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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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Amoopi ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and a terrace, Vardes Hotel Studios is located in Amoopi, just 2.4 miles from Kárpathos. Ólympos is 18 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Lefkos Karpathou ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi, Lefkorama offers accommodations in Lefkos Karpathou. The guesthouse has a sun terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. more...
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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...
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Vila Maria is a detached villa with a terrace, located in Voládha in the region of Dodecanese. The villa is fitted with air conditioning and free WiFi. more...
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Showcasing a barbecue and views of the sea, Brezza is located in Kárpathos in the region of Dodecanese, just 16 miles from Ólympos. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on more...
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Lefkos Karpathou ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Alisachni Villas is located in Lefkos Karpathou. Kárpathos is 10 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Olympos Studios is located in Amoopi. Kárpathos is 2.8 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Lefkos Karpathou ? Show on map
Located in Lefkos Karpathou in the region of Dodecanese, 10 miles from Kárpathos, White Sands features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. more...
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Located in Adia, Adia Sunset Studios offers a garden and sun terrace. Kárpathos is 7 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Some units include a terrace and/or balcony. more...
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Featuring air conditioning, Saint Nicolas Bungalows offers accommodations in Arkása. Kárpathos is 6 miles away. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Onar Beach Houses is located in Amoopi, just 2.9 miles from Kárpathos. Ólympos is 19 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Art Center Apartments is located in Kárpathos, just 16 miles from Ólympos. The accommodation features a flat-screen TV. more...
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Aegean Sea offers accommodations in Lefkos Karpathou. Kárpathos is 10 miles away. There is also a kitchenette, equipped with a refrigerator and stovetop. more...
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Olympos ? Show on map
Featuring air conditioning, Olympos Archipelagos is located in Ólympos, just 16 miles from Kárpathos. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Lefkos Karpathou ? Show on map
Featuring a garden and barbecue, Miraluna Aparthotel is located in Lefkos Karpathou. Kárpathos is 9 miles away. The property is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. more...

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