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Karpathos Island

Karpathos is one of the Greek Dodecanese Islands located midway between Rhodes and Crete where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean. It's the third largest island in the archipelago after Rhodes and Kos but despite having its own international airport Karpathos has remained mercifully unscathed by the ravages of mass tourism. It may not stay that way for much longer because an increasing number of international visitors are now discovering the many delights of Karpathos - rugged mountains concealing centuries-old unspoilt villages, beaches which are some of the finest in the Aegean and working windmills in which the local women still grind their own corn.

You can fly directly to the island from several UK airports and other European destinations and regular Olympic Airways flights connect Karpathos with Athens (one and a half hours) and the neighbouring islands of Rhodes and Kasos. The mainland port of Piraeus is a 19-hour ferry ride away. Ferries also connect the island with Crete and Rhodes which is the main connection hub for the other Dodecanese Islands

Ferries dock at the island's main port and capital, Pigadia, in the south east corner of the island. The airport is 18 kilometres south west of Pigadia at the southern tip of the island but there's no bus service connecting the two so if you're arriving by air you'll need to take a taxi or arrange your own transport.

Pigadia is a modern town and burgeoning tourist resort at the southern end of scenic Vrondi Bay which is a three kilometres stretch of sand extending north west along the coast from the main harbourfront. You'll find plenty of lovely beaches to the north and south of the capital, along the south east coastline, and over on the west side of the island.

A rugged mountainous spine divides the wild northern part of the island from the lower-lying, more fertile and populated southern end. For centuries the two halves of the island developed completely independently of each other - even today there's no decent road joining the two and the best way to get from one to the other is by boat.

Besides the wonderful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the south east of Karpathos, the other main attraction of Karpathos lies in the north at the extraordinary village of Olymbos where time seems to have stood still (except for the tourists!). Perched on a bleak 600-metre ridge, this remote 15th century village was virtually cut off from civilisation for centuries and even today remains a strange mix of the modern and medieval.

The older women still dress in elaborately embroidered traditional costumes with headscarves and goatskin boots. They grind corn in the local windmills, bake bread in outdoor communal ovens and speak a strange dialect which includes words from Dorian times, hundreds of years BC. In some cases they still preserve the ancient "matrilineal" system of inheritance whereby the mother's property is passed down to her oldest daughter.



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 Poseidon Blue
Right above a secluded beach of Afiarti in Karpathos, whitewashed Poseidon Blue offers a traditional restaurant in a garden of bougainvilleas. more...
 Nikos Hotel
Just 328 feet from the beach of Diafani in Karpathos, this apart-hotel offers self-catered accommodations with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and free parking. There is also a restaurant on site. more...
 Aphrodite Hotel
APHRODITE HOTEL is set in the center of Olympos and offers units with balconies that overlook the Aegean Sea. All rooms offer a mini fridge, an electric kettle and a private bathroom with a shower. more...
 Hotel Finiki View
Just 330 ft from the sea, Hotel Finiki View features a panoramic pool with views of Finiki Village, the sea and the Karpathian Mountains, and sea-view rooms. more...
 Arkasa Palace Boutique Villas
Just 1640 feet from Agios Nikolaos Beach, Arkasa Palace offers sea-view accommodations and an outdoor pool. All rooms have private balconies and are elegantly decorated. more...
 Apolis Beachscape Hotel
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, Apolis Beachscape Hotel offers accommodations with a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Castelia Bay Hotel
Castelia Bay Hotel has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Amoopi. Featuring a terrace, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. more...
 Villa Anastasia
Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a garden, Villa Anastasia features accommodations in Voládha with free WiFi and pool views. more...
 Archipelagos Apartments
Located on Karpathos’ historic village Arkasa, Archipelagos Apartments offers self-catering studios and apartments with large balcony. more...
 Alkioni Hotel
Featuring spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Alkioni offers fully furnished accommodations just 55 yards from the lovely Finiki Beach. more...
 Althea Boutique Hotel
Just 492 feet from Small Amoopi Beach, the elegant Althea Boutique Hotel features a snack bar and minimalist-style studios with balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. Karpathos Town is 1.2 mi away. more...
 Alpha Studios
Just 98 feet from the seafront, Alpha Studios offers self-catered accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Miraluna Aparthotel
Just a 5-minute walk from Potali Beach, Miraluna offers self-catering studios and apartments with views of the garden and the Aegean Sea. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi access and barbecue facilities. more...
 Aegean Village Hotel & Bungalows
Located right above a secluded beach of Amoopi in Karpathos, Aegean Village Hotel & Bungalows offers a pool and breakfast. The spacious rooms have a furnished balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Anemos Guest House Karpathos
Located in Olympos, Anemos Guest House Karpathos provides accommodations with private balconies. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a terrace. more...
 Lefkorama
Surrounded by fruit trees, a 10-minute walk to Potali Bay and 15-minute walk to Lefkos Beach, Lefkorama features rooms with a furnished balcony overlooking the Karpathian Sea. more...
 Kyra Panagia ApartHotel
Situated on the hillside above Kyra Panagia beach, this charming hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool, lovely sun terrace, free wireless internet access and complimentary buffet breakfast. more...
 Summer Breeze
Set in Arkasa in the Dodecanese region, Summer Breeze offers accommodations with free private parking. more...
 Irini Hotel
Located right on the beach in Karpathos Island, Irini Hotel features a swimming pool with sunbeds, umbrellas and a children's section. Free WiFi is available in public areas. more...
 Anesis
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Anesis is set in Diafani. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a terrace and/or balcony with sea views. more...
 Aeolia suites
Set in Karpathos Town, 1.9 mi from Pouliou To Potami Beach and 984 feet from Pigadia Port, Aeolia suites offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Sound of the Sea Hotel
Offering an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness center, Sound of the Sea Hotel is just 1148 feet from the closest beach. It offers self-catering accommodations with Aegean Sea views. more...
 Pine Tree
Just 656 feet from Adia Beach in Karpathos, this guest house is surrounded by trees and bougainvilleas. more...
 Atlantis Hotel
Just 66 feet from the beach, the traditionally-built Atlantis offers a swimming pool and rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea and the pool. more...
 Ardani Bay Studios
Just 328 feet from Amoopi Beach, the Cycladic-style Ardani Bay Studios offer self-catering accommodations with Aegean Sea views. Free Wi-fi is provided in public areas. more...




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