Karpathos is an island with deep canyons, arable valleys, steep rocky shores and exquisite beaches, as well as many forests. In the island you will find an ancient acropolis, caves, churches and even islanders with traditional costumes. Karpathos was the island of the Titans, according to Greek Mythology. In ancient times there were four fortified towns on the island: Arkesia, Vrykous, Karpathos, and Saros.
Karpathos is one of the most important Greek islands for the protection of rare species and ecosystems. Two sites are included in the Natura 2000: The network for the birds (at least 43 different species live in the north parts of the island) and seal populations (monachus monachus) and sea turtle careta careta.
If you like wind or kite surfing then come to Karpathos and explore the beaches of: Makris Gialos (chicken bay), Vatha, Pounta tou Nikolaki, Valia, Agrilaopotamos.
A boat trip to Saria island is a wonderful adventure, for those who fancy spending a day on a remote beach or hiking in a Natura 2000-protected area. Boats leave from Pigadia or Diafani (on the north coast) to Palatia beach on Saria.
Karpathos has an airport.
Pigadia is the capital and main port of the island. The Archeological Museum of Karpathos is a small, but important museum in Pigadia, with an interesting collection of ancient artifacts. Diafani is a picturesque fishing village and the island’s second harbour. Karpathos offers many interesting walking routes for hikers. Additionally the island is an ideal destination for climbing rocks lovers, as it has two major areas on the west side of the island, Arkasa and Adia and several smaller ones such as Yvonne, Arkasa, Finiki, Kastello, Achata, Pigadia and Afiartis. In total about 400 routes have been equipped in 34 sectors.
While being in Karpathos do not miss to visit Olymbos (Olympos) village. Its geographical isolation from the other villages has played a great part in preserving its unique cultural identity and traditions to present days. Long-term isolation from the rest of Karpathos, helped the village to maintain its particular cultural identity until nowadays. The ancient dialect that people speak, traditional music, customs and architecture are a few examples of this uniqueness that the village presents.
Some of the most amazing coasts of Karpathos are: Diakoftis, Apella, Damatria, Kira Panagia, Amoopi, Achata, Lefkos, Pigadia, Agios Minas, Agios Nikolaos, Araki, Diafani and the gorgeous Saria island.
During summer months you can participate on a daily cruise to Kasos island. We will present Kasos island in detail, below.
Karpathos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Anafi, Halki, Heraklion (Crete), Karpathos (Diafani), Kasos, Milos, Rhodes, Simi, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsi, Santorini, Sitia (Crete).
Kasos is the south-est island of Dodecanese complex and also near to Crete. The word Kasos comes from the ancient Greek word “kas” which means the sea foam. The island boasts for the stunning beaches, the beautiful villages, the wild landscape as well as the delicious traditional cuisine.
Κasos is known for its unique beaches. Emporios, Amoua (if you love wind surfing) Antiperatos, Helatros, Avlaki.
From Kasos and the port of Fri you can have a boat trip to Armathia islet, a Natura protected area due to the existence of rare species Audouin seagulls. There are three islets: Armathia, Makra and Pontikonisia. One of the most beautiful beach of Mediterranean sea is Marmara beach in Armathia islet. This beach has white gypsum and amazing colors.
The island’s capital is Fri. You can visit the Archaeological Collection of Kasos, located in a traditional house, where you will discover findings from the Prehistoric Period up to the Roman times as well as a small collection of historic artifacts part of local folklore life.
Another place of interest is the Selai cave with its impressive stalactites. The cave has 30m depth and 8m width. If you stand in front of the cave you will enjoy a magnificent view to Saint Constantine, Antiperato, Armathia and other Kasonisia.
Kasos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Anafi, Halki, Heraklion (Crete), Karpathos, Milos, Rhodes, Santorini, Sitia (Crete).
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