There are many interesting things to do in Lindos, a small seaside town on the east coast of the Greek island of Rhodes. It's most well known for being home to the grand hilltop archaeological site known as the Lindos Acropolis. However, the old picturesque town also has plenty of sights to explore throughout your visit.

    The narrow alleyways of the town hide exquisite restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and the crystal-clear waters in the nearby bays attract sunbakers all summer long. From the town’s fascinating historical sites to the popular beach activities, Lindos is an attractive place to spend some of your time on Rhodes. Check out this guide for the best things to do in Lindos.

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    Lindos Beach

    Spend the morning down on the sandy shoreline

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    Lindos Beach is a stretch of sand running along the coast of a small bay. The dramatic natural landscape stretches from the Acropolis of Lindos, watched over by a row of whitewashed buildings on the hillside. This provides a beautiful and unique backdrop to the inlet.

    The beach has a wide stretch of golden sand and clear waters. During the summer months, it is often crowded with beachgoers on reclined lounges under colourful parasols. It’s a good idea to arrive in the early morning to make sure you get a good spot. Lindos Beach is within a short walk from the town centre. There are also beachside restaurants if you inevitably stay longer than planned.

    Location: Lindos, 851 07, Greece

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    Eat grilled seabass at Mythos All Day Restaurant

    Enjoy locally caught fresh seafood from a rooftop restaurant

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    Lindos' cuisine is particularly known for its fresh seafood caught daily in the nearby bay. As you wander the narrow streets of the old town, you’ll certainly come across the mouth-watering aroma of grilled fish coming from the numerous restaurants.

    Seabass is a particularly valued catch and is undeniably a highlight on the town's menus. Head to Mythos All Day Restaurant located in Lindos Square, next to the information kiosk. From their rooftop terrace, you can enjoy views of the acropolis and down into the bay while savouring the perfectly crispy-skinned fish fresh off the barbecue.

    Location: Mythos All Day Restaurant, Lindos Square, Lindos 851 07, Greece

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +30 2244 031300

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    Church of Panagia

    Admire the impressive 19th-century interior frescoes

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    The Church of Panagia is a Greek Orthodox place of worship right in the middle of Lindos town. It was originally built in 1300 but has been renovated several times over the centuries, most recently during the Italian occupation in 1927.

    The church still retains much of its original beauty. Its most striking feature is the high-rise, stone bell tower, a typical feature of Rhodian churches. Its interior is even more impressive, with vibrant 19th-century wall frescoes depicting important saints and biblical scenes. The Church of Panagia also has a small museum attached to it – you only need to pay a couple of euros to explore its exhibitions.

    Location: Lindos 851 07, Greece

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

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    Acropolis of Lindos

    The most impressive archaeological site on Rhodes

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    The Acropolis of Lindos is an extraordinary archaeological site of an ancient citadel. It rises above the town and sits atop a 116-metre-high hillock, strategically located overlooking the surrounding coastline.

    On the summit, you’ll find ancient ruins of the Temple of Athena from the 4th century BC, a collonaded Hellenistic walkway, and the Byzantine chapel of Saint John. It’s a steep climb to reach the complex but there are donkeys available for those who prefer a leisurely a ride to the top. You can easily spend a couple of hours enjoying the ancient site, which has survived many centuries and occupations.

    Location: Acropolis of Lindos, Lindos 851 07, Greece

    Open: April–October: daily from 8 am to 8 pm. November–March: Tuesday–Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +30 2244 031258

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    Monument of Ioanni Zigdi

    Watch the sunrise from this historical monument

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    The Monument of Ioanni Zigdi stands above the northern end of Lindos’ main beach. The stone shrine is dedicated to Ioanni Zigdi, a Greek politician and economist who was born in Lindos in 1913.

    The appeal in visiting the monument lies in its strategic view over the bay and town, including the iconic Acropolis of Lindos. Slightly elevated on a hill, the Monument of Ioanni Zigdi is one of the best places to watch the sunrise – it’s also just a short walk from the beach.

    Location: Lindos, 851 07, Greece

    Open: 24/7

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    Tomb of Kleoboulous

    Climb up to an incredible vista

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    The Tomb of Kleoboulous is a circular structure situated at the very edge of the bay to the north of Lindos town. Despite its name, there’s no evidence that it’s the actual resting place of the 6th-century BC Greek poet. Rather, it’s believed to be the tomb of a local wealthy family.

    The stone memorial still attracts visitors for its excellent vistas across the ocean. The 3-km-long walk to the site is also a great way to stretch your legs. Along the trail, you’ll pass the Monument of Ioanni Zigdi and old stone windmills. The return hike takes around 2 hours.

    Location: Lindos, 851 07, Greece

    Open: 24/7

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    The viewpoint of Lindos town

    Get a panoramic view of the town and acropolis

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    This viewpoint of Lindos town is not necessarily an official attraction, but rather a roadside vantage point just outside of town. This flattened area, just off the main road running along the coast, is widely considered the best panoramic view of the entire area.  

    The imposing Acropolis of Lindos and white painted buildings against the clear Mediterranean Sea is an incredible sight. Most people stop here to snap a photo before continuing into Lindos town so have your sunglasses and best summer gear ready for when you pass by.

    Location: EO Rodou Lindou, Lindos 851 07, Greece

    Open: 24/7

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    St Paul’s Bay

    One of the most beautiful bays on the island

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    St Paul’s Bay is a small cove on the other side of Lindos town and the Acropolis of Lindos. It’s an incredibly idyllic inlet, with calm waters that are safe for swimming and a golden stretch of sand with umbrellas and sun loungers.

    It appears almost like a natural swimming pool, completely protected by rugged coastal cliffs and the remains of the acropolis can be seen atop the highest point. The beach is smaller than the one in Lindos town, so it can get rather crowded in summer. It’s best to visit is late in the afternoon and after the day-trip visitors have left the bay.

    Location: St Paul’s Bay, Lindos, 851 07, Greece

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    St Paul’s Chapel

    The perfect place for a wedding ceremony

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    St Paul’s Chapel is on the eastern side of St Paul’s Bay, on the other side of the Acropolis of Lindos. It was built to commemorate the bay as the spot where Saint Paul first arrived in Rhodes for his missionary work in AD 51.

    It’s a small, simple white chapel just above the water’s edge, but its picturesque location makes it a very popular location for weddings. It’s not unusual to see a beautiful ceremony taking place at the chapel, especially in summer.

    Location: St Paul’s Bay, Lindos, 851 07, Greece

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    Watch the sunset from a rooftop bar

    Sit back with a glass of wine and exceptional view

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    Lindos has many rooftop venues with incredible views over the whitewashed buildings and up to the acropolis. There’s no better way to end the day than sitting atop one of the town’s finest bars with a glass of wine as the sun is setting.

    Cesar Meze Bar is an award-winning restaurant and bar with a rooftop pool and seating with breathtaking views over the town. They serve signature cocktails and distinguished wines along with world-class meze dishes. You could also try Cozze Champagne Bar, with delicious cocktails and a quality DJ playing tunes on the evenings. Rainbird Bar is another popular choice, where you can watch the evening’s golden light settling over the sea.

    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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