Known as perhaps the liveliest of resorts in Rhodes, Faliraki is where the party’s at. But what if partying isn’t all you want from your Greek holiday? Well, we’ve found some of the best attractions and things to do in Faliraki and the nearby surrounding areas to keep you busy when the bars are closed.
Visit Faliraki Beach
Golden sands, crystal clear waters and a blue flag status for superior bathing water quality and coastal protection, Faliraki beach is an easy choice when looking for a great beach in Rhodes. Sure it can get quite busy, being one of the most popular beaches on the island. But with so much to do here it’s hardly surprising. With loads of watersports options from a fun banana boat ride with the family to jet skiing, there’s plenty to keep you busy. There’s even an opportunity to do a bungee jump while visiting!
Spend a day at Water Park
Water Park in Faliraki is the among the largest waterparks in Europe, covering a massive 100,000 square metres. Open from May through to October every year, the park has a wide range of rides including free-fall, black hole, turbo, kamikaze and other extreme speed slides. There’s also a lazy river for those looking to have a more peaceful day out. With something for all ages this definitely is one of Faliraki’s most popular attractions.
Rhodes Old Town
Not far from Faliraki, Rhodes Old Town is definitely worth a visit. Surrounded by medieval walls and with around 200 cobbled streets and lanes with no names, it is very easy to get lost when visiting the historic centre of Rhodes. But with loads of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and museums everywhere, getting lost here is not such a bad thing. Make sure you pay a visit to the Grand Master’s Palace with its impressive marble floors while you’re here.
Petaloudes – Valley of Butterflies
Just a short drive from Faliraki lies a fascinating tourist attraction that all visitors to the island should definitely check out. The Valley of Butterflies is filled with oriental sweet-gum trees and the scent attracts thousands of beautiful butterflies. It is important to remain fairly quiet and not make any sudden movements when walking through the valley, but with stunning rivers and waterfalls and amazing greenery all around, it’s pretty easy to keep quiet and just soak up the atmosphere around you.
Why not watch a beautiful Greek sunset whilst horseback riding along Faliraki beach? The Fivos horseback riding club does some great trips, but their beach ride is by far their most popular and it’s pretty reasonable in price too! If the beach ride isn’t your sort of thing then you can always opt for the three-hour ride that takes you to the Lake of Saint John and Kalithea. The club also does riding lessons for beginners or those who need a quick refresher before joining the trips.
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There are many great boat trips that are available from Faliraki to many other places on the island as well as to other islands, and even other countries! One popular trip visits the Greek island Symi, a little fishing harbour surrounded by colourful houses. Trips to some of Rhodes’ best coves and bays are a great choice for those who want to see more of the island. Or how about a day trip to Turkey to experience a different country and culture altogether! Evening fishing trips are also possible if you’re staying in Faliraki and want something a little different.