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Afandou (Afantou), Rhodes

Located in the heart of Rhodes, the quaint village of Afandou boasts a rich history that dates back to the times of piracy in the Mediterranean. In those days, locals would retreat from the coast to seek refuge in the island's interior. The village's name derives from the Greek word "áfandos", meaning "invisible", as it was well hidden from the sea. As you wander through the charming streets and alleys, you can sense the spirit of times gone by and imagine the tales of seafaring adventure and survival that shaped the village's unique character.

Nestled in a verdant landscape of fruit and olive trees, the village of Afandou in Rhodes is a charming destination to explore. Located just 5km from the bustling Faliraki and 20km from Rhodes Town, Afandou is one of the largest and oldest villages on the island, boasting a population of approximately 7,500 people. Despite its size, Afandou has retained its authentic character and is a hub for traditional Greek life. Visitors can find everything they need in the village's array of shops and stores. Be sure to visit the main square, where friendly locals gather, and you can immerse yourself in the warm, hospitable culture of the village.

Afandou is famous for its carpet manufacturing industry, and visitors can explore the traditional art at the permanent folk art exhibition. During the summer months, the exhibition is connected to the beach via a small road-train, making for a fun and easy day trip. Although there are a few hotels in the village, most visitors opt to stay in one of the several holiday apartments to experience the local lifestyle firsthand.

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The beach of Afandou is a major attraction, stretching over three kilometers and offering crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Adventurous travelers can explore the rocky areas and caves on the far left side of the beach. A must-visit attraction in Afandou is the unique Church of Our Lady Katholiki, adorned with 17th-century frescoes. Dedicated to Holy Mary, this church hosts a massive religious and folklore festival every August, which is a highlight for visitors to the village.

Afandou golf court - Afandou Golf

The well known Afandou golf course is also located close to the village. If you're looking for a top-notch golf experience on the beautiful island of Rhodes, look no further than Afandou Golf. Nestled in the coastal area of Afandou and covering 1,500  acres including all the facilities, the course itself boasts a sprawling 550 acres designed by world-renowned golf architect Donald Harradine. With over 580 courses under his belt, Harradine has lent his expertise to create a challenging and rewarding golfing experience that is truly "branded".

Conveniently located just 20 km south of Rhodes city, Afandou Golf is the perfect destination for golf enthusiasts. The course can accommodate up to 200 players per day, and features additional amenities to enhance your experience. Come play a round on this stunning course and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding coastal area.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience the warmth and charm of Afandou, a hidden gem on the island of Rhodes.

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Afandou (Afantou) reviews & comments

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Stayed in Afandou many years ago. Fantastic and lovely, superb people and hospitality, love to go back someday! Even I am 74 now with some health issues I will make it!

Commented by Stephanie bremner srtm January 22, 2022

My wife Elaine and I had our honeymoon in Afandou in August 1989 and we had a wonderful time and the locals were very welcoming. The beach was fantastic. Unfortunately the love of my life passed away in February of this year so Afandou will always have a special place in my heart.

Commented by Ivan Hawthorne August 04, 2021

This beach is very clean and above all not crowded. This gives you the ability to relax in peace. If you are into it, it also offers a great opportunity to walk, as it is 7 km long and on most parts of the beach you will find a road just above which is not not busy at all.

Commented by John McClain May 16, 2019

Have been going to Afandou now for 10 years it is fantastic, friendly and really relaxing, especially in the alfa bar! We love it that much we're even getting married there next May.

Commented by Clare & Rod September 21, 2010

I lived in Afandou a very long time ago - 1988 - and things may well have changed since then. It was a very traditional village and, whilst overtly friendly, one had to be very careful as the people were extremely 'gossipy' and could make life awkward. If you're just going on holiday, you'll most likely have a fabulous time, but if you are planning to live there, especially as part of a local family, beware.

Commented by Zina February 16, 2010

we went there a couple of years ago it was wonderful

Commented by patrick and ruith December 17, 2009

We are so looking forward to a holiday in Afandou after all the great reviews. We normally go to Kavos in Corfu where we have made so many Greek friends. Thought we would try somewhere else for a change and Afandou sounds like a lovely, friendly place and just the sort of place we would like. Looking for some real Greek food, any suggestions where to eat?
Will tell you all about it on our return. Sylvia & Al

Commented by Sylvia & Al June 04, 2009

My husband and I have been going to afandou since 1994. My two daughters have been and also my grandson, we love tharenie, alfa bar and minas! Going back a.s.a.p!

Commented by linda anderson January 20, 2009

The reviews sound excellent cant wait too stay in Afandou come August! However I was wondering if anybody could help me with a question, I am taking my 4month old son and wondered if there was anywhere in the area that I will be able too get Nappies and baby milk as the thought of packing enough for 2 weeks is scary. Would appreciate anyones advice or local knowledge, Thank You x

Commented by Penny July 08, 2008

I lived in Afantou in 1994 - 1995 and loved every minute of my stay, due to lack of funds I haven't been away on holiday for the past seven years but this year I will be booking a two week holiday for next year to take my children to were I feel is home and I can't wait.
The people are so friendly and will remember you year in year out. It's an ideal spot for exploring the island because the buses to Lindos and psinthos go through the vilage and back again to rhodes town.
I used to work as a travel agent and would send all my customers to Afantou and they returned year after year. Once bitten by the Afantou bug you'll never want to go any where else.
If i was able I would be living there now.

Commented by Michelle May 27, 2008

Afandou is undoubtedly one of the best villages in which to stay on the island. It has plenty of shops and bars, and restaurants offering a plethora of Greek, English and European dishes, yet still is a place where people live and work, where you can see a glimpse of the traditional way of life: old people still living in one room houses, men playing backgammon in the kafenio and the whole village taking part in religious festivals.
The village is within walking distance of the beach, a shingle beach but excellent for snorkelling and water sports. It is also one of the few beaches on which you can actually relax without hiring a sun bed, and after a day's relaxation, you can take a short ride on the road train back to the village.
You will be welcomed by people in the village; one of the main reasons why I returned. I'd initially stayed in Faliraki, but discovered Afantou, then returned every year to stay at the Fillipos hotel to enjoy the company of Sam and Georgia and family.

Commented by Karen July 06, 2007

What a place to visit I was 17 when I first came to Afandou now at the tender age of 37 every year one or two months at a time. Now we have an old house in the village. there are some very good bars. if you are near in the summer come and meet me and kaz in the life bar just ask for us at the bar Yani will call us if we are not in. happy holiday.

Commented by lee and kas July 04, 2007

Going on our first hloiday without the kids this year and after reading all your positive comments we are really looking forward to visiting Afandou. Hope it is as friendly and beautiful as it looks!!!

Commented by Talbot June 17, 2007

Going to Afandou for first time on 30/08, can't wait & all your positive comments have got me even more excite. Will write a review on our return.

Commented by Deb & Steve August 22, 2006

My wife and I have been visiting Afandou now for 14 years. Our first visit was in 1992.

My wife and I have made some real good friends in Afandou both locals and regular visitors and have excellent holidays there, we like Afandou so much we have had a Villa built which was completed in May 2006, is there any better recommendation than that!

Commented by Ralph Patterson - Blaydon on Tyne June 03, 2006

This year has been our fifth time in afandou. we love it. its the most beautiful place we have ever been to. the village is so relaxed and friendly the restaurants have the best cuisine ever everything is cooked fresh. because we have been so many times we have made a lot of friends. When we go back people remember you and make you feel so welcome.

Commented by moira lapsley September 28, 2005

I have stayed in Afandou twice over the last nine months. My first time was a last minute deal which we thourougly enjoyed, that we came back in June as a main holiday.
The village is just unique with the town going about its daily routines, and the people are so friendly, they alway say hello.
Try and go to Smile cafe, this is where Theranee works, she looks after you as if she was your Greek mother,and everything is no problem. We stayed at the Scala apartments. These apartments were spotless and have air conditioning, tv toaster, kettle, fan and even a curtain in the shower. Vengelais and his family go out their way, so you enjoy your holiday. I am unsure were to go on holiday next year, as I dont think there is anywhere better than Afandou, you must try it some time, you will not be disappointed.

Commented by Joe Mc Monagle July 24, 2005

I return to Afandou for the third time this year. This is the place to stay on the island, far enough away from Faliraki and a cheap bus ride to Rhodes town. The wee restaurants are marvellous and the lovely village atmosphere in the evenings is so friendly. The beach is never crowded and the water is as clear as a bell. Rent a car and it is easy to drive into the country. I will always come back to stay here, it's so easy, a real holiday.

Commented by Elaine May 30, 2005

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