Lindos

Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes, is a popular tourist destination thanks to its pristine sandy beaches and rich history. Perfect for couples and families alike there is something for all ages and personalities here. Everyone will fall in love with the incredible beaches; there are three to choose from and each has its own merits. The Main Beach has shallow waters making it great for the kids to splash around in, then there is Pallas Beach with its excellent beachside restaurants and bars, and finally there’s the hidden St Paul’s Bay – the ideal romantic spot away from the coast’s busier stretches.

If you can tear yourself away from the beach then the picturesque whitewashed town centre has lots to offer. Its small alleys conceal quaint boutiques, cafés and bars as well as loads of excellent restaurants serving authentic local cuisine. And of course you can’t miss the beautiful acropolis which looms over the town. A mismatch of Greek, Roman and Ottoman architecture, this historical site offers a fascinating insight into the history of the island and also presents incredible views of the sea below and the surrounding countryside.

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Overview

The medieval town of Lindos lies on the eastern coast of the Greek island of Rhodes. Perched high above the town is the magnificent ancient acropolis, dating back as far as 300 BC. From there, the picturesque, whitewashed streets wind their cobbled way down the hillside to the town’s golden beaches and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The town is a protected heritage site, preserving its traditional Greek feel and historic architecture, which is influenced by a long history of Roman, Turkish, Byzantine and Italian rulers. Hidden among the town are many ornate ‘Captains houses’, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, all waiting to be discovered. The pedestrianised streets are home to quaint shops, street cafés, lively bars and best of all, a host of tavernas serving delicious food. Many of them have rooftop dining areas, perfect for enjoying a drink and some fresh seafood while you watch the sun set over the sea and the lights of the fishing boats dance across the waters.

Down by the water, Lindos has two harbours and three beautiful beaches to choose from. The sandy Pallas Beach to the north has a great range of water sports and boat trips on offer, the main Megali Paralia Beach is a lively beach with plenty of sun beds and beach bars, and the secluded pebbles of St Paul’s Beach are a relaxing and scenic spot for sunbathing and snorkelling. The views of the acropolis and the pretty hilltop town are a spectacular sight from the sea.  

Key facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: Greek
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 4 hours
    Time zone: GMT +02

Great for

Eating out: Lindos’ maze of narrow streets and alleys hold some of the island’s best tavernas. From the bustling streets, climb up to one of the rooftop restaurants for amazing sea views, stunning sunsets and cool breezes. Try some freshly caught fish or a traditional mezze plater.
History lovers: Lindos has an ancient past that dates back 4,000 years. Subject to the rule of various empires over the years, the town has evidence of its storied history on every corner. From the acropolis to the ancient tombs, there is much for history lovers to explore.
Beaches: Lindos has three beaches, all with gorgeous views and clear, calm waters that are perfect for snorkelling. The beaches have fantastic amenities, with beach bars and cafés serving cool drinks and delicious food. 

Acropolis of Lindos

One of the highlights of Lindos, aside from the gorgeous sandy beaches and the dozens of pretty rooftop restaurants, is the ancient hilltop acropolis. Parts of the acropolis are thought to date back as far as 300 BC, making this a fascinating historical site. Built on top of a 116-metre-high rock, the views down over the city and the sea are so spectacular the long, steep climb up countless steps to the top is more than worth it.
Address: Lindos Village | Rhodes, Greece, Lindos, Greece
Entry cost: €6 adult admission into the acropolis
Official website: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/destinations/lindos

The Church of the Panagia

Nestled in the heart of Lindos, the Church of the Panagia is a beautiful church. From the outside it has whitewashed walls, a stone bell tower and a striking red tiled roof. Step inside and you’ll find an impressive black and white mosaic floor (‘votsalotó’), which is a unique feature of the town’s architecture. There are also some eye-catching 18th century frescoes depicting famous biblical scenes.

Rhodes Old Town

A visit to Rhodes historic Old Town is well worth the hour’s drive north. This medieval walled city lies within the modern New Town. Surrounded by high walls and a moat, this historic area is a maze of narrow alleys that are perfect to get lost in. A walk through the picturesque streets sees you stumbling across amazing architecture at every turn, from mosques, to palaces, to Ottoman baths. Few cities have such a strong sense of living history and the area is well deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 

Tomb of Kleoboulos

The ancient tomb of Kleoboulos is situated at the tip of the Lindos bay, and is reached by foot along a scenic 3km clifftop path, which offers amazing views of its own. Dating back to the 100 BC, the tomb is the resting place of a wealthy family. The views out to sea from the headland are spectacular and the tomb is a peaceful and unique place to explore. 

Pefkos

Just 10 minutes’ drive south of Lindos, the beach town of Pefkos is worth a visit to enjoy the golden, sands and the charming Greek atmosphere. Named after the pine trees which border the bay’s four beaches, this is a beautiful place for a day trip. The clear waters are popular with snorkelers due to the high visibility, and visitors will also love the sight of the colourful harbour full of sailing boats. There are some fantastic tavernas to be discovered for an authentic taste of Greek cuisine. Overall, Pefkos has a relaxed atmosphere, and the beaches are generally slightly more toned down compared to the popular beaches of Lindos. 

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