I did the Donkey ride!
After reading other people's reviews, I must say that I can't see what all the fuss is about. The Donkeys looked well looked after and well fed, and I never saw any ill treatment! If you are on your own, like I was, then you have to wait for somebody else to take a ride, as the Donkeys are tied together for the walk. I must say that I didn't enjoy it, only because he took off before I could get my feet in the stirrups and my camera & bag around my neck. Going up the steps wasn't the best, and Donkey knew when he had to go up the hill, a quick trot, and we were off!!!
COST IN 2013.... 5 euros.
The cheapest way to get to Lindos is by Bus.
The buses depart regularly from the station nearby the Tourist Information Centre. Buy your ticket at the booth and check the Timetables as well.
If you sit on the left hand side of the Bus, you get great views of the ocean, and seaside resorts, and also a gorgeous little Greek Chapel. There is fantastic ocean scenery most of the way, and the views coming into Lindos are beautiful. Have your camera out on the trip, you should be able to get some good photos! I did!
COST IN 2013.. 5euros one way.
When you reach Lindos, a free shuttle will take you down the hill to the town. It also fetches you back up the hill for free to catch the return bus.
The website has timetables and prices for routes around Rhodes
Buses don't stop in the town center, but outside and uphill. So that you have to walk for five minutes downhill once you arrive in Lindos. When you are going back to the bus stop you can take a small bus at the town square instead of walking uphill under the burning sun as I did. The ride is free of charge.
There is a little boat called Lindos which takes tourists on all day cruises from St Paul's Bay Lindos along the coast, stopping for swimming on the way. If you venture further to Kolymbia there are at least 2 boats which go from Kolymbia small beach on daily trips along the coast, all the way to Lindos and back. These trips can include lunch on the boat They have 4 swimming stops too . The boats are The Magellanos 'pirate ship' style) or the Oneiro Ena, (more of a cruiser). Both boats and their respective crews are great. You should be able to get on the trips by simply turning up but it would be better to book in the height of summer.
Lindos is traffic-free. Coaches and cars have to park above the town, whilst taxis can pull down towards the harbour closer to the centre of town.
You've got two options for climbing up to the acropolis outcrop above Lindos, either on foot or by donkey. About five steps up the hill we heard two people of a certain girth give up and say 'Lets get a donkey' but it's not really that bad.
There are some 'interesting' spots on the way up where the the ramp has been polished slick by the tourists and there's no handrail keeping you away from the drop, but at least the donkeys take a different way up so there's not too much commotion. You do eventually reach the shade of trees as you near the top and the views are wonderful (see other photos attached to this tip).
Think of the women who trot up here at dawn to lay out their embroidery and lace under the trees. If you linger for one second or catch their eyes you're greeted with 'Something for the lady, yes? Si, Senora? Madame? Fraulein?' To which the only response I suppose is pretend you speak Finnish.
The main east coast road swoops out Rhodes Town, through Faliraki, past Tsambika beach and above Lindos. There are some steep hills to climb and a couple lay-bys where you can pull over to take in the view.
It's at Lindos you'll hit a major traffic black spot, when the highway skirts along a car park. You'll be faced with cars and scooters coming from every direction, plus there's a major bus stop conveniently located on a bend in the road.
This is the main car park for Lindos, the old town of which is closed to all traffic, except for taxis which can use a rank on the edge of the village. First thing in the morning, even in early October, there were about two dozen coaches parked up here with daytrippers. No doubt in the summer parking is near impossible.
But when we came here later that evening for a night out we found the car park is free after 7pm and nearly empty.
You also have the option of coming to Lindos as her ancient residents did, aboard any of the numerous boats that come in from Rhodes Town, Pefki and the other resorts.
When we visited Lindos there were showers during the day. This meant that taxis became scarce quickly as people headed home. The situation detiorated to the extent that there was no-one responsible for allocating taxis as they arrived. It was a free-for-all. Some drivers refused to go to certain places presumably because they felt they could dictate how many trips they could make given the poor weather. Local trips seemed to be more profitable. We were told by one bar worker that if we get a taxi and he refuses to go to where you want to then just threaten to go to the Police Station in Lindos and that will change his views very quickly.
Glass bottom boat trips are available around the bays - not something we did in our short stay but it seemed realtively dear for a shortish trip - some 45 minutes if I remember . They go from the small harbour in Lindos and round to St Paul's bay (as pictured here) with a very quick swim stop too!
On arrival some buses only stop at the top of the town - its just a short walk downhill to the square but if you don't want to walk back up the hill in the heat for the return journey the considerate people of Lindos lay on a courtesy bus every 10 minutes to the upper square and every 60 minutes to the beach!
It was quite amusing though to see people trudge up the hill for the return bus only for that bus to go down to the square to pick up passengers after all!
Lindos is traffic free so the only proper "taxis" you'll see are the 4-legged variety. Its a popular trip to ride up to the acropolis by such means - and yes I did this tourist trap ride but it was fun and part of the Lindos experience - the donkeys can go at quite a pace! I know some would disagree and think it cruel but you can see by the smile on my face I appreciated not having to climb the hill in the heat! The usual tourist photo will be taken soon after you set off through the narrow streets. These can be purchased (4 euros) on your return if you like - mine was terrible but Dave got his one and it did make a lovely personal souvenir.
Cost for the donkey ride is 5 euros each way - i did manage to walk down however ;-0
One of the pleasanter ways of reaching Lindos if staying in Rhodes Town is by boat. Its takes a good 2 hours plus (some smaller boats may be quicker) but its lovely to have the breeze and to enjoy good views of the coastline and perhaps an idea of which beaches are worth a visit.
You get a good 4 hours in Lindos and on the way back the boat will stop off in one of the bays for a cooling swim stop - often Tsambika bay is advertised on the trips but the boat we took stopped in Stegna bay.
From Rhodes Town the bus normally takes about 1 hour to reach Lindos. We visited Lindos twice - once by boat but not wanting to rush a trip to th acropolis we returned the next day by bus - we caught the 9.00am one from Rhodes Town which took the long route round some of the local villages - i think the 9.30am one would have been just as quick! Its a pity there are no late buses back to Rhodes - the last one back was 7.15pm I think. It would have been nice to spend an evening here, when its a bit cooler and less crowded with us day trippers..
Bus fare was 3.70 euros each way.
You can reach Lindos by car or by bus.
As soon as you arrive there, don't try to park your car down, at the square ( especially if it is high season) because you will not find. Leave your car and go down the street to the village on foot.
There are day trips to Lindos by boat from Rhodes Town (and also I think from Faliraki, but don't quote me on that). It must be a great way to get there, passing all the other scenic beaches down this side of the island (this is the best side for beaches). Some of the trips stop at other bays on the way, most particularly "Anthony Quinn Bay".
Busses from Rhodes town to Lindos (and vice versa) run about once an hour (check times on timetable). I think maybe there are more busses than this, ones that go from Rhodes Town to beyond Lindos. The timetable is not very good at making this clear.
When returning be careful in the evening. There could be more people queuing than can fit on the bus. And the queue tends to be "german style" rather than "english style" which means it's a free-for-all when the bus turns up. Being first in the queue is no guarantee.