Rhodes is a large and well-visited island with some spectacular scenery and undoubtedly beautiful beaches. But development seems to have taken its toll on facilities for the naturist. As will be clear from what follows, naturism is certainly possible. Whether it can be practised comfortably is another matter, and some certainly take the view that other islands offer much better possibilities if naturism is one of your holiday priorities.
Not a beach, but The Angel Naturist Hotel near Paradisi is worth a visit. It is possible to go on a day visit @ €20 including a free drink. It gets good reviews on Trip Advisor.
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Ordered clockwise starting from Rhodes town
This is a great secluded nude beach right next to Oasis (textile) beach in Kalithea. It is about 2 km from the centre of Rhodes Town and is quite readily accessible by public transport. Exit the bus from Rhodes Town to Faliraki at the main Kalithea stop, cross the street and walk towards Oasis beach. Once at the Canteen of Oasis beach, walk for 100 m to the left till you reach the rocky nude area (not visible from Oasis beach). 100% nude area, very friendly and safe, great for swimming and all-over tan. Access to the beach is very rocky, so wear some good footwear on your way there. Much better than Faliraki beach which is a known cruising place with tons of local perverts. Some voyeurs may be seen on top of the cliff but they are kept at a very safe distance. Much fewer perverts on this beach compared to Faliraki.
Updated August 5, 2015: I CONFIRM that the rocky beach area 100 metres to the left of Oasis beach (behind the cliff in the picture) IS INDEED A PERFECT NUDE BEACH. NUDITY IS PERFECTLY TOLERATED!!! As the above VERY ACCURATE description says, the nude area is not even visible from Oasis beach. I have spent the last 30 years visiting Kalithea nude beach, paying numerous visits to the canteen at Oasis beach where I was greeted with a big smile each time. This year I spent already 20 days enjoying the sun in the buff there. Much safer than Faliraki nude beach. And one last thing… Oasis beach is indeed a textile beach, however it cannot be considered a family beach since it is very rocky with difficult access to the water for children, while topless sunbathing in tiny dental-floss g-strings is perfectly allowed.
Updated August 2016: This beach is situated in the middle between the Jordan and Oasis beach. You may come here from either side. Upon arriving to the beach with my wife, there was just a lonely barefoot man, occupying the rare position at a large rock that offered natural protection against the sun. Very soon many others, 100% naturists, arrived – but entirely men – and some of them too talkative to my wife. The place has TERRIBLE ACCESS to the water and shade is at a premium. Practically, everybody had water shoes on. You have to MOVE VERY, VERY CAREFULLY when entering or leaving the water because of flat slippery rocks and other sharp rocks beneath the sea´s surface. Nearly all sunbathers were concentrated around the best water entrance. Many times, on the top of the cliff there were some visitors from the Jordan beach. This was our first and last visit of this beach. Altogether, this is our worst nudist beach we have ever experienced and shall never come here again. We consider Faliraki Nudist beach much better option.
The nudist beach is at the southern end of the town, 3km from the centre of Faliraki. Access by road is achieved by turning left (from the north) or right (from the south) at the traffic lights by Swedco & Asda . After taking the left of two forks at the traffic lights, follow the road to its end, then make a right, then on to the Muses Hotel, etc. On the the corner just beyond the hotel a rough hand-written sign points the way to the beach. An alternative route is to take the right fork at the lights, passing Asda & Sainsbury's on your right. Keep going straight on, until you see Sun & Sea Apartments. Follow the road to the left & take next right turn which leads to the beach. There is limited parking at the beach and more heading up the hill. On the beach there is a taverna where Maria & her mother-in-law serve food & drinks @ reasonable prices. There are well-maintained showers & toilets.
The web site for the beach was updated in May 2012: www.faliraki-nudist.gr
The Captain receives more correspondence about this beach than any other in Greece and could not remotely publish it all.
In the past there have been conflicting views about this beach. However it must be said that the most recent reports suggest that previous accounts of inappropriate behaviour are now out of date. The beach seems to be well supervised and, by most accounts, clean and cared-for.
Nonetheless, by way of a cautionary note, here is an "official" example of the sort of report received in the past:-
"The only official naturist beach on Rhodes … There are three sections to the beach - one north of the taverna and a further two to the south. The sea around the beach is buoyed off to afford safe swimming and keep the banana boat folk at a safe distance. The two sections at either side of the taverna are of pebble and shingle with about 40-50 parasols in each section. There is easier access to the sea from the northern section despite a rocky outcrop. The furthest southerly section is rocky near the sea edge but further back boasts more sand and tree cover. There are no facilities in this third section.
"The beach is almost 100% nude, made up of single men and women, couples and families with young children. The majority of the visitors are Greek, German, Austrian and East European but there are a few British. The furthest, most southerly section largely attracts men who keep themselves to themselves. Previous reports have indicated problems with photographers and gawpers from the cliffs above and occasionally on the beach. The beach crew are aware of this and, the Captain is assured, deal most effectively with any complaints or suspicions of misdemeanour of any kind. Nikos (aka Rambo), a diminutive, friendly but highly vociferous member of the beach crew has informed my contributor that for the 2001 season the whole beach is to be improved with barriers around the cliff edge to prevent viewing access to loiterers. There will also be only one entry point via the beach's northern edge. This can be accessed from Faliraki beach or from the down slope from the cliff which will be re-surfaced. The beach crew will more easily be able to control those using the beach with this limited access. The authorities also intend to give considerable attention to the flora and shrubbery in the area."
The family-owned Cristos Taverna is open from 9am - 8pm and offers a good selection of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as hot and cold food at competitive prices.
Faliraki Beach is still very attractive for nudists despite the misgivings that have been expressed by some. The area in front of the kiosk with umbrellas and sun-loungers had many nice middle-aged couples enjoying the sun when I visited a couple of weeks ago [May 2012]. The toilets and showers are clean and well maintained and you can get drinks and decent food from the kiosk. Further to the south the beach is mostly popular with gay men, and surprise, surprise - if you venture up into the bushes behind the beach some of them may be engaging in sexual activity. But forewarned of that possibility, you won't go there unless that's your sort of thing.
Faliraki itself is not the most beautiful beach resort town in Rhodes, but its convenient distance from Rhodes town makes it an attractive day visit.
from a report on the forum:
A local Greek man approached a single woman & first offered her a lift to her hotel. Then said do you want me to come to your room? When she left the beach on foot he followed on his moped. If this happens to you or similar please notify Maria @ the taverna or a member of the beach crew.
September 7th from tpebop: It's been quite a while since we have been here. Today was pleased to see it so busy with almost all sunloungers occupied & a lot of people lying on the sand as well.
Long open shingle beach. Nudity may be possible on Afandou beach off-season but use your own judgement. In August 2000 no-one was nude.
2014: Naturism no longer possible due to the large number of NEW all-inclusive hotels built along the beach.
update by tpebop. May: Having moved from Faliraki to Afandou 3 weeks ago, I have had time to explore this beach. A 10 min. walk to the right of the large cantina, there is a quiet area away from sunbeds. A large clump of bamboo at the back of the beach means you cannot be seen by passing traffic on the beach road.
update by tpebop 2nd June: Spent a few hours here today. A few beach walkers. A few mins' walk away the toilets were open today. They were clean & even had toilet roll !!!! I was able to refill my water bottle. There are patches of sand amongst the stones to lay a towel. Large stones at the water's edge then sand.
Update by tpebop 29 July: The land train from the village to the beach began running this week.
Update from tpebop 19 September: The land train stopped this week.
Update by tpebop 29 September: Spent 5 hours here today. Very quiet with only a few people swimming past. Then with 5 kms to choose from, a local Greek woman decides to set up about 10 feet from where I am. So I decide it would be prudent to dress & leave.
Update by tpebop 2 October: Another few hours spent here this morning. A bit busier than 29 September with nearby sun loungers all occupied. A few people passed by to explore the beach. Had almost naked company nearby for a while. A girl on her own stripped down to a dental floss g-string. She spent some time taking selfies.
Sand shingle cove. Fully textile on this visit (confirmed August 2000).
Nudist bathing is possible in the gulf opposite the small harbour in the north part of Kolimbia (rocky promontory). There are many rocks mixed with sand. A small but nice place (visited 2008).
A very popular textile beach overlooked by a magnificent peak. As you approach the mass of sunbeds, shops and restaurants, there is a message scrawled on the back of one 'Naturist beach at the end'. The whole beach is about 1km long; you can drive to within 100m of the southern end where a walk along flat level sand, no rocks or scrambling round the headland, gets you to about 50m of sandy beach with sunbeds and a small kiosk, with several very clear signs saying 'Nudist Beach' so there's no mistake. Plenty of people there when we visited in mid-September 2015.
(For reasons that are unclear to the Captain, our main local informant has this year (2015) been asked by the concessionaire not to publicise this beach on the internet! Nonetheless it does exist. So if you go there, please don't let on that you read about it here… just enjoy it.)
Costas, who looks after the beach, sometimes does not take his medication. It is reported he becomes antagonistic to his customers.
15 June 2016 Update by tpebop: A lot of seaweed at the water's edge & rubbish on the beach including a decomposing seagull. I removed a 5 litre plastic container from the water. The very large inflatable was on the beach next to this section of beach. Not a good sign !!!!
10 September 2016 update by tpebop: The very large inflatable is in the water very close to the nudist section of beach. No doubt there will be some parents who will complain.
from 11 September 2016 onwards the nearest inflatables have been removed. The lad who runs the beach is very friendly.
Shame about the presence of a big old rickety diesel generator nearby that makes a lot of noise.
Report from May 2012: beach divided in essentially two ways. As you descend the long way down from the main "highway" road (and enjoy one of the best panoramas you will ever see) you will arrive at the Gorgona Taverna. If you go right you will find the textile beach (I suggest to go to eat at the EN'PLO taverna, very very cheap and perfect place). If you go left instead you will find you get to a relatively small beach in front of some inhabitants' houses. But don't stop there, continue on, follow the little path near the house with blue windows and gates and you will find a small cove. No facilities there. Naturism is somewhat restricted here now.
During the winter of 2011/12 a holiday villa was built in this rocky cove.
September 2016: Nudity definitely impossible due to the new villas built in the bays.
There is no beach at Archangelos. The village beach is at Stegna (above).
Small sandy cove. Nudity not possible on the beach
May 2012: Completely new toilets have been installed along the beach. Today only 2 tavernas on the beach, but have been told a 3rd will appear next week.
End of July 2013: Afternoon we didn't see any naturists at beach.
April 2015 update by tpebop: Very few people leave the beach preferring to swim etc or go to one of the tavernas. I leave the beach at the northern end by the little church carved into the rock. Once above the beach it's usually possible to go for a nude ramble along the many paths without seeing anyone.
Update by tpebop 26 December 2016:
Had a picnic on the beach today. Disappointed to see a metal fence now closes off the footpath @ the northern end.
A huge beach south of Haraki village. You will encounter an army camp [old airfield] but just keep walking! It is pebbly but the only sound you will hear is the sea. No facilities so bring your own refreshments.
I visited this beach June 2014 and liked it with reservations. Firstly the beach I talk about is called Masari beach and should not be confused with Haraki/Charaki beach. Haraki is just beyong the headland and is nice but naturism is not possible at all. Masari is the start of a long wide expanse all the way to Kalathos and naturism is certainly possible away from the sunbed area, which was only 20 beds when I was there. However the beach, like so many down the eastern coast is dull and, I think, boring. Naturism is not just about getting your kit off; you must enjoy the surroundings and for me this area didn't quite do it. If I am really honest, although I loved Rhodes, naturism was very very disappointing.
The beach described above is nice, clean and seems (July 2014) nudist (wrong!). As we arrived only one brave woman was totally nude (her man was dressed). Other bathers were at a distance but all dressed. My wife felt being watched by textiles and decided to stay with the swimsuit. The nude bathe was cancelled.
Kalathos is a continuation of the long shingle beach from Haraki. Large hotel has recently opened. My correspondents stayed in Haraki, however during the second week of their holiday they went every day to Kalathos and encountered no problems at all. Every day at the end of the beach there were at least four nude couples a respectable distance apart. The access is excellent. You just turn off the main road through Kalathos at the sign for the Ostria Taverna and then turn left at the roundabout and right down to the beach. On the beach turn left and walk as far as you like towards the water ship.
In June 2010 there are mixed textile and nude. The beach is so long and empty that nudity is not a problem - just an option. From Ostria Taverna and 2-3 km north, towards Haraki. Lovely!
Report from the end of September 2010: mixed textile and nude (close to rocks).
September 2016: When you get the taverna Ostria on the beach, turn left on the dirt road that runs along the pebble beach and stop where you can find a place that you like. We were us and the sea.
Report from the end of September 2010: nudity possible at the left side, close to rocks. Nice place.
A major package tour destination with densely packed sun umbrellas on the main beach (which, in any event, was the subject of a pollution scandal a few years ago). South of the acropolis is St Paul's Bay, one of the most photographed beaches in the Aegean and once idyllic, but wholly ruined as a beach by sun umbrellas so close together as to leave hardly any room for those who prefer just to use beach mats or towels. Naturism out of the question in both locations.
However the Captain is very pleased to receive reports of a beach suitable for going naked within easy walking distance of Lindos town. To reach this beach walk northwards along the road that goes down the side of Mavrikos Restaurant from Lindos square. The road runs parallel to the main beach at a higher level and is signed "PARKING". After 250 m you come to a footpath signed "KLEOBOULUS TOMB". Take this path and walk for about 10 minutes until you reach a headland and see a small beach below. As soon as you see the beach begin your descent as the cliffs get steeper further on. There is no path; you have to pick your own way down but the descent is not as difficult as it looks from the top and it is not crumbly and unsafe underfoot. You should reach the shoreline in advance of the beach and work your way along the rocks onto it. This seems to be it here
The beach is divided into two by some big boulders and my contributors found the end farthest from Lindos to be the best for naturism because you get the occasional pedalo landing briefly at the Lindos end. The beach is mostly pebble but some kindly previous visitors have cleared sandy patches which are soft to lie on. There is quite a lot of driftwood and some flotsam and jetsam around the edges of the beach. The best aspect of the beach is the view across the bay to Lindos town and Acropolis.
There may be some men fishing with rod and line on the rocks beyond the Lindos end of the beach but they are quite a distance away. You do get the occasional passing pedalo but if you remain sitting or lying you are sufficiently well hidden for them not to see your "naked bits". There are plenty of gaps between pedalos for naked swimming. There is sand on the seabed once the first 10m of stones have been negotiated.
My reporters went there on four days. They had the beach to themselves on the first and last days. On the second day there was a textile lady there when they arrived so they took up a concealed position away from her and stripped off fully. Later we were joined by two German naturist women and an English textile couple. On the third day the English couple returned, only on this day they joined us in the nude. I got the impression this was their first time and that they enjoyed it. They rated this beach 70%.
Report from the end of September 2010: absolutely not possible to be a naturist here! Kleoboulus tomb place and the parking place were all covered with litter.
I have made further visits to this beach in July/August & September with no problems. From Tpebop
Update by Tpebop: I walked along the beach on 27 October & found a couple from Wales already nude on the beach just to the north of Coralli. I joined them for the day & met again the following day. Being so near to the end of the holiday season this was possible as there are so few people around.
Update by tpebop 5 april: First time on the beach this year. Very quiet. Only saw one couple walk past.
Update by tpebop 15 April.A few more people on the beach today all textiles.
I did manage 6 hours myself & the northern end of Coralli beach
By tpebop 26 Nov 2016: The beach is about 3km south from Lardos village.
We had gone here to attend a tabletop sale @ Atlantis Taverna which is next to the beach.
I went for a walk along the beach heading north. It was such a warm day I soon stripped as the beach was deserted. Not having a towel I didn't have a swim but upon getting back near the taverna a couple of people were swimming.
Will possibly come here again off season as it's a beautiful sandy beach.
My correspondents describe this as an isolated cove between Lardos and Ginnadia on the east coast with a natural spring coming (not for drinking, only for cooling oneself down) cascading down the mountain. The beach has little pebbles with a few large boulders (excellent for lying on). It is located by a developing resort area but it is isolated from all.
Unfortunately, the main beach is now said to be unsuitable for nudism due to development.
There are now 14 hotels plus many new villas & lodgings making it very difficult to go nude anywhere in Kiotari.
The resort hotels are an "A" class named Rhodos maris, Rhodos village, and Rhodos princess; however, other rooms, restaurants, and night life are situated near. Directions from the kantina at main area: it is left of/towards the harbour; going past it you see a restaurant named Paraktio. Keep going to the left to an empty cleared-out land - stop there. Towards the sea on right there is a dirt road (not big enough for a car) that leads to the beach; to the left is the spring.
When coming from the north of the island instead of turning right to Asklipeio (where there is a church and castle) turn left sign-posted to the beach. On reaching the beach turn right and drive for a few hundred metres where there is plenty of room to park.
My correspondents were there late afternoon and there were two other naturists in a very long stretch of beach plus others (textiles) some distance away. They felt quite comfortable sunbathing and swimming but walking would not have been comfortable.
Visited this huge beach area June 2014 and like my other reports for this year was very disappointed. The beach is very long and very commercialised. No obvious areas for naturism. When leaving this resort and heading towards Gennadio there were huge empty expanses of empty beaches where nudism would be possible, but with little or no shade and uninspiring surroundings like my other reports, disappointing.
Has miles of beach, but all appeared to be pebble rather than sand (although the pebbles are said to be "nice ones"). The beaches are of varying quality. Many of them are close to houses and are therefore unsuitable for naturism. Previous reports suggested that the beach population consisted of widely spaced, but all-textile groups, and on that basis the Captain did not feel able to recommend this beach.
However, a more encouraging report reaches me from August 1998 (in high season), when my correspondents visited this beach every day and it was inhabited by mostly nude couples (including my contributors). It is idyllic if you enjoy tranquillity, as you are left well and truly to yourself. They arrived fairly early and as each couple arrived they moved past us a respectful distance before shedding (all) their clothes.
This long stretch of several kilometres of beach has regular access points. A report from 1998 says that for the most part there were so few people that discreet nudity is no problem. Many spots along this coastline look isolated from the beach, but actually have private houses just behind the shore from which local residents may emerge and take offence. The best spot my contributor found along here is to be found by following the sign to "Dennis's Beach", which leads down a track to a very small development. Walking right from there was a nice stretch of pebbly beach; he came across one nude couple who looked warily as he passed, giving him the impression they weren't sure if they should be there or not. They took up position 50 yards beyond them, and once they saw me strip off to swim they seemed to relax again. This doesn't sound too relaxing if, like many of us, you prefer safety in numbers when going nude.
In June 2010 - 5 km south of Gennadi - there's a big sign "Mojito Bar": turn left and park here. The place has a cantina. If you go a couple of hundred metres along the beach your nudity will offend no-one. Enjoy!
23 July 2013: Mojito Bar has been refurbished & there are now lots more sunloungers.
Also a cluster of villas have been completed alongside the beach. So sadly no nudity here now.
June 2014- Gennadio beach, not so much a beach as a region. Miles and miles of wide desolate beaches with little or no shade but just like all my other reports for east coast Rhodes naturism disappointing. You could go naked almost anywhere on this stretch but would you enjoy it? I am not so sure. Beach is very open and bland…nowhere to hide. From Tpebop: what a curious comment. Why would you want to hide? I suppose I could find a quiet spot in my local garden centre but would I feel comfortable…no. I do not want to sound too negative but my view is that East Rhodes is not for naturism. Go back to the main site and try and pick another island. My favourite so far, Kefalonia.
A relatively small sandy cove visible from the road, unsuitable for naturism.
Earlier reports described this beach as excellent with a good taverna next to harbour area. Should be no problem of access by motorbike as road surfaces are all good.
Easy access to beach away from taverna by taking track to left approximately 300m back along the road from the taverna. Driving south approx. 5km after sign to Plimiri beach look for the church on the right hand side with a Grain Silo built very close by. These are the only buildings in the immediate vicinity but the left hand track with cypress trees is opposite. Track runs for 5km. Be careful on the gravel road.
It is certainly a nice beach, but much building going on, mainly of private homes, behind the dunes. My correspondent walked the full length of the beach (about 2 km), and thought it was deserted - however, a local family suddenly appeared from one of these houses almost exactly where he'd taken up position, and he discreetly dressed and moved on. It's a beautiful spot, though, with an excellent fresh fish taverna.
In 2010 A VERY LARGE DEVELOPMENT IS TAKING PLACE
Update by Tpebop 22 july 2016: There is now an All-inclusive resort here called Magic Life used by Tui & Thomson Holidays. Their sunloungers are spread along the beach
Update by Tpebop 19 february 2017: Some new villas have been built behind the beach & on the approach road
Somewhere between Plimiri and Prassonissi a couple who visited in September 2000 found a "paradise". At the church Agios Pavlos they took a dirt road and followed it to Agios Georgios. They took the road on the right side of the riverbed and there we found this beach. The sea was calm and they could walk for miles.
Update by tpebop 13 September 2016: A word of caution. Do NOT attempt this with an ordinary car especially after the church as you will be driving on sand & could get stuck.
Another report says you can get to this beach smoothly with a normal car by the dirt road lined with pine trees which starts 100 metres before St Mark Church. This huge deserted sandy beach would be fantastic if it were not almost always extremely windy.
From tpebop: It is NOT a dirt road but a track through sand.
From Kattavia there is a 7 Km tarmac road to a double beach where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas nearly meet. They are separated, under good conditions, by a wide sand "causeway". Did not cross the sand to the true Cape. There are now two tavernas at the end of the main track and evidence of further development to come. But recent reports suggest little opportunity here. This is no longer at the end of a gravel track: a good asphalt road has been built, and major development is taking place. My correspondent didn't walk beyond the obvious limits of the very large expanse of sand, so there may be possibilities there. Following an exceptional storm in 1998, the causeway is fully submerged, to the delight of the windsurfers there, so the true cape is at present an island, and possibly destined to remain so for a while. Would be interesting to "occupy" that island! The Captain hears that the sandbank has now re-emerged, so access to the island will be easier (but not to be tried in a car unless it is a four-wheel-drive).
This sandy beach is between Apolakkia & Katavia, just look for a coloured sign at the side of the road. There are limited facilities. Car parking & a changing hut, although there are signs that maybe in July & August there is a cantina with a bbq. Descend the steps to the beach & walk to the right for about 10 minutes & you will be out of sight of most people. From there on it's possible to walk for many kilometres in the nude. A sandy beach but with rocks in the water so swimming difficult.
9 August 2013: In the car park above the beach there is now a newly-completed toilet block as well as showers. There are no showers on the beach. A sun-lounger & umbrella is €3 for the day.
Walk left of the loungers to find a more sandy beach. You can walk for many kilometres in the nude. There is no food nor drink available so bring your own.
update by tpebop 14 September 2016: Spent several hours here today. Only 3 couples came onto the beach during that time but didn't stay long. We walked right for about 15 mins to be sure to be out of sight of the sun-loungers. The lady in charge won't have made any money today.
Miles of deserted, predominantly sandy beaches are to be found here. My contributors tended to head for the beaches to the north of Apolakkia. It is possible to walk for miles nude on this stretch of coastline - solitude is virtually guaranteed although they did come across other naturists here. However this side of the island can be windy which tends to make the sea rough on these days making swimming difficult. Recommended.
Beach near Monolithos
When you are driving from Monolithos to Cape Fourni Beach you have to turn right at a small roadside kandylakia. A few metres later follow the dirt track on the left direction. The way now gets very steep and rough. With an 4x4 this was not a big deal, but if you are driving a normal car you should leave it here and go down the way by feet.
We visited this nice beach in August  and it was very quiet. For the first hour we were completely alone. Then another nudist couple arrived and stayed there for about one hour. Later a textile couple arrived but didn't seemed be bothered. This were the only people on the beach during our four hour stay.