Faliraki - Kallithea

by Niki Kefala
Faliraki - Kallithea
'Aerial view at the sea bay' - Rodos
'Aerial view at the sea bay' Dmitriy Yakovlev / Shutterstock

Faliraki is about 15 km south of Rhodes Town and is one of those destinations in the Mediterranean that most want to visit for its vibrant parties and nightlife. Nearby is the settlement Neohori with many bars, especially on Orfanidou street, which was nicknamed as the new Faliraki. Other similar destinations are Malia and Hersonissos in Crete, Laganas in Zakynthos, Kardamena in Kos and Ayia Napa in Cyprus. Faliraki is one of the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts on the island of Rodos and is distinguished by its remarkable tourist accommodations.

If you are looking for a particular type of entertainment, in Faliraki you can find from karaoke and British and Irish pubs, to sports bars and disco. You will also find some quieter bars, but as you will see, the place is very busy with people dancing and drinking even at the beach and the streets. When the party is over, relax in one of the snack bars on the beach. If you are hungry, there are over 60 restaurants to choose from, serving different types of food, like Greek traditional cuisine, Chinese food, international cuisine, or Italian restaurants. As for souvenirs, the shops stay open until late in Faliraki and you can find many different products to take home with you.

Water park and a flair of... Hollywood

Faliraki has one of the largest (5 km) and best organized beaches in Greece, with various sports like bungee jumping and a famous water park, which is the biggest in Europe. The water park will offer to all visitors (especially to children) remarkable and spectacular rides, unique splash pools and water slides. At Faliraki beach, visitors can find impressive golden sand, small rocks and pebbles. Various parts of the beach are very well organized with many trendy beach bars. Quite often, parts of the beachfront of the hotels are only for the use of the hotels' guests. Near Faliraki beach, there is the beach of Kathara with sand and rocks (ideal for nudists) and the beach of Ladiko, known as the beach of Anthony Quinn, with the beautiful fortress Erimokastro, with ruins of an archaic wall, which is close to the sea, and is famous from the movie 'The Guns of Navarone'.

Local attractions include the archaeological site at Sarantapichos (it is located near the village of Kalithies) that is believed to be part of an acropolis of the archaic period. Also you can visit the old monastery of the prophet Amos on a hill just outside Faliraki.

Kallithea Hot Springs

About 5 km north of Faliraki, there is Kalithea, which is built around a bay full of pine trees. The hot spring are definitely its most popular attraction, which are located at the Vodi Canaveral, known as 'Thermes of Kalithea' and they are spurting red water. In the shops of Kallithea Springs, you can find items like post cards, white and red wine and traditional sweet delicacies. You can also visit the spa facilities, which were built during the period of Italian occupation. Although they are closed nowadays, they are always one of the places that every visitor must see in Rodos.

Kalithea spa center building in Rhodes. Greece
'Kalithea spa center building in Rhodes. Greece' - Pavel K / Shutterstock

Hotels and apartments in Faliraki - Kallithea