If you’ve heard of Faliraki chances have it you may have
already developed in opinion on what goes on on this infamous party island-
thanks to a British documentary about the popular holiday spot which painted
Faliraki as nothing more than a party spot for drunken British youths. While
the island is certain much livelier than some of the other Greek islands- it
does have much more to offer than simply night clubs, bars and nights out
(albeit if you are after a week long ocean side party, Faliraki can definitely
provide you with this!)
Lying on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese, about 14 kilometers
south of the town of Rhodes and 10 km south east from the airport, Faliraki is
a bustling lively ocean side resort town that sees 1000’s of people flock to it
in the summer months of July and August. It is one of the oldest and largest
resort areas in all of Greece and is famed for is beautiful long sandy beaches,
crystal clear water, copious water sports and beach activities and the famed
bars and clubs of the Faliraki night life.
Summer sees temperatures in Faliraki reach in excess of 30
degrees for multiple days, particularly during July and August. The average daily temperature in July and August is 29 degrees, with average maximum
sitting at 30 and 31 degrees respectively. The summer temperatures last well
into October before cooling down in early November, in saying this however even
December records and average daily maximum of 17 degrees- fairly pleasant if
you ask me!
Rainfall is indicative of a typical Mediterranean climate- a
short rainy season in the winter months which brings average precipitation of
close to 150 mm for the month in December and January, before dying off and
reaching very minimal precipitation across summer. On average July and August
record no rainfall at all across the month. See here for average rainfall table
across the year.
While the island does get very hot in the summer months,
there are two saving graces- the relatively low humidity and the coastal
breezes that wash across the town in the evenings. In the winter months,
humidity sits at about 70% average relative humidity while in the summer months
it sits at a comfortable 50-60% which is barely noticeable.
The area is hit by the strong Meltemi winds which blow
north/ north east across the Aegean Sea. They
are particularly noticeable in summer, starting suddenly and often lasting for
a few days- while if they are very strong they can be somewhat debilitating
though they do provide a cooling relief from the heat.
See here for average temperature across the year.