The stunning view from the beachside taverna at St Paul's Bay, Lindos in Rhodes.
When we came upon this small taverna almost carved into the hillside that surrounds St Paul's Bay. We were hooked with Rhodes. Underneath the towering cliffs, which on top sits the Lindos Acropolis. It really is a little corner of
The Acropolis has an unbelievable position with views to every point on the compas. To the north is the sheltered bay which houses Lindos and Pallas beaches. Lindos beach is more touristy and Pallas beach
is lined with tavernas and has a safe family feel about it. Boat trips depart from the stone quayside offering gentle pleasure cruises on catamarans, commercial tours up to Rhodes old town and highspeed spills and thrills of the glass bottom boats.
Exploring the caves, cliffs and the bays to the south.
To the east the sea views are uninterrupted for miles until you hit the coast of Turkey and Gazipasa.
The west has stunning views over the
rooftops of the tightly packed tavernas, apartments and shops of Lindos town. The rugged mountains beyond, shaped by millennia of earthquakes and tectonic activity in the region. The rooftops come to life as the sun sets over the mountains and
the colours in the sky change from azure blues to pinks and oranges.
The hustle and bustle of the bazar like pedestrianised streets occasionally broken by the buzz of a rusty old Piaggio Ape three wheeler, delivering crates
of drinks and oranges to the shops and bars to quench the thirsty tourists. And believe me it's thirsty work walking around Lindos, it's like a cauldron of heat building from the first rays of the morning until the last glimpse at sunset. The heat
And so to the south. A drop down from the cliffs that protect the Acropolis is the most perfect little bay of St Paul's. A sheltered entrance from the deep sea at the north carves a deep channel through
the rocks that allow for the most amazing cliff jumping and diving into blue sea. Where mullet, bream & cuckoo wrasse can be seen whilst snorkelling in the crystal clear water. The deeper water of the channel may give you a glimpse of Cornet
Fish, long spear like fish not native to the Mediterranean, but now becoming established. And all leading to the idyllic bay surrounded on all sides by seemingly impenetrable rocks and cliffs. Yet little roads and paths wind their way down to the
pea shingle sandy shores of the bay. There are 2 beaches in the bay, 1 at the southern most reaches of it where there is also a little chapel. Most days you can see wedding parties come in by boat and walk the short path up to the chapel for their
special day and then to return to their boat and back to their villas or hotels to continue the celebration. The smaller beach to the north of the bay under the shadows of the acropolis is an amazing little spot. Small terraces of sunbeds and parasols,
a gentle sandy beach into the warm waters of the bay. A short swim out to the point to cliff dive into the channel and the oh so wonderful little taverna carved into the hillside. Shaded with vines and melon plants, pots of herbs and behind are
terraces of aubergine, peppers, squash, tomatoes, olives, citrus and the likes. It's a real slice of heaven with chickens scratching at the parched ground and a lazy dog to the back of the taverna, seeking shade at the height of the day. The refreshing
shower at the foot of the cliff to rinse off after a dip in the mineral rich sea. It really feels like a special little spot. It's not fancy, nor pretentious, but has a sense of luxury and a place to be seen. You have to get there early to
bag the best spots or a spot at all.
And to the food, simple grilled fish, calamari, olives, tzatziki, pitta, souvlaki. It is a limited menu, but what they do, they do well and to be honest it's all you really want
from a little taverna like this. It's not the cheapest for what you get, but then again what a view!
Rhodes is the most fantastic island, 3 years on the trot we visited as a family from 2016-2018. 3 wonderful holidays,
all different, yet all with a sense of familiar, a sense of home, a sense of comfort. I can see why people get attracted to the island, especially Lindos and keep returning year after year. The weather, the beaches, the food. Yet there is
so much more to offer and every time we have gone back we have discovered more and more.
From the deserted roads in the middle of the Island which are incredible for cycling, to the wine region in the South, old Rhodes town and the Knights of St John.
Traditional tavernas for locals with no menus, inflatable obstacle courses in the sea, the water park at Falaraki. The winding roads of the West coast that lead you through the pine forests up hairpin roads and into the mountains. All flanked by
olive groves and ancient vines. It really is a stunning Island with so much to offer. But at the same time if you just want to kick back and do nothing but soak up the sun, it is the perfect destination for that as well. Incredible all inclusive
hotels with spas, restaurants, terraces, pools, gyms. Everything you could want for a week or two in the sun to relax.
We have had 3 quite different holidays, the first time in a fantastic all inclusive hotel with a room that had a terrace balcony
to die for, but the hotel was geared for the French tourist trade so didn't have much on for George. He was 8 at the time, so it had a a bit of an impact on his enjoyment. The second trip we were only there for a week and decided to self cater
in an appartment that was just above Lindos, so we were able to walk down to the town and beaches as we pleased. We even had our own resident cat for the week who was georgious. That second trip was when I first discovered road cycling on the Island.
I was not disappointed. Definitely worth getting up at 6am with the sun and getting out there before it got too hot. Empty roads, cool breeze at you decended down the mountain roads and views that were out of this world. Our third trip we
stayed at the Holiday Village, half way between Rhodes town and Lindos at Kolymbia. We chose it so there would be loads for George to do as he was 10 going on 11 and very active. We had pre booked him in for a few days of the football academy and
he loved it, so much so we booked some more. It gave us a chance to relax and chill as it was a full on time with work and George studying for his 11+. Every day that holiday he would be up first thing doing lessons and tests. It was pretty
tough, but it was worth it in the long run as it got him into the school he wanted and now loves.