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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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 Renata's Villas Renata's Villas     
Renata's Villas Karpathos
Showcasing a barbecue and sun terrace, Renata's Villas is located in Kárpathos. Ólympos is 17 miles away. The property is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. more...
 Regina Studios & Hotel Regina Studios & Hotel     
Regina Studios & Hotel Karpathos
Just a short walk from the center of town of Karpathos, in Pigadia, is located the newly renovated Regina Studios & Hotel. more...
 Royal Beach Hotel Royal Beach Hotel     
Royal Beach Hotel Arkasa
Euroxenia Royal Mare Hotel is in the seaside village of Arkassa in Karpathos Island, a mere 65 ft from sandy St. Nikolas beach. Features include a pool with poolside bar overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Villa Stamatina Villa Stamatina     
Villa Stamatina Kyra Panagia
Featuring a garden, Villa Stamatina is a semi-detached vacation home located in Kyra Panagia. The property features views of the sea and is 6 miles from Karpathos. more...
 Miraluna Aparthotel Miraluna Aparthotel     
Miraluna Aparthotel Lefkos Karpathou
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...
 White House Hotel-Apart White House Hotel-Apart     
White House Hotel-Apart Karpathos
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, White House Hotel-Apart is located in Kárpathos, just 16 miles from Ólympos. The accommodation is equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV. more...
 Karpathos Panorama Karpathos Panorama     
Karpathos Panorama Afiartis
Featuring a garden with a sun terrace, Karpathos Panorama is a detached villa located in Afiartis in the region of Dodecanese. more...
 Archipelagos Apartments Archipelagos Apartments     
Archipelagos Apartments Arkasa
Located on Karpathos? historic village Arkasa, Archipelagos Apartments offers self-catering studios and apartments with large balcony. more...
 Hotel Finiki View 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...
 Mediterranean Hotel Mediterranean Hotel     
Mediterranean Hotel Karpathos
Just 10 metres away from the beach, and 1.5 km from Pigadia town, Mediterranean Hotel offers sea-view rooms with air conditioning. more...
 Alona Luxury Villas Alona Luxury Villas     
Alona Luxury Villas Arkasa
Featuring free WiFi, Alona Luxury Villas offers accommodations in Arkása. Kárpathos is 6 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Vardes Hotel Studios Vardes Hotel Studios     
Vardes Hotel Studios Amoopi
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...
 Alkioni Hotel 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...
 Aphrodite Luxury Studios & Apartments Aphrodite Luxury Studios & Apartments     
Aphrodite Luxury Studios & Apartments Karpathos
Aphrodite Luxury Studios & Apartments offers accommodations in Kárpathos. Ólympos is 16 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Epiphany Apartments Epiphany Apartments     
Epiphany Apartments Karpathos
Showcasing a terrace and views of the sea, Epiphany Apartments is located in Karpathos in the region of Dodecanese. Ólympos is 16 miles away. more...

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