Village of Lindos
Lindos
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Situated south of the capital of Rhodes, the picturesque village of Lindos is a UNESCO World Heritage site, nestled at the sea’s edge beneath a steep cliff.

Historical Significance

The current settlement of Lindos is built over the ancient city of Linda, dating roughly between the 8th and 6th centuries BCE, which was a significant location on Rhodes. Another theory posits its founding by Dorians led by the King of Rhodes, Tlepolemus, around the 10th century BCE, making it one of the six Dorian cities in the Dorian Hexapolis. Its strategic eastern location fostered encounters between Greeks and Phoenicians, establishing Lindos as a major trading hub by the 8th century BCE. In the 6th century BCE, it was governed by Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages of Greece. Lindos' influence waned after the foundation of the city of Rhodes in the late 5th century BCE.

Today’s village has remarkably preserved its medieval essence, with its narrow paths paved in cobblestones and decorated with black and white pebble mosaics. Within Lindos, one can observe the traditional stone cottages that glisten in the sunlight with their plastered, whitewashed walls. Most of these homes boast private courtyards, shaded terraces, wrought iron balconies, and brown window frames. Additionally, many structures maintain their original carved embellishments adorning the entrance doors.

Lindos, nestled at the base of a hill in Rhodes, exudes a truly unique charm. This village is a melting pot of various cultural influences, blending traditional Greek elements with touches of Italian, Byzantine, Arab, and, of course, local Rhodian features. The result is an atmosphere that is vivid and distinctive. Adding to its fairy-tale allure is its stunning location, where an ancient Acropolis sits atop the hill, offering breathtaking views of the picturesque bay below.

Lindos is designed predominantly for foot traffic, making vehicular movement quite challenging within its confines. Nevertheless, it’s possible to navigate the narrow lanes by motorcycle, scooter, or even on the back of donkeys, a mode of transport offered by the villagers for a unique touring experience.

Navigating the Village

To ensure you don’t lose your way in Lindos, consider purchasing a map beforehand or rely on a digital map application. The village is constructed in an amphitheater style, which means that the homes are arranged in a circular pattern around the center.

Exploring the Local Charm

The town’s landscape is dotted with a plethora of shops catering to every need—from the staple supply of groceries and Chinese imports to the quaint boutiques offering one-of-a-kind souvenirs and Rhodian crafted jewelry. For those willing to delve deeper, there’s a chance to discover handcrafted icons and artifacts created by the townsfolk. Moreover, the locale brims with a variety of eateries, from traditional taverns to cozy cafes and bars that all exude a romantic vibe. Accommodation options are plentiful, with hotels, apartments, and studios available. The most picturesque lodgings are nestled within ancient captains' houses, which are treasures of the village in their own right.

Exploring Nature and Beaches Near Lindos

Just a short distance from Lindos, you’ll find the «Epta Piges» nature reserve, a stunning valley where seven streams flow through a 186-meter tunnel in the rock, culminating in a picturesque lake. Local legends tout the lake’s healing waters, promising purification to those who bathe in it. While visiting Lindos, don’t miss the chance to unwind on one of the two beaches within walking distance from the village. The largest one is visible from the heights of the Acropolis. To reach St. Paul’s Bay, take a stroll through the village, and don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions to avoid getting lost. It’s a mere 15-minute walk to the beach. Upon arrival, you’ll discover two distinct areas: a smaller section equipped with umbrellas and sun loungers, and a larger space on the other side. You’re free to choose your preferred spot to relax and soak up the sun.

Adjacent to the beach, there’s a quaint St. Paul’s Church. Its scenic location makes it a favored spot for weddings among locals and tourists. A short stroll from the village lies the quieter Lindos Beach. Just follow the main road towards the settlement and look for the Lindos Beach sign on your left. A quick 5 to 10-minute walk and you’ll arrive. The beach boasts fine white sand and crystal-clear waters. It’s well-appointed with sun loungers, umbrellas, and a beach bar, making it perfect for family outings. Children will definitely enjoy the sandy shores and gentle waves here.

Attractions to Explore

Lindos is renowned for its variety of water sports, offering tourists the excitement of jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, diving, and more.

Top Sightseeing Spot

The ancient Acropolis stands out as the most significant historical site in Lindos. Perched atop a steep cliff at a height of 116 meters, it serves as a testament to Lindos' once-great naval power during the medieval period, with a population estimated at around 17,000. At the summit, visitors can explore the remnants of the Temple of Athena Lindia, the Propylaea, the grand Hellenistic Stoa, and the Byzantine Chapel of Saint John.

To reach the landmark, one must navigate an uneven path followed by a steep ascent up a fortress staircase. For those who prefer not to walk, donkey rides are available. However, caution is advised after rain as the stone path may become slippery. From the summit, visitors can behold the stunning St. Paul’s Bay. It’s believed that in AD 51, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked in the bay and subsequently introduced Christianity to the inhabitants of the Greek island. From the Acropolis, the Bay of St. Paul appears almost separated from the Aegean Sea, connected only by a narrow, barely noticeable gap in the rocks.

Main Attractions in Lindos Beyond the Acropolis

Lindos is home to an ancient theater etched into the rock, a significant historical site beyond the famous Acropolis. Visitors should not miss the so-called Tomb of Cleobulus, which is actually a misnomer as it was not the resting place of the ruler but rather a burial site for a wealthy local family. Equally notable is the Archokrateion, a monumental Hellenistic structure, which served as the burial site for the Archokratides family, reflecting a common practice in ancient Rhodes.

If you’re drawn to holy places, consider a tour of the temples in Lindos, Rhodes. Begin at the heart of the village with the Church of the Virgin Mary. This church stands out with a bell tower adorned by the coat of arms of Pierre d’Aubusson, and its interior is graced with 18th-century frescoes. Additionally, the churches of St. George and St. Demetrius are worth a visit. Don’t miss the quaint chapel of St. Stephen as well.

Exploring Lindos: A Guide to Travel and Cuisine

If you find yourself in the locality of Lindos, a village located a mere 55 kilometers from Rhodes City and 50 kilometers from the Rhodes airport, embarking on a culinary adventure is a must. The local eateries are renowned for their exquisite seafood dishes, offering a taste of the sea with every bite. Reaching Lindos from Faliraki is most efficient by the regular bus service, with departures every hour. Those journeying from other towns should look for the public transport options available. If you prefer the flexibility of your itinerary, driving a personal vehicle is advisable. The route to Lindos is well-signed, making navigation straightforward. Indeed, many travelers opt for a private car as it provides the freedom to explore secluded coves and spots both within and outside the boundaries of Lindos with ease.

Tips

  • For a more serene and cooler experience, it’s advisable to visit the village early in the morning when it’s less crowded.
  • The pebbles can be quite slippery, especially after rain. It’s essential to wear shoes with good traction to prevent falls. High heels and wedges might not be practical; a sturdy pair of shoes is recommended.
  • Those with blood pressure issues or musculoskeletal concerns should consider avoiding the climb to the Acropolis.
  • When dealing with donkeys, it’s crucial to be mindful as they have a propensity to stumble over rocks, startling travelers. Additionally, their pace is quite leisurely, which may only appeal to children seeking a gentle outing. Exploring the narrow streets of the village is a delightful experience! If you find yourself lost, don’t fret. The alleys were designed to confuse pirates, hence their maze-like layout. Nevertheless, the village’s small size ensures you won’t be lost for long. Should you need assistance, the locals are always there to point you in the right direction.
  • Tucked away in quaint alleyways lie a treasure trove of charming souvenir shops, inviting bars, and eateries that boast stunning city and sea vistas. It’s a must to visit these spots, with their ambiance becoming even more magical as the evening unfolds.
  • The old town of Lindos houses quaint shops offering authentic Byzantine-style icons, handcrafted by Greek monastery monks. Opt to purchase these sacred items here rather than in the bustling tourist areas. This choice not only benefits the local entrepreneurs but also honors the village’s spiritual heritage.