Agathi beach guide Rhodes
Photo: Jürgen Mayer
The beach at Agathi is one of Rhodes' less discovered holiday secrets. It lies a little off the beaten track on the east coast of the island about 36 kilometres from the Rhodes Town and just 10 kilometres from the famous beach resort of of Lindos. The plethora of other good beaches nearby may explain why Agathi has remained a relatively hidden gem despite being such an attractive spot.
That is not to say that Agathi has not become more popular in recent years as more holiday visitors have discovered its attractions.
Three tavernas have popped up along the back of the beach to feed and water the growing number of daily visitors but Agathi can still be considered more of a hideaway beach given the attention given to other resorts on Rhodes.
Agathi is found down a long side road, recently paved, and it is well signposted from the resort of Haraki. Halfway along the road from Haraki stands the mediaeval castle ruins of of Feraklos which offer fine views over the bay.
Visitors will find a long stretch of golden sand enclosed in a large cove with hills to either side.
Cantinas at the back of the beach offer the standard Greek fast food fare of sandwiches, burgers, salads and souvlaki.
The Agathi beach cantinas rent out sunbeds and umbrellas and they also offer showers and toilets. There is even a card-operated public telephone on the beach.
Agathi beach is flat and the water is shallow so this is a good beach for families with children. There is a cave in the hillside at the northern end of the beach that's worth exploring.
There is plenty of space to park just before you get to the beach and the resort of Haraki is only about 15 minutes walk or a few minutes by car.
Haraki is a small fishing village with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. There are a few hotels, some restaurants and a pebble and sand shoreline.
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