Discover Kalithea holidays 2019
Kalithea is a gorgeous little resort strung out along a series of picture-postcard beaches and coves. People have been coming to take the waters here since Roman times, and the local landmark is a pretty Italian-designed spa from the 1920s. (No longer a spa, it’s still a lovely place to visit.) Kalithea has plenty of sleepy, Greek island charm – making it perfect for couples and families – and there is a smattering of places to eat and drink. It’s only a few minutes’ drive (or a quick hop on the bus) from the beautiful island capital of Rhodes Town and the fun-packed resort of Faliraki if you want a little more action.
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- Average flight time: 4h 0m
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Life in Kalithea is all about the beach and the gorgeous scenery. A stunning stretch of craggy coastline, with plunging cliffs and azure seas, it has a series of sandy bays and rocky coves to explore. It’s a fantastic place to simply sit back, relax and soak up the inimitable tranquillity of the Greek Islands. The area offers excellent snorkelling and diving, and you’re only a few minutes’ drive (or a short bus journey) from the exquisite medieval city of Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A short drive south will bring you to Faliraki, which boasts a 3-mile-long beach, the best nightlife on the island, and a host of water sports.
Kalithea is a tiny resort, little more than a smattering of hotels arranged along the beautiful, craggy coastline. A couple of the bays have a Greek cantina, where you can enjoy a drink and some traditional food, but for the biggest selection of restaurants and places to eat you’ll need to head into Rhodes Town or Faliraki, both about 3 miles away. You won’t want to miss out on the island’s delicious local specialities, which might include some freshly grilled fish – often red snapper or grouper – served with a squeeze of lemon and a swirl of olive oil. Or the tasty local squid, served stuffed in gemisti supia, or mixed with pasta and shellfish in makaronatha me Thalasina. Save room for some of the light-as-air fried dough balls, loukoumades, which come with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
If you want a wonderful beach holiday with the family in one of the prettiest and most unspoilt corners of the island, head to Kalithea. The lovely beach is perfect for kids, who can splash about in the shallows or, if they’re a bit older, rent out a kayak, or even go snorkelling around the rugged coast. Many of the hotels have pools and plenty of child-friendly entertainment, if you want a break from the beach. Nearby Faliraki, one of the biggest resorts on the island, has lots of family-friendly activities, from a spectacular range of water sports along its enormous sandy beach to one of the biggest water parks in Greece. The historic heart of Rhodes Town, with its ancient walls, palaces and narrow streets, is fun to visit with kids.
Action & Adventure
Tiny little Kalithea has a lovely beach and lots of rocky coves for swimming and snorkelling, but you’ll find a much wider range of water sports and other activities in nearby Faliraki. Faliraki’s beach is one of the longest on Rhodes, and you’ll find facilities for everything from water skiing and wind-surfing to para-sailing and wakeboarding. Plus, adrenaline junkies will enjoy the bunjee jumping or flyboarding. The gorgeous hills inland offer plenty more to do, whether you want to explore the fantastic hiking trails, go horse-riding, or mountain-biking. Or you could head deeper into the rugged interior for rock-climbing, canyoning and mountaineering.
Kalithea’s beaches are among the closest and prettiest to Rhodes Town, the gorgeous island capital, and get very popular at weekends and during the summer. Take your pick from the main sandy strand, overlooked by the pretty 1920s spa building, or one of the charming coves, where you can jump off the rocks into the sea. There are lots of sun loungers and parasols for rent, and the waters are crystal-clear. If you want to do some snorkelling, you can swim out around the rocky headlands that enclose the bay. There are a couple of places to eat and drink, including the café in the historic spa.
Kalithea is too small to have much in the way of nightlife, although you can certainly enjoy a drink at one of the hotel bars, or sit out on the beach at the cantina and soak up the sea views as the sun goes down. If you enjoy Greek island living at its most tranquil, then Kalithea is a great bet. But if you do fancy letting your hair down, head into Faliraki, just 3 miles away. This is one of the biggest nightlife hubs not just in Rhodes, but the whole of Greece, so you’re bound to have a night to remember. You could also head into the enchanting island capital, Rhodes Town, which also boasts a great choice of bars and clubs where you can party until the sun comes up.
If you want gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches, and plenty of relaxed, Greek charm, then you and your partner will find Kalithea perfect for an idyllic holiday. There’s a fantastic choice of accommodation, and you could book a room with wonderful sea views to up the romance a notch. Soak up the sun and relax on the beach, perhaps go for a snorkel around the beautiful, rugged coast, or head to the one of the nearby coves for an intimate picnic or some fun jumping off the rocks. Rhodes Town, a beautifully preserved medieval city established by the Knights of Rhodes, provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll. And if you’re looking for some nightlife, vibrant Faliraki is just 5 minutes away by taxi.
Kalithea is perfectly located for exploring the stunning island capital. Rhodes Old Town is a magnificent medieval town established by the Knights of Rhodes, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its gorgeous narrow streets are lined with splendid churches and palaces, including the spectacular Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Rhodes. Rhodes is also home to some impressive ancient ruins, such as the acropolis of Lindos, which crowns one of the prettiest seaside towns on the island, as well as the remarkable ancient cities of Ialysos, established in the 3rd millennium BC, and Kamiros, founded in the 5th millennium BC.