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Kolymbia lies on the east coast of Rhodes, twenty five kilometres south of the capital with a transfer time from the airport of fifty minutes. It is a quiet resort popular with Europeans, where you can relax on a sand and shingle beach and participate in a range of water sports. Kolymbia has a variety of hotels and apartments catering for most budgets, and tavernas and restaurants catering for most tastes.
A Kolymbia holiday offers a peaceful retreat in a picturesque area surrounded by hills. The beach is rarely over crowded and provides a range of water sports including jet-skiing, sailing, snorkelling and diving. Golfers will be pleased with the eighteen hole golf course in neighbouring Afandou. Kolymbia benefits from its short distance from Rhodes Town with its wide ranging facilities and tourist attractions
A Kolymbia holiday appeals mainly to families and couples. The beach is ideal for those with children who can enjoy the beach with safe bathing. Water sports enthusiasts will find much to entertain them, and for golfers there is a course only eight kilometres away. Although there are a few lively bars, young singles groups generally prefer to be closer to the night time action of such places as Faliraki and Rhodes town.
The most popular time to visit Kolymbia is in the summer, although the season does extend from March to November when the temperature range is from twenty to thirty degrees.
Kolymbia is a peaceful resort on the east coast of Rhodes lying in a horse shoe shaped bay backed by distant hills. It has a wonderful beach of sand and fine shingle that offers safe bathing for children and less confident swimmers. The beach is also perfect for water sports and boat trips are available from the jetty to other villages and beaches. The resort is not only popular with the British but has international appeal with many Europeans choosing a Kolymbia holiday.
Shopping in Kolymbia is fairly limited with little more than mini-markets providing holiday provisions and a few shops selling beach items and souvenirs. There are a small number of bars and tavernas providing a variety of menus. Those looking for greater diversity will find very many eateries in Faliraki which cater for all tastes. Kolymbia nightlife is as relaxed in the evenings as it is by day with entertainment provided by hotels, bars and tavernas.
The eighteen hole course in neighbouring Afandou is popular with golfers.
A Kolymbia holiday offers a relaxing break on a sandy beach with a guarantee of hot summer sun. Crystal clear waters offer a range of water sports including snorkelling and scuba diving.
A visit to Rhodes Town is an essential part of any holiday to the island. The medieval citadel is a magnificent sight and once inside its walls it is easy to get lost in its labyrinth of alleyways and tiny squares. The gardens of Andhronikou have a Son et Lumiere each evening during the summer months as well as folk dancing and traditional music.
Kolymbia nightlife is fairly low-key with much of the entertainment being provided by the larger hotels as well as a small number of bars and tavernas. Faliraki, the party capital of Rhodes is only a short taxi ride away for those who like to dance until the early hours of the morning.
Kolymbia shopping is limited with mini-markets supplying holiday essentials and small shops selling gifts and souvenirs. The retail limitations of Kolymbia matter little as Faliraki and Rhodes Town are only a short distance away. Within the walls, in the Turkish Quarter of Rhodes Town, is Sokratous Street where you will find luxury goods, fashion boutiques and jewellers. Outside the walls are numerous craft, gift and souvenir shops where holiday mementoes can be purchased.
Kolymbia has a small number of restaurants and tavernas serving a variety of food. Being on an island, fish plays an important part in the diet and small fried fish, shellfish and kalimari are firm favourites. Lamb and chicken are used most commonly in meat dishes. Local wines are easy on the palate as well as the purse. If you require a wider choice of food, take a bus to Faliraki or Rhodes Town where you will find menus that accommodate even the most pernickety of palates. Fast food stalls such as Souvlatzidiki sell takeaway souvlakis, a type of kebab. For a more substantial snack these are sometimes wrapped in pita bread and called gyros.
Eating in Rhodes is meant to be an unhurried pleasure, so please don’t mistake the relaxed attitude of waiters for tardy service.