Sometimes when we write about a great holiday location we worry that by telling others about it, the place will get spoilt. This is the worry I have when writing about the lovely little village of Haraki on Rhodes because although it has appeared in package holiday brochures for many years, it has so far managed to retain so much of the charm of a Rhodean fishing village.
Haraki is located on the south coast of the island of Rhodes next to the imposing ruins of Feracalos castle, about forty minutes bus ride from Rhodes Town. Haraki sits by the natural harbour of a curved bay. A few small fishing boats set out daily to catch fish for the amazing local restaurant which is very popular with the local greeks at the weekend (always a good sign).
Because it is not over-developed, there are no high rise blocks to ruin the view from the beach at haraki, and equally importantly, pretty much all accomodation has a sea view.
Haraki has a good selection of restaurants and bars. Alongside the fish restaurant there are three or four tavernas on the beach front and two small local shops for self catering provisions. the nightlife is low key, comprising of little more than sipping cocktails outside the tavernas and watching the sunset and moonrise over the water.
Stefano’s bar is a new addition to the village and is proving very popular for the warm welcome the customers receive.
You can hire cars in Haraki which opens up the island for exploration. Do not go to all the way to the island of Rhodes only to miss out on Rhodes Town itself or the beautiful whitewashed village of Lindos, both are worth repeated visits.
An air conditioned bus runs from Haraki town square just off the beach every day so if you don't have a hire car you can still get away to see the sites.
The beach at Haraki itself has large pebbles at one end running down to coarse sand at the other end. You can rent sunbeds and an umbrella on Haraki beach for three euros per day.. Take flip flops, you won't be able to walk on Haraki beach barefoot! However, Just over the small hill to the east is the stunning Agathi beach. This is a beach of perfect golden sand in a very sheltered bay. The water is shallow for a long way out, making this a perfect spot to bring the kids for a swim.
The local honey tastes wonderful so don't forget to bring some home with you to recapture the memories of your trip to haraki on Rhodes any time you want.
We hope you enjoyed this review of haraki and if you decide to visit the island yorself we hope you have as great a time as we did. Take time to speak to the locals who are wonderfully welcoming. Relax, enjoy the moonrise over the ocean and if you fall in love with haraki like we did, please write and tell us about your holiday so we can add your story to this website.