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On the eastern shores of Rhodes, Lindos is, at first glance, a whitewashed town with overpriced cafés  and cheap tourist shops. Many of its streets and parking lots are lined with tour buses. There is even a claustrophobic beach, dotted with white umbrellas and squeezed in a tight cove. But while your arrival to this over-commercialized village might make you question why you've come, your patience will be well worth it.

Your reward: The Acropolis of Lindos.

These awe-inspiring ruins feature huge Hellenistic pillars surrounded by medieval fortifications, dating back to when this city was an important center of commerce for Rhodes. Inside the acropolis you'll find the rugged Castle of the Knights of St. John (built to safeguard the city) and the stately and beautiful Doric Temple of Athena Lindia (built for religious purposes). One on TripAdvisor attests the "acropolis is definitely worth seeing. Apart from its historical attractiveness, the view from the top is amazing. You can see the whole Lindos city and the bays around Lindos."

You can drive yourself to Lindos or take a public bus; click on the time schedule for more details. You can also sign up for privately run daytrips when you're in Rhodes Town or Faliraki. Admission to the Acropolis of Lindos is €6 EUR (about $8.50 USD). The acropolis is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from November through March with extended hours in the summer. For more information, check out the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism's website.

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Start your tour of Rhodes Town at the top: from the top of city walls, that is, where you can snap photos of this well-preserved medieval city's harbor, rooftops, fortifications and moat. Then begin strolling the city streets, where you'll find shops, inns, bars and restaurants housed in the same thick stone of the 14th century. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Rhodes Town hosts some beautiful structures recalling days gone by. Its Palace of the Grand Master and Archaeological Museum are the two most popular attractions, but you should also swing by the Street of Knights, an unforgettable thoroughfare with its low arches and cobblestone way. The southeastern Old Jewish Quarter is a tight network of cafés surrounding the beautiful Kahal Shalom Synagogue. Nearby, the Süleymaniye Mosque reminds onlookers of the Ottoman Empire's vast dominion in this region of the world.

An IgoUgo.com user remembers: "It's a wonderful feeling when you see actual historical relics coexisting w/ the hustle & bustle of modern times. It's like being in a time travel warp!"

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