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One of the five most visited sites of Greece, Lindos is amongst the must-see when in Rhodes.
The story of this city-state crowned by its spectacular acropolis starts 3000 years in the past. This famous sanctuary of the goddess Athena has never ceased to attract numerous visitors since mythological times. The historical and archaeological wealth of the acropolis, the breath-taking scenery as well as the charming traditional village of captains and shipowners of the 17th/18th century make it an exceptional site.
Initially sanctuary and fortress, the acropolis will become a byzantine castle and a citadel of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John: here one can follow the track of the multi-millennial history.
Nonetheless some mistakes are to avoid: the extreme heat of the full season, and the massive flow of visitors.
To avoid the scorching temperatures (regularly over 40°C), it is best to come either early in the morning (before 9h30) or in the late afternoon (after 17h15). The best way to beat the crowd is the second option, as many organised tours visit during the first half of the day.
One of the great benefits of visiting Lindos with a private guide is the possibility to choose the ideal moment, which is none other than the last hours before closing time (wonderful light for pictures). But mostly, being with a qualified guide will allow you to truly appreciate Lindos and understand all its cultural and strategic importance, its reach and influence on the history of the area (Aegean and Mediterranean), on sailing and on the political management of cities at the time.
Here I can only mention the recurring comment of those who visited the acropolis of Lindos without a licensed guide: “we paid 12€ to see only rocks and ruins! Certainly, we took amazing panoramic pictures…”
Visiting Lindos with a private guide, it’s the guarantee that in 2h30 of guided tour, you will not only have great pictures, but also the memories of a visit full of surprising and revealing details.
Lindos is not only a site of exceptional beauty, but also a history whose influence and renown have travelled through time to our days.
Length: 2h30 on site in Lindos, plus the travel to/from Rhodes 1h30 both ways, so 4 hours in total leaving from the north of Rhodes. For more precision depending on your accommodation in Rhodes, please contact me via email.
Itinerary: Visit of the village of Lindos, of the Acropolis of Lindos, coffee/ice-cream break in an ancient captain’s house on the way back.
Entrance: 12€ per person, free until 25 years old for EU citizens, half price for 65+ EU citizens.
Equipment: Good shoes as it is a steep ascension with slippery rocks in a few places. The usual solar protection: hat, sunglasses even if we arrive when the light starts to dim and the sun to pass onto the other side of the island.