Karpathos island, embraced by amazing waters
Nature has generously endowed it with enchanting beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters. From its lively harbor and the current capital, Pigadia, to the traditional village Olympus, which keeps well-kept and unaltered in the course of time the traditions of the place, Karpathos knows well to win you not only for a trip but forever! On this unique island of the Dodecanese one can live his holidays just as he has dreamed of. Calm and relaxed, enjoying the sun and the sea, or more intense, doing activities and excursions to nature and its beautiful mountain villages.
Life is pulsing here since many years
After the Minoans, the Dorians settled here around 1000 BC. The largest of the cities they created was Potideon or Poseidion (where Pigadia is today). The ruins of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Potideon are located on the hill above the harbor, at Posei, while the ruins of the three-aisled Byzantine church of Saint Foteini or Afoti (5th - 6th century) are found on Vronti beach.
In Palaiokastro, which seems to be fighting with the waves, life has been pulsing since prehistoric times. It is worth seeing the ruined church of Saint Anastasia of the 4th century with its magnificent mosaics, next to Saint Nikolaos beach, as well as the chapel of Saint Sophia.
Ideal destination for alternative tourism
Our Island is the ideal destination for lovers of alternative tourism, diving, windsurfing, mountain bike, poultry tourism, as well climbing and walking tourism.
18 old trails are recorded in Karpathos (all together are reaching 220 km!). The hiker has many choices, depending on his condition and strength. Typically, you do them as a day trip, which can be combined with a swim in some lovely beach or visiting a cave with stalactites... Most of them are leading through pine tree forests and have sea views. Walkers should always carry a water bottle and some snacks or fruit, certainly a hat and glasses, as well as a walking stick (proper shoes are necessary!).
Our representatives at Greek Alternative Tourism & Gastronomy Workshop
Special Collaborator in matters of Tourism
@ MUNICIPALITY OF KARPATHOS