It takes a couple of hours to sail from Chalki to Lindos in the morning. You can easily spot Lindos by its castle on top of the hill around which this beautiful village is built.
There is a small anchorage just south of the village and a somewhat bigger but still beautiful shallow bay north of town in front of the beaches.
As we arrive later that day and it takes a while before we head for shore we’re able to take a quiet walk around the town, it doesn’t seem very busy. Cocktails from the Rainbird bar, looking down on our anchorage. Not bad at all.
We decided not to sail to Rhodos harbour, but leave the boat here in Lindos and rent a car to drive to the main city on the island. As we enter Lindos the next morning to collect the car we see a totally different town. Even in this period of the year about a dozen touring cars have already emptied themselves and most of the charme of Lindos is instantly gone. It feels similar to Cinque Terre where it was just marvelous early morning and from the evening onwards. Great to be on anchor in places like that with an easy option to avoid the crowds.
It’s probably clear that I am not much of a crowd person. No wonder that the city of Rhodos was not my favourite part of our stay on this island. It’s pretty easy to drive to Rhodos and also very cheap, so if you’re also not a big fan of big marina’s there is no real reason to go there by boat. Several big cruise ships visit the city and although the architecture and set up of the old city is great, it’s difficult to see and enjoy it. I think Marijke is a bit better designed to enjoy places like this, but I was very happy that we only stayed for a couple of hours.
On our way out we met Joe and Jo again, one of the dancing boats from Symi. They were moored in the marina here and were so kind to invite us for coffee. Brave people, circumnavigating without avoiding areas we would definitely want to avoid. Southern Phillipines, Sudan, Jemen, Suez Canal you name it, they all did it.
On our way back we drove along the other side of the island and crossed the island a bit further south past the airport. Marijke was able to buy all kind of stuff for her herb garden, so now we grow our own Mojito mint on Greatcircle.
Back in Lindos, all busses were already long gone. We follow one of Jo’s recommendations as the Broccolino restaurant is very close to our anchorage. Very good choice, we have a wonderful evening here, great food and great atmosphere.
After dinner we tried to burn some calories walking up the hill to the lighted castle. We didn’t find a way to enter it, not sure if this isn’t possible indeed, maybe from the other side of the hill.