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Karpathos Island, Greece

Karpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The beaches of Karpathos island can be divided into four large groups: the beaches on the east coast are smaller and gravelly but without wind; the beaches of the southern part of the island, near the airport, area made of fine white sand; the sandy beach on the west coast are the most exposed to the Meltemi and they are only available in low wind conditions; the beaches of the north of the island, accessible only by sea.

East Coast - Amoopi, Karpathos Beach, Achata, Kato Latos (reachable only by foot), Kyra Panagia, Apella, Agios Nikolaos (Spoa).
South Coast - Damatria, Diakoftis, Devils Bay, Agriopotamos (nude beach).
West Coast - Lefkos beach, Mesohori Finiki, Arkasa Leucadius.
North Coast - Diafani, Vananda, Forokli

Karpathos is the only island where the local people are still dressed in old traditional costumes and speak the local, old dialect.

This second largest island of the Dodecanese chain lies between Rhodes and Crete. It is rather rectangular in shape and its terrain is mountainous, the highest peak being Kali Limni at 1,214 metres above sea level. Most of its settlements are to be found on its south coast, which is relatively flat. Near the north coast is a small island called Saria, with which Karpathos used to be united. On this islet, at the site called Palatia, there are some ruins belonging to the ancient town of Nisyros. Karpathos' capital and main port is Karpathos. 

 Karpathos. The ruins of a Christian Basilica of 5th/6th century A.D.
 

The ruins of a Christian Basilica of 5th/6th century A.D. It was built primarily with funds sent home by immigrants to the United States and it does not reflect the local architectural style found in the older villages. Southwest of the capital is Menetes, whose history started after the Middle Ages, and Arkassa which has been identified as the site of ancient Arkesia. Here the ruins of a Christian Basilica from the 5th/6th c. A.D. can still be seen. Thirteen kilometres to the northwest, you come to Piles, mountainous Othos to the northeast with its folk art museum, and Volada, a traditional village with houses whose interior decoration is well worth a look. Farther north, near the west coast, is Messohori, where there is a genuine Karpathian house open to the public. Note its characteristic wooden ornamentation and the pebble mosaic floor. Still farther north, almost cut off from the rest of the island is its most important village, Olimbos, which is accessible only from Diafanl, Karpathos. second port.

Olimbos sits on a hillside overlooking the Aegean. Founded sometime between the 10th and 15th century, it was originally fortified to afford its residents protection from the pirates. The highest spot in the village used to be crowned with a tower. Even today Olimbos has preserved its local architecture intact, both in the interiors and exteriors of the houses. Its citizens take pride in maintaining their traditions and still speak a dialect which contains several Dorian words and idioms.


Karpathos has many beautiful beaches: Finiki and Amfiarti to the southwest, Makriyialos to the southeast, Agia Irini on the west coast and Agios Nikolaos on the east. 


USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

Port Authority: 22450 22.227

Police: 22450 22.222

Municipality: 22450 23.821 - 22.221

First Aid: 22450 22228

 

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