TRAVEL GUIDE TO KARPATHOS
Situated between Rhodes and Crete, Karpathos is one of the best Dodecanese islands to visit, despite its rather secluded location. Its natural landscape remains unspoiled and its beaches are magnificent! Only its southern side is touristically developed and the rest of the island maintains its authentic atmosphere. The picturesque villages of Karpathos keep the local tradition alive.
For your holidays in Karpathos, we offer a travel guide to help you plan your trip. In here, you will find information about important sights, beaches, things-to-do suggestions, hotels and restaurants, and a photo album!
Karpathos has an airport that serves flights from Athens, as well as a few seasonal flights from abroad every summer. Ferries to Karpathos depart from Piraeus port in Athens, Crete and Rhodes.
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Karpathos in Greece is a beautiful island located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, between Rhodes and Crete. Boasting unique geology and natural beauty, it is a remote paradise, ideal for those who want to unwind away from the hustle and bustle.
Karpathos stands out for one thing in particular: its stunning beaches! Kyra Panagia and Apella are the most beautiful and popular beaches in Karpathos.
If you’re into water sports, then go to the southern coasts of Karpathos, which are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing!
The island is dotted with quaint little villages, which ooze a traditional charm! The most beautiful one is unarguably Olympos, a picturesque mountainous village. Olympos is the perfect place to peek into the island’s tradition: every house has its windmill and church, while women wear traditional costumes in their everyday life!
A few archeological sites, museums and churches are among the island's landmarks.
Additionally, one of the best things to do in Karpathos is to do a quick trip to the remote Saria island. This island may be uninhabited, but it boasts some amazing beaches and sites.
Karpathos is one of the best destinations for a relaxing vacation!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
You will find numerous amazing hotels for your accommodation, from budget studios and apartments to spacious bungalows, modern villas, and luxurious hotel rooms.
Pigadia is one of the best regions to stay in since one of the island's most beautiful beaches is located there, while Amopi is also popular.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
Karpathos has a national airport and receives daily flights from Athens but also from some European countries such as Germany. Karpathos can also be reach by ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens and other islands of the Aegean sea like Rhodes.
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Located on the northern side, Olympos is the most impressive village on the island. Due to its secluded location, this village keeps intact its daily life and traditions.
Among the most beautiful beaches in Greece, Kyra Panagia distinguishes for the exotic waters and the soft sand. On a hill above the beach is a lovely church.
One of the most stunning beaches on the island, Apella is a lovely place with exotic waters and surrounded by lush greenery. Part of this beach is organized.
In summer boat trips depart from the ports of Pigadia and Diafani to the uninhabited island of Saria, north of Karpathos. This island has secluded coves to swim and Medieval ruins.
The ruins of this ancient city, ancient temples and can be seen in the harbor of Pigadia. Tombs with ceramics dating back to the Minoan and Mycenaean periods have been brought to light, testifying the existence of an ancient settlement.
The stunning beach of Achata is found in close distance to Pigadia, the main town. It has crystal blue green waters and part of the beach is organized.
Diafani is a small port village on the northern side of Karpathos. Many secluded coves for total privacy are found only a short walk from there. This port is the gateway to Olympos village.
Over the last years, Karpathos is developing as a windsurfing destination. Especially the beaches on the southern side of the island, such as Makrigialos and Afiartis, are great for wind sports.