Lindos is a medieval village on the Greek island of Rhodes. It has only seven hundred inhabitants, greatly outnumbered by tourists in the high season. Being one of the main attractions on the island it is often overcrowded in the mornings when the tourist coaches arrive. These usually depart by 12noon, whisking their patrons off for lunch and the next destination.
Lindos provides a mix of history and beaches. The village has many historic houses (known as “Captains” houses) often dating from 16th, 17th or 18th century. The village itself is situated on a network of cobbled streets – all of which are entirely pedestrianised. The only modes of transport possible are donkeys and mopeds. The houses are small, whitewashed and sit beautifully on the hillside making it one of the most beautiful places on the island. The charm of this village is maintained by a preservation order which forbids any unauthorised building work to change it.
Legend has it that the village was set up by one of the divine sons of Zeus. It was in fact established by Dorians around 1000BC.
A taxi from the airport will cost €75. If they overcharge, ask to be taken to the local police station.
Bus service from Rhodes city is 56 km (35 mi) away). A ticket costs €5.50, 1-way. Lindos can also be reached by boat from the Mandraki harbour in Rhodes. Good tour operators for Lindos include Direct Greece and Olympic Holidays and – all of which have a wide range of apartments and villas for all different family groupings. (Be warned that tour operators Kosmar & Libra have gone into liquidation.)
You can park outside the city. There are blue “non-free spaces” intermixed with free spaces beyond the large “supermarket” parking. To get to the city, once you are at the “supermarket” parking, go down and after a while you’ll have to choices at the last parking plaza: enter the city through a small side street, or go down to the beach, walk to the other end and climb up to the city.