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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  • From Rhodes town

    By car or taxi: Around 47km (55 mins) 
    By bus: More info

  • From the airport

    By car or taxi: Around 47km (55 mins)

  • Lindos is popular, so avoid the busiest summer months (July-August), if you can, and certainly the midday heat. 
  • May-June and September-October are wonderful months to visit Rhodes.
  • Seasonal opening hours apply. From April-October (8:00 to 20:00). 
  • It is also closed on some national holidays.
  • Tickets are €12 per person (€6 reduced). 

Opening hours

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter

To fully understand the mythology, history and architecture of the site, it’s worth joining an organised tour, which lasts 2-4hrs.

With everything to enjoy in the area, try to stay for the day. 

  • You’ll find all the basics (snacks and drinks, toilets etc.) but there’s very little shade around the archaeological site and the walk up to the temple is quite steep. 
  • Lindos has plenty of hotels, so you can choose to stay here for all or part of your stay.
  • Due to the hill, access is not suitable for visitors with limited mobility.

Plan your trip

TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

Please help us preserve the magic of our heritage for future generations by following all the basic rules of visiting archaeological sites.

Refrain from touching any remains or monuments. The fingers’ natural oils can be extremely damaging to artefacts.
Stay on the marked paths and respect your fellow visitors.
Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you.
If there’s a “No flash photography” sign, please respect it. It’s to protect the monuments.
Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
No pets (other than guide dogs) are allowed in cultural sites.
Smoking is prohibited.
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