Sat on the east coast of the Greek island of Rhodes, Lindos is a popular holiday destination. Only 50 km south of the town of Rhodes itself, the village of Lindos is famed for its ancient and picturesque sites. If you’re already visiting Rhodes or if you’re considering a trip to Greece and not sure where to go, we want to show you why Lindos should be at the top of your list.
1. The Acropolis of Lindos
The ancient archaeology of Lindos is what makes this small fishing village stand out as a must-see destination. The Acropolis of Lindos is a particularly famous site, situated up a stone path which will take you up the 116m high rock face into the medieval ruins. It won’t take you long, 20 minutes at a leisurely pace and the panoramic sea views are well worth it!
Top spot: make sure you visit the 4th century Doric temple of Athena Lindia, dedicated to the Goddess Athena.
2. Archokrateio Monument
Look out for this monument which is the Hellenistic burial site of the Archokratides family. From outside, you can see the pillars still standing and then on the interior, follow the corridors which leads to shrines and an area where burial ceremonies once took place.
Top spot: Can you find the 19 graves around the side of the site?
3. Village of Lindos
The old village of Lindos is quaint and full of charm. Explore the narrow alleys between the white washed buildings and discover all the history that lines these cobbled streets.
Top spot: keep an eye open for any of Rhodes’ famous pebbled mosaics on the floor.
4. Church of Panagia
On your way up to see the Acropolis, in the main village of Lindos, you can stop by the Church of Panagia. The church was built in 1300 and can be spotted by its tall stone bell tower, typical of Dodecanese architecture. Soak in the beauty of the pebbled mosaic floors, the elaborate decoration and Bishop’s throne and beautiful octagonal dome.
Top spot: make sure you take time to look at the 19th Century wall frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible.
5. Beach –St Paul’s Bay
St Paul’s Bay is incredibly picturesque and is watched over by the small St Paul’s Chapel. Only a 10 minute walk from the main village, this idyllic location is the perfect spot for a swim.
Top spot: Due to the beautiful shape of St Paul’sBay, this beach is home to some of the most crystal clear, turquoise waters in Greece.
6. Beach – Pallas Beach
Perfectly suited for families, the shallow waters and soft, white sands of Pallas beach are a good distance from any roads and perfect for a relaxed day of soaking up the sun and relaxing.
Top spot: both beaches have umbrella and sunbed hire available.
7. Kleoboulos Tomb
Slightly more off the beaten track, you can discover the unusual circular structure of Kleoboulos Tomb. Escape the crowds and enjoy the walk as you head to the tomb of an ancient, wealthy Lindian family (not Kleovoulos Lindios as it is often mistaken). Along the way, you can explore a derelict windmill, just remember to take your camera (for the views), sensible footwear due to the dusty track and plenty of water.
Top spot: traces of frescoes and names can be spotted by those paying close attention. Let us know what you see.
While Lindos does not have a large shopping centre, the village does boast a generous amount of independent stores and crafts. Perfect for holiday makers to find unusual, one-off and local handmade gifts, you will definitely find something special take home. Enjoy the selection of Greek jewellery, leather goods, handbags, clothes, cushions, fabrics, trinkets and ornaments.
Top spot: particularly popular is the handmade jewellery in this region.
9. Dine Out
There are multiple highly recommended restaurants in Lindos where you can really enjoy the local cuisine. Giorgos bar and Giorgios 2 are popular restaurants for cocktails and reasonably priced food. Meanwhile, Ktima is an 8 minute drive out of the centre and very popular for its seafood choices.
Top spot: With 700+ 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor, Ktima is definitely a restaurant you don’t want to miss, if you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine.
10. Drink Out – Rooftop bars
When you’re out enjoying the views during the day, you may notice an abundance of beautiful rooftop locations, spread over the village. These bars are perfect to enjoy the sunset and sip on cocktails. With the majority of these bars being restaurants too, you can eat out while still enjoying some of the best views in Lindos.
Top spot: Travelers Choice 2018 Winner, Melenos Roof Top Dining is well worth a visit!