Karpathos, greek island full of traditions in the Dodecanese. Why Karpathos? How to go to Karpathos? What to do in Karpathos? I’ll answer these questions
Why Karpathos? Karpathos is a rocky mountain, place of birth of the Titans. No wonder why. Arriving there, the island impressed us by its natural beauty. You have 150 km of coastline and a mountainous peak of 1.220 m and small beaches with turquoise waters and all this on 300 km3. It is a quiet island of 2.000 permanent inhabitants, far from the tourist wave. It’s the appropriate island for cool holidays.
How to go to Karpathos? You have departures by plane from Athens, Crete and Rhodes. Then, you can have a ferry from Rhodes or Crete (duration of the trip is 5 hours). Personally, I took a ferry from Rhodes having spent my holidays to Rhodes priorly in early May, some several years ago.
Where to have accomodation in Karpathos? I didn’t search too much for an accomodation since it was paid by the company I work for. The Co had reserved for me enough time in advance in the awesome big hotel Alimounda Mare in Pigadia. I liked because it was quiet… God knows how much I needed to rest. There was overflowing pool, great view to the sea (photo below)….
What to do in Karpathos ? Here’s the places I visited and the one I like most.
1. Visit Pigadia, the capital city of the island (photo below left) built at the end of the Vrontis Bay with a sandy beach of 4 km where we can swim and enjoy water sports. The beaches of Kyra Panagia (photo below on the left with the Church), Agios Nikolaos and Amopi are towards the north of the city (7 kms). At the top of the hill of Pigadia, there was an Acropolis and a Mycenean palace in ruins. Near the beach of Afoti, we can see the ruins of one of the first Christian churches: Agia Fotini (photo below right).
2. Go to see the traditional village of Οlympos (picture on the top on the right). It is a village built in amphitheater at 250 m of altitude. It is a village with its typical medieval architecture of the Greek islands of the Southeast. The asphalt road was finished e few years ago. The 400 inhabitants of the village keep the customs of the island: women are still wearing traditional clothes (phοto above on the right).
3. Trekking in Karpathos: Trekking is a beautiful way to see the island, especially in the northwestern part of the island. Paths are well marked even though they are not always easy, especially in Olympos to Diafani (5 kms or 2 h). By the way, let’s say that the flora and the fauna of the island is subjugating (rare flowers rare and birds that looked like eagles… etc)
4. The gastronomy of Karpathos. The island produces cheese, oil, goat meat, baked bread in stone ovens, local wine. I taste the makarounes at Pigadia which are home-made pasta with goat cheese and yogurt. I enjoyed, at Olympos, the Vyzanti which is young goat stuffed with rice and toasted in an oven! What to say… Fortunately trekking prevented me to take weight !
My experience: I have been to Karpathos 10 years ago. I remember the beautiful beaches of the island. The beach I preferred is called Appela (situated north of the beach Kyra Panagia, east side). I loved the windy streets of Olympos with these busy women at embroidering. I appreciated the calm atmosphere during my stay and the kindness of the people of the island. I liked to chat with women of a certain age on the island: they told me they had to meet the needs of theirs families 50-60 years ago their families and that they cultivated the land in floors, because many men left the island. It’s an island where we find the authenticity of a simple life that has not changed so far. Karpathos is not a very touristy island… but I heard that more and more visitors are coming to the island.
Great feast in Karpathos, end of September