Kolymbia is an enchanting little resort on the east coast of the Greek Island of Rhodes, about 16 miles south of the beautiful capital of Rhodes Town. The long town beach (which has a Blue Flag for its clean water and excellent facilities) is the main attraction, curving gently around a sheltered bay with a stunning mountainous backdrop. There is a clutch of restaurants and cafés and a handful of low-key bars but the main draw of Kolymbia is its peace and serenity. If you’re in the mood to let your hair down, a 15-minute taxi ride will bring you to vibrant Faliraki or stylish Lindos, both of which boast plenty of nightlife options.
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 3h 55m
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Life in Kolymbia revolves around the main town beach, where you’ll find all the essential facilities from lifeguard posts to parasol-rental. The lovely bay is enclosed by two headlands: the largest is to the south of the town, a verdant hill crowned by a monastery which you can climb for amazing views. There are lots of wonderful day trips from Kolymbia, such as the ancient town of Lindos, with its clifftop acropolis, or Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved historic centre. Inland, walk among clouds of colourful butterflies in Butterfly Valley, or spend the day hiking or biking through the mountains.
Kolymbia is a relatively small resort, but it has a good choice of places to eat and drink. If you’re in the mood for some pizza or a burger, you’ll find plenty of places offering international cuisine. Most restaurants serve the delicious local cuisine, which is based on the island’s fabulously fresh produce. On a hot day, tuck into a refreshing Greek salad – sweet tomatoes, cucumber, plump olives and pungent feta cheese. The wonderfully fresh local seafood shouldn’t be missed – whether you have it simply grilled, or mixed into a local dish such as gemisti supia (stuffed squid). Wash your meal down with some of the robust wine, which has been produced on Rhodes for the last two thousand years.
The gorgeous beach and relaxed, easygoing vibe make Kolymbia a fantastic destination for families. Those with younger kids will appreciate the calm, shallow waters on the main beach, while those with teenagers will be pleased with the opportunities to rent jet skis and pedalos. The Greeks adore children and yours will be treated wonderfully wherever you go, so you’re sure to find family-friendly bars and restaurants. Popular day trips with kids include beautiful Butterfly Valley, where they can walk through clouds of butterflies, or the atmospheric island capital of Rhodes Town, where kids can strut along Knights Street.
Action & Adventure
Most people come to Kolymbia to enjoy some peace and relaxation, but you’ll find a few adventurous options to keep the most active members of your group happy. You can rent a speedboat or a jet ski to explore the gorgeous coastline, or take a boat trip to some of the more remote beaches that are hidden away. There are some hiking routes in the area, including an easy hike up the headland to the south of the bay which will reward you with amazing views. In nearby Faliraki, a 15-minute taxi ride away, you’ll find amenities for all possible adventure sports, from bungee jumping to parasailing.
The main town beach in Kolymbia is a one-kilometre-long stretch of sand and shingle curving around a beautiful bay. It has excellent facilities, including parasol and sun lounger rental, and you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and pedaloes. You could also take one of the boat trips on offer, which run along the coastline to destinations such as Lindos. Behind the beach is Eucalyptus Road, which is where most of the restaurants and bars are clustered. Just south of the resort is Tsambika Beach, which has golden sand, shallow waters, and a smattering of cafés, making it perfect for families.
Kolymbia is a quiet and tranquil resort, but you will still find enough bars and cafés to keep you happy on balmy summer evenings. Most of the resorts’ bars and restaurants are clustered along Eucalyptus Road, the tree-lined main street. Nightlife is generally geared towards quiet drinks on the seafront or out on a pleasant square, but during the summer months there may be live gigs in some establishments. If you’re in the mood to dance till dawn, a 15-minute taxi ride will get you to Faliraki, the biggest party hot spot on Rhodes. And, when the sun comes up, your taxi can drop you back in charming, peaceful Kolymbia to recuperate!
For sheer relaxation, few places compare to laid-back Kolymbia. You are your partner can take a stroll, hand-in-hand, around the curving bay. Spend the day working on your tans either on the main beach or on slightly more secluded Tsambika beach, then take a sunset boat tour to admire the dramatic coastline. There are lots of charming places to have an intimate dinner, and you can sit out with a glass of wine or a cocktail afterwards, and soak up the romantic Greek atmosphere. You could also make day trips to Rhodes Town or Lindos, both beautifully preserved historic towns that ooze romance.
Kolymbia is located within a 30-minute drive of some of the most important cultural and historic sights on Rhodes. The island capital of Rhodes Town has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its exquisitely preserved medieval quarter, which bristles with handsome palaces built for the Knights of Rhodes. To the south of Kolmybia is Lindos, now a popular resort, but originally the site of one of the most important ancient cities on Rhodes. This steep, whitewashed town is still crowned by a magnificent acropolis.