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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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 Alisachni Villas
Alisachni Villas, Lefkos Karpathou
Featuring free WiFi and air-conditioning, Alisachni Villas is located in Lefkos Karpathou. Karpathos is 9.9 mi from the property. The property features unobstructed sea view. more...
 White House Hotel-Apart
White House Hotel-Apart, Karpathos
The traditionally-built White House Studios is centrally located in Pigadia Village of Karpathos, within 328 feet from the beach and just 66 feet from restaurants and shops. more...
 Renata's Villas
Renata's Villas, Karpathos
Located 0.6 mi away from Pigadia Beach, Renata’s Villas offers modernly furnished apartments which open out to a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Alkioni Hotel
Alkioni Hotel, Foinikion
Featuring spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Alkioni offers fully furnished accommodations just 55 yards from the lovely Finiki Beach. more...
 Olympos Archipelagos
Olympos Archipelagos, Olympos
Located next to the traditional windmills of Olympos village, close to the village center, Archipelagos offers 2-level apartments with fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Hotel Finiki View
Hotel Finiki View, Foinikion
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...
 Archipelagos Apartments
Archipelagos Apartments, Arkasa
Located on Karpathos’ historic village Arkasa, Archipelagos Apartments offers self-catering studios and apartments with large balcony. more...
 Epiphany Apartments
Epiphany Apartments, Karpathos
Located in Karpathos, 500 yards from Pigadia Port, Epiphany Apartments provides accommodations with free WiFi and a terrace. more...
 Miraluna Aparthotel
Miraluna Aparthotel, Lefkos Karpathou
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...
 Gorgona Traditional
Gorgona Traditional, Karpathos
Featuring air conditioning, Gorgona Traditional offers accommodations in Karpathos. Pigadia Port is 984 feet from the property. more...
 Nereus Luxurious Suites
Nereus Luxurious Suites, Karpathos
Featuring free WiFi, Nereus Luxurious Suites offers accommodations in Karpathos. Pigadia Port is 656 feet from the property. more...
 Vardes Hotel Studios
Vardes Hotel Studios, Amoopi
Located in Amoopi, just 1312 feet from the beach, this Karpathos hotel offers self-catered studios with furnished balcony or terrace. more...
 Lux View Villas
Lux View Villas, Kyra Panagia
With sea views, Lux View Villas is set in Katodio and has accommodations with a kitchenette. All units feature air conditioning and a TV. A patio with mountain and sea views is offered in each unit. more...
 Ardani Bay Studios
Ardani Bay Studios, Amoopi
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...
 Olive Epavlis
Olive Epavlis, Karpathos
Set in Karpathos, this fully air-conditioned holiday home features free WiFi, a hot tub and a balcony. The unit is 0.9 mi from Pigadia Port and 0.9 mi from the city center. more...




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