Karpathos

Island in South Aegean

Wild and unspoiled, Karpathos' natural beauty will blow your mind. Its picturesque villages and festivals guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Karpathos Attractions

A picture of the remains of the Agia Fotini church at Pigadia of Karpathos.
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Agia Fotini Chapel (Ruins)

Remains of a Christian Basilica of the 5th or 6th AD built on the ruins of an ancient temple. The location enjoys magnificent views.

Karpathos Museums

Archaeological Museum of Karpathos

The Archaeological Museum of Karpathos hosts exhibits from the prehistoric to post-Byzantine times. It's small but worth your visit.

Agricultural Museum of Pyles

An open-air museum that presents how farmer life was on Karpathos in the past few centuries through tools, machines, and crafts.

Ecclesiastical - Archaeological Museum of Arkasa

An interesting combination of religious and historic exhibits that come from Arkesia's acropolis and old churches of the island.

Karpathos Beaches

An overview of the Apella Beach on Karpathos.
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Apella Beach

Probably the most beautiful but definitely the most famous beach on the island. Its crystal clear waters can be reached both by car and by boat.

Panoramic picture of the beach of Kira Panagia Beach on Karpathos taken behind the dome of the homonymous chapel.
photo: Ruk7 / CC BY 3.0

Kira Panagia Beach

Popular organized beach which offers a range of amenities like sunbeds and umbrellas.

Achata Beach

Calm beach that combines small pebble and sand, has crystal clear deep waters, offers amenities (umbrellas, sunbeds), and has a taverna nearby.

Diakoftis Beach

White sand beach with turquoise water. It is recommended that the visitors would come with their own equipment and food and enjoy the landscape.

Ammopi Beach, Lakki

Complex of small, sandy beaches with shallow waters which are ideal for families with kids. Lots of hotels and restaurants are available.

Limniatis Beach, Pigadia Karpathos

Largest and busiest beach of the island that belongs to the capital of Pigadia. Combining sand and small pebbles offers all kinds of facilities.

Ag. Nikolaos (Spoa) Beach

Organized, sandy beach among the the most beautiful of Karpathos the surrounding tavernas add to the quality of the destination.

Karpathos Settlements

A panoramic picture that shows a part of Diafani settlement on Karpathos and its coastal landscape.
distant ≈ 38.3km

Diafani, Karpathos

Traditional coastal settlement and the second largest port of the island with unique architecture, nice food, and a beautiful pebbled beach.

An overview of the village of Olympos in Karpathos island with white and colorful houses hanging from the rock.
distant ≈ 36.2km

Olympos, Karpathos

Built on top of a mountain range this place could be an ornate Andean settlement - except surrounded by sea. Life is slow and seductively traditional.

Pigadia (Karpathos Town)

Built on top the ancient city, this port town is also the island's capital. Don't miss dining in its excellent tavernas, walks by the sea and nearby beaches.

Aperi, Karpathos

Stroll around in its narrow streets, visit the church of the Virgin, the stone bridge. Almost every corner will welcome you with a fountain.

Arcesine (Arkasa), Karpathos

A colorful and elegant settlement that provides adequate tourist services. It is built on the location of Arkesia, its ancient predecessor.

An overview of the Mesochori village in Karpathos with the blue sea in the background.
photo: pastitio / CC BY 2.0
distant ≈ 23.1km

Mesochori, Karpathos

Traditional island settlement with typical Greek-island architecture, built on a high slope with an amazing view over the sea.

Questions & Answers about Karpathos

Why Visit Karpathos?
  • Second-largest island of the Dodecanese with untouched landscape & customs.
  • Lifetime experience to participate in one of the local festivals (panigiri).
  • More than 100 beaches and a network of 200 km paths.
What is Karpathos. Greece?

The Greek island of Karpathos is located in the middle of the Karpathian Sea between Rhodes and Crete and after Rhodes is the second-largest island in the island complex of the Dodecanese. It covers an area of 300 km² (~75,000 acres), it has a coastline of 160 km (100 miles) and the population of the island reaches the 6,511 residents. The capital of Karpathos is “Pigadia” (in Greek means Wells) and its population hosts approximately ~2,100 residents. It can be reached by boat from Piraeus, Crete, Kasos, and many other islands, while also has an airport of international standards that serves many domestic and international flights.

How is the landscape of Karpathos?

Karpathos island stands out for its significant geostrategic position that dominates the southeastern Aegean between Rhodes & Crete. In terms of geomorphology, the island is mostly rocky and consists of limestone. Although it was previously green, today hosts some smaller pine forests in the north and south of the island. Its highest peak is 1220 meters (4000 feet) and in general, the rugged terrain of the island creates a beautiful landscape. Some interesting caves found in the center of the island are full of stalactites and stalagmites. The rocky and rugged coastline hosts several species of birds, while the inland has many hiking trails. Finally, numerous small coves create beautiful beaches accessed relatively easily from the road.

What is the role of the sea and the tourism on the island?

A great number of beaches of Karpathos island have been awarded the blue flag. While the local tavernas offer a unique experience that includes the flavors of the island. In recent years, the island's economy opened good prospects in the tourism sector, but the sea has always played a major role in the lives of residents. Well-known are the Carpathian sponge fishermen and the sailors who contributed for centuries to the income of the island.

Which are the best beaches of Karpathos?

Busy or remote, organized, or completely natural, Karpathos island includes beaches for all tastes. Very famous and awarded with the blue flag are the beaches of Kyra Panagia and Agios Nicholas but the beauty of other remote beaches like Diakoftis and Psoraris is definitely noticed. Some other beaches, like Valias - Punta, and Argilopotamos, stand for the frequent winds that make them ideal for wind-surfing.

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