Discover the island of Karpathos

General Information

Unique and captivating for its landscapes of rugged beauty and wild, primordial nature, Karpathos is the second largest island in the Dodecanese and stretches in all its beauty along the sea route that connects the island of Crete to Rhodes. Famous for its steep mountains and bays bathed in deep blue sea, this elongated rocky island is one of the most authentic places in all of Greece.

Karpathos is practically divided into two geographically and culturally distinct areas. The southern part of the island is more frequented by tourists and lively, with many sandy, windless beaches and some coastlines where water sports competitions are held annually. The northern part, being more mountainous, is less accessible and deeply tied to traditions.

The excellent weather conditions and the proximity of the airport to the capital Pigadia, connected to Italy during the summer by weekly flights organized by the main tour operators, make it a perfect destination for those looking for a holiday characterized by beautiful seas on an island still far from mass tourism.

Karpathos, what to see The capital, Pigadia, the administrative center and main port of the island, named for the presence of numerous wells, from the Greek pigadia, is built on the ancient port of Potidaio or Poseidio, at the entrance of which stands an imposing cliff with the ruins of the acropolis. From Pigadia also starts a long sandy bay with some beautiful beaches, where you can enjoy pleasant walks and which are lined with some hotels and our Veraclub village. In the streets and bars overlooking the bay of the town, there is a decidedly relaxed and genuinely Greek atmosphere.

South of the capital is Amoopi, the main tourist resort of Karpathos: a true paradise with its rocky coves, ideal for spending a holiday between sun and crystal-clear sea.

To the north of the island is the village of Olymbos, nestled on a rugged mountain at over 700 meters of altitude. In this enchanting village, you can still breathe an atmosphere of times gone by and wander through the narrow streets admiring the small colourful houses, windmills, and enjoy the breath taking view of the landscape and the coast. Here people still speak a dialect containing traces of ancient Doric Greek, and the elderly women wear strictly traditional hand-made clothes with floral motifs and bright colors. Karpathos still maintains many local traditions lost elsewhere, and its traditional festivals, of which there are many in the summer, are a dive back in time that more than anything else reveals the strong pride of belonging of its inhabitants.

The pleasant climate, the wonder of unspoiled nature, and the friendly ways of the local people make Karpathos one of the best and most appreciated destinations in Greece!

What to see

The village Olympos is a must!!! Because Karpathos was often raided by pirates, this little village was camouflaged since the people built their houses with natural stone. The village is also called “the Women’s’ Village”) since the women have been and are in majority: their men have either been out fighting pirates and Turks, or forced to work abroad. There are also many local customs here not to be found anywhere else in Greece.

Lefkos is a very pretty little fishing village that is worth a visit, or why not stay the night here. In Arkasa there is a church from the 5th century, Agia Sophia (“Holy Wisdom”). The village Aperi is located on a height of 320m, and used to be the capital, and it is very pretty with small churches, a little square and a fountain.

Menetes is a village in the mountains built during the Middle Ages. There are many churches here as well as an archaeological museum, and the view is amazing.

Vounos was likely a fortified castle in the Mycenaean times and was the ancient citadel of Posideon raised over the port of Karpathos. Today are existing only foundations of buildings and parts of cyclopean walls.

In Pigadia located the Cave of Poseidon in the area of Mili. This is a sculptured tomb or sanctuary. There are indications that in front of the tomb was a wooden building. Perhaps the sanctuary was dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite from the fact that they have found statues of Venus in the region. The cave of Poseidon is eroded by the continued use by sepherds. They also found tombs from the Minoan and Mycenaean era in the surrounding area. On the beach of Pigadia in the area Afoti are the ruins of an Early Christian basilica of St. Fotini.

karpathosKarpathos, a Greek island of the Dodecanese, located halfway between Rhodes and Crete, is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation, sun and sea above all from a holiday. It is also a dream destination for surfers thanks to the Meltemia, a wind that blows almost constantly from the north and which makes some of the island’s beaches constantly windy and suitable for practicing this sport.

Thanks to the recent introduction of charter and low cost flights, Karpathos is becoming more and more an important destination in the international tourist panorama, and the reasons are evident by observing its postcard beaches and its enchanting scenery. But luckily the island has not yet been stormed by tourists, so those lucky enough to visit it will still find pristine beaches and intact villages, without the crowds and chaos that can be found on other more noble islands, or perhaps only more touristy.


To fall in love with Karpathos just see some of the island’s beaches for the first time, such as Poliou Patami (the beach of the birds), Damatria or Apella. Some are easily accessible by land while others, such as the beautiful Kato Lakos, can only be reached by sea. It goes without saying that once you land you will feel like you are in paradise, thanks to the turquoise colours of the sea and the tranquillity that you breathe.

Only a few years ago, thanks to the modernization of its small airport, tourism in Karpathos has become an important economic resource. Since, then, the airport began to serve European low cost airlines, foreign visitors have increased exponent.

Karpathos with its variety, contrast and harmony of lines, volumes and colours compose an incomparable charm, highlighting it as one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese and of Greece. The variety and colour magic of the natural landscape of Karpathos is unique.

The changes and contrasts are so frequent and unexpected, that they leave no room for monotony and boredom. Mountain slopes with steep ravines and labyrinthine streams, deep caves endowed with the alluring multicolour stalactites, green valleys and springs with crystal waters that purr melodiously, generously spreading their coolness.


Pine-clad slopes that go down to the sea, where the blue-white waves lazily guard the island’s golden beaches. The latter are the best that Karpathos has to offer: Windy, clean, unspoiled and the most numerous, full of promise.

Holidays in Karpathos mean relaxation, swimming in crystal clear waters and contact with local customs and traditions. The wild windswept landscapes, the villages that look like they were taken from another era and the fine flavors of the island will be unforgettable.

Karpathos has places of rare and wild beauty, settlements of impressive architecture and vibrant tradition, a wealth of ruins from all eras of its long history.

Touring the city is a pleasant experience for every visitor. You will find beautiful images that combine island tradition with modern comforts in every neighbourhood.

Karpathos is an island with a rich history and tradition and has several museums and monuments that are worth visiting. The island is also known for its special natural beauty: high mountains and dense vegetation combine with small charming bays along the coast. Explore nature and the hidden corners of Karpathos by walking along its numerous paths!

The true soul of Karpathos is hidden in its picturesque villages and beautiful countryside, in the plateaus with the farmhouses and ancient threshing floors, in the paths that lead to holy states, in the mountain peaks that play with the clouds and the wind, in the melodies of the lyre, the lout and tsambouna, in the mandinades of the pure people of the island. And there, the uniqueness and nobility of Karpathos has no end.

This narrow island, which dominates between Rhodes and Crete, is characterized by its unadulterated tourist landscapes, picturesque settlements, the hospitality of its inhabitants and its inseparable relationship with customs and traditions.

Without a lack of tourist infrastructure, it is an ideal destination for those who are satisfied with quiet holidays without lifestyle elements, with sandy beaches and emerald waters, with open-hearted people who give their all at the local festivals.


Take the car (essential for your travel) from the capital Pigadia, on the eastern side, and drive to Mount Olympus, to experience its otherworldly beauty and its women who still wear colorful costumes today, and find yourself on the western coast looking for Finiki, to secure fresh fish.

Every village and stop hides architectural surprises and traditional elements, for travelers with concerns.
Diving enthusiasts head southeast to Kastellia with its underwater treasures, Fokia with its huge boulders and Achata with its pirate cave. Finally, Diakoftis with the Italian shipwreck (next to the airport) is also special.


Karpathos is one of those places to have preserved the same name in its history, ever since the time of Homer, hence the certainty that this place has always made a difference, a fact all the better corroborated by a mere reference to the Minoan and Mycenaean tombs as well as to the unearthed remains of settlements dating from the 2d Millennium BC, much frequented by antiquity-avid tourists.

Subsequent to its conquest by the Dorians (circa 1000 BC), the island was given the alternative name of Tetrapolis, a name suggesting the existence of four (tetara in Dorian Greek) cities on it.

Interestingly, the names of certain of those settlements have survived to this day: Arkesia (near the site of the actual township of Arkassa), Vrykous (currently Vrikounta), Nissyros (the Saria island), Possideion a.k.a. Potidaeon (currently referred to as Pigadia). Later on, during Classical and further into the Hellenistic period, Karpathos would inevitably follow the fate of Greece as a whole. In the year 42 BC it came under Roman rule, a condition that remained unchanged until Byzantium became the new ruler.

Pirate raids terrified dwellers of the coastal settlements, who chose to resettle in highest areas. An example of such resettlement is the Byzantine township of Olympos still on foot and very much alive today.

The Byzantine rule is followed by several centuries of successive slavery: first came the Genovese, succeeded by the Knights of the Order of St. John, the Venetians and last the Ottomans.

The Greek war of Independence from the Ottoman Rule in brought temporary freedom, before the island was once again handed over to the Ottoman Empire by virtue of a Treaty (1830). In 1912, the island came under Italian rule, a condition preserved until after World War II, when the island officially became part of the Greek territory.


KARPATHOSKarpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the south-eastern Aegean Sea. It stretches over an area of about 300 square kilometres and is characterized by a dramatic landscape, blending mountainous terrain with picturesque beaches. The island’s geography is primarily characterized by its rugged mountains and stunning coastline.

The highest point on the island is Mt. Lastos, standing at 1,215 meters above sea level. The mountainous terrain, with its rocky outcrops and steep slopes, dominates the northern part of the island, while the southern part is relatively flatter. This rugged terrain has significantly influenced the island’s settlement patterns, culture, and lifestyle. Many of the villages are located in the mountainous areas, offering breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Karpathos’s coastline is equally diverse, featuring an array of beautiful beaches, some sandy and others pebbly. Some beaches are accessible by road, while others require a boat or a hike to reach, a testament to the island’s untouched nature. The varied coastline also provides numerous small coves and bays, making it a favorite among sailors and explorers.

Due to its location between Crete and Rhodes, Karpathos has a relatively mild Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The island benefits from the cooling Meltemi wind during the summer months, which makes the climate more tolerable and is ideal for wind-based water sports.

The natural vegetation on Karpathos is typical of the Mediterranean region, with an abundance of shrubs, herbs, and trees such as olives, pines, and cypresses. In the more fertile lands, locals cultivate vegetables, fruits, and olives, while the less arable land is used for grazing by goats and sheep.

The inland areas are sparsely populated, with the majority of residents living closer to the coast where the soil is more fertile and the living conditions are more amiable. The island’s geography has played a significant role in preserving its traditional ways of life, as many of the ancient customs and practices continue to thrive in the remote mountainous villages.

North Karpathos

Some years ago, visiting the North Karpathos region was quite difficult as the road connecting it to South Karpathos was very difficult and the ferry connection was sparse.

With the improvement of the road network and the construction of the port in Diafani in the early 1990s, the visit of tourists to the area increased and this acted as a trigger for the construction of hotels and rooms for rent.

However, the north of Karpathos does not have a suitable infrastructure for the reception of mass tourism, something that would alter the particularly traditional character of the area and cause irreparable damage to the natural environment.

Due to the exceptional natural environment of the area with traditional settlements of special architecture, important archaeological sites, numerous churches and excellent beaches that can be visited.

North Karpathos is ideal for mild forms of tourism with cultural, historical and naturalistic interests. Undoubtedly, the most effective way to get to know the area and its beauties is by hiking.

Indeed, North Karpathos has a well-developed network of hiking routes (trails) through which one can get to know all the remarkable points of the region. Of particular interest are the old cobbled paths that are found, which retain their traditional character to this day.


Karpathos, although a small island, has a very large and rich folk culture and still preserves its traditions and customs with great commitment. This commitment is due to its geographical location (far from central Greece) and to the genuine and pure Greek soul of the Carpathians. Many Greeks and foreigners dealt with Karpathos and plenty of folklore material has been published in books, magazines and newspapers, but also a great deal remains unpublished in the hands of researchers.

Local products

karpathos-productsKarpathos, although mountainous and wild, nevertheless proved to be fertile and offers rich products, such as grapes, citrus fruits, oil and honey. Many of the locals are engaged in fishing and thus supply the tavernas daily with mackerel, sardines, sardines and walleyes, which are quite common on the island.

The rich vineyards in northern Karpathos produce excellent grapes, from which their famous wine is also produced. The wine of Karpathos is of excellent quality, delicious and quite different. The most popular is the semi-sweet red wine produced mainly in mountainous Karpathos, Othos and Volada. The most famous varieties of the island are the athiri, the seal, but also the Cretan thrapsathiri and the Cycladic donkey.

Karpathian cheeses have a strong flavor and are a key element of the residents’ diet. The most widespread are the very soft manouli, armyrotiri, which as its name indicates is a very salty hard cheese, with which the locals usually accompany their pasta and meriari.

Honey is a product that the housewives of Karpathos often use in their sweets, sesame honey, xerotigana and baklava. In summer honeys, thyme dominates, in spring honeys, sage and in winter ones, riki. Alochorta are small herbs that are usually eaten as a salad. They grow on cliffs among thorns.

The specialty of Karpathian gastronomy is macaroons, tagliatelle-like pasta accompanied by the famous sitaka, a dairy product similar to yogurt.The cakes are pies with a gender that resembles a kouro. It is filled with mijithra and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Examples, also, of the meticulousness of Karpathi’s artistic concern and his commitment to traditional professions, are the woodcarvings, temples, sofas, benches, furniture, but also the handmade footwear (stilettos, slippers) which, fortunately, are still preserved (mainly) on Olympus.

What is admirable and probably does not exist to such an extent elsewhere, is the instrument making. In all the villages, there are people of all ages who make lyres, lutes, violins, and most of them are instrumentalists themselves.

What to see

Archaeological Museum of Karpathos

Admire the special architectural building of the Province (from the time of the Italian occupation) in Pigadia, with its magnificent arches, which looms at the left end of the port. An information center for the protection of the Mediterranean seal operates here, as well as a museum with exhibits from the Prehistoric and Historical years, from early Christian basilicas and settlements on the island as well as historical data on piracy, etc.


The Acropolis of Arkasa

The Acropolis of Arkasa is perched on a high plateau, offering strategic views over the Aegean Sea, which was essential for the defense against potential invasions. The advantageous positioning of this acropolis reflects a common practice in ancient Greek city-planning where acropolises were built on elevated grounds to serve as fortified sanctuaries during times of war. The intertwining narratives of Hellenistic and early Christian era seen through the remnants at this site enrich the historical evoloution of the island, making it a noteworthy destination for those interested in archaeology and the ancient history of Karpathos.



In the oldest location of the island, Arkasa, the hill of Paleokastro dominates. Photograph the ruins of the ancient city and head to the foothills to see what remains of the early Christian Hagia Sophia (from the 5th century) with its exquisite mosaic floors and marble columns in its peristyle.

This ancient fortress is believed to have been constructed during the Byzantine era, although some sources suggest it could have origins dating back to the Classical or Hellenistic periods. The exact history is somewhat ambiguous due to the layers of occupations and renovations that occurred over the centuries.


Windmills of Olympos

In addition to being a wonderful village, Olympus also has the most photographed place. The windmills, lined up in a straight line. Traditionally, the windmills on Karpathos were used for grinding grain, particularly wheat and barley, which were staple crops of the island. The windmills are an ingenious example of utilizing the natural resources available on the island; the strong and consistent winds, particularly the Meltemi winds in the summer, provided the necessary power to operate the millstones.


Folklore Museum of Menetes

It is a sight-seeing village, as at an altitude of 510 m, images of infinite beauty are set up, with the clouds so low that you will feel you can touch them! The museum represents a traditional house of the island with its textiles, embroideries and wood-carved couch.


Karpathos Villages

Karpathos has ten villages and some smaller settlements, which following the road network form two “circles” on the map going around the island.
Starting the course for the short route from the capital of Karpathos and the town of Pigadia, visitors follow the road towards the east coast of the island and up to the village of Aperio which was the former capital of the island.

Follow the route that passes through the three mountain villages of Volada, Othos and Pyles until the road begins to descend towards the west coast of Karpathos. To complete the route, visitors follow the road to the village of Arkasa and continue towards Menetes high until they return back to Pigadia.

For the longest route, after reaching the village of Aperio and again instead of turning left towards the village of Volada, visitors follow the road to the northern part of the island. After an enchanting drive, visitors will reach the small village of Spoa with its many windmills.

At this point the road leads to the famous village of Olympos. After a long journey, visitors return to Spoa and after passing the small village head towards the western part of the island and the village of Mesochori. After Mesochori follow the main road to reach Arkasa, Menetes and it returns again to Pigadia.


karpathos-pigadiaPigadia is the capital town of Karpathos as well as the main port of the island, its location coinciding with that of the ancient Potidaeo or Posseidaeon.

At the entrance to the port, there raises the rock bearing the remains of the citadel. All around the vestiges, there is a multitude of traditional homes – possibly the most dense collection of them in this area.

Carved in the mountain slopes there are the villages of Menetes, Othos and Volada. Underneath the village of Volada, there lies the picrturesque settlement of Aperi. There are 1700 people dwelling in Pigadia.


karpathos-amoopiA tourist resort set in an area of scenic beauty, offering a happy alternation of bights, sandy beaches and rocky coasts, within 6.5 km to the south of the town of Karpathos.

The coastal settlement of Ammoopi in recent years has shown great tourist development.

It is located midway from the island’s airport to the city, which makes it ideal as a place to stay.

In addition, it has one of the most beautiful beaches, well organized, which is suitable for water sports.


karpathos-aperiAperi is a village of noble allure and a long tradition of opulence and cultural life.It is the seat of the Bishop of Karpathos and once the capital town of the island, built in the concavity of a slope of mount Lastos, at an altitude of 320 meters.

Invisible from the sea, it was a safe haven from corsair raids.

Up until the island fell under the Ottonam rule, this settlement bore the name of Karpathos.

The name “Aperi” derives from the Turkish word “Aperghi”, meaning “the capital town”. With a population of 400, this settlement lies within an 8 km distance from the town of Karpathos.


karpathos-arkasaArkassa has been able to preserve its ancient name – Arkesia – almost intact.The scenery is truly enticing, with the diminutive peninsula of the citadel protected by the natural wall of a rocky range in the backgrounds.

There are 400 people dwelling in Arkassa, lying within 16 km  from Pigadia.

Near the settlement there is an archaeological site that includes the acropolis of Palaiokastro which has remains of fortifications from the Archaic times and towers from the classical and Hellenistic eras.

Also, various early Christian churches are preserved in the area, the main one being that of Agia Anastasia, while on the eastern side of Arkasa there are the Middle Byzantine churches of Panagia Marmarini and Agios Georgios.


diafaniThe village of Diafani is another of the beautiful seaside resorts of Karpathos.Flat-roofed houses neatly arranged around a narrow bight, with a fishing boat dock and the pier for the docking of the fishing boats as well as the ferries and other tour boats carrying visitors to the village of Olympos.

This is the second port of Karpathos. A pebbly beach is offered to the pleasure of swimmers and sun worshipers.

There are 250 people living in Diafani, reachable through Mesochorio after a 67 km drive South West from the town of Karpathos.


karpathos-lefkosA beachfront township with a joyful alternation of bights and sandy beaches, famous for the sand lilies abounding there in the summer.

There is a beautiful pine grove around the settlement. Population: 25 – Lefkos is located in the center of the island at a distance of 33 km from Pigadia.

It is the port of the Mesochori area and its main holiday resort . Northwest of the village and the northern side of the bay of the same name is the islet of Sokastro which in ancient times was a peninsula that was cut off after an earthquake and on which there are remains of a Byzantine fortification and a settlement with vaulted buildings

Makris Gialos

A favourite tourist destination, extending between Afiartes and the airport, with spacious sandy beaches, crystal-clear azure waters set against the austerity of an arid valley in the background, where surfing aficionados from all over the world converge to practice their favourite sport. Location: 15 km to the south of the town of Karpathos.


voladaVolada lies approximately 10 kilometers from the capital of Karpathos, nestled at an altitude of 440 meters between the villages of Aperi and Othos. The village of stands out as one of the most picturesque settlements in Karpathos, thanks to its exceptional aesthetics and architectural beauty.

Volada adds a white accent to a lush green slope. The houses in Volada, with their whitewashed exteriors, winding streets, and flower-filled courtyards, appear as though guarded by the remnants of three castles, constructed in different eras.


menetes-karpathosAmphitheatrically built on the slopes of a hill, Menetes lies at a 8 km distance from the town of Karapathos.

Its 450 inhabitants take special pride in the church of the Dormition, dominating the settlement from its extremity.

There is a thoroughfare typically cutting the village in two. Picturesque, beautiful little homes with flowerpots to contrast against the whitewashed walls harbour a long tradition of culture, as most celebrated musicians of the island were born here.

It is no secret that the people of this village have been delving into a long tradition of poetry and music.


mesochoriLiterally suspended over the sea, densely built, with its narrow streets leading to steps running over laughing little streams alimented with the water of the tree fountains that have since always been watering the orchards and gardens of the settlement.

Mesochori basks in the sunset and contemplates on the inmensity of the sea beyond.  Above the fountains, there rises the Church of Panaghia Vruyssiani.

Only a few houses remain to remind the old architectural tradition. Lore is nevertheless very much alive in the hears and manifestations of its 350 inhabitants. Distance: 24 km NW from the town of Karpathos.


karpathos-othosClearly mountainous in its location and structure, built at a 500 m altitude above sea level, Othos is often hidden in puffy clouds.

With some 8 to 10 feasts hosted here every year, it is small wonder that the village of Othos has come to be a synonym of merriment and celebration.

The main road running through the settlement continues on to the village of Pylaes.

There are 230 people living in Othos, which lies at 12 km north west  from the town of Pigadia.


olympos karpathosTravellers who have the patience and stamina to drive the demanding route to Olynpos are rewarded by a natural beauty like no other.

This is a journey through several traditional villages, plains, pine-grown hills and steep, barren rocky mountains offering some truly breathtaking views on the sea.

It is then that the township of Olympos appears, in a way entirely of its own, a splash of white against a most austere background. Its 300 people zealously preserve their tradition and usages in everyday life.


spoa-karpathosSpoa is built in the middle of the island and dominates a fertile valley between the mountains Kali Limni and Kymaras.

The area occupies the east and central of the island of Karpathos and borders to the North with the village of Olympos, to the South with the Mesochori and to the North with the village od Volada.

From a geographical point of view Stoa also extend within the area of ​​the Mesochori, a fact that can be interpreted based on the common historical origins of these two villages. The Eastern coast of Spoa is washed by the Sea of Karpathos.

What to do

karpathos holidaysAn island with contrasts and exciting changes of scenery. Images of mountain and sea succeeding each other, with verdant areas and sandy beaches.

This narrow island, which dominates between Rhodes and Crete, is characterized by its unadulterated tourist landscapes, picturesque settlements, the hospitality of its inhabitants and its inseparable relationship with customs and traditions.

Without a lack of tourist infrastructure, it is an ideal destination for those who are satisfied with quiet holidays without lifestyle elements, with sandy beaches and emerald waters, with open-hearted people who give their all at the local festivals.

Take the car (essential for your travel) from the capital Pigadia, on the eastern side, and drive to Mount Olympus, to experience its otherworldly beauty and its women who still wear colorful costumes today, and find yourself on the western coast looking for the Finiki, to ensure fresh fish even in the panic of the Fifteenth of August.

Every village and stop hides architectural surprises and traditional elements, for travelers with concerns. Diving enthusiasts, grab your bottles and head southeast to Kastellia with its underwater treasures, Fokia with its huge boulders and Achata with its pirate cave. Finally, Diakoftis with the Italian shipwreck (next to the airport) is also special.


Shopping in Karpathos is a delightful experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the island’s vibrant culture and discover unique treasures. The charming villages and bustling markets offer a diverse array of goods, from traditional handicrafts to contemporary fashion, ensuring there’s something for every taste.

Exploring the narrow streets of the island’s villages reveals a plethora of boutique shops and local stores. Here, you can find traditional Greek products such as handmade ceramics, embroidered textiles, and intricately crafted jewelry.

These authentic souvenirs not only make for meaningful mementos but also provide a glimpse into the island’s rich artistic heritage.

Karpathos beaches

karpathos-beachWorldly or more low profile, with sand or pebbles, with strong winds for water sports, the beaches of Karpathos offer options for every style. Towards the North is the sandy Afoti with the backdrop of the columns and stone carvings of the early Christian basilica of Agia Fotini from the 6th century, while the most popular beach is Kyra-Panagia with the organized sandy beach at the edge of the rocky bay.

For the alternatives, the beaches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios in the settlement of Arkasa are recommended. The pebbly Achata (10 km northwest of Pigadia) that deepens sharply and Apella with its 7 km long golden sandy beach also stand out. Diafani, at a distance of 70 km from Pigadia, is also – although distant – a recommended destination (you can also get here by ferry from Pigadia). Finally, Ammoopi (just 6 km from Pigadia) with its organized beach and tamarisk trees is suitable for lovers of water sports.

The beauty of Karpathos however remains the beaches and the sea: those of the east coast are more sheltered and tend to be gravel (such as Amoopi, Apella or Kato Lako, reachable only on foot), while those of the southern part of the island are sandy, like Damatra or Diakoftis.

The beaches of the west coast, on the other hand, are exposed to the winds that blow steadily on the island, so they are the favorite destination for kitesurfing or windsurfing lovers, while the usual bathers can only enjoy them on days of low wind. Many beaches on the island are considered to be among the most beautiful in Greece.

Beautiful and also very different from each other: you will find white beaches in pristine scenery, quiet and peaceful rocky coves, equipped beaches for those who love relaxation and comfort. Going around the island to visit them is not a choice, but a real necessity!

Getting around Karpathos

Getting around Karpathos is a seamless experience, thanks to the variety of transportation options available. Whether you’re exploring the traditional villages, heading to the beaches, or venturing into the rugged landscapes, Karpathos offers convenient ways to get around that cater to different preferences and travel styles.

Taxis are an efficient mode of transportation on the island. Found in key areas such as the airport, main squares, and popular tourist spots, taxis provide a comfortable and hassle-free way to reach your destination. While they may not be as prevalent in some of the more remote villages, they are a convenient choice for short trips or transfers between major locations.

Buses in Karpathos are a cost-effective and popular means of transportation, especially for those looking to explore the island’s various attractions on a budget. The bus network connects the main villages, beaches, and tourist destinations, offering both residents and visitors a reliable way to move around the island. The schedules are designed to accommodate the needs of both locals and tourists, making it relatively easy to plan your excursions.

Car hire is a popular option for those seeking greater flexibility and the freedom to explore Karpathos at their own pace. Rental agencies can be found at the airport, in major towns, and near popular tourist areas. Having a car allows you to venture off the beaten path, discover hidden gems, and access remote locations that might not be easily reached by public transportation. The island’s well-maintained road network ensures a pleasant driving experience.

Exploring Karpathos on foot is a delightful option, especially in the island’s charming villages. Wandering through narrow alleys, discovering local shops, and immersing yourself in the traditional architecture can be a rewarding way to experience the culture and atmosphere of Karpathos.

Weather in Karpathos

The climate of the island of Karpathos is similar to the other southern Greek islands,. It is quite similar to Rhodes or Crete: it primarily means a hot Mediterranean summer without significant precipitation and a mild but often rainy winter. The weather characteristic of Karpathos is special in that the summers are even drier than average and there is often even less rainfall than elsewhere. This is somewhat offset by the higher humidity due to the proximity of the sea, so that the vegetation living in certain parts of Karpathos and most of the forests here are lush green even in the middle of summer.

The wind is almost constantly present in the Karpathos area, the strength of the winds can vary from a very light breeze to an almost stormy force occurring on top of the mountains. In the summer, the Meltemi wind, which occurs in the Aegean Sea region, is of great importance, and it primarily cools the hot summer days. For this reason, Karpathos is referred to by many as the windiest Greek island, as the Meltemi can really be very strong at certain points of the island.
Karpathos wind information

How to get to Karpathos

Getting to Karpathos needs basically two means of transport according to your needs: the plane and the ship.

By Air

Flying to Karpathos is very simple and often cheap, thanks also to some direct routes opened by low cost airlines.
The alternative is to fly to Athens, which can be reached in various ways from various european airports, and continue with a domestic flight. Note that this is the only way to get to Karpathos by plane outside the tourist season.

By Ferrry

The most exciting way to reach Karpathos in the summer is by ferry. The island is located halfway between Rhodes and Crete, it can be reached quite easily from Heraklion, Crete and from the port of Rhodes in a few hours by ferry.