The Acropolis

You’ll find the town of Lindos over on the east coast of Rhodes. As well as a glorious shoreline, this place is home to one of the island’s most spectacular landmarks and most important archaeological sites: Lindos Acropolis.

These stunning hilltop fortification towers dominate the skyline, soaring around 100 metres above the picturesque coastal village below. The views from the top are guaranteed to take your breath away, too, so pack some sensible shoes, an extra memory card for your camera, and make the most of this spectacular sight.

It’s over 2,000 years old

The Lindos Acropolis is believed to be around 2,400 years old. But you’d never know it; the remains have been magnificently preserved, so you can enjoy them in all their glory during your visit.

Acropolis Lindos was originally walled in the 6th Century BC, and today it’s enclosed by fortifications built by the Knights of St John. Step inside and you’ll discover all kinds of ancient remains, including a Temple to Athena Lindia, and a Hellenistic stoa, an ancient covered walk lined with 20 columns. Make your way up the staircase to get to the upper level; this is where you’ll find the Propylaea of the Sanctuary gateway. You won’t want to miss the huge medieval staircase that leads to the Governor’s Palace, and be sure to catch a glimpse of the remains of a Roman temple.

Make your way to the top

Of course, you won’t have any trouble seeing the Acropolis of Lindos from the village and the beach. But while you’re here, it’s well worth braving the walk to the top; it’s the only way to truly appreciate it.

To reach the top, you’ll need to make your way up the steep footpath that leads from the village. Part-way up, you’ll see that it turns to cobblestones, before turning into steps later on. It should only take you 10 minutes or so to get to the top, but be warned; this challenging uphill trek is not for the faint-hearted, especially in the summer.

That said, it’s well worth the effort, as you’ll be rewarded with fabulous views over the beautiful village below and across the bay. There aren’t many places like this in the world.

How to get there

The Acropolis of Lindos is open to visitors every day. For adults, there’s an admission fee to pay, so don’t forget to bring your wallet. Children go free.

Lindos is around an hour’s drive from Rhodes City. It’s located a short way off the main east-coast road that runs between Kalathos and Lardos, and if you’re arriving by hire car, you’ll find two big car parks just adjacent to the village. There’s also free parking on the main road that runs above the village.

Bear in mind that the centre of Lindos is free from traffic as the streets are so narrow. But all the car parking spots can get very busy, especially during peak season. If you’re planning on taking public transport, you can take the bus; regular services run to Lindos from various places on the island, including the island capital, and tickets are cheap. That said, they don’t always run on time, so it’s best not to be in a hurry to arrive or leave.

Top tips

  • Want to beat the big crowds and avoid the hot afternoon sunshine? In that case, your best bet is to visit in the morning. Or you could try going in the late afternoon, when most people have gone home.
  • Before you try walking to the top, make sure you pack a hat and some water; there’s absolutely no shade at the top, so you’re likely to get pretty hot.
  • If you’re heading up with kids, you’ll need to be really careful around the edges; the sheer drops can sneak up on you all of a sudden, and it’s a very long way down.