There are plenty of things to do in Faliraki, a fishing village and seaside resort town on the east coast of Rhodes. This summer getaway is most famous for its long stretch of sandy beach and lively nightlife, which draws many visitors to its skinny laneways.

    You can also find plenty of activities for people of all ages, from shopping at boutique stores to snorkelling in nearby Anthony Quinn Bay. The town also maintains its traditional fishing and agricultural lifestyle. You can appreciate this by watching the freshly caught seafood being brought in every morning at the harbour, before heading to a traditional Green taverna to try some of Faliraki’s exquisite cuisines. Check out this guide to popular things to do in Faliraki to experience the best of this Greek village.

    What are the best things to do in Faliraki?

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    Faliraki Beach

    Spend the day bathing along the sandy coastline

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    Faliraki Beach is arguably the main attraction of the small town, thanks to its 5-km-long stretch of golden sand and clear azure waters. It’s one of the most popular beaches on Rhodes – in the afternoon, the stretch of beach chairs is usually all taken by keen sunbakers.

    The beach is also popular for water sports, from banana boat rides to jet-skiing, all offered by local companies. You can easily spend an entire day just at Faliraki Beach. Come sunset time, the crowds tend to migrate up to the beachfront bars, so the best time to visit for a quiet stroll is either in the early morning or late evening.

    Lokasi: Faliraki, Kallithea 851 00, Greece

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    Anthony Quinn Bay

    Go snorkelling in the cove's clear, emerald waters

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    Anthony Quinn Bay in Kallithea is one of the most beautiful natural attractions on Rhodes Island. Its deep emerald-coloured waters and stunning underwater scenery are what attracts most visitors to this tiny cove, which is around 4 km south of Faliraki.

    The small bay was named after the Hollywood actor, Anthony Quinn, who filmed The Guns of Navarone on the beach in 1960. It’s also a popular place for snorkelling, with crystal clear water and vibrant underwater life. You can rent snorkelling gear from a nearby diving centre. There is only a small sandy area between the water’s edge and the lush vegetation of the surrounding land. In summer, this fills up quickly with a limited number of sunbeds and umbrellas.

    Lokasi: Anthony Quinn Bay, Kallithea, 851 00, Greece

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    Faliraki Harbour

    Watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch

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    Faliraki Harbour is one of the most picturesque sights in the small fishing village. It has been a mooring and docking place for boats for generations, with the calm waters of Faliraki keeping the vessels safe overnight.

    The area comes to life at about 7am, with fishermen bringing in their daily catch and selling it at the local markets. Wandering along the harbour during this time provides an insight into the local life. You shouldn’t miss a visit to the small Greek Orthodox monastery, Agioi Apostoloi, at the end of the pier, which often hosts weddings and religious ceremonies.

    Lokasi: Faliraki Harbour, Faliraki 851 00, Greece

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    Faliraki Water Park

    A fun day out for the whole family

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    Faliraki Water Park is one of the biggest waterparks in Europe, covering a massive 100, 000 square metres. There are plenty of rides to choose from, including giant water slides up to 140 metres long, freefalls, kamikaze slides and a huge wave pool.

    The waterpark has some gentler experiences such as a lazy river ride and a kid’s section, making it suitable for all ages and the whole family. At just 4.5 km away from downtown Faliraki, it’s the place to be on a hot summer’s day – besides the beach.

    Lokasi: Faliraki, Rhodes 85100, Greece

    Buka: May and September–October: daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm. June–August: daily from 9.30 am to 7 pm (closed from November to April)

    Telepon: +30 22410 84403

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    Saint Nectarios Church

    The largest church of Faliraki town

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    Saint Nectarios Church is an Eastern Orthodox place of worship that was founded in 1967. Although it’s not necessarily a historical site, it’s an incredibly beautiful complex in the middle of Faliraki town and one of the largest churches in the area.

    It’s a sandy-coloured stone church with striking collonaded archways and a red-tiled roof. It draws just about everyone – from local worshippers to tourists – to sit in its relaxing palm-tree-lined courtyard. Every Sunday, the beautifully decorated interior hosts mass that’s open to all.

    Lokasi: EO Rodou Lindou, Faliraki, 851 00, Greece

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    Join a sea cruise

    Explore the surrounding islands and coves for the day

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    At Faliraki Harbour, many great boat trips are available to get you away from the bustling beaches and out on the Aegean Sea. Sea cruises range from half- to full-day excursions, as well as group tours and private charters.

    Popular sea cruises usually head to some of Rhodes' most beautiful bays, such as Ladiko, Afandou Caves and Anthony Quinn Bay. You can even go as far as other Greek islands like Symi, where you are free to roam around the fishing villages before returning to Faliraki. In the summer, it’s worth organising a boat trip from one of the companies at least a day in advance.

    Lokasi: Faliraki Harbour, Faliraki 851 00, Greece

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    Town Hall of Faliraki

    Take a look at the history of Kallithea Municipality

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    The Town Hall of Faliraki (also called Town Hall of Kallithea Municipality) was built by the Italians in 1934. It’s one of the only original architectural masterpieces from the German-Italian Occupation in the area. Over its main entrance is a small balcony where the Italian governors would make announcements to the villagers and army personnel.

    The restored building accommodates the municipality registry office for weddings and births, as well as a small school museum in one of the old halls. It’s an important remnant that’s worth a visit for anyone interested in understanding the coastal area’s history. It’s around 3.5 km west of Faliraki’s town centre.

    Lokasi: Kallithea Town Hall, Kallithea, Rhodes 85100, Greece

    Buka: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 3 pm

    Telepon: +30 22413 62627

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    Shopping in Faliraki Square

    On the hunt for unique local handicrafts

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    Faliraki Square has a huge selection of boutique shops, many of which have sprung up in response to the town’s popularity as a summer resort. You can find plenty of clothing and beachwear, in case you forgot to bring anything. However, there are also some unique local handicrafts on offer, such as handmade jewellery, leather items, and skin products.

    Faliraki’s main shopping area can be found where the taxi rank and main bus stop are located. You can follow any of the roads branching off from the roundabout to discover more shops.

    Lokasi: Faliraki Square, Faliraki, 851 00, Greece

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    Eat fresh seafood

    Sit down for a meal at a local Greek taverna

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    Faliraki is known for its incredibly fresh seafood, freshly brought in every morning down at the harbour. There are many Greek tavernas and seafood restaurants strung along the town’s 2 main streets, the Rhodes-Lindos Highway and Kallithea Avenue.

    Many of the traditional tavernas serve up Greek favourites, from tzatziki and meatballs to moussaka. However, local seafood dishes are the culinary highlight, such as swordfish, grilled octopus, and lobster. A popular place to head to try the local catch of the day is Desert Rose Restaurant on the Rhodes-Lindos Highway, where you’ll get consistently excellent service and food.

    Lokasi: Desert Rose Restaurant, EO Rodou Lindou 311, Faliraki 851 00, Greece

    Buka: Daily from 1 pm to midnight

    Telepon: +30 2241 086708

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    Bar Street

    Where Faliraki’s famous nightlife comes to life

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    Bar Street (technically called Ermoi Street) certainly lives up to its name as the place to be in Faliraki after nightfall. This laneway has had a famous reputation for being a notorious party strip for decades, though it has toned down considerably in recent years.

    Bar Street is still the go-to for a night out, housing some of the best bars and clubs in town. From huge cocktails and shisha pipes to karaoke and international DJs, you can find places pumping until the early hours of the morning along this street.

    Lokasi: Ermoi Street, Faliraki 851 00, Greece

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