Olympos, Karpathos

Karpathos Settlement

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.

One place that someone should not miss during the stay on the island of Karpathos is Olympos village. Undoubtedly the village that is located on an altitude of 310 meters impresses the visitor from the first time. Located on a hilltop and surrounded by higher mountains, it was composing excellent natural protection, while for centuries was the safest refuge for the islanders who were trying to protect themselves from pirates.

Due to its location the houses have a unique view of the Aegean Sea and therefore the village has been called the Aegean balcony. The white houses, the windmills, and the church bell tower add charm and create the characteristic image that accompanies the majority of the Aegean islands.

During the stay here, the visitor has the opportunity to see people who continue to wear local costumes, maintain the linguistic idioms, and use traditional tools in agricultural production such as the wooden plow. For these reasons, the Olympus is described as a living folk museum where visitors outside the objective beauty can watch the basic principles of traditional Greek hospitality.

Among the most remarkable sights of the village is the church of "Our Lady" of the 16th century. While someone can also visit the monastery of Chrisovalantou located at the entrance of the village and the location Vryskounta where ruins from the 4th century are preserved.

About Olympos, Karpathos

Last updated: 26 Jul 2020

address Olympos, Karpathos, 857 00, Greece
nearby transportation
  • Diafani Karpathos Port ≈ 5.2km