Hi Everyone, sorry about the delay in getting this review submitted but been busy after 2 weeks of heaven in Lindos.
Right, we travelled 14-28 May 2013, and flew from London Stansted to Rhodes airport. No issues here and the flight with Ryanair took about 4hrs, seats were comfortable for a chunky 5’10” 18 stone male!
As we had booked independently on arrival at Rhodes airport we had already decided to get a taxi (as the Mrs does not like waiting upto an hour for the transfer coach and may be up to another hour before you get dropped off at your hotel – she just wants to get there). We paid €65 for a private taxi straight to the front door at Lindos Horizon. There is no haggling with the taxi drivers as the prices are displayed on a big board where the taxis line up (directly in front of you as you walk out of the airport). It took us 30minutes to get there in a comfortable new Mercedes.
On arrival we immediately went up to the bar area where we met Stavros. He is a genuinely nice man and does things because he wants to and not because he is running a business; same could be said for Sambiko (who looks like the American rapper/actor ‘Ice T’), and all the staff at Lindos Horizon.
We went through the preliminaries and introductions (purchased 6 large bottles of water from Stavros at €2.80 – in FLORA supermarket it is €2.50 but you have to drag it up the hill!!) and were then shown to our room – BLOCK4 top floor ROOM 408. The rooms are in blocks BLOCK1 (101,102,103,104 on the ground floor; 105,106,107,108 on the top floor). This is repeated in BLOCK2 (201,202,203,204 on the ground floor; 205,206,207,208 on the top floor). Same for BLOCK3 and BLOCK4....so our room was top floor furthest away from reception.
All rooms look over across to the Acropolis and Lindos Village so no view is really better than the other. The lower floor rooms in Blocks1-3 offer a little less privacy than Block4 or the higher floors just because you will have people walk past your room to get to there room.
On our first day it was raining and the stairs were VERY slippery so be aware of this (one of the guests in our last week slipped and fell down the stairs grazing his arm & legs when the stairs were cleaned with water in the mornings!).
The rooms are spacious and modern. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom for the ladies, the plugs require Euro style adaptors, the TV has Euro News, BBC World News and a channel which had English music on it some days and other programs (documentaries, game shows, films all differing languages) on other days. So limited viewing but you do not come to watch TV on holiday. The TV is a small old style TV and not an LCD. There are lots of cupboard spaces for clothing, the air con is new and silent for night usage and nice and cold, it requires the balcony door to be closed to keep it on as there is a sensor on the door. There is everything you could need for self-catering re kitchen utensils for 3 people (3 cups, 3 glasses, 3 plates etc, etc). The beds we had were 2 singles joined together which was fine. There was also a sofa bed in the room should you have 3 people per room. The key has a big brass key fob which you put into the slot in the room by the door to start the electricity. The fridge is adequate and cold. There was a small booklet in the room giving prices for air con for 7/14 days (€60/€120), safe box usage for 7/10/14 days (€12/€15/€20), opening hours of the pool/bar area (open from 0800-0130)with breakfast served between 0800-1730, pool open 0800-1930, BBQ night details on Mondays costing €13 for adults & €8 for children upto 10 years old from 1930 and is eat all you can. BOOK THIS, as it is great food, good value and you get to meet the other guests which is a nice thing to do we think.
Having examined the room we went to the bar/pool area. Throughout our stay we noted the prices of the food and took photos of the bar menu for those that wish to gauge their spending whilst at LH. It was very reasonable.
The pool has 21 fixed umbrellas around the pool; it is 0.90m at the shallow end which has 5/6 chairs submerged in the water to sit in and have a beer to 1.90m at the deep end. If you look at the pool from the shallow end and look at the 2nd fixed umbrella on the right from there the pool has a sharp drop and becomes deeper. Point to note is the ladder to get in out of the pool only has 2 steps in the pool water and by this I mean those less mobile MAY find it a bit hard to raise there legs to reach this bottom rung and use the ladder. I have been to pools with a longer pool ladder in the pool making it easier to get out. For the sun seekers the umbrellas are all numbered from 1-21. Umbrellas 1-12 have the most sun (along the left side if the pool area), then the umbrellas along the top of the pool (the deep end) and the umbrellas on the right side off the pool lose the sun around 3/4pm. There was no issue with reserving sun beds during the 1st week of our stay but in the 2nd week a few sun beds were reserved by the time we got down to the pool area at 9am. At around 2.30pm the goats can be seen running down the mountainside towards the rear of the pool area as they come down to graze.
The walk down to the supermarket ON THE MAIN ROAD – called FLORA – takes 5minutes. There is a supermarket closer to LH but this is ‘slightly’ more expensive. So you decide. FLORA does have more choice if that helps you. The walk back is ok too. The ‘hill’ everyone talks about is the walk from the supermarket down to the village. IT IS PRETTY STEEP, we managed it for 2weeks without a taxi but the weather was bearable in the evening – if it got hotter in the evenings then a taxi ride for €4/€5 is worth it. Takes about a further 15minutes form FLORA supermarket.
Right, about the village...you walk down the hill and as you get to the beginning of the village you see a big tree in the middle of the road and this is the roundabout where taxis are parked up and other traffic is sent back up the hill (as Lindos is a no vehicle place). This is a great site, the tree is massive and around the tree is a raised seating area where it is nice to sit eating a Gyro on the way home or just people watching.
From here you enter the village – the Gyro place I am talking about is the 2/3rd shop on the right and is worth a go, they cost €2.50 each and consist of a small pitta bread with kebab meat, chips, salad, tatziki (and chilli sauce if you want) in the middle.
From here you can find your own way around the village, it would take me forever to tell you all the things we found and explored so do it yourself – basically if you see a dead end or it starts to get quieter as you walk away from the centre of the village, just carry on because around the corner will be something else. You have got to walk around the village. As you go towards the centre of the village you will come across YANNIS BAR – this is very popular, lively and a great place to start off with a few beers before you decide where to eat. YANNIS cost us €3.90 for a large beer, €5.90 for a vodka & lemonade. There are loads of restaurants in Lindos the memorable ones were DIONYSUS (which is high up on the TA reviews) cost us €55.30 which consisted of ½ litre of rose wine, 1 large beer, a steak dinner and a meat dish (think it was kleftico). This restaurant is one of the more ‘upper class’ places to eat in Lindos. Now next to YANNIS BAR is a great place called MARIA’s (don’t mix it up with MARIO’s which is next to MARIAS’s) where Stavros told us to go for genuine Greek food at genuine Greek prices; a meal cost us €35.70 which consisted of ½ litre of rose wine, 2 large beers, 1 stifado and 1 moussaka. The dishes were a good size and the restaurant a traditional Greek feel about it. So you can see you can eat out for between €30-€60; all depends if you want an Acropolis view or just want quality food without the view and without the price tag. Another place we ate at was MEDEAST – as you walk down to the village BEFORE you get to the large tree where the taxis are on your LEFT is MEDEAST. This place has gorgeous views of the beach and village and the place inside is well designed and laid out. The meal costs us €57.60 which consisted of bread & tatziki, ½ litre of wine, 2 large beers and 2 fish dinners. Fairly expensive but nice. And finally THE TAJ MAHAL Indian restaurant – this was great! I cannot find my receipt for this but it was between €35-€45 for poppadum starters, ½ litre of rose, 3 large beers, 2 main dishes, 1 side dishes, 4 chappatis and 1 nan bread. The place was busy when we were there, the food really tasty. All these places I mentioned (and others) you can just go in for a drink – this is what we did so we could gauge what the place was like and if we wanted to eat in there another night. Sorry if this is very short on the restaurants but there are so many you will have to find them your selves to suit your tastes and price.
Now you cannot go to Lindos without going up to the Acropolis. We found 3 ways to get up there; 1st is follow the signs to the Acropolis which will take you towards the left of the village and up to the Acropolis, this route is very steep with loads of steps. As we got to the beginning of the steps of the Acropolis for real I saw a sign which pointed down to the village straight ahead of us and i thought i would follow this route on the way down to see where it leads. Anyway we went to the Acropolis (open 8am-2.30pm whilst we were there and CLOSED ON MONDAY’S) and it was great!!! The views are magnificent and you get your bearings of the village. You get to see all the 3 beaches (St.Pauls, main beach & small beach). What we saw was restaurants/places to drink which we would not have seen at ground level so we managed to pick out a few that looked good and searched them out when we got down. On the way down we went to the bit where the path splits left & right (right takes us the way we came up) so we went left (2nd way)....this is a more shallow pathway back into the village with few steps!!!!!!!!!!!! From what I can recall we ended up with YANNIS BAR to our right as we made our way down. So when you enter the village IGNORE the signs sending you to the LEFTSIDE of the village (so you between the beach and the Acropolis); instead head towards the RIGHT of the village through the paths and you will unknowingly be most of the way up the Acropolis without even knowing it...SERIOUSLY! The3rd way is use a donkey to get up/down at €5 each way – I could not put the poor donkeys through that!
There are 3 beaches which are all nice and ALL BUSY. My favourite was ST.PAULS BAY, which is from FLORA supermarket right along the main road and walk a further 20mins down to the bay. This is where marriages take place and is beautiful! There is one restaurant here called TAMBAKIO, and for the only place on the beach was reasonably priced. (once again I have photos of our meal and photos of the menu with prices) but this will be added later in the LH hotels section. READ THE PAPER TABLE COVERING on your table and it tells you about the beach, and the restaurant and then go and ask the staff to view the area shown on the paper table covering – not going to tell you what it is as it is a nice surprise for you to find out. Toilets are clean and the sun loungers cost €8 for 2 loungers and an umbrella on all 3 beaches.
We also did the walk to KLEOBOULOS TOMB. If whilst at LH on the balcony or anywhere you can look out to the sea – look out to sea and to your left following the coast line, you will see a square shaped building (tomb) on it’s own at the end of the coast line, this is the tomb and looks miles and miles away; infact it isn’t really and is a great walk. When you walk to the big tree where the taxis wait on entering the village; you will see another road at this roundabout going DOWN towards the beach (big sign says BEACH as a clue!) go down this road and stay on the road until you see a brown sign pointing to your right to the tomb, follow this and you will see a car park on your right (which is free for those that travel down to Lindos from other places) and another sign pointing to the beginning of the walk. You walk along the side of the free car park, past some grazing donkeys and in front of you see a modern tomb to Yannis which looks like small Cleopatras Needle in London. Walk along ht path past this and then look out for clumps of rocks put down by walkers (including us) to help guide others. You will then head off towards a derelict windmill and then on to the tomb itself. The walk is very rocky but as long as you are stable on your feet it fairly flat. The only difficulty you may have is the last 20meters up a steep climb to the tomb. BUT even if you think you could not do this as you will have to pull yourself up some big rocks then it is still worth the walk up to this step incline as the photo opportunities and the view of the whole village and beach is magnificent. I again have photos of this walk but will be added later – sorry.
The bus from Lindos to Rhodes runs everyday and costs €5 eachway, I think I put the times on my blog for this so please read that. I do have a photo of the timetable which will be added later. RHODES TOWN IS A MUST TOO, the Old Town is a larger version of Lindos but note it is a little bit more aggressive in it’s attempts to get you in their bars/restaurants. Just say no and carrying on walking – this is a cheap excursion in a nice clean coach and takes about 70minutes to get their. You get a ticket from the small booth just in front of the cafe next to FLORA supermarket. On this ticket will be a bus number – look for this bus, it will have a big number on the front windscreen and on the rear of the bus. The numbers are very large and easy to identify. GET ON THE BUS THAT CORRESPONDS with your ticket, don’t jump on the first one that appears to be going your way. To double make sure when you get on the bus just say Rhodes or Lindos depending on if going or coming back.
This is a bit all over the place for which I apologise, and I have probably missed things out that are in my blog for the 2weeks we were there – so please read them both together to get a fuller picture of Lindos. I will upload loads of photos which will have the complete LH bar menu, photos of some of the dishes we had to eat so you can actually see what your getting, the tomb walk, along with general photos of the area...so bear with me on that and I will put a little note on this forum for when it is up with the photos.
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- Also Known As:
- Lindos Horizon Hotel Lindos
- Lindos Horizon Hotel
- Lindos Horizon Rhodes