Sugar-cubed houses clustered above a wide horseshoe bay make LINDOS, located on the east coast about 50km from Rhodes Town, one of the most photogenic of Greek island resorts.
The narrow, cobbled streets of Lindos are pedestrian only and many houses boast beautiful black-and-white pebble courtyards.
The two big problems in Lindos are noise and crowds. Buses park bumper to bumper in the tiny Lindos square at the foot of the steep hill. Waves of day trippers press through the tiny streets which are simply unable to cope.
And just as you think Lindos can take no more, the excursion boats come hooting into the bay full of trippers eager to pant up the hill to the Acropolis or to swamp the shops and bars.
Lindos is a beautiful place, but so packed you even have to queue just to walk along the narrow, pebble-paved, serpentine streets. Tourist shops and bars line the streets and feed off the passing throng with a relentless, mercenary ruthlessness.
Mercifully, high rise hotels have been banned inside the Lindos town limits and discos are confined to the outskirts. But the music bars still blare out noise all day, even when they are deserted.
The main attraction for boat trippers is the ancient Lindos Acropolis. It perches on the headland overlooking Lindos beach, enclosed by the walls of a Crusader fortress. It is impressive to visit when the visitor swarms have left but a dire experience when surrounded by camera-clicking trippers. A temple to Athena has capped the rock outcrop above Lindos since the 4th century BC.
Fortification by the Knights of St John make for a blend of ancient and medieval at Lindos castle, with Italian restoration work and Greek cement completing the modern mix.
Lindos is noted for it rooftop restaurants which can be found all the way up the hillsides. Romantic they may be but they mostly excel at offering less for more. The food is mediocre at best and the vegetables are almost invariably tinned. Lindos has a small laundry in the centre of the village, and there are plenty of minimarkets and a bakery. There are two cash points and an information office in the square.
Regular buses run north and south with timetables posted in the square, where there is also a taxi rank and telephone kiosk. There are six buses per day to Rhodes Town, plus a boat departing early-morning and returning mid-afternoon.
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