Μέρη κοντινά με Faliraki Beach
THERMAI KALLITHEA, also variously spelled Thermi, Therma, Thermae and Kalithea, Kalithia or Kallithea, was originally a health spa was built in the Moorish style by the Italians in the 1930s. The dramatic, decayed setting and kitsch architectural features, including domed pavilions and pink marble pillars, make it a favourite venue for fashion photographers. A major restoration has breathed new life into the holiday resort which is approached down an avenue of pines. Palm trees offer shade on a small shingle beach while sun loungers are scattered around a small lido. Buildings are illuminated at night to add a Disney-like glitz to the pseudo oriental atmosphere. A nearby cove is the target of many scuba diving excursions from Rodos and 15 minutes walk away is the beach resort hotel of Aldemar Paradise with various watersports. On the road to Faliraki a left turn down a dirt track leads to several small coves. The sea is deep here so you'll need to be a decent swimmer to get the benefit. Each cove usually has a few sun beds and a beach taverna that often gives the cove its name. A succession of grim hotels on the main road leads to Faliraki beach, a 20-minute walk away.
Once a tiny fishing village - and some brochures actually claim it still is - you would be hard put to find a fisherman in FALIRAKI now. Often dubbed 'lively' in the brochures the resort, about 15km south of Rodos, is in fact little more than a noisy teenage play pen. Jet skiing, go karting, bungy jumping are all on offer to please the daily influx of frolicky young visitors whose idea of fun is getting stoned on fizzy lager and making as much noise as they possibly can. And noise there is, brain-addling at night as the bars and clubs wind up to full power. The din is in evidence several kilometres away. Beaches are a grey, gritty sand and packed with bodies from dawn to well after dusk. Food here is as plastic as you would expect while millions of mosquitoes home in from the nearby lowland to gorge on the bare teenage flesh. Drinks cost up to six times supermarket prices and street touts for the clubs and bars can be persistent and aggressive. Perversely, recent holiday hotel complexes have adopted a Cycladic village theme for those wishing to enjoy the 'Greek experience'. If you have a two-watt bulb for a brain and an ever-open wallet you will feel very much at home with the majority of visitors in this Greek version of the Spanish costas. Faliraki water park is also nearby, one of the largest in Europe, and offers those bored with the beach a day out on water flumes and slides at a reasonable price. It can get crowded though and young children need to be looked after. Food and drinks here are also better value that Faliraki.