Advantages It's not too awful
Disadvantages Like Torquay...without the class!
INTRODUCTIONFaliraki is a resort on the Greek Island of Rhodes. Commonly referred to as "full-of-crap-y", it has had a lot of bad press recently; first, a fly-on-the-wall TV programme was filmed there, featuring British youngsters and their drunken, loutish behaviour, and more recently, there have been reports about the seedier side of the resort: drugs, robbery, rape.
Unfortunately, none of this had reached the ears of my husband or me, by the time that we booked a last-minute break to the resort! Hmmm, we wondered why it was so impossibly cheap?LOCATION
The flight to Rhodes took around four and a half hours, being one of the furthest Greek islands from Britain. The transfer to our accommodation by coach was relatively pain-free, only taking just over an hour, which was less than the 90 minutes advertised in the brochure. This might have been because it was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. Fortunately, we were staying in an apartment block a little way out of town, where the coach was able to pull up outside - unlike some of the smaller studios on the way, which were set back from the road up unmade tracks, where unsuspecting fellow tourists had been unceremoniously dumped with their luggage and a dazed look on their faces.Our apartments were almost at the top of a steep hill out of Faliraki. This meant that we had a fantastic view from our balcony across the town and down to the sea, where we could sit and have an ouzo, watching the sun set. It also meant that it was very quiet, and although there was a mix of people staying in the apartments, including some who had definitely come for the more hedonistic pursuits, we were able to have a very low-key, enjoyable holiday. The downside, of course, was that it was a 20 minute walk down to the resort centre and the beach.
THE RESORTFaliraki has a long beach of coarse, greyish sand, which is not unattractive. However, we only actually ventured onto Faliraki beach once during our week-long holiday. We travelled to see the sights of Rhodes town, Lindos and Kalithea, which was very easy and cheap by bus from Faliraki town centre, or by taxi. If you go into Rhodes town, you will see that there is a large taxi "tariff board" which lists exactly what you should pay for various journeys, so you will not be ripped off. Your hotel should be able to check these prices for you too, before you set off. Kalithea is a beautiful sheltered rocky bay, which is a real sun-trap, just a couple of miles further along the coast from Faliraki, towards Rhodes town. A "bathing platform" runs around it, with sunbeds and parasols for hire, and this was the best place for sunbathing and swimming - perfect for snorkelling, and you could also dive from a fixed platform there.
In Faliraki itself, at one end of the beach, there were a number of rides, which would not have looked out of place in Blackpool. There was a "sling-shot", which was a big ball that people sat in and were catapulted into the air inside, and another ride where you lay on your front in a canopy, a bit like in a hang-glider, and then you were winched up high and back, and let go to swing back and forth.
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