For people that don’t know Lindos, it may require a bit of an explanation. Lindos is a small village that has no traffic. All cars are parked outside of the actual village, and access for vehicles stops at one of 2 car parks just outside. Taxis and other vehicles enter to the Main Square and cannot park in the village. There are no roads beyond the 2 car parks only narrow paved passageways. Lindos is your stereotypical Greek village, white washed almost ‘sugar cubed’ properties on a hill side with an ancient Acropolis at the top and a beautiful sandy beach at the bottom. See the photo below.
No building work that will change the village is permitted, and a preservation order makes sure of that. It is for this reason that accommodation in the village is of the basic variety. Most properties have a pair of beds, maybe a small kitchenette (if not a fridge in your room) and a basic bathroom consisting of loo, shower (probably no tray) and a basin. In recent years to keep up with the expectations of today’s traveller modern hotels and apartments with pools and all ‘mod cons’ have been built at the top of another hill beyond the village. In my opinion the only way to experience Lindos properly is to stay in the village.
My most recent trip in July 2009 was no exception and as always I stayed in the village. I travelled with a friend and we stayed in the Kyriakos Apartments. Kyriakos is being marketed by the UK tour operator Olympic Holidays for the 2009 season. They are located near the St Pauls Bay end of the village by the ancient Amphitheatre; the closest point that cars can actually get to the village.
Kyriakos is a set of about 10 apartments ranging in size from 2 to 6 people. We booked apartment 7, a 2 bedded apartment with basic kitchen and bathroom. The apartment was higher than the rest of the property and accessed by it’s own staircase and terrace with table, chairs and washing line.
The rooms were typically basic, with 2 Lindian beds (a raised platform with 2 mattresses on it) in each room with a separate single bed in bedroom 1. Old and tired wardrobes were in each room with a few coat hangers.
The kitchen consisted of a very old fridge, table with 5 chairs, a 2 ring electric hob, sink, cutlery and plates for 5. There was no kettle and the only way to heat water for coffee was using the frying pan!!!
The bathroom again was basic; dark and gloomy with a single light over the sink and a powerful shower with no curtain or tray so the water drains away at the other end of the room. There was no shelf for toiletries; these had to be left on the floor. The water pressure in the sink was so low teeth had to be brushed in the kitchen.
Toilets in many places in Greece are, well, different and Kyriakos was no exception….soiled toilet paper cannot be flushed down the loo but placed in a bin next to the loo. This toilet also had the added advantage of being overlooked by a neighbour’s kitchen window; disconcerting when having daily contemplation!!!
Maid service was on a daily basis with the exception of Sunday. We stayed for 2 weeks and bed linen and towels were changed twice weekly. The toilet bin was emptied daily.
Air conditioning in the bedrooms was available but not included in the overall holiday price. This was paid for direct to the maid at €10 a day or €50 a week.
I guess I have painted a poor picture of this accommodation; it was all that was required and exactly what was expected. It won’t be for everyone so I have tried to be accurate but it should be understood that this is pretty normal for basic accommodation in Lindos and by staying in the village it is worth it. Meals in the village are cheap and very good so you don’t really need a kitchen. The beds were comfortable for a good nights sleep and the bathroom did all that was required of it – what more do you need!!
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