Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Whore of Rhodes

The abandoned front of Smokey Joe's Artemis Restaurant 
Don't go to Faliraki.

Ever.

It is one of the worst towns I've ever been to in Greece or anywhere else. Faliraki is on the eastern coast of the Greek island of Rhodes. It is infested with the dreary remnants of the most outlandish kitsch and sleaze.

On one block you will find the Tiger Tiger Strip Club, on the next Bedrock - a Flintstones themed 'family restaurant - and on the block after that, an abandoned amusement park of horrifying clown faces that looks like it comes straight out of a monster reincarnation of Coney Island.


The town is studded with massive, overpriced resorts that aspire to luxury but could never achieve such a thing in the place they are located. Everyone looks like they are taking their last vacation ever before they have to pack it in and face the cruel justice of death.

Faliraki: Where the Fun Never Stops Killing You

You would never know you're in Greece. All signs are in English and most people speak the same. It could be somewhere outside Atlantic City. Or more likely, it's a dying little seaside attraction in Southern California.

Gives history a bad name
We hate Faliraki. We couldn't be happier to have escaped it alive.

2 comments:

  1. Ah, the wonders of the free enterprise system

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    1. Well you just dont know Faliraki then. Smokey joes is right now being converted to a bar
      Which is why it looks like it does in the photo
      The A / I hotels are full of tourists. Many of them return year after year.We live in Faliraki not far from Smokey Joes. I dare you to come back so I can show you a different Faliraki to the one saw

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