Faliraki lies on the east coast of the Greek island of Rhodes, on the Aegean Sea. It is located 9 miles south of Rhodes Town, the capital. Faliraki lies on a narrow, flat coastal plain, backed by low hills.
Faliraki is Rhode’s prime party resort. Its reputation is based on British 18-30′s on cheap holidays searching for cheap booze and all-night discos.
This purpose-built is filled with pubs and discos, and really only comes to life at night. Hence Faliraki remains a popular destination for the full-on party and binge drinking crowd.
Traditional Greek tavernas are out-numbered by British-style pubs which serve pub grub and all-day English breakfast. There are also pizzerias, steak houses, and Chinese and Indian restaurants. Faliraki is home to one of the few McDonalds on the Greek islands.
During the peak season (July-August), Faliraki becomes crowded with holiday-makers. To avoid the rowdy crowds it is best visited in mid season (May-June and September-October). Through the low season (November-April), Faliraki completely shuts down.
During the peak season temperatures can exceed 38°C but is much cooler in the mid season.
Faliraki has a 3 mile long stretch of sand, with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, watersports facilities including doughnut rings, banana boats, water-skiing, jet-skiing, plus bungee jumping. The best time to go to the beach is in the morning when the ‘clubbers’ are sleeping off their hangovers. South of the main beach there are the quieter beaches of Kathara Bay (sandy) and Anthony Quinn Beach (pebbly). In between these two beaches there is also a nudist beach.
Faliraki’s main beach is fine for kids as the water is safe and shallow. Faliraki Water Park is a huge complex of pools, giant Jacuzzi and slides. There is also a Luna Park (fun fair) and go-kart track in Faliraki.
The island’s capital, Rhodes Town, is contained within magnificent medieval fortifications and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With cobbled streets, the old town is a labyrinth of souvenir shops, tavernas, green squares which are overlooked by mosques and the monumental 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters.
From mid June to late September, the green valley of Petaloudes (‘Butterfly Valley’), located 16 miles southwest of Rhodes Town, is worth visiting for its black-and-white striped butterflies.
Night-time activities centre on Ermou (Bar Street) and Kalithea (Club Street). The most popular dance venues are Bed, with guest DJs from London’s Cream and Liquid, spread over two levels with a glass floor between them.
The most popular bar is Ziggy’s, known for its notorious mind-blowing fishbowl cocktails (where up to 20 people use straws to drink from the same bowl). There are also lots of bars which offer karaoke and big screen TV.