The name is taken after the tower that was there and was built with reddish soil. The purpose of this tower at this point is still unknown. It is the seaside village of Timbaki, home of the port of the region and developed touristically.
In front of the village, there is a very long sandy beach, which starts here and extends for several kilometers to the southeast, till Kommos.
This huge beach hosts several sea turtles (Caretta caretta), which nest their eggs here in the summer. The beach of Kokkinos Pirgos is open to the west winds. It starts on the east from the wire-fence of the military airport of Timbaki and runs to the west, till Agia Galini.