10 Best Things to Do in Lindos – Rhodes’s Most Enchanting Town

Discover the best things to do in Lindos, a picturesque village full of history and charm, in the south of Rhodes Town.

Featuring whitewashed houses, winding alleyways with quaint eateries, shops, traditional Captain’s Houses, a scenic clifftop acropolis and beautiful turquoise-water beaches, Lindos is undoubtedly the most beautiful town on the island of Rhodes.

It was founded in the 10th century BC by the Dorians, and invaded by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of Saint John and the Ottomans. Nowadays the only invasion we see in Lindos is millions of tourists who flock to this enchanting town yearly.

There are several interesting things to do in Lindos, and while most visitors come from Rhodes City to only spend the day, I recommend staying overnight to enjoy Lindos without the crowds and get immersed in its graceful atmosphere.

From relaxing on crystal-clear water beaches to exploring charming alleyways, buying adorable souvenirs, and visiting the most distinctive acropolis in Greece, here’s what to do in Lindos.

Aerial view over Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
I loved Lindos as soon as I laid my eyes on it

Planning a Trip to Lindos – Rhodes

Where is Lindos?

Lindos is situated in a large bay on the southeast coast of the island of Rhodes, approximately 55 km (34 mi) from the city of Rhodes (check the exact location on Google Maps).

How to get there?

You can get to Rhodes by ferry or plane.

  • By plane

You can fly to Rhodes International Airport, Diagoras International Airport (RHO), located 51 km (31.6 mi) away from Lindos. And from there you can hire a car, take a transfer or public transport.

You can book your flights with Skyscanner, the website I trust, use and recommend.

  • By ferry

You can take a ferry to Rhodes from other Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades Islands, Athens, and Turkey. Check schedules and prices here.

How to get around?

There’s a bus terminal in the capital, Rhodes, connecting the city with other villages on the island, including Lindos.

Cars are not allowed in Lindos Old Town. So, if you’re driving, you must leave your car at one of the public parking lots before heading down to the Citadel.

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  • If you’re not driving, consider choosing one of the options above to visit Lindos from Rhodes Town. You can reserve now and pay later and they all offer free cancellation.

What’s the best time to visit Lindos-Rhodes?

Lindos has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers, mild winters and a whopping 300 glorious sunshine days a year.

You can visit the island of Rhodes from April to November, but the best time is during the shoulder seasons, May/June and September/October. July and August are the busiest and hottest months, with temperatures reaching up to 40 C.

Where to stay in Lindos?

I suggest staying at least two days in Lindos. I stayed at the gorgeous Melenos Art Boutique Hotel and I loved it.

If you’re looking for hotels in Lindos, I also recommend:

A man wearing a white hat, light-blue blazer and white trousers at Melenos Art Boutique Hotel, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
I loved my stay at Melenos Art Boutique Hotel!

Where to eat?

There’s no shortage of good places to eat in Lindos, but some of the best restaurants are: Kalypso, Mythos, Dionysus Restaurant, Alex’s Restaurant and Gatto Bianco.

Is Lindos worth visiting?

Absolutely. Known for its emblematic acropolis surrounded by war-like walls and perched on a massive rock, Lindos is a town not to be missed when visiting Rhodes.

Whether you decide to take a day trip from the capital, Rodos, or spend a few days in this labyrinthine village dotted with whitewashed houses, you will discover that there are more things to do in Lindos than visiting its acropolis and wander around its charming alleyways.

10 Best Things to Do in Lindos, Rhodes

1 – Visit Lindos Acropolis

A trip to Lindos cannot be complete without visiting its most remarkable site!

Perched on a hilltop, 116 m above sea level, Lindos Acropolis was constructed in the 4th century to house the Temple of Athena Lindia.

When visiting the historic fortified Lindos Acropolis, you can see several ancient structures including the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, the Hellenistic Stoa, the Byzantine church of Saint John and the headquarters of the Knights’ Period.

Visiting the Acropolis is one of the best things to do in Lindos and I recommend going early in the morning, buying a skip-the-line ticket and booking a guided tour to make your experience much richer.

things to do in Lindos, Rhodes

P.S.1: Lindos is the hottest place on Rhodes so, visit the acropolis early in the morning or late afternoon.

P.S.2: Long queues are common, particularly during the high season, June to September. Book your ticket online in advance here.

2 – Explore the paths, alleys and stairwells of Lindos

The scenic town of Lindos extends for almost 16.6 km2 (6.4 mi2) and boasts a maze of historic streets and alleyways, white-flat roofed houses, adorable rocky pebbly mosaic courtyards made with sea rock, and shops selling the loveliest local art crafts.

But Lindos can get very crowded, especially in the summer, with loads of day trippers.

If you want to see a much quieter town, find good locations for pictures and places where you can enjoy the views peacefully, you should delve into Lindo’s winding streets, alleys and stairwells.

My top recommendation is the western part of Lindos, towards Lindos Beach, which is very serene because many tourists don’t go there. It’s indeed stunning and the perfect photo location for a picture with whitewashed houses in the background.

3 – Relax at Lindos Beach

While in Lindos, don’t miss Lindos Beach!

This popular sandy bay with calm, crystal-clear turquoise water offers an array of bars, restaurants, beach clubs, and family-friendly activities, including sea pedal, kayaking and SUP.

You can get to Lindos Beach on foot or by driving (there are two parking lots). It isn’t my favourite beach on Rhodes, and it can get very crowded during the peak season. But the view of Lindos town wrapped around its ancient acropolis is mind-blowing!

Pericles Rosa posing for a picture at Lindos Beach with Lindos town and its Acropolis as a backdrop, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

4 – Swim in the crystalline waters of St Paul’s Bay

If you’re looking for the best place to swim in Lindos, St Paul’s Bay is the answer.

This sheltered circular gorgeous bay surrounded by cliffs and rocky outcropped, named after St Paul’s visit, boasts an incredible crystalline blue water perfect for a dip.

Although there is not much free space for basking in the sun and the sun lounges are crazy expensive (the most expensive one on the whole island of Rhodes – 50 euros for the set), it’s worth visiting St Pauls Bay.

So, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and admire the unique topography. St. Paul’s Bay is just a 10-minute walk from Lindos town and has two restaurants and a small chapel.

St Paul's Bay, Lindos, Greece

5 – Go souvenir shopping

With a great variety of boutiques, jewellery stores, souvenirs and gift shops, you’ll understand why souvenir shopping is one of the best things to do in Lindos.

You will find a great variety of ceramic, and olive oil soaps (I bought so many) and interesting handcraft products.

You can buy beach accessories, such as hats and sunglasses, handmade bags, designer jewels, potters, ceramics, sponges, magnets, etc.

Lindos Old Town, Rhodes, Greece

6 – Dine with a view

When the night falls and the acropolis is lit, nothing beats sipping a glass of wine and amusing your palate savouring delicious ‘Meze’ (Greek tapas) while admiring this mythological monument.

There are plenty of Lindos’s restaurants offering stunning acropolis views to treat your other half. I went to Kalypso Restaurant, and I loved it. It’s set in a historic Captain’s House, serves delicious food, and provides surreal vistas of Lindos and its acropolis.

Whichever restaurant you go to, booking a table in advance is highly recommended, especially in the high season. Dining with the view of Lindos Acropolis is a magical experience and I bet you will love it as much as I did.

A man wearing a white shirt holding a glass of white wine and a woman wearing black posing for a picture at Kalypso Restaurant with Lindos Acropolis in the background, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
I felt so welcomed by the owner that I stayed there all night.

7 – Go fine dining at Hellas Restaurant

If you want to upgrade your dining experience while in Lindos, go fine dining at Hellas Restaurant.

This award-winning restaurant located in the village of Pefki, 8 8-minute drive from Lindos, has been serving exquisite dishes made with fine local products and inspired by Rhodesian cuisine since 2001.

My recommendation is to try the tasting menu paired with wine. Every dish is uniquely surprising and presented by the passionate chef Irini. The result is an explosion of flavours, textures and complexity.

I loved the Pebble (perikafti bread, brown white fish cream and gravies fish), the Seafood Dolmades and 5 Textures Lemonade. Not to mention the wine, particularly the Rodhonian Dessert Wine.

Fine dining at Hellas Restaurant is one of the best things to do near Lindos. The price is reasonable, so, don’t miss it!

8 – Enjoy Lindos nightlife

 The nightlife in Lindos is not as busy and well-known as in Rhodes Town and Faliraki, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t find things to do in Lindos at night.

From romantic dinners with Acropolis views to bars set in captain’s houses to sip some drinks with friends and open-air clubs to dance the night away, Lindos’s nightlife will surprise you.

I recommend the lovely Lindos By Night Bar, Dreams Cocktail Bar and the popular Pals and Yanis Bar. If you want to listen to Greek live music head to Courtyard Bar. And if you want to dance the night away go to Amphitheatre or Arches.

9 – Visit a Captain’s House

Lindos is well known for its Captain’s Houses, old mansions with exceptional architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and constructed by wealthy merchant seafarers.

These impressive villas with Gothic, Byzantine and Arab influences were built of stone and boast impressive entrances, large carved wooden courtyard doors with relief decorations and lovely black and white pebble-mosaic floors that offer a delicious slice of Lindos’s former glory.

Most Captain’s Houses were converted into shops, bars, restaurants, and luxury accommodations. Visiting a Captain’s House is one of the most unique things to do in Lindos Old Town!

Captain's House Bar, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Captain’s House Bar, which features original furniture and items belonging to the owner’s family

10 – Renew your faith at the Church of Panagia in Lindos

The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, (aka the Church of Panagia) is a 14th-century AD church with whitewashed walls, a barrel-vaulted roof, an octagonal dome, superb black and white pebbles floor, and an imposing stone tower, located in the heart of the village.

But what makes this church an unmissable spot in Lindos, is the astonishing 18th century frescoes depicting biblical scenes painted by Gregory from Simi Island. Beside the church, there’s a museum with important religious exhibits.

The bell tower and the entrance of the Church of Panagia in Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

These are my top suggestions for what to do in Lindos and if you find some more, let me know in the comments below.

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