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.