Welcome to Lindos, Rhodes (Rodos)
This section will give you an idea of some of the many places you could visit while staying in Lindos. Rhodes Island is approx 90km from North to South & is well serviced by safely maintained & well sign posted roads, so a hire car is highly recommended (see info page for links) to fully appreciate all it has to offer. If you prefer, safe, reliable & efficient public transport or licensed taxis are plentiful, so getting around should be a pleasure rather than a chore, if you choose to do so. If not, soak up the endless sunshine by the pool or on one of the many local beaches.
The famous Acropolis of Lindos is the most well known of all ancient sites in the Dodecanese and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. Dating back to 5 BC, the tiring but exhilerating climb up the many steps from the village & amphitheatre below afford a part of ancient history & spectacular views of Lindos & beyond from within the castle walls. Having undergone painstaking restoration work in recent times, a visit to Lindos would be incomplete without seeing it.
Alongside the historical factors, Lindos itself is a picturesque & vibrant resort centred around the whitewashed village clustered below its dominant Acropolis. The rich & famous own some of the most spectacular 'captains houses' that date back centuries & perch on the cliff edge overlooking the beaches below. Protected from over development by the EU NATURA program the area retains its bygone charm, while still offering visitors all they need from a 21st century holiday resort. Crystal clear seas lap the sandy beaches at Lindos Bay & the smaller Pallas Beach where watersports, boat trips & facilities are abundant. Lindos comes alive by evening, & the many rooftop restaurants & tavernas offer a variable & extensive range of International or Greek cuisine. Or take advantage of the bustling but unobtrusive nightlife. The cobbled pedestrian village itself is a sprawling labyrinth of narrow streets & alleys, with local shops, market stalls, bars & restaurants alongside everyday essentials such as mini-markets, cashpoints, pharmacies & internet cafes etc.
St Pauls Bay, with its quiet sandy beach nestling in a dazzling blue cove, was once a natural harbour, & its small chapel is very popular for overseas weddings. Many thousands of picture perfect holiday memories are recorded here.
St Nicolas (Navarone) Bay, with its famous & majestic cliffs lies adjacent, & offers visitors peaceful, picturesque & natural surroundings nestled amongst a mountainous landscape.
Vlicha Bay, is a well kept secret. The sparkling, clear crescent beach adjacent to Lindos is both tranquil & unspoilt. Easy access to Lindos & many other popular local villages alongside excellent facilities make this is a 5* location from which to experience the very best of Lindos & South Rhodes.
Vlicha Bay, Lindos, a vast sand, shingle & pebble crescent is adjacent to the renowned Lindos Vista & is very popular with both watersports enthusiasts (home of Big Blue Watersports) & those seeking a relaxing & more exclusive environment amongst some of the islands most spectacular scenery. The sweeping bay boasts excellent facilities & a spacious, laid back atmosphere. A choice of beach cantinas, tavernas, mini markets etc are all within a short stroll.
Vlicha Bay, Lindos remains unspoilt by blanket development & is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The long, clean beach & crystal clear waters are amongst the most photogenic on the island & host jet-skis to kayaks & everything in between.
Sun loungers & parasols (daily hire) are rarely in short supply, ensuring a peaceful & relaxing backdrop to some of the best scenery on the island.
After a hard day soaking up the sun, a favourite beach bar (Azzuro) offers chilled out sanctuary, cool drinks & an excellent range of snacks & fine food. A range of diverse local gems from the beachside cantinas to first class dining should offer something for all tastes.
Pefkos (Pefki), apx 5km along the coast road is a fast emerging, modern and lively resort with a long clean & safe sandy beach that boasts good facilities, plenty of sun loungers & cabanas, water sports for all ages and boat excursions to local islands during peak season. By night, the main street comes to life with a varied choice of bars & some fine traditional dining to be found, hidden amongst the predominantly tourist targeted restaurants & shops etc.
Without straying too far, & offering something different by way of scenery, diversity or lifestyle, are the neighbouring resorts of;
Kalathos (2km) is an emerging resort based along the huge & uncrowded shingle beach that offers a peaceful & relaxed atmosphere with the village itself nestling on the hill that overlooks the area.
Lardos (6km) is a traditional Greek village. Operational & bustling year round with the friendly & welcoming lifestyle based around the village square (above) & some superb tavernas & its own Blue Flag beach 2km further on.
All these places are within easy reach, whether you choose to drive, take a taxi or bus.
Travel further South & you will find Gennadi (30mins) & Prassonisi (1hour), where The Aegean meets The Med in spectacular fashion.
On the North tip of the island, lies the capital, Rhodes Town.
The New Town, a busy, trendy & cosmopolitan city with a buzzing boutique & cafe culture & the islands only casino. Or the historic Old Town (a Unesco World Heritage site) & home to centuries old architecture & lifestyle, that's intriguing by day & spectacular by night with a huge array of dining & entertainment options. Mandraki Harbour, once believed to be the site of The Colossus of Rhodes, is now the colourful home to traditional fishing vessels, expensive yachts & the ubiquitous island hoppers that travel the coastline. Ancient history side by side with designer shopping, as well as Elli beach. Travel to Rhodes Town is just a 50min (approx) car journey or a majestic return boat trip along the South East Coast from Lindos Bay. A must see for visitors of all ages.
Petaloudes (Valley of the Butterflies)
A narrow inland gorge & woodland glade which is home to thousands of butterflies from June to September, when they literally cover the area. Popular with tourists who flock to see this natural phenomenon, & wander through the shaded canopy of the trees. Though many people visit, it remains a peaceful & fascinating place. There are small refreshment kiosks, although many choose to picnic.
Epta Piges (Seven Springs)
Another inland sanctuary, where you will find a small lake fed by seven springs (epta piges) surrounded by lush green woodlands. There is a small shaded taverna overlooking the stream, past which parade the local ducks geese & peacocks. A pleasant, different & unique place to visit. Both approx 30 - 40mins from Lindos.
A leisurely drive through lush inland forests & vineyards leads to Monolithos castle sitting astride Monopetra, a needle of grey rock rising to over 235m (750+ ft). Once an impregnable fortress, the thick walls cling to the top and inside is the tiny white church of Ag Panteleimon.
Take in spectacular views along the coastline and out to the offshore islands including Halki.
Take care & sensible footwear! Although the ancient site is a must see & a perfect photo shoot, there is also a vertical drop of 700 feet in places.
Afandou Golf Club
The course is located on the southeast coast, next to Afandou and Kallithea beaches. It is an 18-hole championship golf course, par 73, and 6160m. There are nine holes adjacent to the sea & further nine weaving inland through the olive groves. The course is open to the public all year round, has a club house and driving range, changing rooms, showers, pro shop, snack bar. Green fees are reasonable, as are club hire & tuition if required. From Lindos approx 25-30mins. Click here to visit their web site
The Water Park - Faliraki
Possibly the largest in Europe & the first on Rhodes.
Opening times are - May, September, October, from 09:30 to 18:00.
June, July, August, from 09:30 to 19:00
The Water Park is fully staffed with 35 life guards and offers something for all ages. There is a large car parking area, & once inside a free shuttle train around the huge site. Excellent facilities include refreshments & snack bars, all day lockers & shower/changing area.
Click here to visit their web site.
Although Faliraki has suffered somewhat unfairly through bad press, the liveliest of the coastal resorts also boasts a very nice beach & plenty to see & do by day or night. From Lindos approx 25-30mins.
Thallasso Spa at the Atrium Palace
For those that enjoy unashamed luxury, pampering & complete relaxation, the fully equipped spa facilities at the nearby (2 mins) 5* Atrium Palace are open to all. Visit their website here Luxury Spa treatments . Pre-book & treat yourself or your loved ones to any or all of a full range of beauty & therapy treatments.