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Lardos is located on the southeastern coast of Rhodes, just over sixty kilometers away from Rhodes Town. It is a charming little village, situated a couple of kilometers inlands from the beach. Lardos is a place for quieter vacation, away from the all-inclusive resorts and busy towns on Rhodes Island. It mainly attracts older couples, families with children and those that want to spend a peaceful holiday. Lardos is not just ideal for tourists, but it also attracts the wealthier Greeks who use this place as their perfect retirement spot.
Weather in Lardos is pleasant, with average summer temperatures near 30 C. Spring and autumn months are ideal for exploring and sightseeing when it is pleasantly warm with average temperatures in the mid 20s C.
Life in Lardos is mostly centered on the small main square. It is the most attractive place in the village with many cypress trees surrounding it. There you will also see one very nice Italian fountain and a church. There are a few tavernas and bars close to the square where locals and tourists mix together and enjoy lazy afternoons and evenings. Near the village there are many rural paths that go through a beautiful landscape between plenty of olive groves. You do not have to travel very far from Lardos to find the attractive remains of an ancient Byzantine castle.
A few good footpaths will take you from Lardos to the closest beach which is two kilometers away. The beach is mostly sand and pebbles, and is one of the better beaches on Rhodes Island. The waters are calm, clear, shallow and warm, and the beach is also very well organized. You have sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, and it never feels overcrowded even in the highest season. Sometimes in the morning you can see local fishermen coming back with their sea catch, which you can taste in some of the nearby tavernas. Some parts of the beach are operated by hotels, and in those sections you will see lots of sunbeds and a lifeguard service. Apart from the entertainment offered by the hotels there are not many things you can do here, but you can still find some decent options for water sports.
During the day you can go on excursions to the nearby town of Lindos and visit the attractive Acropolis there. Besides visiting Lindos, you can also go on boat trips around Rhodes or take a bus trip to Rhodes Town. Ancient spot of Kamarios is not very far to visit too. At night, there are sometimes live music nights organized by local music bands on the main square. A couple of modern bars also sometimes organize nights of different entertainment. In general, the nightlife in Lardos is relatively low-key and everything gets quiet by midnight. For those interested in richer nightlife, popular resort of Lindos is just a short drive away. All in all, Lardos is great for spending relaxing holiday in a peaceful place, and still close to the biggest attractions on the island.