Visiting the Acropolis of Lindos
We chose to visit Lindos one morning during our stay in Rhodes. It's a trip that I'd recommend to anyone who finds themselves in Rhodes. Lindos can get very busy, it's Acropolis is a big tourist pull and the narrow winding streets are less enjoyable to negotiate at peak times. We arrived just before 10am and at that time it wasn't too busy but an hour later and it was really filling up with people.
I've popped some handy info at the bottom of this post, now let's have a wander around Lindos...
Donkeys feature heavily at Lindos. In the centre of the village there's a huge stable of donkeys available to hire to carry visitors up to the Acropolis, which is a steep walk from the village. Kitty rode a donkey up and Ozzy rode one down, I did see some rather large people being carried up by donkeys and it did make me feel a little uncomfortable if I'm honest. The donkeys play a big role in the tourism industry at Lindos and the economy is not great in Greece at the moment so these donkeys are much needed income for locals. The donkeys that I saw during our brief visit seemed healthy and well tended to.
Although a steep walk up to the Acropolis, it's a pleasant one. part way up the pathway turns to uneven cobblestones and there's the odd bit of donkey poo to dodge. Because of the steep incline, the uneven cobblestones and the steps of the Acropolis it's not pushchair or wheelchair friendly. Take bottled water as it's a steep and shade-free walk to the top.
Adults pay to enter the Acropolis of Lindos (details at the bottom of this post) and children enter free. The entry free is certainly worth it for the views alone. If you are travelling with children be sure to the signs advising you to hold your child's hand. There are steep drops and high flights of steps with no handrail and sheer drops. For example, see that tiny wall there on the left? Sheer drop down the cliff below it.
When I say 'sheer' I mean like this...
That's not to say that it isn't a great place to visit and learn more about the history of the Acropolis, it's fab it really is - just keep an eagle eye on young 'uns.
The views from the top will make you catch your breath.
Above you can see the beach at Lindos. We headed down there for a couple of hours after the Acropolis visit. The perfect spot to rest those weary feet. There's also a nice restaurant on the beach front called Dolphins ( more info at bottom of post).
Back to the Acropolis, there's plenty to explore and it's a great place to spot a fossil or two.
After visiting the Acropolis we walked through the winding streets of Lindos. There are many bars, cafes and shops, ranging from local ceramics to the more gaudy touristy stuffed donkey toys (guess what Kitty spent her holiday pocket money on?) There is a lot of samey tourist souvenir shops but there's also some gems to be found.
Handy information when visiting Lindos
Parking: The main car park is situated at Krana, above the village as you turn into Lindos. It's on the main road and can't be missed - look out for the parked coaches to help you find it! There are also two free car parks down towards the beach at Lindos, to get to these you have to drive round the tight Main Square. We parked in 'Free Car Park No.2' - nicely situated near to the beach and you can cut across to head up to the Acropolis easily but the road down is narrow and very steep. The car park itself is pretty overgrown and if it wasn't for the Car Park sign you wouldn't have thought it was one. Personally I wouldn't entertain trying to park in the free Car Parks at peak times as there's little room for manouvere.
Donkeys at Lindos: You can hire donkeys to carry you up the steep incline to the Acropolis if you so wish. In May when we visited it was 5 euros per donkey per journey. There seemed to be a standard '2 donkey minimum hire' going on.
What to take: Bottled water for the steep climb to the Acropolis and sensible shoes are a must.
Acropolis of Lindos Entry Fee: 6 euros per adult, children free.
Shops: Bars, cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, local ceramics ect.
Cashpoint: There's an 24/7 ATM situated near the Main Square that only runs in the peak season, May - early September.
Eating: We ate at Dolphins Restaurant on the beachfront.
Staying: We stayed at Mark Warner's Levante Resort.
Car Hire: We hired a car for the day from the Car Hire company situated in the Mark Warner resort. A small car cost us 30 euros to hire for one day, prices may increase in the peak school holiday times though. We recommend the company on resort as there's no deposits to pay and in the event of a problem you can speak to someone in person every morning and evening. A friendly service.
Top Tip: Arrive early to beat the crowds , 8am - 9am in the Summer months.