Lindos provides a mix of history and beaches. The village has many historic houses (known as “Captains” houses) often dating from 16th, 17th or 18th century. The village itself is situated on a network of cobbled streets – all of which are entirely pedestrianised. The only modes of transport possible are donkeys and mopeds. The houses are small, whitewashed and sit beautifully on the hillside making it one of the most beautiful places on the island. The charm of this village is maintained by a preservation order which forbids any unauthorised building work to change it.Legend has it that the village was set up by one of the divine sons of Zeus. It was in fact established by Dorians around 1000BC.
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.
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.
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! Maps can be picked up from the tourist information centre.
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. 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
- The Church of the Assumption is worth sticking your head inside. It’s by far the coolest place to suit down in Lindos and is covered in traditionally ornate icons and decoration. Free entrance.
You can also see St Paul’s Bay where the saint supposedly crashed on the island and brought Christianity with him.