OK, so me and the girls are booked on a 2 week holiday to Faliraki. We had heard alot of bad press, but just shrugged it off. Besides, this wasnt our first 'partying' holiday. We just thought that bad things happened everywhere, but the press decided to focus on Faliraki. There were both good and bad points to our holiday in Faliraki and here they are:
* Price *
The price of our holiday was absolutely brilliant. At £279 per person for 2 weeks staying in close proximity to the main amenities is not bad. Not bad at all. But they do say, you get what you pay for. We asked around to see how much other people paid, we seem to have paid the least, but a group of London lads paid £450 per person for 1 week. I certainly would not have paid that much for this holiday!
* The location *
Faliraki is located on the island of Rhodes, situated 50 minutes south of Turkey. Rhodes is a nice island and can get quite windy, which is nice when you are sunbathing; however not when you are on a lilo and get floated out to sea and had to get rescued (twice) by a lifeguard! This of course is not really Faliraki's fault, but my own I am aware. The location, being only a minute boat ride meant that we could travel to Marmaris for the day. We took this opportunity up of course. One of the main advantages of Faliraki has got to be the option of being able to escape to another country. Visiting two countries on a two week holiday was pretty awesome.
* Clubs & Bars *
There are two main streets in Faliraki, known as Bar Street & Club Street. Bar Street would be the place to start off in and Club Street is where you would end up in. All of the bars in Bar Street played pretty much the same music as each other and the same with Club Street really. Whilst dancing away in one of the clubs or bars, the music would suddenly turn to silence, as the police drove past. Is this not a 'party' destination? The clubs and bars were pretty quiet when we went (Mid July), which was quite suprising, even with all the bad press it was afterall a 'party' destination. The best club in my opinion was definately Liquid, which was located in between Club & Bar Street in its own little area. There were two floors, playing both rnb, hip-hop and also dance, trance music. This club was definately the most friendliest. One club we did not like was Bed Club, which was owned by George! George owned a number of clubs and bars in Faliraki and was not the friendliest person. We got mugged in his club (Bed) and he very unhelpful and blamed getting mugged on us! You will recognise him from this silly robot voice. You think Im joking, he actually talks like a robot.
* Accommodation *
Faliraki is not short of accommodation. There is accommodation everywhere ranging from 2 star to luxury 5 star hotels. The nicer hotels were located slightly further away from the main streets, which was probably a good thing.
* Things To Do *
Faliraki beach was actually really nice and filled with both tourists and residents. There was a nice atmosphere and I certainly felt more comfortable here than back at our hotel. There are a number of watersports you can participate in at Faliraki beach, such as banana boating, jet skiing and a number of other rubber floating equipment! As mentioned above, Faliraki is situated on a 50 minute boat ride to Marmaris. This was a really nice day out and the temperature between the two countries was so different. Marmaris does not get as much wind, so is alot hotter. Alot of shopping, eating and even sunbathing can be done at Marmaris. If you go to Marmaris, you have to buy some Turkish Delight from the Turkish Delight Factory.
* Clientelle *
The clientelle is what made the trip such a bad one. If it werent for the cheap deals and cheap people, this place probably wouldnt be so bad! By our hotel pool, the atmosphere was very very bitchy and there were a few arguments flying around that you could definately sense. We ended up getting in the middle of one fight and ended up in hospital, despite our most efforts of trying to stay away. This many rough people in one place should be illegal.
* Special Events *
During our time at Faliraki, there was a beach party, which did not finish until 6am! It was Euro20 per person and it was absolutely brilliant. DJ Luck & MC Neat were playing and we certainly did dance the night away. This beach party however, was not at Faliraki beach, but at another one, where transport was provided outbound, but as we stayed until the end, we had to get a taxi. It cost Euro10 for the taxi, so that wasnt too bad.
= The Verdict =
Overall Faliraki is a nice place, if you take all the scallies out that is. But if you are selling cheap, you are going to get cheap. There are a good number of things to do and enough places to go and have a good time. A 'party' destination, maybe not but could have potential if they re-visited their target market. Overall I had a nice holiday-ish minus all the bad things that happened.
Me and the girls went to Faliraki summer just gone, and have come back mentally scarred, in the week, we were robbed, mugged, RAPED! and even stabbed in the shoulder, and she had to spend the week in the faliraki hospital! just chavs everywhere looking to 'get laid' not even attractive, who resort to force to 'get some'.absolutely awful place.
We live in Faliraki. The resort has changed to become more family friendly.Yes Bar Street & Club Street are still here. These are Only 2 streets within the resort. There are many more.We live @ Kathara Bay a half hour walk from Faliraki centre. There are no bars or clubs nearby.So its very very quiet.
I recently went to the resort of Faliraki on the Greek island of Rhodes with a group of three other mates, so am writing this review from the perspective of a 21 year old who went for a good time, by hitting the bars, the clubs and of course, the beach!
We went on the holiday with Club 18-30s and our accommodation was okay, but a good 20 minutes walk from Faliraki town itself. These Hillside Appartments were basic, with a bar, a decent poolside restaurant/bar, a pool with sunbeds and a small amenities shop.
Faliraki itself is most suited to youths in the summer months when all of the bars and clubs are at their liveliest. These clubs and bars are located along two main roads and are as cheap as chips really, with lots of deals in abundance. This is where the bar PRs come out onto the street and try and tempt you into their bars. Here, you can bargain with them, throwing in extra drinks and shots for free, until you see it worth your money to go into their bar. This bartering process is quite fun but can get irritating!
Faliraki has a number of restaurants, which produce very good food and are reasonably priced, and there is a very big range from Italian to Chinese to Greek! There are also a number of smaller places to eat where you can buy baguettes and bakery goods at low prices. The obligatory SubWay, KFC and McDonalds are also present. Gift and clothes shops are also in abundance.
The beach is lovely with beautiful, hot sand and the water is very clear. Water sports are available, as well as many other activities such as go-karting and going on a very unsightly bungee jump ride down near the beach. For young people, there is loads to do and you will never get bored, especially with an excellent water park down the road and Rhodes' main town, Rhodes Town, only a shortish bus ride away.
Overall, if you are young and looking for a good time, then Faliraki is a must but in my opinion, is not as good as other similar resorts I have visited such as Malia (Crete) and Benidorm (Spain). The criticism of Faliraki is that it is fairly tacky and other than restaurants and a beach by day and clubs and bars by night, there is not really much to the actual town; it's more of a village with a few add-ons such as the water park to keep tourists entertained. Although I really enjoyed my time there, it has a cultural value of zero and could quite easily be any number of places across Europe.
On June 3rd my gran took me and my best friend with her and her mate to faliraki for my 16th birthday. At first i was not really bothered about going, thinking it would be a bore with my gran n her mate but we were getting our own apartment so that was cool. My gran went alot to faliraki and kept talking about how much it had changed.
The nightlife and the people are absolutely amazing!! Some of the people are just doing there job though, PRing .. but there is some that is not just doing it because of their job.. i will explain in a bit!!
We arrived early in the morning at our studios. The Orion Studios. This is the place 2 be!! The people there make you feel so welcomed and comfortable .. Almost like home! We got to really get on with the greek workers and security guard.. i even got myself a name as the new security with big boobs! i even got a security tag! we sat up till 6 in the morning with them!!
The beach was gorgeous, nice n hot, the shops there really do have some nice clothes! n nice gifts. Bar street, full of bars n a few clubs.. was where we were almost every night. walking down the street getting stopped all the time with people trying to get you into their bars. It was quite annoying, but it is their job after all. But if you are not interested in the club they are tryin to get you into, you just keep walking. But some keen people take your hand and act all nice.. dont fall for it .. I did! Go to a bar you know u will like or one you will enjoy. But you do get attatched to some people and enjoy the attention! BUNNYS BAR was the place we went almost all of the time, the music was great and so was the enviroment. it was great and my gran knew a few barmen, They were so funny. I would definately reccomend it.
Never did i think that i would have fallen in love with the place or the people there! Everyday it felt natural, like it was a new home. I loved the place. And one night in bunnys we seen a new PR ( person who persuades people to come in ) he was nice lookin, seemed really nice. And i could never re-pay my grans mate for doing this for me but she got talking to him and told him that i liked him, he sayed he liked me too. He came in the second week of my holiday from england to work over in faliraki. But within the last few days of my holiday nights just got better when i knew i was going to see him.
I always said i would dance on the bar and try PRing before i went home.. and i did. The last night of my holiday was the best time of my life, and i could never forget it. Me and Jamie spent most of the day together and at night i was outside PRing with him, ( Now i see why he was so stressed out! It is quite a hard embarrising job! ) But Jamie taught me just to do what i am supposed to do and if people dont have it, ignore it, dont let it embarrass you, just dance and attract!! it was like i was in love.. he was such a nice guy he bought me 3 roses throughout the holiday and kept telling me he was gutted cos i was goin home, wishing we had a bit longer. It was a bit of a shame because the it seemed like my holiday just began when i met him! I felt like i could have left home and stayed there with him! The good thing is we exchanged phone numbers and addresses, but unfortunately weve not kept in contact :( Advice to people who wanna move over there right away .. DONT! Thats another thing i learned from Jamie, He missed home so much and he says it is totaly different from a holiday.
Saying goodbye to him and everyone we met was the worst thing ever.. i came home crying for days. I even got offered a summer job next to jamie next year if he was there, I was determined i would b working at greece at somepoint in my life, which is what i am aiming to do in the future.
Some of the people were really good with us, up the other end of rhodes, Anglelos Bar we had a great time! Learned how to be a pro at pool! Got to make our own cocktails, we were the new barmaids.. we even got t shirts printed with our names on it! Angelos was great with us, we even got to name 2 turtles.. Tam n Jock .. Very Scottish!
I have now started a NQ HOLIDAY REP/ FLIGHT ATTENDANT course at college.. and am hoping to be abroad by the time i'm 19. Maybe one day i will make it to faliraki!
Faliraki is the place to be, you will love it! The cocktails, fishbowls, Dancing on the bar, meeting new people .. maybe you will b lucky enough to b on the back of a motorbike swaying about faliraki roads!! and behind bars making cocktails.
All the Best for your holiday, hope this has been a bit useful, other than my holiday romance!
Faliraki 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?
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.
Faliraki 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. This looked quite fun, and there were plenty of people queuing up after dark to have a go, but I never quite got the courage.
FOOD & DRINK
One of the main things that we enjoy about visitng Greece is the excellent food. Unfortunately, there was not much of it in Faliraki! We knew we were in trouble when, after a relaxing first day by the pool, we ordered some Stifado, and were told Are you sure? Its Greek, you know. This set the tone for the rest of the resort, where you could buy burgers and chips, or pizza in most of the establishments on the main streets. We did find a couple of good tavernas in some of the side streets, but even they were more formal restaurants, than traditional tavernas.
So, thats the food how about the DRINK. Well, the main streets in Faliraki are called Bar Street and Club Street, so that should give you some idea. Plenty of bars serving cheap cocktails and playing loud music. We never saw any trouble, but then, as newly-weds, we were not out late when the town started really buzzing ;-)
We did manage to have an enjoyable, relaxing holiday in Faliraki, but Im sure that it would appeal more to younger singles. It seems spoiled by development to me, but Im sure that there are those who love it, and who am I to insist that Greece should stay in a time-warp.
For those of you who read my last travel report on Cyprus, you will know that this was my best ever holiday, mainly because it was where I got married. But my last holiday to Rhodes came a close second and takes some beating. After much umming and ahhing about where we were going to go for our summer holiday 2 years ago we decided to go to Greece for the first time. Cyprus had got really expensive since our last visit, and I was bored of Spain, so Greece it was. After troughing through brochure after brochure we found the Hotel Espirides in Portland Direct's summer brochure. It looked ideal. It was located just on the outskirts of Faliraki in an area called Kalithea. We thought this would be perfect as it would be away from the noisy nightlife, this being important as our daughter was 4 at the time, and we are past night-clubbing. Still, don't let the fact that Faliraki is not a place to go if you don't like rowdy pubs and clubs. We travelled there in late September and it was a lot quieter than the height of summer. There was plenty to do in the town, lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from and although a little more expensive than other resorts, still reasonably priced. Because we were staying in our hotel on a half board basis, we didn't tend to eat out much, but we did go out for a meal once or twice for a change and found that a 2 course meal for 3 people with drinks worked out at just under £20, so quite reasonable. Back to the hotel, I can't comment enough on how excellent our accommodation was. The hotel was well run and it catered for all. Children were mesmerised by the carousel and dodgems, and there were water slides also. There was a kids club which was excellent if you wanted a break from the kids for an hour or so, and loads of entertainment for the mums and dads. We went on holiday for a rest, but we always ended up being dragged into taking part in Volleyball, aerobics or wat
er-polo. But it was all good fun. There is a poolside taverna serving light snacks and drinks during the day, and there are various other eateries located in and around the hotel, offering an array of food and drink. If you are half-board, you have the choice of either having lunch or your evening meal at the hotel, so you are not tied in any way. The evening meals are A-la Carte and were all well presented and tasty. Children are well catered for, pizzas and fish fingers are on offer to keep the little ones happy. During the day there are lots of things to do outwith the hotels. We were located just across the road from the waterpark and we spent a day there. It was brilliant as it was the end of the summer and there were no queues for any of the rides. We also walked most days to Faliraki as the beach there was one of the best on the island. There were many beach activities on offer including paragliding, jet-skis, banana boats and cruises. We went on an island cruise and it took us to Rhodes Town where we were dropped off for a couple of hours and allowed to explore the old town. We liked it there so travelled by bus to Rhodes town a couple of days later as there was so much to see and do. Transport in Rhodes is very cheap, although buses are usually infrequent and crowded. Most of our evenings were spent at the hotel, where the entertainment was second to none. We were given peace for half an hour while our daughter went to the mini disco before the evening entertainment began. The Michael Jackson experience was probably one of the best shows I have ever seen. But all the shows there were excellent, the entertainment team knew how to get the holiday makers in the mood and I was sad to go home. During our stay in Faliraki we didn't encounter any trouble, but this was probably because we went in low season. This for us was a good choice as the weather was still excellent. We had really hot da
ys an d feel that June-July would be far too hot.
I have just come back from a week in Faliraki (31st July – 7th August) and I can honestly say I had the time of my life, I went with 5 friends and all of us are 19 years old, all lads too. We got the deal fairly last minute a week before we left at a reasonably cheap price. Faliraki is mainly an 18-30’s type of resort, and I would recommend anyone outside these age ranges and families not to go as it has become very much a young persons resort since the programme ‘Club Reps’. The temperatures regularly reached around 100 but there was a nice breeze running through the resort, so you could not really feel the heat at 100, it felt more about 85, so you could work on your sun-tan without getting too hot! The beach was magnificent, the sand was gorgeous and the sea was nice and warm with no rocks or jellyfish or any nasty suprises like that. There are a wide range of water sports available, such as ringos, banana boat, flying fish, and banana boat tours of which you pay about €10 for, there is also para-sailing which is slightly more expensive. We did all of them and it was well worth the money and you have the time of your life, the tours are slightly disappointing however. In the day you have to pay for your sun lounger on the beach and you get a parasol thing with it too, that is about €3 for the whole day, however, if you want you can just lay your towel on the floor and use that instead. There are many beach-side bars and restaurants all serving delicious food such as toasties and things like that, the majority of bars are playing loud ‘funky house’ music all day onto the beach, and this creates a brilliant atmosphere, it is also the type of music I like the music, so I was loving it. The beach and the area surrounding is incredibly tidy with very litter, and there is also people coming round all day selling doughnuts, watermelons and the like. The nightlife is absolutly awesome and there ar
e 2 main streets, ‘bar street’ and ‘club street’ which run at 90 degrees to each other. On bar street there are roughly about 15 bars all playing various types of music from pop to rock, so there will definitely be a bar to suit your tastes. The prices are only slightly cheaper than they are in the UK, but you get much bigger servings!! They also do a fishbowl, which is basically a massive bowl and they put all sorts of stuff in and usually end up putting whole bottles of Vodka in. You then put around 6 straws in and sit around a table drinking. On the first night we got one which was €65 and it was way too big, so we stuck to the €35 one which was just right. There are also loads of PR’s trying to get you into there bars, but they are all friendly enough. Then there is club street which has about 10 clubs on, again all playing different types of music. Q Club is the main club which had 3 rooms playing house, pop and R n B. Prices to get in range from about €2 up to about €20 but its worth it no matter how much you pay. One thing to be careful of at night is the police, because they have a reputation of being fairly brutal and not taking any shit of anyone which is true. I witnessed one particular nasty beating by them on an English guy who really wasn’t causing much trouble, but if you just stay out of the way you should be fine. All the locals are friendly people and the restaurants to eat out in are superb. The prices are again slightly cheaper than they are over here but the quality of the food is much much nicer, I had a steak and it cost around €9. We stayed in the Anika Studios, which was a very young persons place, the bar played house music round the pool all day, and it was also a 24 hour bar, which served food all day and night. However the maids only came twice a week so it did become pretty untidy, but all the facilities were fine and there was no tro
uble whatsoever. Overall, I would recommend Falaraki to anyone young and looking for a good time. It is very much a party resort, and if you go looking for fun, you will definitely find it!
I just returned from Rhodes a few days ago and i have to say this was the best holiday of my life. I hadn't been planning on going away until the week before when my best friend and i just decided one day we should go on holiday on our final week of summer before we went back to Uni. We didn't have much money and we got a great deal on a last minute holiday to Rhodes - only thing was we didn't know what resort we would get until we got there. Luckily, our age must have been taken into consideration and we got a studio in Faliraki, the 'young peoples' resort of the island (we're both 19). I'd heard people talking about Faliraki (or 'Raki' as loads of people over there were calling it) before and i knew it had quite a reputation as a top clubbing resort. We found out the morning we arrived this was true - as our bus pulled up to the studios at 7 in the morning there were still loads of people stumbling home! And on the way into the studios we were asked by a group of young English men if we wanted to go to a beach party! Sadly, having been awake for 24 hours, we had to decline! We needed some sleep to prepare us for the week ahead. And that was definitely the best thing for us to do! Faliraki itself is a lovely town - originally a fishing village until the locals realised how much potential it had as a holiday resort, is has expanded to become a lively resort containing everything that is required for an excellent summer holiday. The beach at Faliraki is over a mile long and is the only sandy beach of the island, which encourages people from all over the island to come over for at least a day to relax in the sun and perhaps sample one of the many watersports available, including jet-skis, water ski-ing, ringos, banana boats and paragliding. There are over a hundred cafes and restaurants to choose from offering a wide range of cuisine from all over the world. We found that eating out wasn't cheap,
but it was reasonable and still a lot less than you would expect to pay in Britain for a meal. It's not really a big town, and there will always be a few choices of restaurants close to your hotel. Taxis on the island are reasonable and there are set prices listed on boards to places all over the island so you know you're never being ripped off. We were lucky that our studios were located in the very centre of 'Raki' and we never had to use taxis around the town, but the bigger more family orientated hotels were slightly further away and may have required taxi use a lot more. Faliraki is aimed more at young people and families - i don't think the resort really has much to offer older couples. Even families should take care as to where their hotel is located as the town centre can become rather rowdy at night and might not be the best place to take children. It's a relatively safe resort though - we hired a safety deposit box to be on the safe side but the whole time we were there we never had the slightest bit of trouble with crime or violence. I had never seen myself as the type of person who would have enjoyed a clubbing holiday - i would NEVER consider going somewhere like Ibiza, but i felt in Falirkai it was safe and everyone was out to have a good time. As far as i was aware, there was not a lot of drug misuse and i never witnessed a single fight. We did go in September though, and some people we spoke to warned us that during July and August it had been a lot wilder than it was now. So if you don't want to get caught up in any trouble, probably June or September would be better months to go, while its still really hot and theres lots to do. I think Faliraki really was an excellent choice for me - and i know that it would suit a lot of other people too. It's lively and fun, but has not yet reached the stage of being TOO rowdy and given itself a name as a bad place. There are a lot of di
fferent nationalities there - its very popular with Germans and people from mainland Greece, so if this bothers you, i would recommend staying away. In a lot of the restaurants, menus are printed in Greek and German before in English, and you find a lot of staff can speak better German than they can English. But if, like us, that doesn't bother you, you'd have a great time in Faliraki.
"Faliraki (Greek: Φαληράκι) is the primary seaside resort village on the Greek island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese. It is situated on Faliraki Bay, on the northeastern coast, about 14 km south of the town of Rhodes and 10 km southeast of the airport. It is part of the municipality Kallithea."