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Lardos Rhodes travel guide

Lardos lies on the east coast south of Lindos and about 65 kilometres from Rhodes City; an up-and-coming beach holiday destination.

The resort at Lardos is still quite small despite a flurry of building work in recent years, with several small hotels and holiday apartments cropping up all around the resort.

Accommodation is not just for foreign tourists; Lardos is also a favourite holiday home and retirement area for wealthy Greeks.

Lardos village is two kilometres inland from the beach and retains much old-time Greek atmosphere, with a tree-lined village square and a water fountain. This is where the locals sit in the evenings and watch the world pass by - the locals are strictly on Greek time.

The old village has plenty of facilities. There is a doctor, dentist, a pharmacy, hairdresser, cash point, car hire and shops of all kinds - even a bookmaker.

It's a world away from the all-inclusive hotels of the beach resort on the coast which cater for more modern holiday tastes. Lardos beach is good, soft clean sand with some shingle and liberally covered with serried ranks of hotel sunbeds. Apart from in-hotel entertainment there is not much to do here, although the watersports are on offer.

Decent footpaths lead from Lardos village to the beach and there are regular buses to Lindos and onto Rhodes City although buses can be crowded in high season and car hire is highly recommended if you want to get about.