Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece and one of the largest in the Aegean sea. According to an old myth, the island of Rhodes was hiding, in all its beauty, under the deep blue water of the Aegean Sea.
Rhodes called from its local people the Rose of the Aegean and deserves its name because is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Rhodes has the oldest tourist history from all the islands of Greece and is famous all over the world.
Rhodes town is divided to the new town and the old town from the big medieval wall. The beauty of Rhodes town is the old town with the medieval castles ,houses and streets. At the port the visitor will find Mandraki with its circular Market and the Cafes at the seafront ,further on are the Art Deco buildings of the Metropolis from the times of the Italian occupation. At the entrance of the port are the famous two columns with the two Deers at the place where supposed to be the colossus of Rhodes .
Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Medieval town of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers Knights, is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are many reasons why Rhodes is one of the most popular resorts in the Mediterranean: the natural surroundings (crystal clear seas, many parks and recreational facilities), the bright sun, and the warm hospitalit of the islanders themselves.
The main attraction of Lindos is the town itself, Above the modern town rises the acropolis of Lindos,offering a spectacular views of the surrounding harbours and coastline. Lindos has preserved its architectural uniqueness as well as its traditional decoration. White, boxy houses with flat roofs, imposing entrances leading into courtyards filled with flowers accessed along pebbled streets are situated around a sheltered port and lead up to the acropolis
The lovely village of Lindos is one of the most attractive and beautiful villages of Rhodes located south of the capital. It is dominated by a magnificent and imposing acropolis that lies on top. Lindos stands out for its fabulous location beautiful on the slopes of the hill at the top of which lies the ancient acropolis overlooking the picturesque bay. The village is built amphitheatrically and consists of whitewashed houses with pebble paved courtyards, narrow alleys and buildings influenced by Byzantine, medieval, Arab and Rhodian architecture.
Apart from the beautiful acropolis that can be reached by foot or donkey "Lindos taxi", one of the main attractions of Lindos is the old theatre of the town, carved from a rock, and the Doric sanctuary of Athena Lindia which attained its final form in around 300 BC,which are all worth seeing,there are evidence of the power and wealth of Lindos over the ages. No vehicles other than motorbikes, small delivery vans and the donkeys which carry tourists to the acropolis are allowed on the paved streets and little or no changes can be made to the buildings, many of which have survived since the 15th Century. Consequently, Lindos has retained a wonderful sense of antiquity
Places to See
St Paul's Bay, where it is reported the apostle landed during a storm
The Byzantine Panagia Church and belltower is located in the centre of the village
The Doric temple of Athena Lindia
The 13th century Greek Orthodox Church of St Peter
St Paul's church is now popular as a wedding chapel
Medieval gate of the Acropolis of Lindos
View of the summit of the Acropolis
Ancient Greek theatre in Lindos
Church of St. John on the Acropolis