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Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Dodecanese
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This must surely rank as one of the most boring beaches in the Greek Islands. White stones and shingle at AFANDOU stretch in one great 7km desolate swathe, just about as far as the eye can see. Parts of the beach are so desolate you would not tether a goat there. Stone and shingle make up most of the beach, dipping steeply at the shoreline where large and slippy underwater rocks make paddling difficult if not impossible. Some travel brochures boldly boast how you get a beach to yourself - but one look at this monotonous holiday desert and you can understand why. Few visit more than once. The plucky resort, about 20km from Rodos, does its best to attract visitors with an 18-hole golf course and a tourist train that ferries visitors the 2km between village and beach and across a very busy main road. Afandou village is the second largest on the island. It is still a working village, though tourism is now the staple trade. Dozens of tavernas and holiday bars line the busy main street which pedestrians must share with busy traffic. Although there is little nightlife as such there is loud music and karaoke from the busy bars around the town square. The biggest problem is avoiding yobbish British families. Check on the location of your apartment before booking here. Many are sited in scrubland between the village and the beach with a 15min walk either way and a main road that is busy and noisy both night and day. Just outside the village, surrounded by pines, is the monastery of Agios Nektarios, with an immense pine tree and a drinking fountain fed by springs in the surrounding hills.