The ancient town of Lindos, on the east coast of Rhodes, is home to one of the island’s most spectacular landmarks and most important archaeological sites: Lindos Acropolis. It’s thought to be around 2,400 years old, but you’ll see that the remains have been magnificently preserved.
These breath-taking hilltop fortification towers dominate the skyline, soaring around 100 metres above the picturesque coastal village. 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) with 20 columns.
Of course, you’ll have no 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. There’s a steep footpath that leads to up the hill; part-way up it turns to cobblestones and later on into steps. It’ll take you 10 minutes or so.
Be warned, though, this trek isn’t not for the faint hearted, especially in the summer, but when you make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with fabulous views over the beautiful village below and across the sparkling bay.
Don’t forget to pack a hat and some water, though; there’s absolutely no shade at the top, so you’re likely to get hot. If you’re heading up with kids, you’ll need to be really careful around the edges (it’s a long way down!).