Therma Kallithea is one of the most glamorous locations on Rhodes and a firm favourite with photographers. The former health spa, with its lido baths built in the Moorish style in the 1930s in pink and white marble with domed pavilions and mosaics, has been extensively renovated. The spa is set in a small and beautiful bay, only eight kilometres or so from Rhodes Town.
There is a small beach below the bath house and several small and attractive coves on either side that are notable for their sculpted rock formations.
The baths at Therma Kalithea were built when Italians occupied this part of Rhodes in World War II and the Italian architect Pietro Lombardini designed many of the buildings under the orders of the local Italian Commander Mario Lago.
The springs have been noted for their health benefits from the 7th century BC. The baths were left in ruins for years and they are no longer open for public bathing.
The spa at Therma Kalithea is set in a small and beautiful bay, only eight kilometres or so from Rhodes Town, with a small beach below the bath house and several small and attractive coves on either side that are notable for their sculpted rock formations.
The main spa beach is a favourite target of day trip boats from Rhodes Town, so it soon fills up with trippers, especially in the high season. The area is also a favourite with Greeks looking to avoid the raucous crowds at nearby Faliraki.
There are umbrellas and sun beds in each of the Therma Kalithea coves and the main beach also has its own cantina that opens in high season.
The sea at Therma Kalithea is deep offshore and there are strong current so only strong swimmers should venture far from the shoreline. A diving school operates from here and many explore the local underwater caves.
The Therma Kalithea site is well marked off the main road and there is a large car park at the entrance. Visitors can follow tracks to the south for the best of the various small sandy coves.
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