Introducing Southern Rhodes
South of Lindos along the east coast, the island takes on a windswept appearance and enjoys less tourist traffic; the villages here seem to have a slower pace. Just 2km south of Lindos, sandy Pefki Beach is deservedly popular. If it’s too crowded, try Glystra Beach, just down the road and a great spot for swimming.
The flourishing village of Laerma is 12km northwest of Lardos. From here it’s another 5km through hilly green countryside to the beautifully sited 9th-century Moni Tharri, the island’s first monastery, which has been re-established as a monastic community. It’s a bit of a trek but worth the drive if you’re into frescoes. Every inch of the chapel’s interior is covered in ornate 13th-century paintings which are very well preserved. The monastery is generally left unlocked during the day.