Stunning whitewashed houses climbing amphitheatrically the slopes of a hill topped with a fortress at the end of a sweeping blue bay with a golden sandy beach make Lindos one of the most captivating villages in Rhodes.Located some 50 km from Rhodes Town, Lindos is very picturesque more than anything. The scenery with turquoise waters is absolutely picture-perfect. What do you think?Back in time Lindos was settled by Minoans and a natural harbour led it to become one of the three important cities in Rhodes together with Ialyssos and Kamiros. Today Lindos can be divided into three parts: the idyllic village itself, the acropolis on top of hill, and the beach. I spent one full day exploring all three parts of Lindos and I wish I could have stayed longer.
Acropolis of Lindos
I started my Lindos exploration at the ancient acropolis with ruins of the ancient city that lies within massive walls on top of the hill. The acropolis is accessible by foot via a series of steps or you can hire a donkey at the entrance of the village to take you up to the top.I was so excited to finally have a chance to explore Lindos and did not pay any attention to signposts so I got a little lost on my way up. After many detours in the labyrinth of narrow alleys I found my way climbing up the donkey route, without a donkey though. The day was getting very hot and it was a very sweaty climb up but the views along the way were more than rewarding.The Acropolis of Lindos was originally fortified by the knights of St John. Today the crusader fortress comprises the Byzantine Church of St John, Temple of Athena Lindia, Doric Stoa and Portico, and propylaea ruins.I had never been to an ancient acropolis with majestic colonnades before so this was a very unique experience for me. It was also such a fantastic place to explore the history of Rhodes with absolutely stunning views over the white village, blue sea and gorgeous St Paul’s Bay where the apostle supposedly crashed on the island during a storm and brought Christianity with him.
With whitewashed houses influenced by Byzantine, medieval, Arab and Rhodian architecture, pebble paved patios, narrow winding alleyways full of small shops, bars and restaurants make Lindos village such an exciting adventure.The best thing to do in Lindos is to explore the labyrinth of small backstreets, churches and white Captain’s houses without a map, getting totally lost and soaking up the atmosphere of the small Greek village.Lindos village has been declared a National Historic Landmark and local traffic laws limit the use of vehicles in the main part of the village to just motorbikes and donkeys so here you can truly enjoy easy walks without traffic. However, the heat in Lindos is almost unbearable. Some locals told me that Lindos is one of the hottest places in Rhodes and you can totally feel it.
The beautiful Lindos Beach with spectacular views up to the village and acropolis as well as over sweeping Lindos Bay is an ideal place to cool off after a hot day of exploring. Here the sand is so soft and waters are incredibly turquoise with no waves.
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