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Visit the ruins of the '''Acropolis''' and the (still unfinished as of mid-2009) reconstructed temple of Lindian Athena. Entrance fee to the Acropolis itself is €6, but you do have a nice view from there. It's open till 6:40PM from March to December. There is also the remains of an Ancient Amphitheatre carved into the slope of the Acropolis.  If you wish to avoid the tiring climb you can hire a donkey at the entrance of the town.
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The main attraction of Lindos is the '''town''' itself, winding paths between small traditional whitewashed buildings. Be brave and leave the main streets and explore the backstreets! Free maps can be picked up from the tourist information centre. These are obviously incredibly useful, but for some reason the map is without street names, and so it's still very easy to get lost.
  
A road leads high up to the acropolis The first ruins you will encounter are the medieval walls. In the early 14th century the Crusaders built fortifications were upon the remains of earlier defenses, both Byzantine and more ancient. There are a few of towers along the medieval walls, they follow the natural contours of the high ground.
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Dotted around Lindos you will stumble across many '''Captain's Houses'''. These date from the 1400s and are particularly attractive. Double points if you can enter them as well as find them!
  
You can visit Kleoboulous's tomb, a small stone structure at the tip of the bay.  
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Visit the ruins of the '''Acropolis''' and the (still unfinished as of mid-2009) reconstructed temple of Lindian Athena. Entrance fee to the Acropolis itself is €6, but you do have a nice view from there. It's open till 6:40PM from March to December. There is also the remains of an Ancient Amphitheatre carved into the slope of the Acropolis.  If you wish to avoid the tiring climb you can hire a donkey at the entrance of the town. Walking up the road that leads high up to the acropolis, the first ruins you will encounter are the medieval walls. In the early 14th century the Crusaders built fortifications upon the remains of earlier defenses, from both the Byzantine era and more ancient times. There are a few towers along the medieval walls which follow the natural contours of the high ground.
  
You can also see St Paul's Bay where the saint supposedly crashed on the island and brought Christianity with him.
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* <see name="Kleoboulous's tomb" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A small stone structure at the tip of the bay</see>
  
And of course, the '''town''' itself is worth sightseeing, with its traditional old Greek architecture. Some houses, known as "Captain's Houses", are supposedly extra beautiful - if you can find them (and enter them). There are also old churches spread around, there is a tour going around them - otherwise most of them are closed (and hard to find).
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You can also see St Paul's Bay where the saint supposedly crashed on the island and brought Christianity with him.
  
 
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Lindos is a medieval village on the Greek island of Rhodes.

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Understand

Lindos provides a mix of history, beaches and the marina. It has only 700 inhabitants, who are outnumbered greatly by tourists. 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 - all of which is entirely pedestrianised. The only modes of transport allowed are donkeys, mopeds and bikes. The houses are like small whitewashed boxes and sit beautifully on the hillside making it the most beautiful place on the island. The charm of this village is maintained by a preservation order which forbids any unauthorised building work to change it.

Nearby are the settlements of Lardos, Pefkos, Kalathos

Lindos beach and Saint Pauls beach are only a short distance from the town centre.

Get in

Lindos village and acropolis

Bus service from Rhodes city is 56 km (35 mi) away). A ticket costs €5.00, 1-way. Lindos can also be reached by boat from the Mandraki harbour in Rhodes. Good tour operators for Lindos include Direct Greece and Olympic Holidays and - all of which have a wide range of apartments and villas for all different family groupings. (Be warned that tour operators Kosmar & Libra have gone into liquidation.)

You can park outside the city. There are blue "non-free spaces" intermixed with free spaces beyond the large "supermarket" parking. To get to the city, once you are at the "supermarket" parking, go down and after a while you'll have to choices at the last parking plaza: enter the city through a small side street, or go down to the beach, walk to the other end and climb up to the city.

Get around

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 for about € 6.

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Castle
An old church in Lindos

The main attraction of Lindos is the town itself, winding paths between small traditional whitewashed buildings. Be brave and leave the main streets and explore the backstreets! Free maps can be picked up from the tourist information centre. These are obviously incredibly useful, but for some reason the map is without street names, and so it's still very easy to get lost.

Dotted around Lindos you will stumble across many Captain's Houses. These date from the 1400s and are particularly attractive. Double points if you can enter them as well as find them!

Visit the ruins of the Acropolis and the (still unfinished as of mid-2009) reconstructed temple of Lindian Athena. Entrance fee to the Acropolis itself is €6, but you do have a nice view from there. It's open till 6:40PM from March to December. There is also the remains of an Ancient Amphitheatre carved into the slope of the Acropolis. If you wish to avoid the tiring climb you can hire a donkey at the entrance of the town. Walking up the road that leads high up to the acropolis, the first ruins you will encounter are the medieval walls. In the early 14th century the Crusaders built fortifications upon the remains of earlier defenses, from both the Byzantine era and more ancient times. There are a few towers along the medieval walls which follow the natural contours of the high ground.

  • Kleoboulous's tomb. A small stone structure at the tip of the bay

You can also see St Paul's Bay where the saint supposedly crashed on the island and brought Christianity with him.

Do

The town has one of the few sand beaches on Rhodes. These beaches can easily become quite crowded. Unfortunately, sometimes there is rubbish and litter such as cigarette butts to be seen. The bay has a lot of boats many of them serving the tourism industry and including a glass bottom boat.

  • St Paul's beach. Good beach near Lindos . Gets the shade from 5.30-6ish on southern side. Good swimming. Impressive location. €8 for a parasol and two sun loungers.


Eat

Lindos has many restaurants, all catering to tourists, and featuring food from every nationality you can think of. All staff are English speaking and menus are written in English. Most bars serve breakfast up until mid-afternoon so there is plenty of variety and choice. In terms of convenience food, there are several snack bars and several 'crepe houses' serving both sweet and savory crepes - made fresh before your eyes - at very reasonable prices. Supermarkets stock an excellent array of foods and lots of imported English food. Visitors from the UK never need to be stranded without favorite items should they require them.

  • Artemis, Pefkos, 0030 2244048365, [1]. Local cuisine prepared with the highest standards, friendly atmosphere and professional stuff.
  • Acropolis. All the food on the menu is barbecued and tastes delicious, using local meat from Rhodes.
  • Maria's Taverna.
  • Med East. The food is excellent, very Mediterranean. The ambience is very laid back, and the views of the acropolis are stunning.
  • Zorba's. Top quality fresh local produce. Open air restaurant and fantastic, friendly staff. Around.

Drink

Lindos has a wealth of different bars catering to all tastes. Many have rooftop gardens where you can watch the sun go down (or come up!) as you drink.Lindos By Night Bar especially has several roof gardens where you can watch the night go by. All bars are welcoming to children and there are many who have restaurants also. There are two nightclubs within the village itself and an open air club which can be accessed by a short taxi ride and which stays open until the very early hours of the morning.

  • Courtyard Bar. As the name suggests has a courtyard and a very smart clean interior with 2 open floors giving splendid views of the Acropolis. This is the only bar in Lindos to have live bouzouki music, this is provided on Sunday nights.

Sleep

There are a large number of studios, apartments and villas - most with spectacular views - and all very close to the centre of town. You are best to get self-catering accommodation within the village itself for the best experience of Lindos as some of the Lindos hotels are located outside of the village meaning that you will need transportation to get you to the beach, restaurants and nightlife.

  • Eugenia villa and studio, Lindos, +30 2244031397, [2]. The Eugenia Villa and Studio are next to each other, located above the Small Beach (known as the Pallas) in Lindos.
  • Lindos Blu Hotel, Lindos, +30 22440 321110 (, fax: +30 22440 32111), [3]. checkin: 24 hr. Double €200-660.
  • Lindos Mare Hotel, Lindos, +30 22440 31130 (, fax: +30 22440 31131), [4]. checkin: 24 hr. Double €220-260.
  • Lindos Villa, +44 1234 823 274, [5].
  • Pefkos Beach Hotel. It is self catering but, very good, clean, and very friendly
  • Pefkos Garden Hotel, Pefki, +30 22440 48259 (, fax: +30 2244048228), [6]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Pefkos Garden is a comfortable and quiet hotel outside Rhodes near Lindos and Lardos. Our hotel meets the quality of comfort that you need so that you can relax during your holidays.

Contact

There is an Internet cafe in Lindos called Lindianet [7].

Get out

Frequent buses run from Rhodes city all up and down the east coast of the island, including to and from Lindos, though they can be slow because of frequent stops. For drivers, the road between Lindos and Rhodes city is a modern highway.

  • Afandou - One of the big villages on the island. The golf course of Rhodes is situated in this area along with a long beach
  • Faliraki This is Rhodes' action resort. Go there to party. Nice beaches, not as windy as on the west coast and served by good public transport. Hotels near the water park are family friendly and not so popular with the 'clubbers'.
  • Rhodes Old Town The biggest city on the island and seat of the local government, also the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe.



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