Faliraki, the biggest and liveliest resort on the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, is a fantastic all-around destination that appeals to anyone looking for non-stop fun in the sun. It boasts all the holiday essentials from stunning beaches to lively nightlife, and the enchanting island capital, Rhodes Town, is just 20 minutes away by ferry or car. Kids of all ages will enjoy the fantastic water park, one of the largest in Europe, and the resort has a dazzling array of water sports on offer. And, if you want to escape the crowds, there are lots of quiet little coves and bays to explore.
Rhodes is very much a year-round destination. With extremely hot temperatures during the summer, you might be tempted to travel in the quieter season. It's easier to sight-see when you're not stopping for shade and a bottle of water every ten minutes, and the flights and accommodation are even more affordable, guaranteeing a cheap holiday.
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Faliraki’s number one attraction is its fabulous 5-kilometre-long beach, a broad swathe of golden sand that has been awarded Blue Flag status. You’ll find every imaginable facility and amenity, including parasols and sun loungers for rents, scores of beach bars, and a host of water sports. The resort’s nightlife has long been a big draw, with most of the bars and clubs located on the aptly named Bar Street and Club Street. You can take a boat trip along the coast to explore the adjoining bays (including Anthony Quinn Bay, where The Guns of Navarone was filmed), or visit the historic city of Rhodes Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rhodes Town is a beautifully preserved medieval town dominated by the palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes.
Faliraki has a huge choice of restaurants, which cater to every possible taste. There is cuisine from around the globe – pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai – along with tavernas offering delicious local Greek cuisine. Start with a selection of mezethes, such as dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) or meliasti (feta cheese wrapped in filo pastry and drizzled with honey). Seafood features prominently on Rhodian menus, and you can try everything from gemisti supia (stuffed squid), to to makaronatha me Thalasina, a tasty pasta dish with prawns, mussels and squid. Or you could try the grilled meats, usually lamb, pork or beef. For dessert, don’t miss the delicious loukoumades – donut-like strips of fried dough topped with honey and sesame seeds. Wine has been produced on the island for millennia, and you can enjoy the local vintages with your meal. Finish up with an ouzo, the classic Greek spirit.
The main beach in Faliraki is a huge draw for families, and its shallow waters are ideal for even the youngest children. There are lots of child-friendly facilities, including a playground, and older kids will enjoy the banana boats, jet skis and other aquatic attractions. There are also plenty of beach cafés and a good choice of places to eat and drink within easy reach. Faliraki also boasts one of the biggest water parks in Europe, with thrilling slides, wave pools and attractions for kids of all ages. If your kids like knights in shining armour, take them to the beautifully preserved medieval heart of Rhodes Town where they can scramble around the castle built for the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes.
Faliraki has plenty of options for getting your adrenaline pumping: bungee jumping, parasailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing and jet skiing are just some of them. You could rent a kayak to explore the little bays and coves that dot the coastline, or go diving or snorkelling to explore the underwater caves. Inland, there is horse-riding, mountain-biking and off-road adventures in 4x4 jeeps. The beautiful forested interior is criss-crossed with some wonderful hiking trails, including treks around Attavyros, the highest peak in Rhodes.
The stunning 5-kilometre-long beach in Faliraki is the town’s biggest attraction. Wide and sandy, with a gentle slope that makes it ideal for young children, this beach is the focal point of local life. You’ll find plenty of options for water sports, including water skiing and jet skiing, as well as beach bars and cafés. There are also lots of wonderful restaurants and tavernas within a short stroll. The pebbly little beach at Kathara Bay, on the quieter side of the harbour, provides some respite from the crowds. There are several less developed beaches around Faliraki, including Antony Quinn Bay (also known as Ladiko Beach), which is small, but enjoys a beautiful setting.
Faliraki has long been one of the biggest nightlife destinations in the Greek Islands. You’ll find everything from beach clubs and cocktails bars to Irish theme pubs and karaoke bars. Most of the main bars and clubs are concentrated along two main streets – conveniently nicknamed ‘Bar Street’ and ‘Club Street’ – where the party can carry on until dawn in the height of the summer season. Most have live gigs, quiz nights and other events on most nights, and you could also go for a bar crawl or a party cruise. Note that many of the all-inclusive hotels in the resort offer fantastic entertainment, along with their own bars and club nights. If you’re not feeling hedonistic, there are plenty of quieter options elsewhere in the resort where you can kick back and relax.
Bring your partner to Faliraki if you want to enjoy a laid-back holiday with plenty of sunshine, a gorgeous beach and lively nightlife. If you want to find a little corner of paradise just for the two of you, head over to Anthony Quinn Bay (also known as Ladiko Beach). These delightful coves are less hectic than the main town beach, and perfect for relaxing with your partner. Faliraki offers lots of great beach bars for enjoying a drink as the sun goes down with your feet in the sand, or you could even take a sunset cruise around the bay. The historic capital of Rhodes Town is a delight to stroll around, and you can explore its cobbled streets hand-in-hand.
Faliraki is just a 20-minute drive or a quick ferry ride from Rhodes Old Town, an exquisitely preserved medieval town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobbled maze of narrow streets is deeply atmospheric, and is home to remarkable buildings such as the Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes. While on Rhodes, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit spectacular ancient ruins, such as the impressive acropolis of Lindos, the ancient city of Ialysos, which dates back to the 3rd millennium BC, or the even older city of Kamiros, which was founded in the 5th millennium BC.
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