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Pefkos on the Greek island of Rhodes, began developing into a purpose-built resort in the late 1980s as a satellite of the exclusive destination of Lindos, 3km (2 miles) away, which is not allowed to construct new hotels and apartments due to its status as a National Heritage Site. In Greek pefko means pine tree, and indeed this low-key seaside resort is scented by the pines that back its lovely, sandy beaches and overlook the sleepy bay. Built along a single street, running parallel to the beach, Pefkos is made up of modern, low-rise, concrete hotels and self-catering apartment complexes set in gardens with pools. As most buildings are no higher than three storeys, a village atmosphere has been retained in this small but expanding resort.
Pefkos is a low-key, family resort. The beach is great for kids, being of soft sand and safely isolated from traffic. The village offers very limited activities aimed specifically at children, but the back-to-nature atmosphere should appeal to most kids up to the age of 10. Lying 36km (22 miles) north of Pefkos is the infamous party resort of Faliraki, home to Faliraki Water Park (Faliraki Road) (www.water-park.gr), a vast complex of pools, giant Jacuzzi and slides, said to be one of the biggest water parks in Europe.
With just eight or nine bars, PefkosΆ nightlife is low-key, though there are several English-style pubs offering big-screen TV and karaoke, plus a handful of open-air bars serving cocktails. However, all in all, it tends to be pretty quiet by midnight. For a slightly more glamorous scene, head for nearby Lindos, where the romantic rooftop cocktail bars of the old town afford stunning sea views, and two open-air nightclubs near the beach offer late-night dancing.