Welcome to Lindos, an ancient fishing village of white-washed homes and narrow winding streets on the island of Rhodes, overlooked by a grand 1,000-year-old acropolis.
In our comprehensive Lindos travel guide, you’ll discover the unique charm of this ancient Greek village and see why this is an essential visit for any trip to Rhodes.
We last visited Lindos in 2021 as our first trip when the pandemic lockdowns lifted. It was the perfect place to recapture our love for ancient architecture, and the stunning views from the Acropolis allow you to glimpse what life might have been like during the times of the ancient Greeks.
This beautiful village is a must-visit destination for any traveller seeking to experience the authentic allure of the Greek islands.
Why visit Lindos?
Every twist and turn through the narrow streets of the town leads to glamorous views of the sea and rooftops, traditional eateries serving local delicacies, charming architecture and hand-crafted souvenirs. Lindos is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.
Here are five of our favourite reasons to make it your next travel destination:
- Historical Significance: The ancient Acropolis of Lindos overlooks the town and bay, offering a viewpoint once experienced by the Knights of St. John and other figures of history. Explore the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia, the Byzantine Church of St. John, and the medieval fortress built by the Knights of St. John.
- Stunning Beaches: You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches here in Lindos, with the tranquil St Paul’s Bay and the vibrant Lindos Beach offering perfect seaside retreats. During the high season, the beaches can get crowded. Still, the many tavernas and bars just a few steps away provide refreshment and shade from the heat and bustle.
- Charming Village Life: The traditional white houses are interspersed with a labyrinth of winding passages, some barely wide enough for a bicycle. Quaint boutiques offer locally-made products, and family-run rooftop tavernas allow for picturesque views while you eat.
- Delicious Cuisine: Fresh seafood is a speciality here, with local fishermen bringing in their catch each morning. Indulge in the flavours of Greece with fresh flavours and smokey grilled meats.
- Breathtaking Views: The panoramic vista from the village’s main entrance offers a sweeping view of the village, the coast, and the Acropolis.
Where to go
When in Lindos, make sure to visit these five places:
- The Acropolis: This ancient site is a must-visit for its historical significance and panoramic views, and you might recognise it from the 1961 war movie The Guns of Navarone.
- St Paul’s Bay: This beautiful bay is perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.
- Lindos Village: Explore the winding streets, shop at the boutiques, and dine at the rooftop restaurants.
- The Ancient Theatre: This 4th-century BC theatre is a testament to the cultural heritage of Lindos.
- The Church of Panagia: This beautiful church is known for its pebble mosaic flooring, colourful frescoes, and stunning Rhodian campanile tower.
What to do
Lindos has plenty to offer for a day trip, but a few days in the local area will give you more time to explore and take in local village life.
If you’re there for just one day, you must visit the Acropolis, and a venture through the village streets will lead you to some beautiful local buildings.
Explore the Acropolis of Lindos
Perched atop a hill, this ancient fortification offers breathtaking panoramic views of the town and the sparkling Aegean Sea. While the wait and walk can be tiring, there is nothing more impressive than standing where powerful figures once stood, surrounded by the ruins of incredible architecture that once reached the heavens.
- There’s no need to book upfront. The entrance fee is around €12, a small price for such a wealth of history.
- The climb to the top can be steep, so wear comfortable shoes. Your feet will thank you!
- Plan your early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the midday heat and crowds. The views at these times are particularly stunning. We once visited at midday, and the queue to enter took over an hour in the intense heat, so plan your day in advance.
Explore the Village of Lindos
Take a leisurely stroll through the white-washed village of Lindos. Its narrow, winding streets are brimming with quaint shops, traditional houses, and a unique charm that’s distinctly Lindos.
- The village is free to explore, so take your time and soak in the atmosphere. Take any turn and venture off the main streets to see what wonders you can find.
- Don’t miss the chance to try local delicacies at the family-run tavernas. Ice cream and gelato shops in the village are particularly good.
- Make a point to visit the 15th-century Church of Panagia. A 500-year-old Byzantine church with well-preserved frescoes.
Dine with a View
Treat yourself to a meal at one of the rooftop restaurants in the village. Enjoy spectacular views of the Acropolis with a gyros in hand or freshly-caught fish laced with lemon and herbs.
- Prices vary but expect to pay around €15-€30 for a meal.
- Try local dishes like moussaka or souvlaki.
- Book a table at sunset for a truly unforgettable dining experience.
Visit the Church of Panagia
Step into the serene Church of Panagia, a true gem in Lindos. Admire its beautiful frescoes, intricate pebble mosaic flooring, and stunning Rhodian campanile tower.
- Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.
- Respect the dress code: cover your shoulders and knees.
- Take a moment to enjoy the quiet and tranquillity inside.
St. Paul’s Bay & Beach
A picturesque cove nestled in Lindos is the perfect spot for a relaxing day, with crystal-clear waters that are a haven for swimming and snorkelling enthusiasts.
- The bay is free to visit, making it a budget-friendly option.
- The beach can get busy, so arrive early to secure a prime spot on the sand.
- Make sure to explore the charming tiny chapel on the hill.
With its golden sand and azure waters, this is a paradise for sun-seekers and beach lovers alike.
- Access to the beach is free, but sunbeds cost around €5. They’re worth it for the comfort!
- If you’re up for some excitement, try the water sports on offer. Jet skiing is particularly fun.
- Visit the nearby tavernas for fresh seafood. The grilled octopus is a must-try!
Folklore Museum of Lardos Village
Immerse yourself in local history at the Folklore Museum in nearby Lardos Village. It’s a fascinating journey into the past just a little outside Lindos.
- Entry is approximately €5 for a guided tour, a small price for a wealth of knowledge.
- Take your time exploring the collection of traditional costumes and tools. They offer a unique insight into local life.
- After your museum visit, take a stroll around the beautiful village square. It’s a lovely place to relax and people-watch.
Where to stay
- Bouganville Studios: This 4-star aparthotel offers a rooftop terrace and laundry facilities. It’s near the beach, just minutes from Stegna Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Tsambika Beach. The average cost per night is approximately £65. Book here
- Al Mare Villas: This 4-star villa offers direct access to the beach. It’s within a 10-minute walk of Memí Vrysiá Beach, Kiotari Beach, and Galoúni Beach. The average cost per night is approximately £75. Book here
- Anavadia hotel-All inclusive: This 4-star hotel offers a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. It’s near the beach, just 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Kolimbia Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Tsambika Beach. The average cost per night is approximately £102. Book here
- Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa – Adults Only: This 5-star hotel offers a full-service spa near the beach. It’s within 3 mi (4.8 km) of Kiotari Beach and Lardos Beach. The average cost per night is approximately £195. Book here
Local foods to try
When in Lindos, don’t miss out on these local delicacies:
- Fresh Seafood: Enjoy the day’s fresh catch at the local restaurants. The seafood in Lindos is as fresh as it gets.
- Greek Salad: A classic Greek salad of tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese made with fresh local produce is a must-try.
- Moussaka: This traditional Greek dish, made with eggplant, minced meat, and béchamel, is a delight for the taste buds.
- Souvlaki: These delicious skewers of grilled meat are a staple of Greek cuisine.
- Baklava: End your meal with this sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
Souvenirs to buy
Take a piece of Lindos back home with these souvenirs:
- Handmade Crafts: The local shops in Lindos sell a variety of handmade crafts that make for perfect souvenirs.
- Local Produce: Buy some local produce like olives, oil, herbs and spices to bring back the flavours of Lindos.
- Designer Clothing: You’ll find boutiques selling designer clothing in Lindos. It’s an excellent opportunity to add some Greek fashion to your wardrobe.
- Jewellery: Lindos is known for its beautiful handmade jewellery. It’s the perfect keepsake to remember your trip by.
- Art: Buy a piece of local art as a unique souvenir. It’s a great way to support local artists.
Is Lindos expensive?
Lindos offers a range of experiences to suit all budgets. While dining at a rooftop restaurant or a luxury hotel can be a little more expensive, there are plenty of affordable options.
We found a rooftop taverna right in the centre of the village. Yet, the prices didn’t seem any different to anywhere else in Rhodes, so there are reasonable prices if you look out for them.
You can find budget-friendly accommodations, eat at local tavernas, and enjoy free activities like exploring the village or relaxing at the beach.
Here are some tips to make your trip to Lindos even more enjoyable:
- Start Early or Late: The Acropolis can get crowded, so it’s best to visit early in the morning or at 3pm or later. We found that the queue can extend for over an hour at midday but quickly fades from 2pm onwards.
- Stay Hydrated: The Greek sun can be intense, especially in the summer. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. The small streets in the centre provide a lot of shade, but walking up to the Acropolis requires a couple of bottles of water for the trip.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: The streets of Lindos are steep and can be slippery, so comfortable shoes are a must.
- Respect the Donkeys: Donkeys are often used to carry tourists to the Acropolis, but climbing on foot is better for animal welfare reasons. There might be more money to make selling carrots to children to feed the donkeys rather than trying for hours to sell one ride, but that won’t stop vendors from following you up the hill until you stop to catch your breath.
- Try the Local Cuisine: Don’t miss the local Greek dishes. The food in Lindos is fresh, delicious, and a highlight of the trip.
If you have some extra time, consider visiting these nearby locations:
- Rhodes Town: The capital of Rhodes Island is just an hour’s drive away and offers a wealth of historical sites, shopping, and dining options. We visited Lindos from Rhodes Town via high-speed boat, a great opportunity if you’re not driving.
- St. Paul’s Bay: This beautiful bay is an excellent spot for swimming and sunbathing.
- Navarone Bay: Known for its stunning natural beauty, Navarone Bay is a must-visit.
- Pefkos: This village is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxed atmosphere.
- Lardos: Another charming village to explore, Lardos is known for its traditional Greek architecture and beautiful beach.
Insider Tips for Lindos
The Secret of the Ancient Amphitheatre
Tucked away from the usual tourist trail is the ancient amphitheatre of Lindos. It’s a place where you can feel the echoes of the past, where the air is thick with the drama of ancient Greece. Sit on the worn stone seats, close your eyes, and imagine the plays of Sophocles and Euripides being performed under the starlit sky. It’s a magical experience that transports you back in time.
The Hidden Beach of St. Paul’s Bay
While Lindos is famous for its beaches, one remains a well-kept secret – St. Paul’s Bay. This secluded beach, nestled in a cove, is a haven of tranquillity. The crystal-clear water, the soft sand, and the surrounding cliffs create a picture-perfect setting. It’s an ideal spot for a quiet swim or a picnic away from the bustling crowds.
The Enchanting Night Walk
Stay overnight in Lindos and watch it transform as the sun sets. The white-washed houses glow under the moonlight, the streets are filled with the soft strumming of bouzouki music, and the scent of blooming jasmine fills the air. Take a leisurely stroll through the town, soak in the atmosphere, and let Lindos enchant you – we can’t recommend it enough.
Lindos is a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a beach lover, Lindos has something for everyone. So why wait? Start planning your trip to this fantastic destination today!
Lindos is a sun-soaked destination most of the year, with the sunniest months being July, August, and September. The warmest months are July and August, making them perfect for swimming, thanks to the warm sea temperatures. However, the rainiest months are January and December.
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Best time to visit Lindos
The best time to visit Lindos is between June and September when the weather is warmest and the days are filled with sunshine. These months offer the perfect conditions for swimming and sunbathing. However, if you prefer a quieter vacation, consider visiting in May or October, when the weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are smaller.