Rhodes was another stop on our cruise around the Greek islands. We docked right outside the city walls of Rhodes, but spent the morning exploring Lindos before going into the Old Town of Rhodes.
Lindos was about an hour from the port and the drive was pretty, lots of olive groves, citrus trees, and beehives (delicious honey was for sale all over Rhodes.) The bus and car park is at the top of a hill with limited local traffic allowed close to the town center. You can walk or take a shuttle-best to walk down and take the shuttle up! There are no cars in the narrow lanes at the center of town. You will want to wear good walking shoes for your visit. The town is known for the beautiful whitewashed buildings and lots of tourists come to visit. Walk down a few side streets to give yourself a little space. I have a feeling the town quiets down after the day trippers leave, but I was able to find some uncrowded lanes by veering off the main street and wandering a bit. Many homes had beautiful wooden doors leading to a courtyard and bright flowers growing along the walls. All around I noticed detailed walkways and doorsteps made of carefully laid pebbles.
After you make your way through the town, you come to the path leading to the Acropolis. If anything from a shop catches your eye, get it on the way back. You will not want to carry anything extra up the hill. The path is paved for the most part, but has some steep and slippery spots without a railing to hold onto. There are rises of steep steps, also without a railing. Sneakers or other good walking shoes are essential! Take a water bottle and go slowly if it is a hot day. Please do not be tempted to ride a donkey up the first part of the hill. When the donkeys were moving quickly on the narrow path, it was dangerous. In addition, the donkeys were just not strong enough to carry some of larger adults and looked miserable. Since I was on a cruise ship excursion, I had a guide talking about the different parts of the Acropolis on the walk up before she sent us off to explore on our own. If you are not with a guide, take a guidebook or some information about the Acropolis with you as there is a lot to learn. The history of the various structures was very interesting with Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Crusaders among those playing a role in the story of Lindos and Rhodes. Once at the top, the views are amazing. You can look over the white town below and the sea.
If time allows, you can have lunch and take a swim in the beautiful bay below the town. It is an organized beach with tavernas and chairs to rent. It looked like a lovely spot for an afternoon swim and a glass of rosé, but we were only there for the morning and did not have time. You can also walk a bit further and go to the beach at St. Paul's Bay.
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