After another wet weekend in Wales and with our levels of Vitamin D plummeting we decided to take advantage of a last minute deal to Lindos on the Greek Island of Rhodes. Yes it was a package holiday but the price was good and surprisingly there were flights from our local airport. We love travelling but luckily we do not suffer from ‘independent traveller snobbery‘. You don’t have to travel by yak, grow dreadlocks and become best friends with the local tribe elders to enjoy travelling.
Lindos is just over an hour from Rhodes airport and lies on the sheltered east side of the island. As a result it is slightly hotter than the resorts on the west. What is good about Lindos is that you can choose to lie on the beach all day or explore the myriad of alleys and monuments around this ancient town.
Lindos Bays And Beaches
Lindos Bay is on the north side of the village, it has two sandy beaches, the larger Megali Paralia and the smaller Pallas beach. When we visited Megali Paralia just after midday, although busy, there were still sunbeds available. Strangely on the day we visited there were a quite a few ‘budgie smugglers‘ on show!
St Paul’s Bay is a picturesque heart shaped bay with the pretty whitewashed St Paul’s Chapel. There are two small beaches on this bay but you have to get there early to get a sunbed. We swam from the rocks on the side, you’ll need water shoes to do this as the rocks are quite sharp.
Lindos village is a maze of narrow streets and can only be accessed on foot or by locals on their ubiquitous scooters. You will get lost but there are plenty of little places to stop for food and drinks, many of these have roof gardens with great views of the Acropolis.
The village is at the bottom of ‘cardiac hill’, walking down is quite easy but walking up is hard work and we’re sure it is twice as far on the return. You can go up on a donkey (yes there are plenty of donkeys so watch your step!) also there is a shuttle bus.
The Lindos Acropolis
On the imposing rock overlooking the town is the Lindos Acropolis. It is 116m above sea level and there is a steep climb to reach it, sensibly we chose to walk it during the hottest time of the day and have never sweated so much! (We have spared you the sweat picture). Luckily the climb is worth it, you get stunning views over Lindos and St Paul’s Bay (these can be seen in the video) and you can explore the ancient ruins stretching back thousands of years. Of course, walking back down to the village is far easier but again watch out for donkey mess especially if you are wearing flip flops!
Overall, we found Lindos to be a very interesting place to visit, good for sun worshipping and exploring. There were plenty of relaxing bars and some very good restaurants, our favourite was Broccolino.
We will definitely be returning.
Do you have any ‘must visit’ places in Greece, let us know?