GLYSTRA is a small cove with an inviting beach of good fine sand that lies south of Lardos. This 'undiscovered' beach tends to take overspill from more northern beaches at Pefkos and Lardos. The sands are quite deep and the beach makes a long sweep around an attractive bay with the waters shallow, so it's fine for families with young children. Snorkelers can hunt for the shell of a car dumped in the middle of the bay. There is good parking at the northern end and a family-run cantina opens in the summer, providing sun beds and some good food. The beach, though pleasant enough, is rather exposed with little natural shade, so hiring an umbrella is a must if you don't take your own.
Places near Glystra
LARDOS has a large bay that is fast becoming a major centre on the tourist circuit, if the amount of building work is anything to go by. The beach resort, about 65km from Rodos, is little more than a group of supermarkets, a few tavernas and some car hire firms. A big aparthotel just gone up so tourist liveliness is sure to follow. The sand is on the gritty side and the water doesn't always look as invitingly clean as other beaches. Many visitors give it a miss and opt for the nearby sandy beach of Glystra. Lardos village is a 20 minute walk inland from the beach where there is a proper Greek community and a wider selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Life centres around the tree lined village square and an impressive fountain fed by springs. Many bars offer live Greek music but others are turning to dismal tourist-driven karaoke evenings. There are plenty of organised trips to Lindos, Rhodes and island sights to satisfy the growing tourist market.
KIOTARI is a modern tourist beach resort backed by hills and, at the last count, four all-inclusive hotel complexes. The beach is quite large at 3km and very sandy at one end, shingle at the other. A couple of cantinas put sunbeds on the best of the sand in the summer. Most visitors bed down in the middle where there are lots of water sports here, jet skis, water skis ,banana boats, pedaloes, canoes and windsurfing are on offer. There are interesting rock pools to be found at one end of the beach. When the wind is in the wrong direction visitors can suffer smells from a nearby sewage plant. The resort itself is at the back of the beach, rather isolated with few shops and tavernas and little Greek charm thanks to some extensive holiday apartment building work in the 1990s - tasteful but characterless. There is no real community here, but it's popular with Greek weekenders seeking to escape the rigors of Rhodes town. There are now several mini-markets, some souvenir shops and a handful of family-run tavernas for those bored with hotel food. There is only one bus a day to Rhodes town so transport is needed if you want to get about.