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TOURING THE VILLAGES

Karpathos’ main attraction are its villages. Start from Pigadia, the island’s capital and main port of the island of Karpathos and head South, toward Menetes, the medieval quasi-cubist village with its rich musical tradition and the dominating church of "Kimisis tis Theotokou". To the West, Arkasa, one of Karpathos’ most popular resorts, impresses the visitor with its fortified peninsula of Palaiokastro and the Early Christian basilica of Agia Sofia and its fine mosaics. From Pigadia, heading North, you’ll reach Aperi, nestled in lush greenery, with its renovated majestic houses, once the island’s capital.

OLYMPOS

Built between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, Olympos stands out due to its geographical isolation, the Doric idiom spoken by the inhabitants and its women’s traditional dresses. One of the Aegean’s most impressive settlements, Olympos amazes with its white washed streets, its geometrically perfect structures and the dramatic sea views it offers. The village is easily accessible from the port of Diafani.

SARIA ISLET

This small presently uninhabited island of Saria, located on the northern edge of Karpathos, is separated from the main island by a long and narrow strait. It is believed that the islands were once joined, to be separated by an earthquake. During the 19th century, Saria was extensively cultivated by the inhabitants of Olympos. Today, the island offers outstanding swimming in pristine beaches, as well as exploration opportunities in its ruins, called “palatia” (palaces) by the locals. If you are lucky, you may come across Monachus monachus monk seals, endemic in the area.

TOURING THE VILLAGES

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Karpathos’ main attraction are its villages. Start from Pigadia, the island’s capital and main port of the island of Karpathos and head South, toward Menetes, the medieval quasi-cubist village with its rich musical tradition and the dominating church of "Kimisis tis Theotokou". To the West, Arkasa, one of Karpathos’ most popular resorts, impresses the visitor with its fortified peninsula of Palaiokastro and the Early Christian basilica of Agia Sofia and its fine mosaics. From Pigadia, heading North, you’ll reach Aperi, nestled in lush greenery, with its renovated majestic houses, once the island’s capital.
Keep on walking to picturesque Volada and its resplendent whitewashed houses and flower strewn yards and to Othos, the island’s highest mountain settlement, at an altitude of 510 metres. Your excursion will then bring you to the coast and the amazing village of Mesochori, Karpathos’ “balcony”. In quaint Spoa, sitting on Karpathos’ most narrow strip of land, you’ll be able to literally straddle the island, with a view of both its shores. Your excursion must end in Olympos, the island’s unarguable “grande dame”.



OLYMPOS

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Built between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, Olympos stands out due to its geographical isolation, the Doric idiom spoken by the inhabitants and its women’s traditional dresses. One of the Aegean’s most impressive settlements, Olympos amazes with its white washed streets, its geometrically perfect structures and the dramatic sea views it offers. The village is easily accessible from the port of Diafani.

Extra tip: Olympos village boasts of an entirely matriarchal social make up. This is due to the women’s numerical superiority and to the men’s absence, to war or foreign employment.


SARIA ISLET

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This small presently uninhabited island of Saria, located on the northern edge of Karpathos, is separated from the main island by a long and narrow strait. It is believed that the islands were once joined, to be separated by an earthquake. During the 19th century, Saria was extensively cultivated by the inhabitants of Olympos. Today, the island offers outstanding swimming in pristine beaches, as well as exploration opportunities in its ruins, called “palatia” (palaces) by the locals. If you are lucky, you may come across Monachus monachus monk seals, endemic in the area.


MUSEUMS

Visit the Folk Art Museum in Othos village, offering an exact replica of a traditional Karpathos house, with its split levels, cellar and beautiful decorations. In the Pigadia Archaeological Museum, you may peruse findings from all over the island, dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.

MUSEUMS

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Visit the Folk Art Museum in Othos village, offering an exact replica of a traditional Karpathos house, with its split levels, cellar and beautiful decorations. In the Pigadia Archaeological Museum, you may peruse findings from all over the island, dating from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.



Info
Folk Art Museum: +30 22450 31460, Archaeological Museum: +30 22450 23441