Karpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese group. Geographically it is located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, closer to Crete and further from the other Dodecanese islands. Due to this remote location from the rest of Greece, Karpathos island has only recently starting to develop in tourism and has still kept intact its local customs and traditions.
The island of Karpathos in Greece is mostly famous for its fantastic beaches. All beaches in Karpathos have this wonderful light blue water that amaze visitors at first sight. Some Karpathos beaches are organized, while others are totally secluded and can be reached through a track road. In Karpathos also visitors shall find one of the most picturesque villages in Greece: Olympos village is found on the northern side of the island and the special thing is that it still keeps a purely traditional lifestyle.
The exotic waters of Apella, one of the most beautiful beaches in Karpathos Greece
The beach of Kyra Panagia in Karpathos took its name from the chapel above it
View of Lefkos, a nice and relaxing place in Karpathos island
Apella beach in Karpathos distinguishes for the exotic waters and the white sand
View to the picturesque village of Olympos in northern Karpathos
Pigadia is the capital town of Karpathos island, Greece
A characteristic building in Pigadia, Karpathos Dodecanese
The village of Menetes in the countryside of Karpathos island
Karpathos can be reached by ferry and plane. There are ferries to Karpathos from Athens about three times per week but the trip is long (18-20 hours). This is why many visitors choose to take the ferry to Karpathos from closer destinations, such as Rhodes or Crete (ports of Heraklion and Sitia).
As the island also has an airport, many tourists arrive there by plane. There are daily flights to Karpathos from Athens and in summer there are also direct flights from European airports.
Olympos is the most picturesque village in Karpathos Greece. Located on the northern side of the island, it is found 58 km from Pigadia, the capital town of Karpathos, and 10 km from the port village of Diafani. Visitors can go by ferry from Pigadia to Diafani and then by bus to Olympos, or they can drive there. However, drivers should be careful because the road is windy and narrow. Due to its secluded...
Pigadia is actually the capital of the island, which is why it may also be referred to as Karpathos Town. This is also the main port of Karpathos island. Built around a natural bay, Pigadia distinguishes for its elegant architecture. As many locals had moved in the USA in the past decades, when they returned back to their homeland, they built nice mansions and opened businesses. A nice place to stroll...
The beach of Kyra Panagia is among the best places to swim in Karpathos island, Greece. Located on the eastern side, it can be accessed by excursion boat from Pigadia or by car (15 km from Pigadia). The beach took its name from the lovely chapel of Kyra Panagia (Lady Mary), built on the hill just above the bay and offering fantastic view. The most impressive thing with Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos...