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About Lindos

A maze of narrow winding streets and tiny whitewashed houses cascading down the hillside to its sandy beaches below and crowned by the awe inspiring acropolis. In the centre of the village you will find rooftop tavernas, open air café bars, busy shops and above all, friendly locals. There are three beaches each of equal beauty; the main beach and Pallas beach are surrounded by tavernas, cantinas and watering holes. The swimming is glorious with plenty of water sports for the energetic. On the other side of the village you will find the quieter and more relaxing St. Paul’s Bay. At night Lindos comes alive with a variety of bars and nightclubs that are open till the early hours. The atmosphere is electric.

History of Lindos

Lindos was founded by the Dorians led by the king Tlepolemus of Rhodes, who arrived in about the 10th century BC. It was one of six Dorian cities in the area known as the Dorian Hexapolis. The eastern location of Rhodes made it a natural meeting place between the Greeks and the Phoenicians, and by the 8th century Lindos was a major trading centre. Its importance declined after the foundation of the city of Rhodes in the late 5th century.

In classical times the acropolis of Lindos was dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, which attained its final form in around 300 BC. In Hellenistic and Roman times the temple precinct grew as more buildings were added. In early medieval times these buildings fell into disuse, and in the 14th century they were partly overlaid by a massive fortress built on the acropolis by the Knights of St John to defend the island against the Ottomans.

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