There are two beaches seen as you approach - this is the larger one and looked pretty busy most of the times. Tavernas and good facilities just beehind and the usual sunbeds and parasols are availbale for hire.
Fine sand andt he water looked so inviting and clear here too, a great place for a swim with a view!
The interior of St Mary's is amazingly vivid with colouful paintings and carved altar screen and silver iconstasis in the orthodox style. Make sure you notice the beautiful black and white sea pebble mosaic flooring too - a common feature in the Dodecanese islands, known as chochlaki. Its quite uneven in places too so be careful how you walk here. The late 19th century frescoes have been restored in the 20th century and the walls are vividly covered with biblical scenes and pictures of saints and apostles.
Pics in the travelogue below.
The donkeys bringing tourists up to the Acropolis via the exposed rocky track that they use. We actually walked up this way because we wanted some views over the sea as we ascended. We passed several donkeys & their passengers on our way up, they take a quite sedatery pace.
Views From On High IV
Looking down into the centre of the town you can see the two churches that share the common courtyard, that I mentioned in another tip. It's almost impossible to follow the routes of the main streets etc. from up here, they're so narrow and enclosed.
Lindos & Pefki
Lindos is a traffic-free old town of 'sugarcube' houses spilt under a rocky outcrop which is crowned by an ancient temple. It's probably the most fashionable spot on Rhodes Island and is known for its nightlife in high season.
On our visits in early October the town was thronged with day trippers. I counted nearly two dozen coaches in the car park one morning, plus many excursion boats sail into the harbour. It was plenty busy and plenty hot even then, so who knows what it can be like in August??! However, we enjoyed an evening wandering its polished stone streets, whilst in full sunshine the Acropolis affords glorious views.
Pefki (or Pefkos, or Pefkoi, depends who you ask, but it means 'pine trees') is a small resort town about 3 miles west of Lindos up and over the headland.
The town sits at the bottom of a sheer cliff with several sandy beaches within walking distance. There is no 'old town' but the tidy buildings are small, with nothing more than 3-storeys, so it's low-key and pleasant. The abundance of restaurants, shops and tavernas will keep you busy for a week or two. There are no nightclubs open late and instead the streets buzz into the early hours with families and couples strolling about.
You're just off the main east coast road, so you can explore the island by hiring a car or taxi locally or by catching the bus. There are also tour operators in Pefki who can set you up on a guided bus tour. A taxi to Lindos costs 6 euro and only takes 10 minutes, although there are also regular boat trips direct from Pefki.
We had thought about booking a place to stay in Gennadi, further south along the coast past Lardos and Kiotari. On passing through Gennadi it seemed just as built up as Pefki but with more houses, fewer amenities and a less sheltered position on the shore.
There is a noticeable decline in development heading south once you're past Lindos and the interior offers wonderful mountain drives through pine forests.