Kolymbia is a relatively newly established resort town. It offers long sandy shores and natural attractions to its visitors. You can easily get to the coastal towns on Rhodes from its little marina. If you visit the other members of the archipelago, you should expect a longer trip, as they are located on the other side of the island.
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Weather of Kolymbia
- Ports around Kolymbia
- Sail in Kolymbia! Kolymbia sailing trips
- 1-week Kolymbia sailing tour
- 7 Days Kolymbia yachting itinerary (longer)
- Marine gas near Kolymbia, boat gas stations around the Dodecanese
The temperature never drops below freezing on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes. The average minimum temperature in the winter is 3-5° Celsius, with a pleasant 15° Celsius on a windless afternoon. The temperature of the sea drops to 17° Celsius in this period. In the summer, it can be scorching hot in the area with a temperature as high as 35 °C in the afternoon. The average temperature is 30° Celsius in August and September, with a sea temperature of 25° Celsius in these two months. It is only the Meltemi coming from the northwest that somewhat compensates for the heat, but its presence is less significant in Kolymbia due to the hills and mountains.
Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Kolymbia.
You will find the local marina in a tiny corner of the coast of Kolymbia. Thanks to its size, they can only accommodate smaller pleasure boats with a small draught. The centre is only 5 minutes from the harbour; you can take care of shopping there.
The small harbour is located on the southern shores of Faliraki. It is mostly used by the local fishermen, but some tourists also dock here. As the harbour is designed for small fishing boats, it can only accommodate short tourist boats.
Limin Simis Marina
The northern marina of Symi accommodates boats with a length of up to 60 metres and a draught of 2.5 metres. They provide water supply, boat maintenance and shopping opportunities in the marina, which is quiet and practically never too crowded with tourists. There are also many restaurants in the near vicinity, so if you get hungry, you don’t have to walk too far from your boat.
This giant marina on the northern part of Rhodes Town has become world famous for a reason. It excels all the other marinas on the Aegean Sea in all respects. They can accommodate 382 boats with a length of up to 120 metres and maximum draught of 6.5 metres. Regardless of what service you need for your boat, you will definitely find it here: fuel, service, maintenance, water supply – they have it all! They even provide convenient features – for instance, Wi-Fi access, which is a rare commodity in Greek marinas.
Agios Stefanos Marina, Tilos
The main marina of Tilos accommodates boats with a length of up to 60 metres and a draught of 6 metres. We can replenish our water supplies, take care of smaller maintenance tasks and go shopping here.
Palon Marina, Nisyros
This is the larger, eastern marina of Nisyros. They accommodate boats that are up to 60 metres in length and have a draught of up to 4 metres. You can choose from all the main services here including shopping and access to water. There are several interesting sights to explore near the port, including the Zagoras Museum, which is only a few blocks away.
Limin Kalímnou, Kalymnos
This marina is located in a wonderful environment, and is equipped very well. You will find all amenities required for boating: fuel, maintenance and inspection, as well as water supply. If you get hungry, there are several taverns, restaurants and bars to choose from near the port. They accommodate boats with a length of up to 20 metres and a draught of 5 metres. If you have a longer boat, you should go to the marina of Vathi a bit further to the north.
Kamares Marina, Kos
This large port is located on the western side of Kos, on Kamari. They accept boats with a length of up to 60 metres and a maximum draught of 6 metres. This well-equipped marina offers access to water, shops and the opportunity to take care of small maintenance tasks. There are many great beaches and attractions nearby.
Kos Marina, Kos
The giant marina of the capital of Kos accommodates 250 vessels. Boats with a length of up to 80 metres and a draught of 5 metres can be docked here. The marina, which has its own security guard service, provides you with the opportunity to take care of boat service, fuel your boat and replenish your water supplies. There are restaurants, bars and hotels in the near vicinity. The marina even has a Blue Flag certificate, which proves its excellence.
You will sail around Rhodes and also visit the neighbouring islands. During certain eastern sections of your trip, you must be careful not to navigate too close to the shores of Turkey.
Day 1: Kolymbia – Faliraki
11.53 km (7.16 mi)
You should leave as soon as you have got your boat – your first destination is the popular northern town Faliraki! Arriving late in the afternoon is perfect for a nice swim before sunset. If you want to explore the buzzing nightlife, you can choose from several atmospheric pubs and clubs!
Day 2: Faliraki – Ano Symi (Symi)
58.69 km (36.47 mi)
Sailing out from Faliraki, continue towards the north and sail around Rhodes Town. Remember to admire the wonderful sight of the capital on your left including the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Your destination today is the northern marina of Symi: Ano Symi. There is an interesting sailing museum here that you should definitely not miss! It is also worth visiting the Byzantine castle built on the hill, providing a wonderful view of the town and the sea.
Day 3: Ano Symi (Symi) – Panormittis (Symi)
30.34 km (18.85 mi)
Your next destination is the southern marina of Symi in Panormittis. The most important sight that you must definitely visit is The Holy Monastery of Archangel Michael. There are two religious museums and beautiful frescoes inside. If you want to relax on the beach, you will find it near the marina.
Day 4: Panormittis (Symi) – Livadia (Tilos)
43.86 km (27.26 mi)
Prepare for a longer sailing trip towards the southwest! You can relax in a peaceful environment on the island of Tilos, as it is not effected by mass tourism. If you dock in the town of Livadia, you might encounter other tourists, but there aren’t as many of them here as on Rhodes, for instance. The only organised beach on the island is located next to the marina of Livadia. If you want to enjoy the beach in a quiet environment, sail around the island and explore the hidden shore segments! The town of Megalo Chorio offers dozens of interesting sights, such as the local archaeological museum and the monastery dedicated to the patron saint of the island. You will find the remains of a medieval castle that belonged to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta on the hill behind the town.
Day 5: Livadia (Tilos) – Kamiros Skala (Rhodes)
42.94 km (26.68 mi)
Sailing towards the northeast, head to the tiny marina of Kamiros Skala on the western coast of Rhodes. You will find a quiet pebbly beach there as well, from where you can walk up to the town of Kritinia which offers a starting point to explore the sights to see in the area. We also recommend visiting the old city of Kamiros where they still carry out archaeological excavations today.
Day 6: Kamiros Skala (Rhodes) – Alimia – Chalki
22.89 km (14.22 mi)
Continue your trip towards the west and visit the islands of Alimia and Chalki nearby! Alimia is a tiny piece of land that became uninhabited after World War II; the only village on the island received the protective status in 1978. If you feel like hiking, now is a good time! You will find an almost entirely unspoiled territory behind the village, and the crystal clear waters are perfect for a nice swim.
Continuing your trip, you will arrive at Chalki. The island – unaffected by mass tourism – offers peaceful beaches and interesting sights. Several monasteries and churches operate in the area. There is also a medieval castle on a high cliff behind Chorio, which was built by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in the 14th century.
Day 7: Chalki – Lindos (Rhodes) Kolymbia (Rhodes)
100.06 km (62.17 mi)
Prepare for a long boat trip on the last day! Leaving from Chalki, you will sail around the southern end of Rhodes, then navigate back to Kolymbia along the coast. You can dock at one of the resort towns along the way – we recommend Lindos in particular. When you return, you can still spend a few relaxing hours on the beach or visit the centre for a dinner. If you arrive early enough, you will still have some time to spend with exploring the area.
Leaving from Kolymbia, you can visit a few resort towns on Rhodes before sailing to the island of Kos. You can plan your trip flexibly and dock at one of the islands on the way if you feel like doing so.
Day 1. Kolymbia – Faliraki 11.53 km (7.16 mi), Day 2. Faliraki – Panormittis (Szími) 55.17 km (34.28 mi), Day 3. Panormittis (Szími) – Livadia (Tilos) 43.86 km (27.26 mi), Day 4. Livadia (Tilos) – Palon (Nisyros) 32.52 km (20.21 mi), Day 5. Palon (Nisyros) – Kamari (Kos) 22.32 km (13.87 mi), Day 6. Kamari (Kos) – Mastihari (Kos) 40.38 km (25.09 mi), Day 7. Mastihari (Kos) – Pserimos – Kos (Kos) 26.88 km (16.70 mi)
- Rhodes, Rhodes: , Depth: 6.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.447443, 28.231390
- Kalimnos, Kalimnos: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.948315, 28.986232
- Kos, Kos: , Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.896780, 27.288671
Kolymbia, which is considered a relatively new establishment, offers long sandy shores and great watersport opportunities to tourists. There are also many natural sights worth visiting nearby. Thanks to its location, it is an ideal starting point for your sailing trip, as the impact of the Meltemi is less significant in this part of the island.
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