The Acropolis and the beach of Lindos
EXPERIENCE

Discovering the wonder of Lindos on Rhodes

Through history, Lindos has inspired its inhabitants to reach incredible heights. Today, you can stand where the ancients and knights of Rhodes once did and be inspired in exactly the same way
Duration
2-4 hrs
Season
April-October

OVERVIEW

No visit to Rhodes is complete without exploring Lindos. Not just because of the 3rd century BC acropolis perched on its hilltop, or the medieval fortifications that continue to give the site the gravitas it deserves. Or even because of the sugar-cubed houses and labyrinth of alleyways of the town just below.

It’s because climbing to the temple, 116m above sea level, is to follow exactly the same path as the ancients and knights that once used Lindos as a place of worship and defence. That incredible vista of the Aegean Sea and St Paul’s Bay … They’re the same views that inspired them.

Make sure you make a day of it. The archaeological site; the shops, cafes and restaurants in the town; and the beaches that you can pick out from the temple will reward you for it. And to top it all, there’s a different aura to each hour of the day, with evening bringing the most magical light to accompany a rooftop terrace dinner in town.

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DON'T MISS

A medieval fortification

One of the first impressions you’ll have of the archaeological site is how the constructions of antiquity and later generations have merged. Just beyond a Hellenistic exedra (seating area) is the Administrative Building of the Knights (from the medieval Knights of St John) and the Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis.

The Propylaea

Near the entrance, you’ll find a 280 BC relief of the prow of a ship – a nod to Rhodes’ naval prowess, which continued until long after the knights had moved on. Climbing a grand staircase you reach the Propylaea (temple entrance) and the remains of a Hellenistic stoa (pillared hall).

Temple of Athina Lindias 

The crowning glory is the temple at the top, built in around 300 BC on the site of a previous temple. You can look down on a theatre and contemplate the myth of the temple being founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the rage of the goddess Hera.

Unless that is, you’re preoccupied by those astonishing views of the Aegean … or the beach you’re about to head to … or the town of Lindos … or the rooftop restaurant you’ll choose for dinner.

Or all of the above.

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Lindos Seastone Villas Rhodes

Rhodes

Lindos Seastone Villas is a complex of 4 luxury beautiful designed and fully furnished villas in Rhodes. It is located at Pefki village just 150m...

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