It has a rich history as it was one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes island and the one with the richest naval tradition.
It is the birthplace of Kleovoulos, one of the seven wise men of antiquity;
Harris, the sculptor of the famous Colossus; Panatheos, the philosopher
who introduced the Stoic philosophy in Rome.
This coastal settlement is washed by the southern Aegean Sea and is about 55 km
from the city of Rhodes, located at Cape Krana on the eastern coast of the island.
The scenic narrow alleys, the beautiful beaches, the magnificent view of the sea,
but especially the Lindos Acropolis, which dominates the settlement,
has made Lindos a popular tourist destination.
The Acropolis, built in a natural fortification, has been used since the beginning
of Lindos's history and is interwoven, not only with the history of Lindos but with the history of the whole island.
In this small space, they used it and left to its signs of their presence, the ancient Greeks,
the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ioannis Knights.
Lindos is along with Paleochora of Chania one of the warmest parts of Greece,
with an average annual temperature of 21.4 ° C
Nowadays Lindos is a popular tourist destination. It is characteristic
that Lindos Citadel is ranked third in a series of visits across Greece.
This site has monuments from all the long history of Lindos - ancient Greek, Roman, Christian, Hippocratic.
Beyond its acropolis, Lindos has a beautiful traditional settlement with scenic alleys and buildings of a particular architecture, but also a unique beauty, natural view.
It is characteristic that the small beach of Agios Pavlos in the homonym bay has been characterized
as one of the 10 best in Europe.
Emblems are also donkeys that offer walks for visitors within the settlement and can lead them to the Acropolis.
It is worth noting that some scenes from the film The Cannons of Navarone were filmed in Lindos.
Continue to the village of Lindos.
• Enjoy an afternoon walk:
In the unique beauty of the modern settlement of Lindos, a beautiful traditional village
that has been declared a preservable.
Wander through the narrow alleys with the arches reminiscent of a Cycladic settlement.
Admire the impressive Kapitanasites (16th-18th centuries) with the high walls and arched doorways
embellished with coats of arms and heavy wooden doors.
Do not forget to visit one of them • their interior, the right folklore museum hides unexpected surprises:
paved courtyards with elaborate pebble designs, exquisitely decorated ceilings.
The church of the Virgin Mary of Lindos is magnificent with the amazing frescoes of the 15th century,
in the center of the village.
Lindos Municipal Unit is located 50 km south-east of Rhodes Island. about from the Prefecture. It has an area of 179 sq. Km. It came from the confluence of the communities of Lindos, Lardos, Pylonas, Laernos, and Kalathos. To the north, it borders the Archangelos Municipality, to the south with the Municipality of South Rhodes to Dysmas to the Municipality of Atavyros and the Municipality of Kamiros and to the East with the sea.
The Municipal Unity is largely seaside. Its coasts are very diverse with a range of Kalathos, Vlycha, Lindos Bay, Agios Pavlos Port, Pefkos Bay, Lardos Bay. Mountainous and woodland is the territory of its inland. Large forests in the Lardos area were burned by fires in the 1980s.
The community of Lindos, named after the Municipal Unity, is located on the ruins of the City of Lindos, one of the three ancient cities-states that united in antiquity to form the City of Rhodes. Within the administrative boundaries of the Municipal Unity, one meets some of the most important archaeological monuments of Rhodes and one of the most remarkable traditional settlements.
The Municipality of Lindos is administratively owned by the Municipal Community of Lardos, 52 km from Rhodes, a village with many archaeological finds where the monastery of Ypseni is located, the Municipality of Lindos, the city of Lindos is about 55 km from the city of Rhodes. and its beaches, as well as its antiquities, make it a popular tourist destination, over the modern city dominated by its ancient citadel, the Local Community of Kalathos (44 km from Rhodes), a small village with a beautiful beach named after it. the ancient municipality of Klassion, Topi or Community Laerma, 64 km. from Rhodes, who was named after the ancient borough Laerma or Ladarmion the Local Community Pilona 46 km. from the capital.
Ancient Acropolis of Rhodes
The acropolis of Rhodes dominated the western and highest part of the city.
It was not fortified like the old citadels but was a monumental area with shrines, large temples,
public buildings and underground places of worship. It was "full of fields and groves"
according to the description of the orator Ailios Aristides (2nd century AD).
The monuments of the citadel date back to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic eras.
The buildings were built step by step on different levels, on shaped platforms, with strong retaining walls.
The spirit of Hellenistic architecture in the acropolis of Rhodes is perfectly expressed through the combination of natural beauty with artificial interventions.
The first excavations took place during the Italian occupation of the island (1912-1945).
The Greek Archaeological Service, from 1946 onwards, carried out excavations and carried out maintenance on the site of the temple of Pythian Apollo, which was severely damaged in the bombing of World War II and due to the weight of the guns installed there. In 1996, restoration work began on the same temple and Nymphaea.
The citadel has not yet been excavated in its entirety. There is an archeological zone of 1250 acres that has been excluded from modern construction, in order to continue the excavations, to reveal the glorious ancient city of Rhodes.
Throughout the years of its history, Lindos has inspired its inhabitants to achieve a lot.
Today, you have the opportunity to be in the same place where the ancient inhabitants and the knights once were and to be inspired…
In order for someone to claim to have seen Rhodes, they should definitely pay a visit to Lindos.
Not only to admire the Acropolis of the 3rd century BC. which exists in one of its peaks or its medieval forts that continue to give its landscape the weight it deserves.
And not just to photograph her white, square houses and get lost in her labyrinthine, cobbled alleys.
But why, when one climbs the steep cliff with its Doric temple, one follows exactly the same path as the ancient inhabitants and the knights who once used Lindos as a place of worship and defense.
The amazing view of the Aegean Sea and the bay of Agios Pavlos that gives you this place, is the same as the one that was a source of inspiration for many great and important people.
You will definitely need a whole day to see everything that will enchant you in Lindos:
Its archeological site, shops, cafes, restaurants in the city and the beaches, where most of them can be seen from the temple.
And for this whole day you will be rewarded, and more.
Do not forget that a feature of this city is that it gives you a different aura every hour of the day. And the evening, which comes with the most magical light, is the perfect time to enjoy a rooftop dinner on a rooftop in the city.
The medieval fortification of the old city
One of the many things that will impress you in the archeological site, is the incredible way in which the constructions of antiquity have been "united" with those of the next generations. Right behind the Hellenistic platform is the Commandery of the knightly period (of the Knights of St. John) and the Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis.
Near the entrance, you will meet a ship embossed on a rock which is an ode to the bravery of the naval force of Rhodes, which continued even after the departure of the knights. Going up a large staircase you reach the Propylaea of the temple and the remains of a Hellenistic gallery.
Temple of Lindia Athena
Ornament of the Acropolis?
Of course the temple at the top, which was built around 300 BC. on the site of an older temple. Close your eyes for a moment and reflect on the myth that wants the temple to be founded by Danaos, when the latter came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the wrath of the goddess Hera.
One thing is for sure: The stunning view of the Aegean will leave you with your mouth open. Or on the beach where you will dive next. Or in the beautiful corners of the city of Lindos. Or on the terrace where you will dine in the evening.