spread their beds in any corner of the coast.
The northern zone of Traganou is completely reserved for the military and is closed to visitors.
They say that on Traganou, in comparison with the rest of the beaches of Greece and Rhodes, there is cold water due to the local caves. The fact is that this temperature difference does not exceed 2°C.
8. Kalathos Beach
This small pebble beach is just 2.5 km from the outskirts of the city. Its length is about 4 km, so even in high season every traveler can find a secluded place to relax.
Kalathos is not the best beach in Rhodes for families with children. It is next to a very calm sea, a clean coast and untouched nature, but after 6 meters from the coast, the water reaches 3-4 meters in depth.
The beach has all the necessary amenities. A deck chair and umbrella can be rented for 12 € per day, changing cabins, toilets and showers are free. On Kalathos beach there is not only a bar and cafe, but also a seating area, which allows you to enjoy cold drinks.
Some of the shortcomings of the beach are:
- The beach is not very suitable for snorkeling, as there is little to see underwater
- It is dangerous to relax with children
- Virtually no entertainment
Night life in Faliraki
Faliraki is an amazing city that embodies two characteristics at once. It is a great place for families but also has the tag of being “Ibiza of Greece”. The two central streets of Faliraki, Bar street and Club street, are the main areas of the city, where its lively around the clock. You will find tourists here from different parts of the world.
Q-Club is the most famous disco of the city playing the latest hits, great cocktails and several dance floors. The entertainment there does not finish off anytime, as the Q-Club is happy to welcome active youth around the clock. The prices in this club are acceptable – drinks from 6 € and a full meal from 28 €.
2. Champers Club
For tourists from a slightly older generation Champers club is more suitable. Over there at night people dance to the hits of the 70s, 80s and the 90s. The cost of alcoholic cocktails is not much different from the Q Club and is approximately 6-7 euros.
3. Patti’s Bar & Diner
Patti’s Bar & Diner is a great club for lovers of rock and roll and retro music. It is located in the very center of Faliraki and attracts not only with its interesting interior, but also with its affordable and delicious steaks starting 10 € per serving. Drinks can be purchased for 6-7 €.
PARADISO is a premium night club with insanely high prices and world-class DJs. It is rightfully considered the best in all of Greece, but more than €1000 may be needed to party here.
Entrance to all nightclubs in Faliraki is paid, the cost ranges from 10 to 125 euros per person. Please note that you can party in them for free, but only until midnight before the disco begins.
Bars, Casinos and Sports Pubs in Faliraki
In addition to nightclubs, you can have a great time in bars, casinos, sports pubs or at beach discos.
Best bars: Jamaica Bar, Chaplins Beach Bar, Bondi Bar.
The largest casino is located in the Roses Hotel.
Sports pubs are mostly located on bar street, the most popular being Thomas Pub.
The real “Ibiza” in Greece begins only in mid-June. Keep this in mind when choosing holiday dates in Rhodes.
Accommodation in Faliraki
As in all of Greece, the prices of accommodation in Faliraki are very dependent on the season. In summer, you can rent a double room in a 2-star hotel for at least 30 €, 3-star for 70 €, four for 135 € and five-star for 200 € per day. The best hotels, according to vacationers, are:
- John Mary – The aparthotel is a 9-minute walk from the beach, with fully equipped studios. There is a terrace, with balconies overlooking the sea or garden. The minimum price for a vacation is 80 €.
- Faliro Hotel – The nearest beach can be reached in 5 minutes, two kilometers is the bay of Anthony Quina. This economy hotel offers basic rooms with a balcony, air conditioning and a private bath. Double room will cost at least 50 € / day.
- Tassos Apartments – Apartments with a pool are a 3-minute walk from the beach. Each room has its own bathtub, kitchen, air conditioning and other amenities. The hotel has a bar and terrace. Price for a double room – from 50 € / day.
The indicated prices for vacations are valid in high season and are subject to change. Typically, from October to mid-May, they drop by 10-20%
Restaurants and Cafes in Faliraki
Food prices in Faliraki are on the same level as other tourist destinations in Greece. So, the price of one dish in an inexpensive restaurant on average reaches 15€, a three-course dinner in a regular cafe costs about 25€. The cost of coffee and cappuccino varies from 2.6 to 4€ per cup, a pint of beer will cost 3€.
The best restaurants in Faliraki are:
- Desert Rose – Mediterranean and European cuisine. Reasonable prices (fish platter – 15 €, salad – 5 €, meat mix – 13 €), free desserts as a gift.
- Rattan Cuizine & Cocktail – Unique dishes served, such as risotto with cuttlefish ink and linguines with seafood. Plays live music.
How to get to Faliraki
The most convenient way to get to the city from Rhodes International Airport, located 10 km from Faliraki, is to book a transfer. But, fortunately, the city has a well-developed network of buses, and you can get to the resort by the minibus going from Rhodes to Lindos (get off at the Faliraki stop). Ticket price is about 3 euros per person, departures every half hour. The first bus leaves Rhodes at 6:30, the last at 23:00.
You can take the same route by taxi, but just note that this is not a cheap. A taxi trip from Rhodes to Faliraki can cost 30-40 €. In some circumstances, it is more profitable to rent a car or motorcycle. We advise you to do this in one of the agencies of tour operators, so as not to pay a deposit for rent.
Prices on the page are for May 2018.