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Apolakkia , Rhodes

Apolakkia is found in the hinterland, following the road from Gennadi to Vati. In the village’s square one can see an old Italian building, a classic sample of Italian architecture, one of the most beautiful buildings in the region. The building was used as an elementary school and today it is being used as a Cultural Center. An important monument of the Byzantine era is a small tabernacle “Saint George Vardas”, built in 1290 a.C. and it is found near Apolakkia’s dam. On the way to the nearby village-Monolithos, in the  “Kalamos” region there is a small temple dedicated to Saint George, a post Byzantine temple built over an older Byzantine church ruin. From this temple, the view of the beach “Fournoi” is splendid. Also in the  “Zonara”region one can see the ruins of a paleochristian temple dedicated to Saint Anastasia (on the way to Kattavia).
 
Natural environment- Beaches of ecological interest

This is a village rich in agriculture. There are olive groves, citrus trees and fields of conifers. There are rural roads ideal for walking. These roads lead to Arnitha and Mesanagro.
Despite the fact that the village is located in the hinterland, a visitor will  marvel at a coast line with unique beaches, within a few kilometers of the village.
The beach near Apolakkia,  that extends to the west, is very beautiful. This coastal region, “Apolakkia bay”, is protected by the European Network “NATURA 2000” and is made up of an ecosystem of dunes and wild cedar bushes “Juniperoys Oxycedrus” (Arkevthos). One more element that musters scientific interest in this region is that on this coast, the presence of two important species has been observed: the marine turtle Caretta-Caretta and the seal Monachus-Monachus.

Apolakkia’s Dam

Two kilometers from the village’s entrance, a large artificial lake is found. The dam was   completed in 1989 for the region’s irrigation. Through the years it has evolved into an important wetland, where a large number of birds migrate every year.
The dam is ideal for sailing but is also a beautiful area for walking. Numerous sporting activities are hosted there every year.

  Festivals

Saint Michael and Gabriel. The festival takes place on Monday after Easter during the day

Whit Monday at Saint George “Kalamos”

Saint Marina on July 17th . The festival takes place the night before

  Watermelon Festival

The feast is dedicated to Apolakkia's local product, the watermelon.The feast always takes place on the first Saturday after the feast of Saint Marina. At the feast, visitors can taste unique specialities made from watermelon, watch and play games that have watermelons as a theme, dance and enjoy this one of a kind summer festival.


 

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