All villages on Karpathos keep their traditional style. Not to be missed is the village of Olymbos, which keeps its style untouched by tourism and modern life: women are dressed in traditional costumes, all houses have a wood-fired oven and a church and many festivals are organized.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
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Guide to 12 villages
Discover our guide to 12 Karpathos villages. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Karpathos. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Location: 58 km north west of Pigadia
Description: Olympos is a mountainous island with stone houses. When the coulds come down and cover the village, the atmposhere is dreamy. This is probably the most beautiful village on Karpathos.
Location: 67 km north of Pigadia
Description: Diafani is a small tourist village close to Olympos. Located on the northern side, Diafani is the second most important port of the island.
Location: On the south eastern side of Karpathos
Description: Pigadia is the capital and main port of the island. The modern village stands on the location of ancient Potideon, whose ruins are seen at the entrance of the port. This is a nice base to explore the beaches and villages of Karpathos.
Location: 8 km south west of Pigadia
Description: Constructed along the slopes of a rocky hill, Menetes is a small village with rich musical tradition and authentic architecture.
Location: 12 km north west of Pigadia
Description: Othos is a traditional village famous for its local festivities. It is situated at an altitude of 510 m and it is surrounded by lush greenery.
Location: 8 km north west of Pigadia
Description: Aperi used to be the old capital of the island. Hidden by high slopes, Aperi was not used from the sea, so it was a protected area against pirates in the Medieval times. Today, it is a small village with typical architecture.
Location: 16 km west of Pigadia
Description: Arkassa is a beautiful village on the western side of Karpathos, the ideal place to relax in your holidays.
Location: 18 km south west of Pigadia
Description: Finiki is a small and picturesque fishing port with some tourist facilities. It gets pretty popular in summer.
Location: 31 km north west of Pigadia
Description: Lefkos is a seaside village that has developed many tourist facilities over the last years. The region around Lefkos has many small coves with sandy coast.
Location: Mesochori is a traditional village built between the sea and the rocky mainland. The architecture of Mesochori distinguishes by narrow paths, white houses and small chapels.
Location: 17 km north west of Pigadia
Description: A small village located on the north western side of the island, Piles is close to secluded beaches and has a small agricultural museum.
Location: 10 km north west of Karpathos
Description: This is a tiny, mountainous village close to Aperi. Totally unaffected by tourism, Volada offers a clear view of rural life in Karpathos.