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Karpathos

Dodecanese islands
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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
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 24 - 24 °C
Weather
Temperature ºC
Wind speed
Wind direction º
Humidity %
Pressure (hPa)
Wed
19 Jun
24
7.56
290
79
1010
Thu
20 Jun
24
7.75
303
78
1009
Fri
21 Jun
24
7.91
305
75
1009
Sat
22 Jun
24
8.31
312
81
1009
Sun
23 Jun
24
8.1
318
76
1010
Mon
24 Jun
25
7.65
314
77
1010
Tue
25 Jun
24
8.79
312
81
1007
Wed
26 Jun
23
9.38
306
83
1007
Thu
27 Jun
23
9.29
306
84
1007
Fri
28 Jun
24
8.77
306
83
1005
Sat
29 Jun
25
8.17
310
78
1004
Sun
30 Jun
23
13.72
334
63
1005
Mon
01 Jul
23
14.82
338
62
1008
Tue
02 Jul
24
9.1
328
70
1011
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