By the time the donkeys woke us up on day three of our Lindos adventure we were ready for our first day at the beach.
The Old Town’s taxi donkeys are tethered all over the place so we passed a good few of them on the way to the death alley that passes for a road on the way down into Lindos. It was good to see that they do get regular days off where they can stand about looking disagreeable instead of grumping around town. Goats keep them company or perhaps it’s fairer to say steal from their feed buckets. The goats are more or less free to go where they please as it is up to local land owners to properly fence in anything that they don’t want the goats to eat.
Lindos has two sandy bays down the hillside from the Old Town. The main bay has two stretches of beach connected by a rocky path and plenty of tavernas. Just around the headland is St Paul’s Bay where the apostle Paul arrived in antiquity to spoil all the pagan fun that was going on the island. We opted for the smaller of the two beaches in the main bay, hired some sunbeds and umbrellas which came with a complementary Lilo (€4 per person) and settled down for some serious relaxing.
Lunch was taken at the Skala Taverna. We ate here twice during our stay, as the menu had some interesting items that I hadn’t experienced before in Greece, like Spetsofai. This was a stew made with Greek village sausage, Feta cheese, tomatoes and onion. Quite nice but the sausage itself was a bit bland for my taste. I think if I was to make this at home I’d use a spicier one like a Spanish chorizo. Depending upon what we chose lunch usually came in at about €45 for four people with beer, water and coffee.
Hitting the trail back into town it was time for ice cream. Now there are a few ice cream parlours in Lindos, but the one we wanted to try was Gelo Blu. Gelo Blu is located within the courtyard of another old sea captain’s house deep within the old town’s winding lanes. The building is relatively new, dating back to 1911, just before the 1912 Italian-Turkish War where the Italians got to take Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese Islands away from the Turks. It was worth searching out, the ice cream came in about 20 flavours and was absolutely delicious. For €3 you get two great big dollops.
That evening took us to Caesar’s, a rooftop restaurant in the Old Town. I thought the menu a bit expensive (€102 for four including water and an indifferent wine.) while the portions were a bit stingy , but I suppose we were paying for the view.