With its natural stone surfaces perfect for basking in the sun, pine trees extending all the way to the water's edge, and captivating emerald green waters, it's no wonder the famed Mexican-American actor, Anthony Quinn, fell in love with this picturesque cove. Today, the bay bears his name as he purchased this slice of paradise during the filming of "The Guns of Navarone" on the island of Rhodes.
Anthony Quinn Bay is located on the east coast of Rhodes, about 4 kilometers south of Faliraki beach and about 15 to 17 kilometers from Rhodes Town, depending in the route. The waters here owe their captivating emerald hue to the lush green vegetation which surrounds the beach. It is unarguably one of the most beautiful and exquisite beaches on Rhodes, despite the fact that you will not find fine sand and much available space. It's mostly popular with young people, especially Italians and locals, since the sharp rocks both in and out of the water are not ideal for families with young children or elderly people.
Because of it's small size, which is about 10 meters in width at its widest points and 250 meters in length, the beach at Anthony Quinn bay feels fairly crowded during July and August. This, however, is not so much because of the number of visitors per se, it is more because the narrow width of the beach. The finest spot is the rock right in the centre of the beach, with room for just a few sun beds. At the top of the rocks that rise behind the beach you will find a modern bar and cafeteria, from which you can enjoy the view towards the beach from a high point while enjoying a meal or a beverage.
The crystal clear water and gorgeous underwater scenery also makes Anthony Quinn bay one of the best areas in Rhodes for snorkeling. Here you will also find a scuba diving centre, so if you are up to it, it is definitely an experience worth trying out.
How to reach Anthony Quinn Bay
The fastest route to Anthony Quinn Beach if you're driving from Rhodes Town to Anthony Quinn Bay is to take the Provincial Road Rhodes-Lindos, and follow the signs to Kallithea. You will arrive at the beach in about 20 minutes after traveling about 15 kilometres. Alternatively you can use the Provincial Road Rhodes-Kallithea, which is about 17 kilometres and a 25 minute drive. But you can drive to the beach from any location on the island.
You have other possibilities to reach the beach if you don't have a car. You can use a taxi, ride the shuttle bus, or go on a cruise.
- Taxi: Although more expensive, the taxi is more practical and the fastest alternative. To avoid unwanted surprises, ask the taxi driver about the fare before getting in. Taxi prices to most routes on Rhodes are fixed.
- Bus shuttle: A few times each day, a direct bus travels to Anthony Quinn Bay. Requesting the itineraries will help you plan your day effectively.
- Cruise: The daily cruises to Anthony Quinn Bay leave from Rhodes Mandraki harbour evey day. It is the slower, but probably also the most scenic and interesting option, as some of the cruises also offer swim stops along the way.