Built in green plains and very close to the sea, Lardos has experienced important development during the past years because of tourism. Five hundred meters from the village, are the foundings of the walls and tower of a Byzantine castle of Lardos. It was given on 1309 together with the village, from the Knights to the Genovan Admiral Vinioli as a recognition for the help he offered for the conquest of Rhodes Island. The road that starts from the village, ends to the beautiful womens monastery of Saint Mary the Ipseni. Lardos is an excellent destination for families and couples, and its situated on the south east side of the island past Lindos and Pefkos and sits slightly inland. Its sandy beach is one of the most popular destinations in Rhodes and its located just 1.5km from the village.
There is plenty to do in Lardos, whether it be sunbathing on the wonderful sandy beaches, enjoying the village with its small sops and cafes or having a couple of drinks in the cafes and pubs here.
In the daytime, you can relax in the small Greek cafes and watch the world go by or have a light lunch consisting of Greek salads and more. Most of the local Greek men sit outside the cafes smoking, sipping ouzo and playing backgammon. Head for the village square which is very picturesque and you will see the natural fountain where the locals will still grab fresh mineral water for drinking and come to sit and relax.
Once the sun sets the village awakes with small Taverna’s and cafes serving up excellent traditional Greek food from Mousakka, Stifado, Kleftiko and more. Try the freshly caught fish for a treat or even treat the family to a meze. If you are up for a beer than you can seat on one of the pubs that are located in the main square of the village. If you want a bit more from your nightlife then Lindos is only around the corner, costing 5-6 euros in a taxi you will find plenty to keep yourself entertained and its an ideal atmosphere to take the kids also.