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Karpathos - Dodecanese - Greece



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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 Lefkorama Lefkorama     
Lefkos Karpathou
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...
 Condo Hotel  Hotel Finiki View Condo Hotel Hotel Finiki View     
Foiníkion
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...
 Condo Hotel  Arkasa Palace Boutique Villas Condo Hotel Arkasa Palace Boutique Villas     
Arkasa
Just 500 metres from Agios Nikolaos Beach, Arkasa Palace offers sea-view accommodation and an outdoor pool. All rooms have private balconies and are elegantly decorated. more...
 Apartments  Renata's Villas Apartments Renata's Villas     
Karpathos
Situated 1 km away from Pigadia Beach, Renata?s Villas offers modernly furnished apartments which open out to a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Condo Hotel  Afiartis II Condo Hotel Afiartis II     
Afiartis
Just 50 metres from the nearest beach, Afiartis II offers air-conditioned accommodation with Aegean Sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and the property features an outdoor pool. more...
 Lymiatis Beach Hotel Lymiatis Beach Hotel     
Karpathos
Lymiatis Beach Hotel is ideally situated on a beautiful beach, overlooking the blue Aegean Sea. The hotel is just 1 km from the centre of Karpathos and 30 metres from the sandy Pigadia Beach. more...
 Condo Hotel  Vardes Hotel Studios Condo Hotel Vardes Hotel Studios     
Amoopi
Situated in Amoopi, just 400 metres from the beach, this Karpathos hotel offers self-catered studios with furnished balcony or terrace. more...
 Apartments  Miraluna Aparthotel Apartments 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 barbeque facilities. more...
 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...
 Villa  Villa Volada Villa Villa Volada     
Voládha
Located in Voládha in the region of Dodecanese, this detached villa and is 4.3 miles from Kárpathos. The villa is equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi. more...
 Apartments  Alkioni Hotel Apartments Alkioni Hotel     
Foiníkion
Featuring spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Alkioni offers fully furnished accommodations just 55 yards from the lovely Finiki Beach. more...
 Condo Hotel  Kyra Panagia ApartHotel Condo Hotel Kyra Panagia ApartHotel     
Kyra Panagia
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...
 Villa  Antikri villas Villa Antikri villas     
Kyra Panagia
Featuring air conditioning, Antikri villas is located in Kyra Panagia, just 6 miles from Kárpathos. Ólympos is 11 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Condo Hotel  Studios Nina Condo Hotel Studios Nina     
Amoopi
Just 150 metres from the sandy Amopi Beach in Karpathos, Studios Nina feature a bar-restaurant with Aegean Sea views and a pool with a children?s section. more...
 White Sands White Sands     
Lefkos Karpathou
Located in Lefkos Karpathou in the region of Karpathos, 10 miles from Kárpathos, White Sands features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. more...

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