Lindos is an old town, over 3000 years old in fact. It is one of the highlights of the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes.
Rhodes in the past years has become a frontier of Europe, with numerous refugee and migrant boats arriving, camps being set up to process and house people fleeing from conflict and poverty. Through this turmoil Rhodes is vitally depending on tourism income to support the inhabitants of the island and maintain the treasures like Lindos.
We enjoyed a lovely holiday on Rhodes during during a warm week in September: a perfect time to go with quieter times, but the sea still holding onto the summer warmth. After a couple of days at the Levante Beach, a Mark Warner resort, mostly enjoying watersports, we were quite keen to see more of the island of Rhodes. Lindos sounded like a perfect excursion: history, culture and a bit of challenge.
As our coach rounded a corner we glimpsed the Acropolis sitting proud on the hill above Lindos. The coach dropped us off outside the town in a designated square for coaches and taxis along the main road.
We walked down to the main square where a huge tree forms the centre of a roundabout. I’m not sure why, but it conjured up visions of Buddha sitting there under the tree. The street was busy with traffic, the pavement non-existent at places;We braved it nonetheless. From the tree the choice is to go down to the beach (… looked tempting) or up through the winding streets and shops towards the Acropolis.
Shops line the maze of old cobbled streets selling all sorts of tourist treasures, art and crafty souvenirs. There are ice cream shops and eateries. The donkey station is also found here, in case you might want to take a donkey to the Acropolis instead of walking. We were tempted; a donkey ride would certainly appeal to younger kids.
Lindos is truly beautiful- steeped in history. Peering into alleys, looking at arches and doorways this history and culture is evident.
A brief history of Lindos-
According to tradition the temple of Athena on the acropolis was founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the rage of the goddess Hera. Follow the same ancient path that the ancient Rhodians took. When you reach the acropolis you will see a 280 BC relief of a Rhodian Trireme (ancient Greek warship) carved into the rock, an indication of the naval power of ancient Rhodes. On the bow of the Trireme stood a statue of General Agesander, sculpted by Pythokritos. Did you know that the first naval code, the famous “Rhodian Naval Code”, a code of international law and one of the most important legal documents in the world was written here in Rhodes? The emperor Antonio wrote of the Rhodian Naval Code: We may rule the world but the Rhodian Code rules the seas!
from Greek Tourism Board
Climbing up toward the sky, once past you leave the whitewashed buildings of Lindos behind, you walk up a winding path. Local lacemakers sell their wares along the path.
Take a bottle of water, for it is a steep hot walk taking 20 minutes or so; more if little legs are involved.
It’s worth the walk: At the top you are well-rewarded for your efforts when you enter the ancient Acropolis, including the world-renowned Temple of “Lindian Athena”.
My legs were shaking as we went up the final flight of steps in the Acropolis- It is very high up! (And I’m not very good with heights)
Coming down is easier and you always get to see things from a different angle, spot new things down in courtyards, glimpse onto roof terraces.
This is the perfect time to find a café and enjoy a drink or two and perhaps some snacks as a reward for your climb.
Lindos is a gorgeous town to visit, we would’ve loved to have stay longer than our excursion afforded us.
How to make the most of your trip to Lindos with kids
Exploring such a fabulous town like Lindos is magical and exciting with children:
1, You get to tell stories of days long gone and weave stories of your own with them on how they imagine the past. Brush up on the areas history: This island has fascinating history of Greeks and Otomans.
2, You see things through their fresh eyes too. Give them a camera or your phone and ask them to take pictures of things that are different from home, things they find beautiful.
3, You get to be the hero as you help them concur the mountain. Prepare with some stories from Greek Mythology to go with the theme. …Maybe even let them scale the Acropolis on a donkey.
4, Finally, rewards of ice cream and baklava are more delicious when accompanied by giggles of happy children.
Would you hire a donkey to take you up to the Acropolis?
Rhodes is easily accessible with regular flights – scheduled, budget and charter- around the year, but especially frequent April/ May to October. The island offers a variety of accommodation, matching all budgets.
Lindos is an excursion offered by resorts, some provide a guide, some, like we had, offer transport only. Well worth the trip.
The entry to the Acropolis was 6 Euros.
We found the Rainbird Bar a lovely place to sit and enjoy a drink or two.
The trip to Lindos was part of a trip organised by Mark Warner Holidays from their resort
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