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An island blessed with an abundance of streams, pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, rocky caves – which are in fact home to the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) – and mountainous landscapes, Karpathos is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and lovers of deep-rooted tradition.


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The capital and main port of Karpathos is Pigadia, a city with modern tourist infrastructure as well as noteworthy historical monuments. At the entrance to the port stands Vounos, an imposing rock 23 m. high bearing the ruins of an acropolis. On the left side one is impressed by the special architecture of the Eparcheio (from the period of Italian rule). There is a center here for information about the Mediterranean seal and an open-air museum with finds from the island’s various historic periods.
The real soul of Karpathos lives in the island’s villages. Among the most famous Aegean Island villages is Olympos. Its thousand-year customs, the archaic linguistic idiom spoken and its special architecture make the village a living folklore museum.
The seaport that serves Olympos is the picturesque fishing village of Diafani, the island’s second port.
Mountainous Aperi, the village with the fine mansions, was once the capital and intellectual center, where the acropolis of ancient Karpathos was located.
Verdant Volada is characterized by labyrinthine lanes with white-washed yards and bougainvillea in bloom.
Pothos, the highest village on the island, is built amphitheatrically at a height of 510 m. and frequently appears to be lost in the clouds.
In Mesohori with its unimpeded view of the sea, visitors are impressed by the traditional Karpathian houses with their pebbled courtyards.
In Menetes, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mt Prophitis Ilias, is the church of the Assumption of the Virgin and an archaeological collection with pottery, sculptures and icons that have been found in the area.
Arkasa is dominated by the hill of Palaiokastro with remnants of antiquity, and from the periods of Venetian and Turkish rule. Visit the Archaeological Museum and the early Christian basilica of St. Anastasia (4th cent.) with its fine mosaics.
Most of the 20 beaches on Karpathos will certainly reward you with their blue-green crystal waters. It is worth taking a tour of the island on a little boat and discovering the beach that suits you most. Among the best known are: the sandy beach Kyra Panagia and pebbled Achata, the organised beach of Amoopi, Apella with its emerald waters and golden sand, as well as the “alternative” beaches of St Nicholas and St George in the village of Arkasa, Aphiartis, the first choice of windsurfers, and Diafani, from which one can go to the uninhabited islet of Saria and discover its beauties.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation