St Pauls Bay Lindos Rhodes is a small rocky bay about one quarter mile square just south of Lindos town. It’s about 250 yards or three minutes walk from the Kyriakos apartments.
The bay is a great place for snorkelling and is relatively shallow at about 20 feet deep. It is possible to dive off adjacent rocks with care, and you do need to be on the lookout for snorkelers and the glass bottom boat which occasionally enters the bay.
There are two beaches, one is a mix of natural sand and gravel, and the other is a manmade beach of golden sand. Both are relatively un-crowded and relaxed.
During the hot weather the sand can become so hot it is impossible to walk on it in your bare feet. Additionally some of the rocks can be sharp and have spiny sea urchins attached to them. It is a good idea to buy a cheap pair of sandals and to wear them on the beach and in the water. Most days and I was there I observed someone complaining of a cut foot, though no one was badly cut.
The small beach at the northern end of the bay has an area of about two detached houses and will accommodate about 50 people. This small beach would be the beach that is favoured by the local Greek people, and it is here that you would find a small number of topless sunbathers.
It is ideal for a small family, although there are no toilets on this beach.
There is a small a well-run cafe nestling among the rocks above the beach owned and managed by Demetrius and his sons. The day’s use of a sun shade and two sun loungers at the time of the holiday was eight Euros per day. Demetrius also provides a number of pre-inflated water Li-los free of charge to his customers, while snorkelling items may be purchased from the café.
The food is basic and well presented, and there are plenty of cold drinks and beer available. In the hot weather it is advisable to drink alcoholic beverages sparingly, and alternate the remaining drinks between mineral water fresh fruit juice and ordinary bottled water. Drinking either too much wine, or too much water by itself will make you ill. So use common sense and drink sensibly in the hot weather.
The southern beach would hold perhaps as many as 300 people with sun loungers and sun shades on the beach and on low areas stepped into the hillside. Again there are facilities in the form of a café, and there is a small toilet block close to the beach. It is claimed that St Paul landed in Rhodes by this bay and there is a small church built on the hillside in which weddings take place usually on a Friday.
One thing to be aware of is that large brown hornets frequent the warm freshwater shower area on the North Beach. Don’t swipe at them. They are only interested in drinking the water and if you ignore them, they will not attack you. You will have to exercise care though where you place your hand as they sometimes alight on the shower handle and shower head.
St. Paul’s Bay can be very scenic at night. This photograph was taken not long after a lunar eclipse in August 2008.