Picture-perfect Lindos has it all – culture, romance, glamour and unspoilt nature. Combining a compact hillside village of whitewashed houses and a walled medieval, hilltop acropolis containing an ancient Greek temple, this exclusive upmarket destination overlooks a deep circular bay of aquamarine sea rimmed by a lovely sand beach.
Lindos’s crowning glory, literally, is the acropolis, perched up a 116m (380ft) hill above the village. Ancient Greek monuments, including a fourth-century-BC Temple of Athina Lindia, are enclosed within the walls of an imposing 14th-century fortress, built by the Knights of St John to protect the island against the Turks.
The village is a maze of streets paved with black-and-white mosaics, and whitewashed villas with elegant stone doorways and small internal courtyards. It’s a delightful place to wander, being pedestrian-only and filled with cafés and souvenir shops.