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A visit to Lindos, Rhodes

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February 9, 2016

Back in September 2014 I was lucky enough to visit Rhodes and enjoy a day trip to the picturesque, ancient village of Lindos which has a spectacular Acropolis towering above the town.
The Acropolis sits atop a natural citadel and offers spectacular views of the surrounding harbours and coastline, although the climb to the top is not for the faint hearted, or young children.
Once one of Rhodes’ ancient and important cities, Lindos grew to prosperity under the Knights of St. John and much of medieval Lindos has survived for all to see which narrow paved streets and beautiful buildings around every corner.
Lindos
No vehicles other than motorbikes, small delivery vans and the donkeys which carry tourists to the acropolis are allowed on the paved streets and little or no changes can be made to the buildings, many of which have survived since the 15th Century. The maze of streets is wonderful to explore with dozens of little shops selling souvenirs, jewellery, art and more.
Lindos
Lindos is famous for its facades, doorways and windows with their elaborate carvings, although I think much of it was hidden with laces for sale.
Lindos
The climb up to the Acropolis was quite tiring and I would recommend you wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water with you. At the top you are charged an entrance fee of €6 but it is more than worth it.
Lindos
If climbing sounds far too exhausting  you can ride a Donkey to the top for a small charge, although I wasn’t brave enough to try it.
Lindos
Through an ancient old gate you enter the world of the magnificent acropolis; on the first level you can see more recent buildings like the 1317 Castle of the Knights of St John, which was built on the foundations of an older Byzantine fortification. There is also the Greek Orthodox Church of St John, built on the ruins of an older church.
LINDOS
The Knights significantly strengthened the fortifications of the acropolis, turning Líndos into a powerful fortified castle. On the second level to the south you can marvel at the remains of the 300 BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, which was built on the site of an earlier temple. At the entrance to the acropolis there is a Hellenistic stoa (covered walkway) where vaulted constructions that were once underground water storage tanks are still visible.
Lindos
A monumental staircase leads to the upper level of the sanctuary consisting of the 4th century BC buildings: the Propýlea (gateways) that were built in the same style as the Athenian Propýlea.
lindos
The best part of getting to the top of the Acropolis is not just the historic buildings, but the sweeping views of the Aegean which take your breath away!
Lindos
When we visited there was scaffolding up as they are currently doing lots of restoration work, but it didn’t detract from the beauty of the place. The ground was very uneven in places and the stone stairs were very steep and had no hand rail which I would take into consideration if you visit with children.
Lindos
The walk back down was a little easier on the legs and I recommend you find one of the small bars and treat yourself to a refreshing drink once you are at the bottom.
Lindos
We found one that had a gorgeous view over the bay below.
Lindos
Have you visited Lindos – did you climb by foot or donkey?

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  1. Reply

    Grant R

    February 9, 2016

    I’ve never been but your post makes me feel like I have experienced it. Great photos and a lovely write-up.

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    Me, You and Magoo

    February 9, 2016

    Oh this looks wonderful…I’m very jealous. The weather has been so horrible here in the UK, I really need a sunny holiday! #ukawesomebloggers

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    Joanna

    February 9, 2016

    I’ve never been to Greece before it looks like a lovely place I love your photos.

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    Ana De- Jesus

    February 9, 2016

    Holy s**t this is incredible I have always wanted to visit Greece ( its in my top three) and your post just solidified this. I found myself daydreaming about the photos I would take and the culture I would soak up!

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    Ickle Pickle

    February 9, 2016

    I have never visited Greece but SO want to. It looks so beautiful. I am craving sunshine now – your photos are gorgeous! Kaz x

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    Jenni

    February 9, 2016

    This sounds like a lovely place to explore, fab photos x

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    Kerry norris

    February 9, 2016

    I went to Rhodes when I was younger but didn’t get there. It looks quite a walk but the views are breathtaking. I hope their economy isn’t turning tourists off visiting the country x

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    DannyUK.com

    February 9, 2016

    This looks absolutely stunning! I can imagine that going in September means it’s still really hot without being completely overbearing?

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    ali

    February 9, 2016

    I have just this week written a post about how I’d like to visit Rhodes and reading this makes me want to go even more! I adore your photos, picture perfect.

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    Amanda

    February 9, 2016

    Such gorgeous photos. I love the little alleys. I hope to see more of Greece one day. THanks for sharing xx

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    Life as Mum

    February 9, 2016

    Oh wow looks like an amazing place. Such fantastic photos

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    Emma T

    February 10, 2016

    Beautiful photos. I’d love to go to Greece, having never been out that way on holiday. Such beautiful buildings, sea and sand.

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    Steph Oakes

    February 10, 2016

    Greece is so beautiful isn’t it, but we haven’t been to Lindos yet and it looks stunning. Gorgeous photos! That view from the Acropolis is just amazing! x

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    Little Pickle's Mom

    February 10, 2016

    Ahh look at that sea. I’ve never been anywhere along the Aegean coast but definitely is on my to-visit list now. Oh, how I miss blue skies!

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    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    February 10, 2016

    I haven’t been to Lindos and haven’t be to Greece for nearly 10 years either. I’ll never forget the last time as my now 10 and a half year old took his first steps at the Acropolis in Athens aged just 1 covered in chickenpox spots! It was a memorable trip but I think it’s time to go back and this looks lovely.

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    Alana

    February 10, 2016

    Gorgeous photos. I’ve only been to Kos, but would like to see more of Greece. Santorini has been on my list for a while, and after reading this I’d like to visit Lindos too. Oh, and now I really want some sun!

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    Alex Lamb & Bear

    February 10, 2016

    What a gorgeous place! I would absolutely love to visit. I adore seeing old towns and historic buildings when I’m abroad, it’s just so stunning. I don’t think I could rid the donkey – poor thing! x

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    Kay

    February 10, 2016

    I’ve never been but what an utterly beautiful place. I’m hankering to have a holiday abroad soon. Somewhere like this would be perfect! xxx

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    Emma White

    February 10, 2016

    I have been to Greece a few times and its an amazing place to visit full of culture and education

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    Serendipityd Blogging

    February 11, 2016

    Wow, looks amazing!! Great pictures 🙂 i’d really love to visit this place

  21. Reply

    Andrea

    February 11, 2016

    Wow what a beautiful and fascinating place. I have never wanted a holiday more after seeing those sunning views!

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    Rachel

    February 11, 2016

    The Acropolis is definitely a place I would want to visit, it looks just beautiful x

  23. Reply

    Nikki Fraser

    February 11, 2016

    I have never been to Greece but it is somewhere I have always wanted to go. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

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    Erica Price

    February 12, 2016

    Rhodes does look amazing – the light has a certain quality to it and of course the sun is shining.

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    Miranda (Anosa)

    February 12, 2016

    Not yet had the pleasure of visiting Lindos Rhodes but would definitely love to add it to my bucketlist. Beautiful pictures you’ve shared

  26. Reply

    Stephanie

    February 20, 2016

    That is really beautiful, my son would love the history there, and I love how blue that sky is!?

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