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Faliraki Rhodes travel guide

Faliraki beach may be the best-known beach on Rhodes but it is, unfortunately ,notable for all the wrong reasons and notorious for drunk British youths out on a holiday spree.

Faliraki is located about 14km from Rhodes Town and, at 5km long, one of the most developed beaches on the island. The beach is basically one big funfair on the sands and a big draw for youngsters out for a good time.

By day Faliraki beach is packed with sunbathers while at night the narrow streets throb to loud music, are lit by garish neon and heave with teenagers on the prowl for sex, drink or drugs.

Mountains of bad publicity followed a string of serious sexual assaults, forcing tour reps to axe bar-crawltours. Faliraki s still no place to be alone and female at night unless you are looking for trouble.

The beach at Faliraki is hard flat sand covered end-to-end by sunbeds and the sea is shallow. There are also showers and toilets.

There is no shortage of bars and tavernas although it's mostly burgers and chips or coke and ice cream. Don't expect traditional Greek food here unless you count the cheap Giros fast food kebabs.

Watersports run the full gamut, from banana rides to parasailing. There is even bungee jumping and sky surfing for the young.

The nearby Faliraki Water Park now boasts being the biggest in Europe and it's packed with water slides, a massive wave pool, aqua gym and more, with a special area for children.