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Haraki Rhodes travel guide

Haraki, or Charaki as it is sometimes spelt, is a pleasant seaside resort located 36 kilometres from Rhodes Town on the east coast highway that threads down to Lindos.

The sheltered south-facing beach of stone and shingle is set in a large bay and the long narrow road that runs along the back of the beach is traffic-free in the summer.

There are tavernas, cafes, bars and a few shops on the road behind the beach but, away from the beachfront, the village is not particularly inspiring with a few cement houses and apartments.

Impressive bare hills loom behind the bay, topped by the rather bleak ruins of Feraklos Castle, built by the Knights of St John and reached from a steep footpath where it commands great views of the coast.

The small harbour at one end of Haraki beach is the scene of much activity in the morning when the fishing boats leave and in the evening on their return.

Otherwise, little happens in Haraki where entertainment is little more than lying on a sunbed and eating and drinking in the tavernas. The resort can get busy at weekends as it is popular with Greek families who come mainly to enjoy the excellent fish tavernas.

The sandy beach at Agathi is about 15 minutes away on foot and the hugely popular beach at Lindos is not far away.

There is a cash point at the mini-market about fivekilometres out of Haraki and a daily bus travels to Lindos and to Rhodes Town.