Going vacation in Karpathos is like doing a “time travel” that remains unforgotten.
Karpathos, majestic and mountainous is located in the Carpathian Sea, between Crete and Rhodes. It is an island with very strong traditions – so this is probably one of the few islands where you can still feel the real hospitality of Greece as it was many years ago!
Although the capital of the island is bustling with many cafes, bakeries and restaurants, the island has not yet been mass tourism, so you can find mostly by car (book your car here) small deserted beaches where you’re really on your own. Be sure to visit the village of Olympos, where women are wearing the local traditional costumes.
Karpathos is the ideal place for a quiet holiday. Karpathos or Pigadia is the island’s capital and main port. The ancient name was Potideo or Poseideio. The city is builted on the edge of Vrondis Bay, a sandy beach of 4 km where you can swim or enjoy water sports. On the beach are the remains of the proto-Christian church of Agia Fotini.
Karpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Together with the neighboring smaller Saria Island it forms the municipality of Karpathos, which is part of the Karpathos regional unit. Because of its remote location, Karpathos has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, the last resembling those of Crete and Cyprus.
Karpathos comprises 10 villages. Pigadia (official name Karpathos), the capital and main port of the island is located in the Southeast of the Island. The capital is surrounded by the villages of Menetes, Arkasa, Aperi, Volada, Othos, and Pyles. In the North Mesochori, Spoa and Olymbos, the last village in the North of the island, is of great folkloric and architectural interest. There are two ports, in Karpathos and in the north of the island next to Olympos named Diafani.