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Karpathos is an island in the Dodecanese. It is situated between Rhodes and Crete islands, Greece.
Pigadia in the east coast.,
Aperi in the mainland, isolated village.
Arkasa on the western coast, lies on the site of an ancient city.
Mesochori on the western coast
Greek is the native language of the people of Karpathos. However, most people also speak passable English and many speak German or other European languages.
Karpathos is accessable via ferry from Piraeus, Kasos, Crete, and Rhodes.
Karpathos airport connects the island with Athens, Rhodes and Crete and many other European cities.
Public buses operate throughout the islands.
There are taxis available until 2AM, then only one or two.
You can rent a car or a motor scooter. Asphalt roads run across the west coast of the island. Roads in the interior turn out to be little more than dirt paths.
Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of karpathos city.
If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. In fact there are only three gas stations in the whole island and they are in in Pigadia.
The villages: Avlona, Menetes, Olymbos, Aperi and Pyles. The islands: Saria and Kasos.
15 AUGUST 3 days celebration in Menetes.
Karpathian easter in Menetes village.
What to do
There is a good variety of beaches on Karpathos. The south-west side of the island has sandy beaches with calm waters. The wind mostly comes in from the east and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the east.
Amopi 5 km from the town is the most popular and friendly place for all in karpathos island have 5 beaches where you can find everything from the party beach, the family beach, the quiet beach next to you. There are taveras, markets, bus every hour and taxi station.
Afiartis , 15 km from the town is a very good place for wind surfing.
Achata beach 15 km from town, further to the North, is a pebble beach ith deep waters.
Kyra Panaya beach 12 km from town, named after Madonna, is situated between rocks capes. To swim in its deep waters demands caution.
Apella 20 km from town.
Agios Mynas beach 20 km from town in the north of Karpathos, although isolated, has become more and more popular, however the prices of restaurants and chartering of deckchair and beach umbrellas have risen a lot.
ArkasaWell organized beach in Arkasa situated southwestern to Pigadia.
It is one of the best beaches of the island with sandy beach with nice white sand and shallow sea while it is very popular because of big wave. There are sun beds and umbrellas, showers, restaurants and it is reachable by car.
Lefkos it's on the east coast 25 km from the town.
Jewelry stores are common in the island
Colorful sea shells are a popular souvenir item