Carmen & Jim's Trip to Greece
May 10 - 29, 2000

Lindos

A trip definitely worth taking is to the beautiful town of Lindos. According to Homer, Lindos was built in the 12th Century BC and sent nine ships to the Trojan War. Lindos was a premiere naval power of its day. It had colonies of its own by the 7th century BC and it controlled a large portion of trade in the Mediterranean. As you can see from the pictures, the whole setting is magnificent. The Acropolis of Lindos has an indescribable air of impregnability about it. We meant to visit Lindos for a day and ended up visiting for two days. We took the public bus for the 25 mile trip south from Rhodes Town and it cost 1000 drachmas each/one way. The length of the bus trip varied greatly depending on the number of stops and number of people. Going from Rhodes to Lindos took an hour one time and an hour and a half the next. The return trip took two hours the first time and one and a half hours the second.

A dramatic view of the town of Lindos with its acropolis towering over it.

As we mentioned earlier, those looking for a great beach can find not one but two in Lindos. In fact, we intentionally avoided going to the beach resort town of Faliriki since we are not really the type to spend all day solely at a beach. We figured that Lindos would not only provide a nice beach but also the ruins at the Acropolis and an interesting town to keep us busy. We weren't disappointed at all!! Due to tight building restrictions only buildings that fit the traditional style are allowed. The result is that there are no large hotel complexes and that anyone looking for accommodations will need to find them in private houses and other similarly small places. So, be sure to book well in advance if this is your plan. The town itself is a maze of narrow paths where cars are not allowed. It reminded us somewhat of Mykonos but built on a hilly terrain.

Views from near the acropolis at Lindos

The Acropolis has a nice dramatic setting. To get to the Acropolis you need to follow the signs through town to a path lined with old ladies selling their lace tablecloths that takes you up the hill to the gate. From the bottom it looks like it would be quite a long hike but that is deceptive and before you know it you'll be at the gate. There are donkey owners who will try to take advantage of this illusion but most people shouldn't need to ride a donkey. Besides, the most tricky walking is after you buy your tickets and get through the gate where the donkeys can't go! Inside the gate you need to walk uphill on slippery rocks polished by centuries of walkers.

The acropolis of Lindos as seen from the town

You can imagine how impressive it must have been when it was intact and the view from up there is tremendous. In the Acropolis you will find a Knights Castle, the remains of a Roman temple, and the Temple of Lindian Athena among other things. You'll find many pediments for statues and a large number of inscriptions. The inscriptions are actually dedications to the goddess Athena that were traditionally left by rich visitors during the Hellenistic period. The Hellenistic ruins date from the 4th Century BC and were built on the site of an even older temple. The ancient Acropolis was later surrounded by the large walls visible in the pictures which were built much later by the Knights. The original Hellenistic walls were much shorter and did not hide the buildings behind them. There are informative signs around the site that help you picture what it was like and it must have been magnificent.

A few practical notes about the Acropolis. We had conflicting information about when it was closed. Our older Frommers guide (1997) said it was open & free on Sundays and closed on Mondays. Our newer "Let's Go" guide (1999) indicated that it was closed on Sundays but open every other day including Monday. So, we assumed the more recent guide was correct and went on a Monday. We found that this year it was closed on Mondays! So, the day that it is closed seems to be in flux the past couple of years but as of May 2000 it is closed every Monday but open every other day. We had a nice time around town and at the beach that day it was closed and we came back again several days later so it was really no problem. There were several other people we met, however, who didn't have the luxury of time and missed out completely. If you are tight on time it would be wise to check on this in advance.

After enjoying the pictures in and around the acropolis of Lindos below, click on the right arrow at the bottom to join us as we explore the nearby island of Symi!

The entrance to the acropolis

One of the inscriptions to Athena

Carmen and Jim