Lines of mature eucalyptus trees stand on both sides of the long straight road that leads to Kolymbia beach, located on the east coast of Rhodes near Afandou and about 24 kilometres from Rhodes City.
Kolymbia, or Kolimbia, was developed by the Italians as a model village but has become a popular holiday destination, prompting an ugly rash of hotel building.
The area is dotted with small Italian-built farmhouses noted for their massive chimneys. The beach resort has a trio of beach coves and a small harbour nestled among the volcanic rock outcrops.
Beaches are mostly sand and shingle with the main beach curving around the bay and dominated by a long and ugly cement block hotel complex that follows the shoreline.
To the south lie two more beaches, reached by many pathways that cross the headland. The beaches in the pretty harbour area is smaller, mostly sand and shingle.
Sand becomes more coarse and gritty as you head south to the other long beach but shallow water helps make these beaches popular with families. Again, it is overlooked by an impressively dull hotel.
Trees provide some natural shade near the harbour but otherwise the beaches are exposed, although there are plenty of sunbeds for hire and some watersports on offer.
Shingle and stone continues on the sea floor so, although the shoreline is shallow, footwear is recommended.