Lindos in Rhodes turned out to be one of the best surprises I’ve had when visiting the Greek islands. I assumed this town would be little more than another tourist hotspot, with sun umbrellas and heaving restaurants and bars. I was right, there were these things, but it was also so much prettier than I ever could have imagined!
Lindos has all the conveniences of a tourist town, with great restaurants and some pretty incredible beaches, but it also has charm and character that some of the popular places on Rhodes lack. Pretty white houses crawling with pink flowers, incredible sea views and the cleanest of water in it’s beautiful bays. If you’re thinking of heading to Lindos in Rhodes then you’re in for a treat!
We ended up staying here for nearly two weeks and exploring every nook and cranny of Lindos town. We tried out a lot of the restaurants and bars, sampled way too much ice cream and devoured the ancient history. Let’s take a look at the best things to do in Lindos.
Lindos In Rhodes – The History
Lindos was founded by the Dorians in about the 10th century BC and by the 8th century Lindos was a major trading centre in the area.
The temple of Athena was the main feature of the city and it was added to over the years until it was built over in the 14th centure by the Knights of St John, who turned it into a fort to defend the island against the Ottomans.
The acropolis is now an interesting mix of the two – part temple remains and part fort, and the city remains an important spot, only now for tourists enjoying it’s beauty and charm!
The Weather In Lindos
If you’re heading here in the summer months (June-September) then expect it to be HOT! You’ll have glorious sunshine and cloudless days – perfect for sunbathing! The weather over this side of Greece is significantly hotter than the Ionian. This makes the sea water feel like a bath, and makes trekking uphill pretty sweaty!
It could also be pretty windy, as summer is when the north meltemi winds blow. Although the breeze is welcome, you might want to factor it in to your clothing choices if you don’t want to the world to see your knickers!
Spring and Autumn are when the locals say it’s best here. The weather is a little cooler but the sea is still warm (in Autumn at least). The winds have calmed down and it’s pleasant to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt.
Come November it’s starting to get a little chillier. It’s still warm and days are still mostly sunny but you’ll want layers for the evenings and some restaurants and shops will have started to close down for winter.
Winter in Greece is a whole lot sunnier than winter in the UK, but there will still be the usual storms and cold weather. A lot of Greece shuts down over winter as there isn’t much tourism, so you get a more local experience (but sometimes the lack of places open is a little frustrating!)
Where To Stay In Lindos
Lindos is a popular holiday destination so it has a range of accommodation options to suit even the fussiest of travellers! Here are a few suggestions to get you started!
In the heart of Lindos, this place needs to be seen to be believed! This traditional 17th century villa has all you could need from a house, but in the style of a traditional 17th century building. It even has a beautiful mosaic terrace.
This villa is perfectly located and so pretty. You won’t be disappointed turning up here after a long journey! It’s kept many period features but this villa is clean and modern feeling, with an incredible outdoor seating area for balmy evening drinks.
This adults only hotel is a short walk from Lindos town, but is worth it for the pool views over the white washed buildings and the acropolis! The attention to detail in this hotel is just lovely, with comfy poolside seating, hammocks and dining area.
Top Things To Do In Lindos, Rhodes
Climb To The Acropolis Of Lindos
Without a doubt this is the top thing to do in Lindos. We very nearly didn’t go inside as we’re on a tight budget and we usually avoid paying for attractions, but we’re so glad we paid up for this one!
The Acropolis of Lindos is found up a huge set of stairs. From the top you have the most amazing views of the town and the bay below. If spectacular ancient ruins aren’t your thing then you should still walk up here. There’s a viewing point before the gates of the acropolis so you can sit and enjoy the views without going in!
Top tip: Wear grippy shoes. The stones here are VERY well worn and incredibly slippy. I ended up taking off my flip flops and walking up bear foot, which in the heat of the day is pretty painful!
Inside the acropolis you’ll find shaded court yards, huge ancient pillars and 360 panoramic views of the town and bays below. Make sure you walk around the whole site, including up to the highest temple where you get some of the best views I’ve ever seen!
Get Lost In The Whitewashed Village
One of the best things to do in Lindos is to wander it’s whitewashed streets and get lost in pretty flowered alley ways that open out onto fantastic views. If you walk off any street bordering the main mass of shops and restaurants then you’ll find yourself in quiet, shaded and beautiful little courtyards and paths.
Sit in arched stairways and relax or peek into walled gardens as you pass and imagine you live in this magical part of the world.
Go Shopping: One Of The Top Things To Do In Lindos
I’ve never seen so many pretty boutique market stalls and shops. Lindos is a shoppers paradise! If you wander around the main streets for long enough then you’re bound to part with your cash!
From homemade jewellery to tacky postcards, you’ll find it all here.
Eat Out At A Rooftop Restaurant
One of the best things to do in Lindos is to treat yourself to a meal out at one of the towns many rooftop restaurants. We ate out a few more times than necessary while we were here and didn’t regret a single bite!
Our favourite rooftop restaurant was Byzantino – it had some good veggie options too.
If you’re after something a little different then head to one of the only Indian restaurants we’ve spotted in Greece – We had an excellent meal here, and because most people flock to try Greek cuisine it was relative quiet and relaxed!
Follow The Pebbled Mosaics
Created from black and white smooth sea rocks called hohlaki, Rhodes is famous for it’s beautiful street mosaics. Lindos is awash with them and they really do add character to the place. Go on a hunt to find all the best ones – they’d make great arty photos to frame when you get home!
Take A Swim At St. Paul’s Bay
You need to see St Paul’s bay from the acropolis before heading down there for a swim. It is the most beautiful rocky horseshoe bay with the clearest blue water. Take your swimming stuff and a beach towel and bag a space on a flat rock or sandy patch for the morning or afternoon. There’s a few tavernas here for you to enjoy a drink or three in the shade too!
Visit the Church of Panagia
The Church of Panagia was originally built in 1300 and is in remarkably good condition. It’s famous for it’s tall, stone tower and 19th century wall frescoes and is right in the centre of Lindos so you really can’t miss it!
Relax at a Lindos Beach
Going to the beach is one of the top things to do in Lindos, and we can see why! The main beach in Lindos is looked over by the towering acropolis.
It’s sandy horseshoe beach is full of sun loungers, fringed by cafes and there are even inflatables and boats for hire. It’s a kids paradise, with clear shallow water that would be safe for them to play in for hours. The edges are lined with rocks which offer some ok snorkelling – but watch out for the rather enthusiastic jet skis and power boats.
If you’ve arrived by sailboat then this is where you’ll anchor. Just make sure you’re outside the swimming buoys and not too close the pier. It’s used regularly by trip boats and ferries and we saw one boat turfed out of their spot when they were a little too close to the path of an incoming ferry boat!
Go Hunting For Views
One of the prettiest things about Lindos is it’s stunning views. Get high almost anywhere and there’ll be something breath-taking to photograph! The best views are from the acropolis and you don’t need to go into the fort to enjoy them. Head up there and take the path around the temple and you’ll get cliff top views of St Paul’s bay and sea beyond.
Head Off On An Adventure
If you fancy getting active on your holiday to Rhodes than look no further than some of these top things to do in Lindos. We have a few ideas for you, but you’ll need to book in the summer months as they can fill up fast!
For something a little fun and different why not book onto the submarine tour, where you can see under the sea from the comfort of a dry boat! You’ll also get to stop off at a local bay for a dip in the cool water.
If you want to stay on dry land then opt for a guided hike around the surrounded area and take in more of the incredible views here.
To explore the real side of Rhodes head off on a 4×4 full day adventure tour of the island, where you’ll get to visit many of the hidden gems of Rhodes.
The Perfect Day Trips
If you have a week or more in Lindos then you should definitely consider taking a day trip to explore more of Rhodes or the surrounding islands. Our top choices would be to head to Rhodes old town or the beautiful island of Symi for some bonus sight seeing!
How to Get to Rhodes
Rhodes International Airport is in Paradisi, 16 km from Rhodes Town and about an hours coach journey from Lindos. You can often find cheap flights, especially if you’re a little more flexible about when you travel – flights from the UK to Rhodes in September were around £30 return!
Rhodes has great ferry links, so if you’re flying into Athens or one of the other Greek islands then check direct ferries for times and fares – they’re our go to for all our ferry travel in Europe.
Another great option is to make a day of it and take an organised trip from Rhodes town. There are many different tours to choose from, many of them stopping at pretty bays along the way. You can even opt for a private yacht to take you there (though it was a little out of our budget!)
Getting Around Rhodes
Rhodes is a big island so if you’re planning on visiting lots of different areas then it’s worth hiring a car. If you’re staying put in Lindos then the cheapest option would be to book a coach transfer here (they run regularly in high season), and the easiest would be to book a taxi.
What To Pack For A Trip To Lindos
Other than your swim wear? There are a few essentials you might want to consider. We’ve put together a detailed list on what to wear in Greece so you don’t have to!
Let us know if you have a trip to Lindos coming up, or if you’ve got anything to add to our top things to do in Lindos! We hope you have the most amazing trip – check out some of the guides below for more ideas of top places to visit in Greece.