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Ialissos, Overall a good family destination

Written by Bryan
We stayed in Ialissos. If I were on my honeymoon or single, I would choose another island (or perhaps I would choose another part of Rhodes), but for a family with small children, or a wind/kite surfer, or people who don't want to be in a total party spot, Ialissos works just fine.
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Apollakia Village

Municipality of South Rhodes
Population: 415
92km from Rhodes Town

Apollakia is situated south of Rhodes, following the road from Gennadi to Vati. In the village's square one can see an old Italian building, originally built during the Italian occupation as an elementary school and today used as a Cultural Center. An important monument of the Byzantine era is a small tabernacle 'Saint George Vardas', built in 1290 a.d. it has been built over an older Byzantine church ruin, and traditionally celebrates the name day of Saint George on the 23rd of April. From the temple, there is an exceptional view of the beach, named 'Fournoi'. Also in the 'Zonara' region you can see the ruins of an ancient Christian temple dedicated to Saint Anastasia (on the way to Kattavia).

This is a village rich in agriculture, there are olive groves, citrus trees and fields of conifers. Apollakia holds a reputation of producing the best watermelon on the island. The rural roads are ideal for walking and hiking amongst the scrub and dried herb bushes, and the views from these paths are magnificent. This coastal region of '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). Another interesting element on this coastline is the presence of two important species has been observed: the marine turtle Caretta-Caretta and the seal Monachus-Monachus. Two kms from the entrance of the village, a large man-made dam was completed in 1989 for irrigational purposes. 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.