Nestled on the north coast of Rhodes, Faliraki is a paradise which offers endless posibilites for families, couples and anyone seeking to spend some quality vacation time. Offering a variety of activities to enjoy, from water sports to shopping and exquisite dining options, there's never a dull moment here. With a range of over 60 restaurants catering to different palates, you can take your taste buds on a world tour, savoring the best of Greek, Chinese, Italian, and international cuisine. So why wait? Come and experience the vibrant energy of Faliraki, where you'll create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
The water park at Faliraki
At the impressive Faliraki Water Park, which is currently the biggest in Europe, you can enjoy water slides, a lazy river, black holes, rafting slides, the giant slide (about 140m long), kamikaze slides, a huge wave pool, an aqua-gym, poll-cafes and much, much more. A part of the water park is especially designed for children. Fully trained and certified lifeguards guarantee for your safety.
Local attractions include the archaeological site at Sarantapichos (near the village of Kalithies), which was probably part of an ancient acropolis. You can also visit the old monastery of the Prophet Amos on a hill just outside Faliraki.
The success story of Faliraki: From decline... to tourism prosperity
Faliraki of orgies and promiscuity, of wild parties, of unbridled alcohol consumption, the holiday destination of young visitors brought here by the then famous British 18-30 club, is today one of the most popular destinations in Europe for family holidays.
The history of Faliraki as a tourist destination:
Faliraki's history as a tourist destination is a tale of evolution. The natural beauty of the area began to attract tourists in the 1970s and 80s, starting with Scandinavians, Austrians and Germans, but initially not the British. However, as the British began to pay double the price for accommodation in the area, a shift occurred in the early 1990s that transformed Faliraki into a party destination exclusively for young visitors interested in wild parties. Unfortunately, this led to a decline in the quality of tourists, a shortened tourist season, and the closure of many businesses that could not survive on the cheap food, drinks, and accessories that were the only available commodities. Today, Faliraki has turned over a new leaf, as it has undergone significant changes to appeal to families seeking quality vacation time.
Current situation in Faliraki:
Since 2003, when the local authorities' plan to redefine tourism in Faliraki was implemented, much has changed.
The image of Faliraki 20 years ago does not resemble anything like today's destination, which in a few years has managed to shake off the sins of the past.
In Faliraki, in recent years, large investments have been made in quality accomodation facilities, new businesses and shops aimed to quality tourism, attracting more and more quality visitors and families, something that was unthinkable until some years ago.
An example is the once famous bar-street, which until some years ago it was full of bars and clubs and nowadays there are many different kinds of shops and restaurants. There are very few nightclubs with frantic music, since the visitors to Faliraki now have other needs and different requirements and preferences.
Mandomata Nudist Beach in Faliraki
At the far right end of Faliraki beach, you will also find the little secluded Madomata naturist beach.
Mantomata Beach is a particularly special, lovely beach. Located in-between Kathara Beach and Anthony Quinn Bay, it is practically secluded and has a distinctive history of its own.
When Faliraki saw a tourism boom, this lovely beach quickly rose to prominence among nudists due to its desirable location and natural shape. Around the 1960s and 1970s, when nudists first began to settle in Faliraki, the locals experienced a great deal of moral distress because it was unheard of for individuals to bathe naked on a public beach at a time when females' skirts were precisely ankle length.
The problem was resolved when the State stepped in and passed stringent beach access regulations, allowing nudists to enjoy the lovely beach officially and unhindered. Given Mandomata Beach in Faliraki is one of Rhodes' most picturesque locations and the only designated nudist area on the island, the region increased in popularity throughout the nudist movement.
Your privacy is guaranteed at Madomata nudist beach. Both boating and non-nudist access to the beach are prohibited in the bay. For €5 per person, sunbeds and umbrellas are available. A variety of foods and refreshments are available in the neighborhood traditional restaurant.
Faliraki Beach Frequently Asked Questions
What is the distance from Rhodes city to Faliraki?
The distance from Rhodes city to Faliraki Beach is 14Km. It takes an average of 20 minutes to drive from the center of the city of Rhodes to Faliraki.
What is the distance from Rhodes airport to Faliraki?The distance from Rhodes airport to Faliraki is 18Km. It takes an average of 25 minutes to drive from Rhodes airport to Faliraki.
Is there public transport to Faliraki?
Faliraki is connected to Rhodes town, Rhodes airport, and many other locations via public transport (bus and taxi). The road is well maintained. Parking is available.
What are the best things to do in Faliraki?Faliraki is the most highly organized resort on Rhodes. As such, there are many things and activities one can do. For example
- Water and beach sports activities. You will find an abundance of offerings, including jet ski, water ski, water parachute, banana boat rides, water playgrounds for younger children, beach volley courts etc. Some hotels also offer watersides for external visitors.
- Dining and eating: If you are a foodie, in Faliraki you will find one of the largest available array of restaurants for any preference. From fast food to gourmet dining, from fish tavernas on the beach to international cuisine restaurants, cafeterias, fresh ice cream and waffle shops, no visitor of any age will be left without finding something she enjoys.
- Nightlife: As with everything else, your choices here are limitless. Easy going bars, lively night clubs, cafeterias, live shows, the programme has it all.
- The Water Park: Faliraki Water Park is one of the best water parks in Europe. A day spent here, especially with your younger ones, is totally worth it.
- Explore the area: Even though it might be tempting to spend your entire holiday in a place that has it all, exploring the area is definitely worth it. For example: visit the magical Anthony Quinn bay, visit the hill and monastery of Profitis Ilias overlooking both Faliraki and Anthony Quinn, or visit the close by village of Kallithies, or visit the famous Kallithea Springs
What is the nightlife like in Faliraki?
Faliraki offers excellent nightlife opportunities. There are bars, night clubs and restaurants along the shoreline and some in the once famous bar street.
It is worth mentioning that Faliraki was once famous for it's extremely intense nightlife lived by visitors of the British 18-30 Club, but this is no longer the case. While today's nightlife in Faliraki is still well lived, there are no extremes and we would argue that it is a very pleasant location to spend the evening.