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Karpathos - Basic information on the island

Like a snake on a warmed hillside, Karpathos Island is strecthing in the rich waters of the Aegean Sea, near the coast of the famous Greek island of Rhodos in the north-east, and Crete in the south-east. It is a part of the Dodecanese Archipelago with a total od 12 islands and Karpathos as the second largest island (the largest island of the Dodecanse is Rhodos and the thirs one is Kos). In the vicinity of its bottom tip, the little islands of Kasos and Armathia are located, with the island of Saria on the opposite side. To get a better idea about the island and the location of all the places, we recommend you to see the section Karpathos - Map of resorts and beaches.

Nature and historical sites on Karpathos


Nature on Karpathos is wild and unrestrained, and it is much less affectde by tourism than other Greek destinations. In a perfect symbiosis, the picturesque landscape is wedded to the urbanistic jewels of Greek island architecture, forming a scenery for a perfect holiday, knowing the natural and historical beauties of the island, or even a romantic wedding. The Karpathos weather and climate is also favourable, especially in the summer, and so when planning your holiday, you don’t almost need to be afraid to be surprised by rain that would spoil your holiday experience. During summer, there is basically no rainfall, and so those who like to lie around on the beach as well as those who prefer to go hiking will enjoy their stay. In fact the island nature is perfect for long trips, offering different levels of difficulty - from mountain climbs to peaceful walks in the forests or along the coast. The island vegetation is varied, with its pines forests and cypress and olive groves, plains with plenty of aromatic herbs, vineyards and fruit plantations.

The island surface is full of contrasts. It could be said it is literally divided into two parts by the huge mountain range with the the highest peak of Kali Limni, reaching 1 215 m and stretching to the north. It is in the mountains where you can find the most precious island jewels, the traditional villages where time has stopped. People live there at their own pace, observing the hundreds of years old habits. If you are lucky, you can happen to be at a real Greek wedding which is usually an extremely lively event, whith tables full of different meals and people having fun, dancing and singing, often during several days. One of the famous villages is Olympos, inhabited only by a few hundreds of people, that you will find in the north of Karpathos. It could be almost said it is a kind of an open-air museum. According to the information available, the path to the village is a tarmac road and should be passable.

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Architektura ostrova Karpathos

The visitors will literally return back to the past. Women in colourful folk costumes prepare home-made bread in the old way in the original ovens, sitting in the streets in front of their houses and dedicating themselves to handiworks, milling corn in the windmills or preparing delicious dishes from purely natural ingredients. Some of the meals worth tasting is for example pasta with cheese and onion, or sweets donuts with honey and cinnamon. The men are in charge of music and entertainment. Other villages where you can make a nice trip, are for example Aperi, Arkasa, Othos, Spoa, Messochori or Volada. If you like Karpathos and you would like to discover it a bit more, you will need a car or some other means of transport. There are several rental companies on the island - for some tips on rental services, see the section Karpathos - rental services.

For more information on nature and historical sites on Karpathos, you can take alook at the section Natural places of interest.

Karpathos culture and island equipment

Karpathos a jeho vesničky

The capital is the port of Pigadia, sometimes called by the same name as the whole island, i.e. Karpathos. It is located in the south, which, unlike the more traditional and mountainous north, is the centre of trade and prosperity, keeping up with the times. It is in this very modern part of Karpathos where the original inhabitants with their offspring have been returning recently after they emigrated to the US many years ago. Not surprisingly, you will see typical American houses and villas on the town. Besides that, you will find there tavernas, restaurants, bars and little shops. The town also has a beach, stretching on the long seacoast. Obviously if you want to discover the beauty of the mountain villages and the harshness of local life, you should definitely visit the Karpathos inland and the southern part of the island. You will find the description of historical sites, monasteries and other places of interest in the section Museums and historical sites or Villages.

Karpathos beaches

Pláže na Karpathosu

Beaches on Karpathos are mostly covered with sand (which is often coarser), or pebbles. One of the most beautiful beaches not only on the island but reputedly also in the whole Mediterranean, is Apella. Its deep blue waters, goldish sand, green hillslopes and rocks, in short the perfect picture resembling a paradise somewhere in the Carribean, will provide you an unforgettable experience. Other charming beaches are Damatria, Achata, Kyra Panagia, Mikri Amopi, Agios Nicolaos, Agios Thoros or Diakoftis. The beaches in the southern tip of the island will delight the lovers od adrenaline sports, especially windsurfing - on Karpathos there are also different windsurfing competitions and championships being held. The Vatha Beach for example is completely dedicated to surfers and you can get there almost everything, including windsurfing and kitting equipment both for beginners and professionals. You can obtain more detaile dinformation on the website of Club Mistral

For more information on beaches, see the section Karpathos beaches.

Where to go to Karpathos?

Most accommodation capacities of the travel agencies are located in the capital, Pigadi, and in Amopi. A very popular place, especially for its beaches and relaxed atmosphere is the resort of Lefkos on the western coast. Last but not least, as Karpathos is becoming increasingly popular, the offer has been enlarged by the traditional village of Arkassa and the Aphiartis region which is the paradise for local sufers.

Karpathos - Accommodation and recommended travel agencies

Karpathos is a very popular destination. You can find most travel agencies and tours here in Karpathos - Tours centre; the tours can be purchased with one of our special bonuses (a discount, a travel guide or a map), but some travel agencies also offer a discount for an online reservation or have different offers that couldn’t be included in the price list. Therefore it is highly recommended to see also the offer of the travel agencies listed in the Recommendation of a Travel Agency chart. You can find a complete overview of the hotels, suites and studios offered in the destination in the section Hotels, suites and studios on Karpathos.

The fact that Karpathos is extremely popular can be evidenced by the continually growing offer of the travel agencies. Until 2014, travel agencies were flying to a few resorts only, while in 2015, they started to offer tours also to the mini resort of Kyra Panagia.

Transport to Karpathos

The best way to get to the island is by plane as Karpathos has its own airport, called Karpathos Island National Airport, and if you search for tickets, the airport codes IATA and ICAO are AOK and LGKP respectively. There are also ferries and boats arriving from Piraeus and the surroundings islands. The main port of the island is located in the capital, Pigadia, with boats arriving from Piraeus, Rhodos, Santorini, Crete and a few more little islands like Milos or Paros. To go to the island by plane is highly recommended since the boats are quite slow - you will probably pay a bit more for a flight ticket but gain one more day of holiday.

Video from Karpathos

Here is a small video with many different secluded places of Karpathos. Island.


Karpathos resorts

Travel agencies offer tours mainly to the resorts of Amopi, Aphiartis, Arkassa, Diafani, Finiki, Lakki, Lefkos and Pigadia

Transport on Karpathos

During your stay on the island, probably the best option is to rent a car and travel wherever you like depending on your interests. The island is quite small so it takes little time to get anywhere you want. But if you have only a few destinations to visit, or you don’t want to rent a car whatever the reason may be, you can also travel by public transport. It is cheap and it will take you to all the exclusive beaches and the most interesting of the resorts, villages, and historical sites. You can see the timetables in the section Karpathos - buses and timetables.

Websites on Karpathos

There are not as many travellers’ websites on Karpathos as this island would deserve, but you can always visit the island’s official website.

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Tips on a hotel in the area Karpathos

Albatros from 12 990 Kč with all the fees

Jen 30 metrů od písčito-oblázkové pláže Potali a přibližně 1,5 km od centra letoviska Lefkos se bělají budovy domu Albatros. Na pláž se schází přírodním chodníkem z kopce. Na hosty čekají sympatická studia pro dvě osoby s možností přistýlky (rozkládací lůžko) v přízemí nebo v prvním poschodí. Každé studio má koupelnu se sprchou/WC, kuchyňský kout s ledničkou, základním vybavením a balkon nebo terasu. Samostatný menší dům vedle tvoří apartmán pro maximálně 4 osoby s oddělenou ložnicí, koupelnou (sprcha/WC), kuchyňkou.


Aegean Sea Studios from 15 062 Kč with all the fees

Příjemná studia Aegean Sea se nacházejí v klidném prostředí oblíbeného letoviska Lefkos. Oblázkovo-písečná pláž (doporučujeme obuv do vody) je od domu oddělena místní pobřežní cestou, v docházkové vzdálenosti jsou i další krásné pláže Lefkosu včetně nudistické. Centrum letoviska s místními tavernami, bary a minimarkety je vzdáleno 50 m. Ubytování doporučujeme všem milovníkům tradičního Řecka, krásného koupání a klidného, romantického prostředí.


from 14 582 Kč with all the fees

Pokud sníte o ubytování v klasických řeckých bílých domcích s modrými okenicemi, pak hotel Albatros je pro vás jako stvořený. Jelikož stojí na skalnatém útesu, naskýtá se z něj jedinečný výhled na moře, který trochu připomíná výhledy na ostrově Santorini. Nachází se jen 200 m od moře v blízkosti dvou nejlepších pláží letoviska Amoopi. Hosty čeká 39 pohodlných pokojů, sluneční terasa s bazénem a barem, restaurace nabízející snídaně a pěkně udržovaná zahrada. Je ideální pro strávení klidné dovolené; doporučujeme ho hlavně dvojicím. Centrum Amoopi je vzdálený pouze 100 m, nejbližší minimarket je cca 50 m, a surfařské centrum 7,5 km. Do kouzelného hlavního města Pigadia pravidelně jezdí místní autobus; zastávku naleznete jen 10 metrů od hotelu. Díky poloze není vhodný pro osoby s pohybovým omezením.


from 15 142 Kč with all the fees

Hotel Bluu Bahari se nachází ve stráni cca 700m od hlavního centra Arkasay. Nákupní možnosti se nachází nedaleko hotelu a naleznete zde také několik resaurací, kaváren a tavren. Hotel je zhruba 8 km od letiště na Karpathu; autobusová zastávka cca 100 m od hotelu (Pigadia). Nádherná písčitá pláž Agios Nikolaos, která je oceněna modrou vlajkou se nachází 750m od hotelu. V rámci allinclusive mohou hosté využít zdarma bezplatnou dopravu na pláž hotelovým mikrobusem (4krát denně)


Montemar from 13 430 Kč with all the fees

Pouhých 150 m od vyhlášené písečné pláže Ag. Nikolaos v městečku Arkassa stojí dva velmi příjemné apartmánové domy Montemar. Původní okrová budova s útulnou recepcí je obklopena pečlivě udržovanou zahradou a nachází se v ní rustikální apartmány pro 2-4 osoby. Vedle ní byla v roce 2009 dostavěna nová budova s bleděmodrou fasádou, v níž jsou v 1. a 2. patře apartmány pro 3 osoby a ve sníženém přízemí jsou 2 studia, která mají příjemné posezení na terase před vchodem. Nejbližší minimarket je vzdálen 60 m, taverna cca 150 m a na pláži je plážový bufet. Ve vzdálenosti necelých 500 m jsou další stravovací a nákupní možnosti a samo centrum Arkassy je vzdálené cca 1 km.


Irene Suites from 11 030 Kč with all the fees

Na okraji hlavního města Pigadia, 50 m od dlouhé a široké písečné pláže, stojí apartmánový dům Irene. Návštěvníkům nabízí 3-4 lůžkové prostorné apartmány s oddělenou ložnicí. Obklopuje ho upravená zahrada se stromy a barevnými květinami, kde si mohou bezpečně hrát vaše děti. K dispozici je také velká sluneční terasa a gril. Ideální výběr pro rodiny s dětmi. Blízká pláž s pozvolným vstupem do moře je další výhodou. Doporučujeme!


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