Over my visits to the captivating Greek island of Rhodes, one place that I find myself returning to, time and again, is the serene St Paul’s Bay.
Located on the southeastern coast, this bay has become my haven of idyllic beauty, mesmerising azure waters, and rich history.
The beach offers an invitingly warm and relaxing environment for you to unwind, soak up the sun, and indulge in a refreshing swim.
As you make your way to St Paul’s Bay, I love that you’re greeted with the magnificent sight of lush pine forests and rugged cliffs that frame its crystal-clear waters.
If you’re planning your Rhodes itinerary, I strongly recommend carving out time to experience the magic of St Paul’s Bay.
In my guide to St Paul’s Bay, I share my top tips for visiting, things to do in the area and my personal recommendations for where to stay nearby.
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.
How to get to St Paul’s Bay
To get to St Paul’s Bay in Rhodes, you have several options depending on your starting point and your preferred mode of transportation.
If you are flying into Rhodes International Airport (RHO), you can take a taxi or rent a car for the 40-minute (approximately 36 kilometres) drive to St Paul’s Bay.
Alternatively, there are public buses running between the airport and Lindos village, only a short walk away from St Paul’s Bay.
It takes around 50 minutes to drive from Rhodes Town to St Paul’s Bay.
St. Paul’s Bay has a public parking area located nearby. Follow the signs for “St. Paul’s Bay” or “Agios Pavlos Beach,” and you should find parking spaces available.
It’s within walking distance of the bay, so you can easily access the beach and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
Alternatively, Lindos has a dedicated public parking area located just outside the town. Follow the signs for “Parking” when approaching Lindos, and you’ll find a parking lot where you can leave your vehicle.
From there, you can take a short walk or a shuttle (during peak seasons) to reach the town centre, where you can then walk down to St Paul’s Bay.
Note that the walk to St Paul’s Bay is quite steep, which is worth bearing in mind during the intense heat, so I’d suggest hopping on a shuttle if you can.
You can also arrive by boat if you’re visiting as part of an organised tour. Some of the best tours I’d recommend are as follows:
- Lindos: Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise with Swim Stops
- From Rhodes: Yacht Cruise to Lindos with Lunch and Drinks
- Lindos: Sea Kayaking & Acropolis of Lindos Tour with Lunch
History of St Paul’s Bay
In terms of historical significance, St Paul’s Bay has an exceptional story to tell. Legend has it that the Apostle Paul sought refuge here in 51 AD during his journey to preach Christianity.
As a result, a small chapel dedicated to St Paul can be found nearby, adding spiritual depth to your visit and providing a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich past.
Services at St Paul’s Bay
At St Paul’s Bay, you have access to a variety of amenities to cater for your needs during your visit.
Beach amenities: You can make the most of your beach experience with sun loungers and umbrellas available for rent.
Cafes and restaurants: Satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst at the selection of bars and restaurants around the bay.
Watersports: Adventure seekers, I’d definitely recommend snorkelling and diving at the bay, as the clear water is just perfect for it.
Local companies offer equipment rental and guided tours to explore the crystal-clear waters.
Things to do in and around St Paul’s Bay
1. See the St Paul’s Chapel
Stroll along the shore and visit the picturesque St Paul’s Chapel, a small whitewashed church perched on a hillside overlooking the bay.
The chapel is dedicated to Saint Paul and I’ve seen a number of weddings and christening ceremonies held here.
2. Go snorkelling
Take advantage of the crystal-clear water around St Paul’s Bay to explore its vibrant marine life.
Snorkelling is a popular activity here, with an abundance of colourful fish and fascinating sea creatures which call the bay home.
3. Relax on the beaches
I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon at St Paul’s Bay than unwinding on the golden sands of its two beaches.
The smaller beach is pebbly and ideal for sunbathing and swimming, while the larger sandy beach offers a variety of facilities, such as sun loungers and umbrellas for extra comfort.
Pack a picnic and relish the sun-soaked scenery while taking a deserved break.
4. Enjoy a boat cruise
I’d really recommend embarking on a boat cruise to experience St Paul’s Bay and the surrounding coastline from an entirely different perspective.
Various tour operators offer scenic excursions, allowing you to unwind on deck while discovering hidden coves, quaint fishing harbours and neighbouring islands.
5. Explore Lindos Village
While in the area, you can’t miss a wander through the charming cobblestoned streets of Lindos Village.
I adore this village, with each corner revealing whitewashed houses with flower-filled balconies, bustling tavernas and inviting souvenir shops.
Take your time enjoying the village’s laid-back atmosphere, rich history and gorgeous views of the sea.
Read my guide to visiting Lindos.
6. Climb up to the Acropolis of Lindos
For an impressive archaeological site with breathtaking vistas, hike up to the Acropolis of Lindos – trust me, it’s well worth the effort!
Marvel at the ancient ruins, including the Temple of Athena Lindia, the Byzantine church and the remnants of Doric columns.
You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with panoramic views of Lindos Village and St Paul’s Bay below.
7. Visit Lindos Beach
Complete your experience of the area by visiting Lindos Beach. Also known as Megali Paralia, this sweeping sandy shore offers a variety of water sports and ample space for sunbathing.
Dip into the refreshing sea, try your hand at paddleboarding, or simply bask in the warm sun and turquoise waters. Utter bliss!
Where to stay nearby
1. Lindos Grand Resort & Spa
Address: Lindos, Vlycha, Rhodes, 85107
Best for: Adults-only luxury
I loved staying at this five-star Lindos Grand Resort & Spa is situated in Vlycha Bay, which offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
Spacious rooms, suites and villas all have elegant design, and some rooms have their own private pool.
Outdoor facilities boast a huge infinity pool that blends seamlessly with the sea and horizon – I’d recommend a sunrise swim if you’re an early bird.
The culinary highlight at Lindos Grand is the Thalatta Restaurant where you can indulge in rooftop fine dining – I had an unforgettable meal here.
2. Melenos Art Boutique Hotel
Address: Lindos, Lindos Rhodes 851 07
Best for: Boutique luxury
For a more unique and intimate experience, consider staying at the Melenos Art Boutique Hotel.
This charming hotel is set within a traditional Lindian house and combines classic architecture with contemporary comfort.
The hotel offers 12 individually designed suites, each with its own unique character and style.
I’d recommend taking advantage of the hotel’s beautiful courtyard, where you can enjoy alfresco dining at the Melenos RoofTop Dining, offering gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea.
3. Aegean Minimalism Villa
Accommodates: 4 guests
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.
If you have any tips or questions around visiting St Paul’s Bay, do let me know in the comments!
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