Ultimate guide to visiting beautiful Lindos in Rhodes

Beautiful Lindos Beach and Town

Nestled on the eastern coast of the Greek island of Rhodes, Lindos is a charming village steeped in history and beauty.

I loved meandering through its narrow, winding streets, finding myself surrounded by whitewashed houses, ancient ruins, and breathtaking views of the crystal-clear sea.

This picturesque village offers an idyllic escape for those seeking an authentic taste of Greece.

The crowning jewel of Lindos is the magnificent Acropolis that stands proudly atop a towering hill overlooking the village.

Trust me when I say that the climb up the steep steps to get there is well worth it! On the way, discover ancient structures, such as the Temple of Athena Lindia, a Byzantine fortress, and remnants from the Knights of St. John.

From the top, my breath was taken away by the panoramic views of the village, the sparkling coastline, and the shimmering waters of St. Paul’s Bay.

View of St Pauls Bay in Rhodes

In addition to its rich historical sites, Lindos offers a blend of traditional Greek experiences with modern tourist amenities.

As you explore the village, I’d recommend dining in one of the local tavernas serving mouth-watering Greek cuisine, browsing the vibrant shops for unique souvenirs, or basking in the sun on the pristine beaches that hug the coastline.

With its harmonious blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, Lindos has established itself as a captivating destination waiting to be discovered.

I adored this spot in Rhodes and I know you’re going to love it too.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Where is Lindos?

Lindos is located on the eastern coast of Rhodes, a stunning Greek island in the Dodecanese group.

Rhodes is nestled in the southeastern Aegean Sea, making Lindos a prime spot for those seeking a beautiful coastal retreat.

Drone View of Lindos Bay

Lindos is approximately 50 kilometres south of the island’s capital, Rhodes Town.

It’s easily accessible by car or public transport, with buses running frequently between the two destinations.

How to get to Lindos

If you’re travelling from Rhodes airport, you have several transportation options to reach Lindos, about 50 kilometres away.

By car: Hiring a car at the airport is a popular choice, as it gives you the freedom to explore the island at your leisure.

Many car rental agencies are available upon arrival, and the drive to Lindos takes approximately 1 hour.

The route is well signposted, following the coastal roads through villages like Faliraki and Kalathos.

Note that you won’t be able to park in the village itself as it’s pedestrian only – but I’d recommend making use of the parking available further down the hill closer to the beach.

By taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and will take you directly to Lindos.

The journey typically costs around €75–€85 depending on the time of day and allows for a comfortable and hassle-free ride.

By bus: For a more budget-friendly option, take a bus from the airport to Rhodes Town.

From there, transfer to a bus bound for Lindos. Tickets for the bus route from Rhodes Town to Lindos cost around €5, and the journey takes about 1.5 hours.

Bus schedules can be found at the airport and at Rhodes Town’s main bus station.

By boat: Alternatively, several boat tours operate from Rhodes Town harbour, offering a scenic journey along the coastline to Lindos.

How to get around Lindos

Vehicles are not allowed within the village of Lindos, making walking the only real option for getting around the town itself.

Lindos is a small town with many narrow streets and an overall pedestrian-friendly environment. In fact I love the lack of cars, as it’s what makes the village so charming!

Plus, walking allows you to appreciate the area’s scenic beauty and ancient architecture at your leisure.

Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water during the summer months, as temperatures can get quite high.

I also found the ground to be quite slippery due to the incredibly smooth pebbles. So I’d recommend ensuring you have shoes with good grip, so you’re not clinging onto the walls like I was on any steep descents!

You can also walk down to Lindos beach and to St Paul’s Bay, although you could hop in a taxi or on a bus to save yourself the effort (which I’d definitely recommend if it’s really hot).

How long to spend in Lindos

If you’re just visiting the village and the Acropolis, you can just about do it in half a day. But I’d recommend spending at least one full day in Lindos so you can enjoy it at a more leisurely pace.

To fully appreciate this charming region, you could easily spend at least two to three days in the area.

This allows sufficient time to explore its main attractions, unwind on the beautiful beaches, and soak up the unique atmosphere.

Example three-day itinerary for Lindos

On your first day, take the opportunity to visit the Acropolis of Lindos, where you’ll find immaculate views over the village and sea.

You should also take time to stroll around the narrow, cobbled streets, where you can admire traditional architecture and experience the local culture.

On your second day, unwind at one of Lindos’ superb beaches.

The most popular choice is St Paul’s Bay, a picturesque bay with golden sands and clear waters. It’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling or simply relaxing in the sun.

Another option is Pallas Beach, a charming spot with calm waters, ideal for families and those who prefer a more tranquil setting.

For visitors with additional time, there are several options for day trips or further exploration in the area.

Nearby attractions include the Valley of the Butterflies, a beautiful nature reserve, and the ancient site of Kamiros.

I’d also recommend booking one of the many boat trips available from Lindos to explore nearby islands and bays.

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10 best things to do in Lindos

1. Climb up to the Acropolis Of Lindos

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Opening times: Daily, 08:00 to 19:10

Top tours to book: 

Acropolis of Lindos Drone

Climbing up to the Acropolis of Lindos is definitely one of the best things to do in Lindos – and in Rhodes as a whole. This was one of the highlights of my trip.

This ancient citadel offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the magical St Paul’s Bay.

The site has a rich history and showcases incredible architecture. Explore the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia, the Hellenistic stoa, and the ancient theatre.

Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as the queue to buy tickets was very long when we visited.

Insider travel tip: If you’re visiting in the summer months, I’d recommend going early to avoid doing the climb in the peak heat of the sun. We made the mistake of visiting at midday and we were a sweaty mess!

2. Wander the village

You simply must spend some time wandering through the enchanting village of Lindos. Stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets lined with charming whitewashed buildings and vibrant pink bougainvillaea.

Look out for all the black and white pebble mosaics too – some date as far back as the 5th century, while others are far more recent.

Insider travel tip: As mentioned earlier, due to the smooth surface of the pebbles, they can be slippery to walk on. So wear appropriate shoes and watch your step!

3. Relax on Lindos Beach

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Lindos Beach Drone

Escape the heat by heading to Lindos Beach, a beautiful sandy stretch of coastline that offers relaxation and crystal-clear water, perfect for swimming and enjoying the sun.

Rent a sunbed and umbrella then lie back and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque shoreline setting. I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot afternoon in Rhodes!

4. Visit the Church Of Panagia

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Marvel at the beauty of the Church of Panagia, which boasts exquisite frescoes and a stately bell tower.

Inside, the church features impressive religious artwork and is a wonderful example of Byzantine architecture.

5. Try the local restaurants

When in Lindos, I’d recommend sampleing the delicious local cuisine by dining in one of the charming restaurants.

Traditional Greek dishes abound, along with fresh seafood and an array of Mediterranean flavours.

Local favourites include:

  • Moussaka: Layers of aubergine, potato, and minced meat with béchamel sauce.
  • Stifado: A slow-cooked beef stew with onions, red wine, and crushed tomatoes

6. Seek out a rooftop bar

Experience the vibrant nightlife in Lindos by visiting one of the numerous rooftop bars.

Enjoy a refreshing cocktail while taking in the mesmerising views of the illuminated Acropolis and the surrounding village.

7. Go on a boat cruise to Navarone Cliffs

Top tour to book: Lindos: Glass Bottom Boat Tour with Navarone Snorkeling Stop

Discover the breathtaking coastal beauty surrounding Lindos by taking a boat cruise to the Navarone Cliffs.

Marvel at the striking geological formations and azure waters, and try some snorkelling to explore the shores teeming with marine life.

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8. Take a dip in St Paul’s Bay

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Immerse yourself in the pristine waters of St Paul’s Bay, a sheltered cove ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

This idyllic spot boasts calm waves and a serene atmosphere, perfect for spending a leisurely day soaking up the sun.

Note that it can get busy, so I’d recommend arriving early to secure a good spot.

9. See the Monument Of Ioanni Zigdi

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Pay homage to Ioanni Zigdi, a local hero who contributed greatly to the Greek War of Independence, at his monument in Lindos.

This memorial serves as a testament to the courage and resolve of those who fought for their freedom.

10. Go on a day trip to Symi Island

Top tour to book: From Lindos: Rhodes Old Town and Speedboat Trip to Symi

Symi Island

Finally, embark on a day trip to the nearby Symi Island, boasting traditional architecture, quaint harbours, and beautiful secluded beaches.

Explore the island’s charming villages and pristine shorelines, and enjoy the vibrant local culture.

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Best restaurants in Lindos

1. Thalatta Fine Dining Restaurant

Address: Lindos Grand Resort & Spa, Lindos, Vlycha, Rhodes, 85107

Best for: Rooftop fine dining

Thalatta Rooftop Restaurant at Lindos Grand

I had the most wonderful meal at Thalatta Fine Dining Restaurant, which is located on the rooftop at Lindos Grand Resort and Spa.

We enjoyed an exquisite dining experience, combining traditional Greek cuisine with a modern twist.

With its elegant and refined atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to savour a romantic dinner or a special occasion.

The menu offers a range of expertly prepared dishes, made with local produce to ensure the highest quality and flavour.

2. Mythos All Day Restaurant

Address: Lindos Main Square, Rhodes 85107

Best for: Laid-back dining

Mythos All Day Restaurant offers a casual yet satisfying dining experience, so I’d recommend this one for families and those looking for a more laid-back atmosphere.

With a variety of traditional and international dishes, there’s something for every palate at Mythos.

Start the day by enjoying a satisfying breakfast with fresh bread and local ingredients.

Throughout the day, choose from a wide range of dishes, like souvlaki or moussaka, that are perfect for a leisurely lunch or a comforting dinner.

Or simply relax with a cold drink and take in the gorgeous views of Lindos from the outdoor seating area. Utter bliss!

3. Ambrosia Restaurant

Address: Lindos 851 07

Best for: Exceptional international dining

When you visit Ambrosia Restaurant, be prepared to indulge in a wide range of Greek and Mediterranean dishes, prepared with love and care by their experienced chefs.

The inviting and cosy atmosphere provides a perfect setting for an enjoyable meal with family or friends.

Begin your dining experience with a selection of tasty mezze, such as grilled halloumi and tzatziki.

Delight your taste buds with a succulent grilled fish or a flavourful vegetarian dish, all made with fresh, local ingredients.

End your meal on a sweet note with a traditional dessert like baklava, or try a refreshing fruit salad. My mouth is watering already!

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Best hotels in Lindos

1. Lindos Grand Resort & Spa

Address: Lindos, Vlycha, Rhodes, 8510

Best for: An impressive infinity pool

Lindos Grand Sunrise

We stayed at the Lindos Grand Resort & Spa and it’s a truly exquisite option for your stay in Lindos. Designed exclusively for adults, you can expect a serene and relaxing environment.

The hotel offers a variety of luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and villas, all featuring exceptional views of the Aegean Sea.

Some rooms have their own private pool for that extra special luxury touch. Or there is a huge infinity pool to enjoy.

The hotel also offers exceptional wellness facilities and a private beach area for guests. 

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2. Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel

Address: EO Rodou Lindou 615, Lindos 851 07

Best for: Ultra luxury touches

Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel Dining

Perched on a hillside overlooking Vlycha Bay, the Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel came highly recommended to me and boasts an enchanting setting for your Lindos holiday.

This adults-only hotel seamlessly combines modern and traditional elements, creating a uniquely sophisticated atmosphere.

When choosing Lindos Blu, you can expect elegant accommodation options, complete with private balconies and panoramic sea views.

There is also a spa where you can indulge in personalised treatments and other wellness experiences.

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3. Melenos Art Boutique Hotel

Address: Lindos Rhodes 851 07

Best for: Boutique luxury

Experience the charm and authenticity of Lindos with a stay at the Melenos Art Boutique Hotel.

Nestled within the village, this picturesque property is a testament to traditional Lindian architecture and craftsmanship.

It features hand-carved sandstone, lush gardens, and artisan-designed interiors.

At Melenos Art Boutique Hotel, you’ll find an intimate collection of 12 meticulously designed suites, offering private terraces and captivating views.

Guests can also indulge in award-winning dining at the rooftop restaurant, plus benefit from close proximity to the historic Acropolis of Lindos.

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Best luxury holiday rentals in Lindos

1. Open Sky

Accommodates: 6 guests

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Open Sky Villa Plum Guide

The Open Sky Villa is a haven of luxury in Lindos, offering accommodation for up to six guests. This villa provides ample space and privacy for families or groups of friends.

Its modern design and elegant furnishings create a comfortable and stylish abode. The highlight of this property is undoubtedly the outdoor area, complete with a private garden and inviting pool. 

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2. Ocean Verve

Accommodates: 6 guests

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

Ocean Verve Rhodes

Nestled in the heart of Lindos is this charming holiday rental: Ocean Verve. I adore the interiors which exude charm through its traditional Greek architecture and tasteful decor. 

The villa’s private courtyard boasts a refreshing plunge pool and a delightful seating area, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. 

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3. Aegean Minimalism Villa

Accommodates: 4 guests

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Aegean Minimalise Rhodes

For a spacious and sophisticated Lindos escape, consider the Aegean Minimalism Villa.  This property’s allure extends from its tastefully appointed interior to its stunning outdoor spaces.

Enjoy the generous swimming pool, beautifully landscaped garden, and sun-drenched terrace.

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If you have any Lindos recommendations or questions then do let me know in the comments – I always love hearing from you!

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