Apolakkia Lake & Rhodescape Park – A Tranquil Retreat Off the Beaten Track

Nestled amidst the captivating landscape of Rhodes Island, Greece, lies a hidden gem that offers a serene escape from the bustling tourist spots. Apolakkia Lake and Rhodescape Park, located in the southwestern part of the island, beckon nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike with their tranquil beauty and diverse offerings.

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Apolakkia Lake

The Apolakkia Lake serves as the centerpiece of this picturesque destination. This man-made reservoir, was constructed near the village of Apolakkia at the beginning of the 90’s. The main aim was to meet the island’s water needs while simultaneously enhancing its natural landscape. Three little rivers would fill it up the next years with rain water. That water is used from the local farmers until today. 

Surrounded by rugged hills and verdant vegetation, the lake exudes a sense of tranquility that instantly captivates visitors. There are many little villages around the area of  the lake, like Istrios, Profilia, Mesanagros and Arnitha. Also, there are many little churches dating back centuries, the most known one the church of Saint George Vardas.

Apollakia village is known for its watermelon festival, the Santa Marina traditional festival and the production of watermelon and potatoes. It has become even more known since the opening of the Rhodescape Park at the shores of the lake in 2018.

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Rhodescape Park

Adjacent to Apolakkia Lake lies Rhodescape Park, an outdoor recreational area that complements the natural beauty of its surroundings. This sprawling parkland is a haven for adventure enthusiasts, offering a plethora of activities to satisfy every thrill-seeker’s craving.

Spending some time in its serene and picturesque environment, you can enjoy your coffee, beer, drinks with some delicious snacks, fresh pizza, local pasta etc. Visitors can also indulge in leisurely boat rides, zipline, archery, kayaks, sups, climbing or just explore the area on foot and hike around the lake. The calm ambiance of the lake makes it an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts seeking a peaceful angling experience.

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Preserving Nature's Bounty: Conservation Efforts

Efforts are underway to maintain the ecological balance of the area, ensuring the protection of indigenous flora and fauna. Conservation initiatives focus on sustainable practices such as responsible waste management, habitat restoration, and the promotion of eco-friendly tourism.

By fostering a harmonious relationship between humans and nature, Apolakkia Lake and Rhodescape Park serve as shining examples of environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.

In a destination renowned for its bustling beaches and historical landmarks, Apolakkia Lake and Rhodescape Park offer a refreshing change of pace. Away from the crowds, visitors can immerse themselves in the untouched beauty of Rhodes Island’s hinterland and reconnect with nature in its purest form.

Whether seeking adventure or seeking solace, this hidden oasis invites travelers to embark on a journey of discovery and rejuvenation amidst the enchanting landscapes of Rhodes.

About the author

I have been working in the tourism industry more than 10 years, gaining experience in tour operating, transportation and accommodation. As a seasoned tour leader, I am passionate about developing tourist services and making them unique experiences. In addition to tour leader job, I am also involved in digital marketing and article blogging. Outside of the office, I enjoy travelling, photography and enriching my knowledge with new skills.

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