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Karpathos

Dodecanese islands
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Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
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Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
Karpathos, Karpathos
The land of winds with magnificent nature and traditions that have survived through centuries. Don’t miss this opportunity to travel back in time and feel the unique atmosphere of this magic place that with every year attracts more and more travelers.
Description of Karpathos
Karpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese group with the area of 301 km² and the coastline of 160 km. It is located between Rhodos and Crete. Though mainly hilly and rocky the land is rich with pine and olive groves, cypress and juniper forests. It is not a surprise that part of the island has been declared a protected area where rear species of plants, birds and animals are kept from extinction.
One can get to Karpathos either by sea or by air. Besides, there are also charter flights from Europe during tourist seasons.
 
The capital and main harbour Pigadia or Karpathos is located at the Southeastern part of the island. It should be mentioned that the majority of the capital’s new buildings was built by the Greeks who left the island for America.
The other smaller harbour Diafani is not far from Pigadia. There are also other settlements such as Menetes, Arkasa, Volada, Olympos.
 
Karpathos is rich with different beaches that can satisfy any taste. Votsalakia is a wonderful, one of the best beaches of the island with sand and pebbles. It takes 15 km from the capital to get to the next popular beach of Apella with its white sands and crystal clear waters. Vata with thick sands is popular with those who come to the island for windsurfing. Agios Nikolaos Arakas has a well organized infrastructure of tourist services.
Aperi in itself is a place that is worth visiting. Former capital and now the residence of the Metropolitan bishop of Karpathos the place is notable for its amazing buildings and distinctive layout. By no means don’t miss the chance to visit Olympos, one of the most remarkable places of the island. This place will bring you hundreds of years back. Traditional houses, handmade items of their interiors, people wearing their traditional dresses and many other little details will add to the feeling being a part of a historical movie. 
In Pigadia, at the very top of the hill one can see the fragments of the ancient acropolis dedicated to Poseidon. It is believed that during the Mycenaean Age a fortified castle was built here.
Basilica of Saint Fotini, today partly restored, was built in the V-VI centuries. The ancient marble fragments that have been found on the place suggest the existence of the temple dedicated to Dioscuri brothers long before.
Besides, the island is reach with museums, churches and other places that are well worth visiting.
 

Tradition says that Karpathos’ first inhabitant was a Titan Iapetus, the son of Uranus and Gaia and father of rebellious Prometheus. It is also believed that the latter lived here for the time being. The other version goes even far saying that all the Titans and even Giants lived on the island before the Titanomachy, the Clash of the Titans. 

There are several versions concerning the origin of the island name. One of the most common is that Karpathos owes its name to the plant “karpato” that grew here some time in the past. The island was inhabited since the Neolithic Age. According to Homer Karpathos also took part in the Trojan War sending its warships. It also fought against Sparta during the Peloponnesian War I of 431 B.C. In 42 B.C. Karpathos was under Romanian rule. It was also visited by Arabs and suffered from the pirates. Then Venetians and Turks followed. During the World War I the island was occupied by Italians and later on by the end of the World War II by the Germans. With 1948 came the long awaited freedom.

Among many local dishes one should first of all mention local handmade pasta (μακαρούνες), then “kopeles” (κοπέλες) – small vegetable pies. Do not miss the local fish skar (σκάρος), filled lamb “ofto” (“οφτό”) and filled pumpkin flowers. Then take a chance and try local sesame honey (σισαμόμελι) and baklava with honey (μπακλαβάς).

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Weather forecast for 5 days
Today we expect 18 - 18 °C
Weather
Temperature ºC
Wind speed
Wind direction º
Humidity %
Pressure (hPa)
Thu
25 Apr
18
4.95
203
73
1021
Fri
26 Apr
19
2.5
211
63
1019
Sat
27 Apr
18
0.49
33
79
1015
Sun
28 Apr
18
4.22
109
79
1013
Mon
29 Apr
17
2.93
327
73
1014
Tue
30 Apr
17
2.1
133
73
1013
Wed
01 May
18
0.82
99
74
1013
Thu
02 May
18
3.07
143
73
1012
Fri
03 May
19
1.63
134
64
1011
Sat
04 May
18
6.65
138
83
1006
Sun
05 May
17
5.84
298
92
1005
Mon
06 May
17
7.59
253
79
1006
Tue
07 May
16
9.46
275
72
1010
Wed
08 May
16
4.63
271
73
1013
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