Lindos, Greece

Lindos is a town and an archaeological site on the east coast of the island of Rhodes, in the Dodecanese in south-eastern Greece. It is about 55km south of the town of Rhodes and its fine beaches make it a popular tourist and holiday destination. Lindos is situated in a large bay and faces the fishing village and small resort of Haraki.

The village has many historic houses known as "Captains" houses, often dating from 16th, 17th or 18th century. The village is made up of a network of cobbled streets. The only modes of transport allowed are donkeys, mopeds and bikes. The houses are like small whitewashed boxes and sit on the hillside making it the most beautiful place on Rhodes. The charm of this village is maintained by a preservation order which forbids any unauthorised building work to change it.

Above the village rises the acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel which was fortified successively by the Greeks, by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans. This makes the site difficult to excavate and interpret archaeologically. The acropolis offers spectacular views of the surrounding harbours and coastline.

Things to See & Do

* Acropolis of Lindos
* Doric Temple of Athena Lindia
* Propylaea of the Sanctuary
* Relief of a Rhodian trireme
* Views of the harbor from the Acropolis

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Greek
Land Area – 1,398 km²
Population – 800
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 30

Port Location – The port is located at Mandraki harbour in Rhodes.

Travel Links - Bus service from Rhodes city (56 km or 35 miles away). Lindos can also be reached by boat from the Mandraki harbour in Rhodes. Good tour operators for Lindos include Kosmar, Direct Greece, Olympic Holidays and Libra.

Lindos is a small town, so walking around on foot is a decent option. However, as Lindos is built on the side of a steep hill, the roads can be quite difficult, and climbing up to the acropolis is definitely an effort. There are two alternatives. A bus will bring you down from the main arrival bus stop outside the center of the city to a square closer to the sea - it's not far, but quite a change in elevation. If you wish to go on top of the acropolis, you can rent a ride on a donkey.

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