Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The acropolis bears silent witness to Líndos’ glorious past, a major naval power of ancient times which reputedly had a population of 17,000. The landscape of Líndos encapsulates the essence of Rhodes: a surprisingly felicitous blend of ancient and medieval! With 600,000 visitors annually, Líndos competes with Delphi as the second most visited archeological site in Greece. Enjoy it!
The view of Líndos village with its cubic houses sprawling down the hillside under the acropolis is one of the most photographed scenes in Greece. The whitewashed labyrinth of little alleyways was deliberately designed to confuse pirates; today this layout makes wandering around the town a real adventure! The winding streets of the traditional well-preserved settlement of Líndos form a great backdrop to a rejuvenating evening stroll. There are picture-perfect medieval captains’ residences built around votsalotó (meaning pebbly) courtyards with emblems on their heavy wooden doorways. Arched entrances adorn the streets adding a cosmopolitan flair to the settlement. Try visiting some of them and admire the stunning interiors with their impressive ceilings and the courtyards paved with votsalotó (pebbles): it feels like you are in a folk museum! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Virgin Mary of Líndos church in the centre of the village which is full of 15th century frescoes.
Your trip to Lindos is incomplete if you don’t go for a swim in one of the two beaches that are within walking distance from the village.
Lindos main beach: As you descend the main road leading to the village on your left-hand sight you will see a sign that says Lindos beach. It is a 5 – 10 min walk from there. The beach has white sand and crystal clear waters. It is an organized beach with sun beds, umbrellas and a beach bar.
St Paul’s Bay: If you have been to Lindos Acropolis you will have seen the incredible beach from above. In order to reach St Paul’s Bay you have to walk through the village. It is better to ask the locals for directions once you are there. It is a 15-minute walk to reach the beach. Once you are there you will see two bays a small one with umbrellas and sunbeds on the one side and a bigger one which is organized as well on the other side. There is also the small church of St. Pauls which is a popular venue for weddings due to its incredible location.