View of Lindos

Lindos is a picturesque village located on the eastern coast of the island of Rhodes. It is distant about 47 km from the island’s capital and 50 km from the airport.

Once the capital of the island, the village of Lindos has become a renown holiday resort. Its unparalleled attraction lies in its charming whitewashed buildings that stand out against the vivid blue of the sky, creating a classic Greek coastal sight. The buildings, their facades often adorned with blooming bougainvillea, are nestled within narrow cobblestone streets that weave an enchanting pattern through the village. These streets, brimming with centuries of history, are ripe for exploration.

Getting to know Lindos is best done on foot. As visitors amble through the labyrinth of vibrant alleys, they can’t help but get lost in time. The stunningly preserved portals of the famous captains’ houses serve as a living testimony to the village’s maritime past. Their intricate wood carvings and inscriptions detail the lives and adventures of sea captains of yore.

Furthermore, a sensory delight awaits all those who wander Lindos’ streets. The air is full of scents. A blend of the blossoming trees and flowers, the churches incense (frankincense, myrrh and rose) and teasing aromas from the local tavernas, inviting you to indulge in the local cuisine. The breath of the sea and the gentle sound of the waves lapping the nearby shoreline, create an ambience that’s purely Aegean.

Due to a strict preservation ordinance, Lindos retains its unique architectural character. This mandate ensures that no modern edifice can disrupt the harmony of the traditional structure. Consequently, the big lush hotel resorts, replete with all the conveniences one might desire on holiday, are located in areas distant from the village. This strategic placement adds to the allure of the place, allowing visitors to enjoy the best of both worlds – the unspoiled quaintness of the village within easy reach of the modern comfort of luxurious resorts.

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The 116m-high cliff rocky cliff that dominates the village of Lindos, is crowned by a medieval castle overlooking the sea. A lengthy staircase provides access to the site, offering breathtaking views. Alternatively, donkeys can be used for easier access.

Reaching the top, you encounter the imposing Knights’ commandery build in1317 in the place of the Byzantine garrison commander’s home. The sturdy fortifications that surround the site were constructed by the Knights of St John. Within the walls the site of the Acropolis of Lindos is situated. A place that is intertwined, not only with the history of Lindos, but with the history of the whole island. The ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the John Knights all left signs of their presence in this place built in a natural fortified position and used from the beginning of the documented history.

Lindos is with no doubt the most popular resort on the island of Rhodes.