The Aegean Islands region
The historic Old Town and the cosmopolitan New Town of Rhodes are a 15-minute drive away. City buses run from early in the morning until late at night.
The whitewashed village of Lindos and its acropolis are a 30-minute drive away. City buses run regularly. The dazzling nightlife and the plethora of restaurants in Faliraki as well as the traditional village of Afandou are few kilometers away.
Rhodes / Lindos Beach area
• 7 km of sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas to hire
• All watersports available
• Largest waterpark in Europe
• Horse riding along the beach
• Golf course nearby
• Lively nightlife
• Traditional Greek entertainment nearby
Faliraki is one of the most well-known and developed tourist areas in Greece. The resort has a good infrastructure and as well as being well served by bus routes and taxi’s it offers all the public amenities you would expect to find in a small town. Banks with ATMS, post office, supermarkets and tourist police can all be found in and around the buzzing resort center.
In addition to these it boasts the added attractions of numerous accommodations from luxury hotels to self-catering rooms with pools, the largest water park in Europe and not forgetting its best natural attribute the 7km’s of blue flag beach. Numerous water sports can be found along the edge of the gently shelving waters, enough to occupy even the most restless of sunbathers.
Faliraki by night can be anything the visitor asks for. Traditional Greek fare can be enjoyed up in the serenity of the picturesque Saint Amon or in the local Tavernas, International cuisine is offered by specialist restaurants from Chinese, Mexican or Indian. An after dinner drink can be enjoyed in any of the roadside cocktail lounges or in the buzz of the high street bars, the epicenter of the resorts dazzlingly nightlife.
Thrill seekers can try high adrenaline activities bungee jumping, sky surfing or being catapulted up into the stars on the slingshot. Families and friends can occupy themselves at the fairground or perhaps in the ten-pin bowling alley, even the youngest visitors are catered for with a soft play center. By day regular boat trips leave from the harbor taking you to surrounding coves or even as far as Rhodes town. Horse riding can also be enjoyed by riders of all age and experience, take a sedate first stroll or discover the beautiful countryside on horseback.
Of course, Faliraki wasn’t always like this. As short as 30 years ago the area we know today as Faliraki offered little more than plots of land with sandy soil difficult for cultivating anything other than melons. Although tourism was well established in the town of Rhodes few ventured out along the dusty dirt road which is now the tarmacked highway leading from the north of the island to the south.
The beautiful beach of Faliraki remained untouched, littered only by driftwood and populated now and then by local fishermen. In 1950 an adventurous local called Panayiotis Statiou ventured away from his homeland and headed to the big smoke of Athens.
Whilst he was there his daily travels would take him to a beach called Neo Faliro, which he said reminded him of home, of the long stretch of sand and shimmering blue sea where he had grown up.
Panayiotis decided to return to Rhodes and during the summer months he would stay in an old bus down by the sea. He called the beach ‘Faliraki’ or ‘little Faliro’ after the beach in Athens, which had reminded him so poignantly of his origins. Ever enterprising as the Greek spirit is, Panayiotis opened his bus to the local fisherman and passers by serving them cups of Greek coffee or Ouzo. Hand painted signs were erected directing everyone to the newly baptized ‘Faliraki’ and to Panayiotis hospitality. As interest in the area grew others began to see its potential.
The Dimitra restaurant and Akrogiali Taverna followed soon after, opening their doors and their kitchens as they still do to this day. And the rest, as they say, is history.