Set just a couple of kilometres back from the beach, the vibrant village of Lardos is based around a traditional tree-lined square and church. Surrounded by pretty countryside that’s dotted with tranquil olive groves, there’s also a monastery and ruins of a Byzantine fortress to explore. Stay in the village and mingle with locals in the tavernas or make the short trip to the gently sloping pebble beach, one of the best on the island.
The weather in Lardos is warm and mild with little rainfall in the long and dry summer months. During the high season of July and August, the average temperature is 28˚C in the day and 21˚C at night.
Rhodes International Airport is just a few miles away, less than 15 minutes’ drive along the island’s north coast.
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From traditional Greek charm to underwater adventures, Lardos has everything that great summer holidays should. Visit ancient civilisations and learn to windsurf, then rock out and watch a medieval minstrel entertain the crowd, all on the same trip. If all that wasn’t enough, there’s one of the islands best beaches close by where you can simply sit in the sun and completely unwind.
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the town below, the Temple of Athena dates back more than 2,000 years to 300BC. It’s a bit of a climb but the magical ruins and incredible views make it worth the effort, especially if you catch sight of an eagle circling overhead. It’s one of the island’s must see attractions and gives you a real sense of Rhodes’ amazing past.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more active, then why not try out some of the available water sports on Lardos beach? Strap on a snorkel to explore the clear Aegean waters, rent a jet ski to cruise along the coast, or learn some new skills with a windsurfing lesson. Nearby Lindos also offers some of the island’s best scuba diving waters if you fancy exploring the deep.
Lardos gives you the rare opportunity to experience real Greek village life away from the resorts. Sit under the shade of a tree sipping ouzo in the main square and chat to the friendly locals in the cafés and bars around its edge. It goes without saying that the traditional food served up in these tavernas is as delicious as you would expect.
Local charm: Sit by the Italian fountain or under a Cypress tree in the square and watch the world go by. Pop into a taverna for an ouzo or some souvlaki and experience the relaxed Greek lifestyle at its best.
A family friendly beach: Gently sloping shingle leads down to crystal clear waters on Lardos beach. There’s always plenty of space here, even during the busy high season, so you can always get a lounger or brolly.
Great access: Historic Lindos is just a few kilometres away where you can visit the acropolis on the hill. Rhodes town is also close by, with its medieval walls lively harbour and good nightlife.
Language: The official language in Lardos is Greek.
Currency: They use the Euro (€) in Lardos.
Local time: Two hours ahead of the UK.
Fly to: Rhodes International Airport (RHO), is located about an hour’s drive from Lardos.
Flight time from UK: Just under four hours.
Tourist Information: Discover more information about Lardos at http://www.rodosisland.gr/.
Visa & Health: Visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece before you travel to find out more information and advice on visas and health for holidays to Lardos.
Temperature: Average temperatures of 28˚C mean it’s usually hot and sunny during the high season.
Best time to visit Lardos: The best time for All Inclusive deals to Lardos is during the hot and sunny summer when day and night temperatures are warm, with little chance of rainfall. The holiday season starts in spring and last through until late summer, with plenty of guaranteed sunshine. It can get very hot in July and August, with temperatures reaching the mid 30s so remember to use plenty of sunscreen if you’re going out in the sun.
By taxi: Taxis are a good way to get around, with regulated fares making journeys cheap and easy. The drivers are usually very friendly and many of them speak good English which always helps.
By hire car: If you want to hire a car there are plenty of places to do it across the island. Rhodes is small enough for you to cover plenty of ground during your stay, with deserted beaches the reward for explorers.
By bus: Good bus links cover the south coast of the island connecting the resorts here to each other, Rhodes Town and the airport. Buses are cheap and in pretty good condition.
By boat: If you fancy an adventure, catch the boat from Rhodes Town harbour to the island of Symi, one of the most beautiful in Greece (and that’s saying something). Other islands and charters are also available.
For lovers of rock: Held in Lindos each summer, Rhodes Rocks is one of the island’s major festivals. With three big concerts featuring top tribute bands, and lots of other smaller gigs, you can rock ‘til you drop.
For medieval festivals: Rhodes Town celebrates its past each year in May with the Medieval Rhodes Festival, taking place in its cobbled streets. Jesters entertain and stalls sell a range of local goods and crafts.
For petrolheads: The Rhodes Motorcycle Society runs a series of race events across the island throughout the summer. You can even get involved if you feel like revving your engine.