The village of Lindos

Lindos, distant 47km from the city of Rhodes, is one of the the island’s major tourist attractions. The village has perfectly preserved its medieval character, with pebble-covered streets and whitewashed houses built on a slope just over the sea.

A series of steps leads to the ancient Acropolis with its Doric Temple of Athena. Through the main gate we discern the ruins of the Knight’s Lodge and the Byzantine church of St. John. Outside the Doric Stoa the prow of a Lindian Hellenistic trireme has been carved in a rock (4.5 m x 5 m).

We cross the Doric Stoa (5th century BC) with its 42 columns (20 have been restored) and climb the majestic staircase to higher terrace with Propylaean ruins (5th century BC). From this point we reach the Sanctuary of Lindian Athena, with its elegant bi-prostyle temple on the edge of the cliff (4th century). Ruins of an ancient theater have been found on the slope of the Acropolis.

The ancient Acropolis was then built into a castle. It is said that St. Paul the Apostle landed here when he came to the island of Rhodes; accordingly, the tiny harbor on the other side of village has been named Agios Pavlos. In the village you can visit the Byzantine church covered with eighteenth century frescoes. In the recent years, some 15th century houses have been declared traditional buildings to be preserved and can be visited.

Lindos is the proud possessor of two of the best beaches on the island of Rhodes, both offering pure sand, crystal clear waters and fantastic surroundings. The main beach of Lindos extends from the small port to the rocks below the tomb of Kleovoulos. Aghios Pavlos (St. Paul) beach, lies below the southern part of the staggering rock of Acropolis and it is name after the Apostole as this is the place where he landed on his first trip to spread the Christianity across the Roman Empire.

Today, this peaceful traditional village has been chosen by many VIPs as the place to build a vacation house.