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Gennadi

Gennadi, Rhodes

Once a fishing village, Gennadi bursts with traditional charm and a laid-back way of life. Holidays here revolve around the huge beach, incredible parties, and unmissable sightseeing. You can try your hand at everything from watersports to dancing through the night on the golden beach.

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Gennadi is in the south of Rhodes, on the east coast. It's perfectly placed for exploring the island and seeing the sights, as well as having one of the best beaches around. It's not as popular with tourists as the neighbouring town of Lindos, so its traditional way of life is well preserved. Along winding, narrow streets you'll find the old-fashioned architecture of tavernas juxtaposed against elegant modern houses. Yet the focal point of Gennadi is its beach – a glorious stretch of soft sand and pebbles that slopes on for miles and miles.

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Perfect beach days

It's no surprise that Gennadi Beach is Blue Flag-rated. With four miles of warm sand and fine pebbles, you'll never struggle to find your own space and sprawl out. Whether you're there to swim in clear waters, sunbathe and snooze through the day, or take part in the multitude of watersports available, there's plenty to do. Plus, you can take your pick from the various beachfront bars and seafood stands that line the coast.

The beach isn't just popular by day, either. Gennadi is famous for its beach parties, drawing in crowds from all over the island. From neon-lit bars to traditional tavernas, you'll find the right scene for you as you wander along the sand. The beachfront bar, Sundance, is easily one of the most popular venues. Head over for famous DJs, fashion shows, and dancing around the campfire.

Historical hangouts

The whitewashed town of Lindos is just half-an-hour away, and involves a picturesque drive along the coast. Its ancient ruins tell the story of Rhodes –its famous hilltop Acropolis is a must-see for all visitors to the island. Explore the remains of an Ancient Greek temple, a Roman temple, and a castle built by the Medieval Knights of St John. Lindos also has plenty of souvenir shops, if you're after gifts to take home.

Take the hour-long bus journey to Rhodes Town and see the Byzantine churches, and wander around the UNESCO-rated Medieval town. Make sure you head to the gorgeous harbour to see where the epic Colossus of Rhodes once stood – before it was destroyed, it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Where to eat in Gennadi

Head to the centre of Gennadi for the best choice of restaurants and tavernas. You'll find plenty of authentic Greek dishes, all home-made in the traditional kitchens and family-run tavernas. Be prepared to try some of the best moussaka, tzatziki and souvlaki on the island – and enjoy the impeccable service and friendly welcome wherever you end up going.

Mama's Kitchen

Sit back and relax at Mama's Kitchen, and enjoy the delicious food and friendly service. The garden area is beautiful, and it's worth arriving early so you can dine al fresco. Take your time when it comes to choosing and eating: you'll want to savour every mouthful. Mama's Kitchen always comes highly recommended by the locals, too, so you know you're in for a treat. It serves proper Greek food, with the meatballs, moussaka and souvlaki firm favourites.

Sposa del Sole

Regardless of the time of day, Sposa del Sole is a must-visit in Gennadi. It's further away than some of the other beachfront bars, but its longer walk is worth it. You can choose whether to sit at the shaded bar and overlook the azure-blue seas, or pull up a sunbed and have food delivered to you while you sunbathe. From moreish snacks to fresh seafood, Sposa del Sole has a dish for every mood and every craving.

Taverna Thalassa

The accommodating staff at Taverna Thalassa make every diner feel welcome – and ensure that everyone can sit down and enjoy the delectable food. The menu has a wide range of dishes, including fresh fish, moussaka and souvlaki. Meals come quickly and are reasonably priced, and portion sizes are generous.

Sergio's

Whether you want traditional Greek dishes or a tasty pizza, Sergio's delivers every time. You'll be welcomed into the restaurant like a family member, and the friendly staff are on hand to recommend their favourite and most popular dishes. The food is delicious and the portion sizes are huge – and luckily you can take your leftovers home.

Nearest airport to Gennadi

Rhodes International Airport – 41 miles Take a taxi or rent a car, and the journey from Rhodes airport should take just over an hour to reach Gennadi.