Information about the Beaches in Dodecanese islands, in Greece but also information about beaches in many islands of the group: The islands of the Dodecanese, located on the southeastern side of the Aegean Sea, are not that popular as the Cyclades. The most popular Dodecanese beaches are found in Rhodes and Kos, while the other Dodecanese islands are known for their relaxing atmosphere and the secluded beaches.
In Rhodes and Kos, you can find very well-organized beaches with all tourist facilities: accommodation, restaurant, beach bars, and water sports centers. Faliraki, Ixia, Ialyssos, and Kallithea in Rhodes are very organized, and so are Kefalos and Kardamena in Kos. As these islands are large in size, not all beaches in the Dodecanese are organized and busy. There are many small coves and quiet sandy places all around the islands.
The rest of the Dodecanese islands do not get that popular in summer, therefore the ambiance is more relaxing. Those Dodecanese beaches can be organized, but tourism facilities are not that many as in Rhodes and Kos. Also, water sports centers are fewer or even non-existent in the rest of Dodecanese.
List with the best 8 beaches in the Dodecanese
The islands of Dodecanese are fantastic places in Greece to relax and enjoy a long day under the hot sun. Some Dodecanese beaches are totally secluded, while others are organized with umbrellas, watersports, and other activities. Here are our best beaches of Dodecanese: Saint Paul's Bay and Tsambika in Rhodes island, Apella, and Kyra Panagia in Karpathos island, Thermes in Kos island, and more.
1. Saint Paul's Bay in Rhodes island
Frequently voted among the best beaches in Greece, the bay of Saint Paul is located in Lindos, a picturesque place of Rhodes island. This place took its name from Apostle Paul who was said to land there in order to teach Christianity. This small beach has soft sand and fantastic waters, while it gives a great view of the Acropolis of Lindos. Above the beach, there is a small chapel dedicated to Saint Paul where many weddings take place every summer.
2. Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos island
Kyra Panagia is among the most beautiful beaches of Karpathos, an island that is generally famous for its wonderful beaches. The beach got its name from the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) that is located on the hill above. It has small white pebbles and exotic water, while it is organized with many sunbeds and umbrellas. Among others, this is a great beach for families with kids to play at the sand.
3. Apella beach in Karpathos island
Located on the northern side of Karpathos, Apella beach is a paradise on Earth! This exotic beach with the white sand and soft pebbles is accessible by car or boat from Pigadia, the capital of Karpathos. Part of this fantastic beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, therefore it is a great place for families with kids and for an all-day beach trip. Around Apella there are small nice coves to swim if you need more privacy.
4. Tsambika beach in Rhodes island
The long and sandy beach of Tsambika in Rhodes island is located in a middle way from Rhodes Town to Lindos. This is a large bay, partly organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. The largest part of the beach is not organized and ideal for privacy. On the hill above the beach, there is the important Monastery of Panagia Tsambika, that is believed to be miracle-working.
5. Thermes beach in Kos island
In close distance to the main town of Kos island is a nice beach famous for its black pebbles and the crystal waters. Thermes beach is known for its hot springs with the therapeutic powers. Due to the volcanic background of Kos, this beach has distinguishing black pebbles and surrounding rocks. There is an open spring with hot water and people also head to the beach, which is partly organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.
6. Achata beach in Karpathos island
Achata is a fantastic beach of Karpathos, located in close distance to Pigadia, the capital town. With exotic blue waters and soft pebbles, Achata is a marvelous place to enjoy a day under the hot sun. The beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and few seaside taverns. This is also an excellent safe place for families with kids and can be easily reached from Pigadia.
7. Kefalos beach in Kos island
Located on the southern side of Kos, Kefalos is among the largest and most organized beaches on the island. This beach has developed into a nice tourist place over the last years. It has soft sand, crystal water and it is lined up with sunbeds, umbrellas, taverns, hotels, and waters sports centers. Kefalos is also a nice beach in Kos to practice windsurfing. Other nice beaches are found close to Kefalos, such as Agios Stefanos, Camel, Kamari and more.
8. Myrties beach in Kalymnos island
One of the most tourist places in Kalymnos island, Myrties is a wonderful beach to enjoy a relaxing day under the sun. As it is large in size, it provides both organized and non-organized parts. Just opposite Myrties is Telendos, an island with few permanent inhabitants and many nudism-friendly beaches. In fact, Myrties and Telendos are popular places for rock climbing in Kalymnos.