Elli beach in Rhodes town
On the northern tip of Rhodes are the popular beaches Windy and Elli beach. The beaches meet at a narrow isthmus where Rhodes town, and the whole island, ends, so to speak. To the left of the north tip is Windy beach and to the right is Elli beach. While it is almost always windy at Windy beach, it is almost always calm and calm at Elli. In addition, you avoid the traffic that can be a bit disturbing at Windy beach.
The headland that separates Elli beach and Windy beach.
Most people prefer Elli beach, and there are usually a lot of people here, sometimes it can even be difficult to find a sunbed. Outside the beach there is a diving tower from which daring youngsters usually dive and jump. It can be really entertaining to watch them.
The part of Elli beach where there are no sunbeds and parasols for rent.
In contrast to the rest of Elli beach where the sunbeds are close together.
My first trip to Greece was to Rhodes in 1979. I lived in Rhodes town and I was at Elli beach pretty much every day. Then the beach did not look like the picture above. Of course there were sunbeds, but they were of a much simpler kind. The only thing that is similar is the jumping tower that can be seen on the right in the picture above.
Expensive sunbeds on Elli beach.
This is what the sunbeds at Elli beach looked like in 1979.
In the far part of the beach is Taverna Meltemi, which is our favourite lunch tavern in Rhodes town. Many Greeks go here for lunch, and that's a good rating. There are often a lot of people here and it can be difficult to get a table, and it can take time before you get the food. But it is usually worth waiting for.
Elli beach seen from Taverna Meltemi. The casino on the left in the picture.
Taverna Meltemi on the far side of Elli beach.
Outside Elli beach, as I said, there is a diving tower from where daring young people usually dive and jump into the sea. I have never jumped from there, instead I amuse myself by taking pictures of those who jump. It can be really entertaining to watch them. The jumping tower has been around for ages, or at least since 1936 (and maybe even older).
The popular jumping tower at Elli beach.
The jumping tower in 1936.