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Karpathos

The Island of Contradictions
Tall mountains, pristine scenery, traditional villages, turquoise waters and rich history makes this island - the second largest island of the Dodecanese complex - an ideal destination to fill your holidays with joy. The inhabitants of Karpathos know how to grasp the joys of life during their local festivals and live up to their long-lasting traditions.



Pigadia is the capital and main port of the island, where you’ll come across significant monuments. At the entrance of the port you’ll notice the the “Vouno” Hill where you can see the ruins of an Acropolis at an altitude of 23m. On your left, you’ll see a building with an impressive architecture dating back to the Venetian Rule. It used to house the district officer but today it is used as an information center for the mediterranean monk seal as well as a museum with exhibits from various periods of the island. Make sure to stop by Afoti where you can admire the ruins of the paleochristian Basilica of Agia Foteini and Myloi where Poseidon’s cave awaits you.



Villages Worth a Stop!
For unforgettable moments visit the island’s villages. The most renowned aegean village of Karpathos is Olympos. It holds onto its ancient old dialect and customs, making the settlement a living museum. Stop by the second port of the island and fisherman’s village Diafani. Don’t miss the mountainous village of Aperi, once known as a spiritual center and capital of the island. Climb up to the top of the hill where the ancient Acropolis of Karpathos lies and drink in the stunning panoramic view.
If you enjoy walking, head to Volada Village, where narrow white alleys and yards lined with bougainvilleas as well as various paths on the Lastou plateau await to fulfill your adventurous desires. Othos is built 510m above sea level making it the highest village on the island. Make sure to pass by the Folklore Museum, which is housed in a traditional Karpathian house, and showcases the life on the island as it once was. You’ll get the chance to enjoy a “rustic” experience in one of the island’s traditional feasts (“panigyria” in Greek”), which are carried out in honour of Agios Panteleimonas (from the 26 to 28 July) and Agios Georgios Methystis (on November 3rd).



Lefko is a famous seaside village with sandy beaches. Pay a visit to the Acropolis at Pelekito and the 13th century church of Agios Georgios. Make sure you crossover to the islet of Sokastro, home to various Byzantine and Medieval ruins; this piece of land once was a peninsula of Karpathos that got separated by an earthquake.
If you happen to be a romantic at heart, go by Mesochori, with its beautiful traditional Karpathian houses and their cobblestone yards. Menetes is built on Profitis Ilias Hill, where you can see the island’s most renowned church, Koimisis Theotokou, which houses a large collection of vases, sculptures and religious icons that have been found in the area.
The Palaiokastro Hill in Arkasa Village is home to ruins dating back to antiquity, the Venetian and the Ottoman occupation. Don’t miss the Archaeological Museum and the 4th century paleochristian church of Agia Anastasia with its marvelous mosaics.



Beaches that suit all tastes
Crowded or secluded, sandy or pebbly, with or without facilities… the island of Karpathos has more than 20 beaches that await you with clear azure waters. Start by taking a tour boat around the island to discover the ones that best meet your needs. The most renowned ones are the sandy Kyra Panagia and the bebbly Achata, with its breathtaking seabed (located 10km from Pigadia). Ammopi beach (6km from Pigadia) offers various facilities and is ideal for sea sport lovers. Apella has emerald coloured waters and a golden sandy beach. Visit the pristine beaches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios near the settlement of Arkasa. If you are a windsurfing aficionado head towards Diafani from where you can embark on a boat to explore the beauties of the islet of Saria.


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