Lindos is a beautiful village on the Greek island of Rhodes. It is situated 55 km away from the town of Rhodes and 50 km away from Rhodes airport. Although Lindos is a small village there are many things to do and see when you get there. Lindos is very picturesque with white houses, two beautiful beaches within walking distance, and a very important archaeological site, the Acropolis of Lindos. In this post find the best things to do Lindos village Rhodes.
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Top Things To Do in Lindos, Rhodes Greece
The Acropolis of Lindos Rhodes
One of the top things to see in the village of Lindos is the Acropolis. The Acropolis can be seen from everywhere in the village since it is situated on the top of a rock. As you enter the village you can follow the path to the Acropolis on foot it is a 10 min ascend. The Golden Age of Lindos was between the 7th and 6th century B.C. Lindos played at the time a leading role in the Greek colonisation movement and it was a major trading centre. In the 6th century B.C. it was ruled by Cleobulus, one of the seven sages of Greece. During his time the temple of Athena was built, on the site of an earlier structure. At the Hellenistic and Roman times, more buildings were added.
In the 14th century, the Knights of St. John built the fortress in order to defend the island against the Ottomans. As you enter the archaeological site of the Acropolis you will see a relief of a boat carved into the rock that dates from 180 B.C. Then you will climb a large stairway that leads to the administrative buildings of the Knights. As you pass through them you will arrive in an open space. The view from the Acropolis is incredible. From there you can see the white houses of the village of Lindos and the main beach along with the beautiful St Paul’s bay.
The ancient theatre of Lindos
The ancient theatre of Lindos is a site that is often overlooked in favour of the Acropolis and main town, but this archaic amphitheatre is a fascinating attraction. Dating back to the 4th century BC, the ancient theatre of Lindos had grand stage and orchestra as well as capacity for around 1800 spectators and was often used for musical shows and athletic competitions. The site is located just 10 minutes from the central square in Lindos and is free to visit.
Get lost in the alleyways of Lindos village
Lindos Village has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in Rhodes and as you begin to get lost in the meandering alleyways you’ll start to see why. The village is filled with quaint boutiques, white washed houses and small bars and restaurants that boast beautiful terraces and views out to sea.
Go souvenir shopping
As you wander through the streets, you’ll see a number of souvenir shops and boutiques that sell everything from hand made crafts and designer clothing to local produce such as olives, oil and herbs and spices. This can be a lovely way to while away the time with the shaded streets offering a brief moment of respite from the midday sun.
Swim at St Paul’s Bay
St Pauls Bay aka Paralia Agios Pavlos is a picturesque bay just down from the main village that can be seen from the Lindos Acropolis. This is the perfect place to take a cooling dip after exploring the archaeological site and there are sunbeds, parasols, and a cafe available. The water is clear and shallow with rocks around the edges so it’s great for families, just be aware that boats do come and go throughout the day.
Swim at Lindos Beach
An alternative place for a swim is Lindos Beach, the main stretch of sand near the town. This beach is much larger than St Paul’s Bay and therefore offers more options in terms of sunbeds and tavernas. While the walk down to the beach is pretty steep and strenuous, there is a shuttle service available at the peak of summer.
Don’t ride the donkeys
While it may be tempting to take a donkey ride up to the Acropolis instead of walking up the hill, I urge you to reconsider. Temperatures in Greece in summer can soar and while some people may care for their donkeys, on the whole, they are overworked and underwatered.
Yes, donkeys have been used as work animals for centuries, but that doesn’t mean they’re equipped to carry large humans up steep hillsides. Instead, follow the signs to walk up to the Acropolis ensuring you have plenty of water to hand and some decent footwear. It may be strenuous but it will be more than worth it and you’ll feel proud you did it rather than relying on the strength of a poor, tired donkey.