Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

When I told people that I was going to Lindos, it surprised me how many didn’t know where it was, or had even never heard of it. Yet this small town on Rhodes Island is a beautiful place to explore and most definitely should be on your bucket list.

If you’ve heard of Lindos, it’s probably for the romantic St Paul’s Bay, a heart shaped lagoon where many couples go for a swim, snorkel or even to say I do in the little Cycladic chapel.

Why Lindos Needs to be On Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

We bought a couple of snorkels in a supermarket near the town (18 Euros each for the best ones) and spent a day exploring the coves and deep water.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Two beach areas sit either end with comfy sunbeds and beach bar service. There is also a lovely looking restaurant at the main end of the bay, looking out across the water.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

To see the heart outline of the bay, you’ll need to head up to the Lindos Acropolis, the town’s most historic site. Many seem to complain about the 12 Euro entry fee but seeing as this is the only tourist ticket you’ll need in Lindos, it’s hardly something to moan about!

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The views themselves are worth it. On arrival you can catch a glimpse of the Megali Paralia, Lindos’ main beach and the slightly smaller Pallas Beach below. We also snorkelled here and caught some rays for a 5 Euro sunbed fee, however do be careful around the jetty as sea urchins can lurk among the rocks! You can also enjoy water sports and a ride in a glass bottom boat from the bay.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

As you climb up the Hellenistic staircase (2nd century BC) through the medieval gate, you pass a wall indented with a Rhodian trireme (a warship) that dates back to 180 BC. Make sure to say hi to the cat who guards the entrance.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The main archaeological site begins with a slightly slippy climb over a cascade of rocks, leading you to the summit.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The Propylaea of the Sanctuary is perhaps the most impressive part of the structure, a 4th century BC gateway with a dramatic staircase leading to a D-shaped stoa.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

At the edge of the cliff sits a throne like pile of rubble, a perfect spot to awkwardly balance on and attempt a glamorous shot overlooking the bay below! (Allyn did a far better job than me…)

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The Doric temple of Athena Lindia is perhaps the star of the show. Although it’s humoured us to discover that the majority of the structure was in fact reconstructed just eleven years ago! Perhaps in 2000 years people will gaze at the columns, trying to imagine what life was like in 2005.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Behind the temple is where the views of St Paul’s Bay look their best. Although upside-down, the heart outline is a truly remarkable natural wonder, a great spot to get a romantic selfie!

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Below the Acropolis is Lindos Village, a labyrinth of narrow Cycladic streets filled with restaurants, souvenir shops and dotted with a slippery pebble floor! Donkey rides take those who can’t face the walk up and down from the Acropolis, a perhaps romantic notion however I couldn’t help feeling bad for the poor creatures carrying hefty tourists in the scorching sun.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Among the tacky souvenirs are a few fine jewellery stores and local crafts, my favourite was Kori, where we picked up a gorgeous locally made bowl.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

In the centre of it all are rows of restaurants, each beckoning you in for a moussaka and shot of Ouzo. Hungry after the steep walk to the hilltop, we decided on Lindos Restaurant. Their rooftop view over the Acropolis was stunning and the food was equally great.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

A fresh mojito was a perfect refreshment and the freshly baked pitta with tzatziki and hummus was delicious.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

I particularly enjoyed my ‘shrimp orzo’, a fresh tomato sauce on rice-shaped pasta.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The next day we ventured to the Navarone Bay, a slightly more secluded spot opposite the Lindos Sun Hotel. With turquoise waters and stunning cliff surroundings, I could see why this spot was famous for a backdrop in the film ‘Guns of Navarone’.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

We enjoyed a leisurely snorkel out over the cliffs, spotting schools of fishes of all shapes and sizes.

If that’s not enough to keep you occupied in Lindos, then a day trip to Rhodes town is an hour bus journey away. For 6 Euros (one way) you can catch a bus to the town from the Lindos Sun Hotel or at the top of the Village.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

I won’t lie, we weren’t overwhelmed by Rhodes. Everyone had told me I should go and visit but I’m not sure what all the fuss is about.

The old town is enclosed within medieval walls, offering a true feeling of ancient Greece. However it is slightly spoiled by the huge number of tacky shops and overpriced jewellery. I would only recommend a visit if you are in need of a change of scenery and have time to spare. I’m sure a meal and glass of wine on one of the open top bars would be delightful.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

The only thing we loved about Rhodes was the bright blue pier, a lovely strip to walk along in the sunshine.

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Why Lindos Needs to be on Your Bucket List

Our trip to Lindos has definitely inspired me to see more of Greece. I’d love to know about where you’ve been and your favourite parts of the many islands!


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9 Comments

  1. Alexandra
    16th January 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Lindos is beautiful, if you enjoyed it in Greece I would definitely recommend Skiathos. Santorini is beautiful but Skiathos is equally gorgeous and more authentic/less touristy x

    • 19th January 2017 / 12:05 pm

      I’ve heard lots of good things about Skiathos, I definitely want to explore more of Greece – thanks for recommending!

  2. 12th July 2016 / 4:52 am

    What gorgeous photos of Lindos Eppie and I love the windswept photo of you sat on the throne! I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of Lindos either until you put it on the map for me – I agree, it definitely needs to be on everyone’s bucket list after seeing those photos!

    • 12th July 2016 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you lovely! It’s amazing how there are still so many gorgeous places in the world we are yet to hear of and explore. Hopefully you’ll get to go soon! xx

  3. 11th July 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! I love the Greek Islands but have never been there. Definitely need to add it to my list 🙂

    • 12th July 2016 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks Kassie, it really is beautiful! I definitely want to explore more of Greece now!

  4. Pia
    7th July 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous! I’ve not been there… yet.

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