Approaching Lindos from the main highway it looks like a fairy-tale village and is an impressive sight, with lots of "sugar cube" houses gathered all around the steep rock with its fortified acropolis on the top. Once in the main square where the buses and taxis gather, a maze of bewildering little alleys run off up and down the village with shops, bars and restaurants mixed with medieval walls, simple architecture, and the distinctive wonderful black and white "chochlaki" pebbled floors and painted ceilings. There are many grandiose "Captains Houses" in Lindos, built during its most profitable times in the 16th to 19th centuries, heavily influenced by Roman, Turk, Italian and Byzantine rulers. Protected as a UNESCO world heritage site, with some buildings as old as 1,000 years of age, it is one of the three ancient cities that made up Rhodes, and has been inhabited for more than 3,000 years as a major commercial centre with its port playing a big role in the trade routes of antiquity. One of the main attractions of a visit to Lindos is the world famous Lindos Acropolis, set high up above the town. Climbing up to the top of the rocky outcrop the stunning ruins of the Acropolis, Doric Temple of Athena, and later built Castle of the Knights of St John and Greek Orthodox Church of St John offer up the fascinating history of Rhodes. For beach lovers, there are three beaches in Lindos, the main beach, which is known as Megali Paralia, Pallas beach, and St Paul’s Bay beach.Megali Paralia has sunbeds and water sports, and is the busiest beach. Further along the same bay is Pallas beach which is relatively quieter, although well served by beach side tavernas. St Paul’s bay is to the south of the village, near the whitewashed St Paul's Chapel.View villas in Lindos
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The cuisine of Rhodes is based like most Greek cuisine, on fresh ingredients, with fresh fish especially popular, caught that day and brought to the table with olive oil and lemon, situated preferably by the sea. Grilled meat is also popular as are the favourites of moussaka and dolmades. For the more adventurous, octopus, olives and ouzo are three staple accompaniments in the meze dishes, the Greek answer to tapas.
Lindos is brimming with bars, traditional tavernas and more sophisticated restaurants hidden amongst the narrow cobbled courtyards and popular nightclubs. Enjoy strolling around the picturesque streets of the village and trying out the huge variety of eateries many of which offer breathtaking views from the roof top garden restaurants.
A nightcap can be had at many of the café-bars and for the energetic, the nightclubs and local music bars stay open until the early hours with the taxi rank ready to whisk the die-hards away to the hotels and villas on the outskirts.
Cair is located just outside of Rhodes town. The label of Cair has become the synonym of Greek Natural Sparkling Wine of Quality.
Anastasia Triantafillou winery is a small traditional local winery close to Petaloudes ("The valley of Butterflies").
Emery is a modern winery in the village of Embonas and in the area you will also find some smaller traditional winemakers: Kounakis, Alexandris, Merkouris
Leisurely day cruises are available from Pefkos shows you the amazing coastline of Rhodes and incorporates St Pauls Bay, Paradise Rocks, Navarone, Red Beach, Haraki, Vlycha and St Nicolas.
A wide choice of boat excursions are available from Rhodes Town.
Valley of the Butterflies is a unique nature reserve found inland n the south east side of Rhodes. This is one of the most attractive destinations on the island and every year during August, thousands of butterflies overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. Enjoy he peaceful walk through the shaded, green valley with its small river and beautiful waterfalls.
The Aquarium of Rhodes host different kinds of sea species such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharps, seals, mollusks, echinoderms, crabs and many kinds of fish. Apart from these tanks, there is also a big underground area that serves for stocking new species or sea animals that need special treatment and protection. This place is frequently used to hospitalize sea turtles and seals from the nearby waters
At the impressive Faliraki Water Park you can enjoy water slides, a lazy river, black holes, rafting slides, the giant slide, kamikaze slides, a huge wave pool, an aqua-gym, cafes and much more. The water park is suitable for everyone with a part of the water park especially designed for children
Boats leave from the main Rhodes Town harbour to the neighbouring islands of Symi, Kos, Tilos, and hydrofoils as well to Patmos, Kalymnos and Halki all part of the Dodecanese or "12" islands of the region. All the individual islands have their own fascinating profiles and histories and are a delight to discover.
Exploring Rhodes Town you will find the most well preserved medieval town in Greece, listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Steeped in history, explore cobbled streets and follow the old city walls, stroll down the Street of the Knights, admiring its medieval buildings with their impressive facades and see the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. The vibrant side of the New Town is also a must as it is also the centre if the islands contemporary life full of shops, cafes, restaurants and buzzing with bars and clubs.
The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes is located in the Old Town of Rhodes in the medieval building of the Hospital of the Knights, in the Palace of the Grand Master
The most famous Orthodox monastery of Rhodes is Panagia Tsambika located in Archangelos village. Although tiny, the monastery lies in two sites, one is perched on top of a high cliff and the other one stands at one side of the road of the settlement.
The Venetian castle of Monolithos lies about 236m high on an amazingly difficult natural terrain which made its construction even more challenging. Today only some external parts of the fortifications remain but what is worth embarking on the attempt to climb the steep hill are the magnificent whitewashed churches and the breathtaking view of the village of Monolithos and out to the Aegean Sea.
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