West Side Beaches
Take a look at the most and least famous beaches of Rhodes' West Side
Generally, the West Side of the island is, let us say,the least touristic side of the island, since, due to the wind direction, the sea is usually stormy. However, there are some amazing beaches, real gems that you can explore. We will give you a brief analysis of the beaches, beggining from the north (Elli beach) to the south (Prasonissi).
Please note that, except some beach bars and hotel beaches, where you have to pay for a sunbed or umbrella, Beach is free and a precious possesion for everybody around the island!
The Ixia Bay is a long beach with sun beds. It often is stormy winds and high waves.
It is a popular windsurfing destination.
A great beach with a range of options to spend your day, the beach is predominantly pebbles so beach shoes would be advised. Sunbeds can be hired for the day with prices from 3 euros per bed to 12 for 2 and an umbrella, the temperature in July is going up to the late 30's, the seas a good temp too. There's plenty of food vendors that sell traditional Greek food, wine, beer and hot drinks. A great place to chill out.
Please note that it is not obligatory to rent a sunbed. (approximately 15€ per 2 sunbeds and an umbrella). It is possible to put you towel & umbrella and enjoy the sea and sun. In fact, you can use the beach equipment we offer for free located on the 1st floor!
Located on the south-western part of the island of Rhodos, at about 72 km from the town center, Glyfada is a little known beach, ignored by the tourism. Not far from the village of Monolithos, it is a rocky beach with big pebbles, usually beaten by strong winds. It is surrounded by a unique physical scenery with many trees that reflect on the water a green color. It is ideal for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sun peacefully in an unspoiled environment. To get there you must follow the main west coast road and follow the signs for Kritinia village. Just after 6 km (or 6 km before the village of Siana) you will see a sign to a side road that takes you to the beach.
Your mobile phone may refuse to work here, the large pebbles are covered in seaweed thrown up by the constant winds, the rocks make it hard to get down into the green water.
Fourni is a lovely quiet beach, situated in a cove which is encased on three sides with a combination of rugged terrain, mountains, cliffs and rocks. At the far end of the beach, along the headland there are caves and holes in the rocks. All in a rather dramatic and spectacular setting.
The beach is completely covered with golden brown sand which turns a bit stony near the water. The water is crystal clear and ideal for snorkeling. You can even jump in the ocean from the cliffs. The sea may be wild since the western coast of the island has the roughest seas. Due to its isolation the beach is suitable for those who enjoy the wild beauty of nature, away from crowded and touristic beaches. There are no tourist facilities but only a small canteen and a limited number of umbrellas and sunbeds. Umbrellas and sunbeds are in limited offering, it is advised that you bring your own. Otherwise you will have to get here early to secure a place in the shade of the rocks on the right-hand side of the beach. If you wish for more privacy, try the end of the path that runs to the left. Look for the rock ancient carvings in the shape of baths. According to local historians, the baths were built for the exclusive use of nobility.If you prefer natural shade, you can find some under the rocks on the right-hand side of the beach.
Fourni beach is located in the southwestern part of the island, 75 km from Rhodes Town. Driving from the castle of Monolithos, is nearly 5 kilometers down a steep and windy road with many potholes but worth the effort, as it is absolutely astonishing. It is worth visiting Fourni beach after seeing the spectacular Monolithos castle with the amazing views.
Umbrellas and sunbeds are in limited offering, it is advised that you bring your own. Otherwise you will have to get here early to secure a place in the shade of the rocks on the right-hand side of the beach.
Kopria Beach is a beautiful small beach covered with pebbles of various sizes and protected on both sides by high rocky outcrops. The sea in this tiny bay is mostly calm and warm.
Overall, it is a very pleasant beach, which was until recently also relatively unknown and purely natural. As beside the locals also tourists have started to visit the beach, basic tourist facilities such as a tavern and a few sunbeds with umbrellas appeared on the beach. Above the tavern there is also a parking place for cars.
Kopria Beach is located in a quiet area of Rhodes, at the west coast of the island, near the villages of Kritinia and Kamiros Skala. The bustling holiday resorts are a long way away, which is why Kopria is still one of the quietest and uncrowded beaches.
Since the beach is quite small, it is advised that you visit early so you can get a good spot. It is also well combined with a visit to the castle of Kritinia and the village of Kritinia, so you could actually well spend half a day in this area exploring and enjoying a nice swim!
Limni (Apolakkia) Beach
Limni beach is a wide remote stretch of beach on the lower west side of the island, just under the village of Apolakkia.
It is out of the way and not the easiest place to get to, but you can still find some comforts, such as showers and a toilet block.
It is a sandy beach, and it draws out slowly to the sea, making it safe for kids, though you will not find many families here. Since it is a long beach where you can find a very secluded place, It is also popular with naturists. As with all beaches on the west coast, the sea can be wavy at times.
We think that these are the most beautiful beaches of the West side. Get your umbrella, your sunblock and your smile and enjoy them!
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