Although Karpathos is the second
largest island of the Dodecanese, it is still not very well known. This
little paradise, located between Rhodes and Crete, has the most
beautiful beaches you can imagine. Hidden everywhere, even in high
season there will be private beach where you will feel like nobody ever
has been there before.
Apella is probably the most famous beach of
Karpathos. It won a price in 2003 as the most beautiful beach in Europe!
Hidden between high green mountains, this beach with small, white
pebbles and crystal clear water will give you the feeling you are on a
tropical island.But karpathos has a lot more to offer than just
beaches. When you drive around, don’t just drive by the villages. Park
your car or scooter and walk into through them. Narrow streets will
always leed to a cozy taverna where you still can have a great meal for
little money.he main attraction of Karpathos is Olympos, one of the
oldest villages in Greece. This village , built in 1420, still has its
own traditions. Visit it to travel back in time. It has been hidden
between the mountains for a very long time, but now it’s open for
tourism.You will notice that a lot of houses in Karpathos are
different than on other islands or the mainland. A lot of Karpathians
left the island back in the 60’s to migrate to the US, Canada or
Australia. They came back and started building houses. That’s why you
see many American influnces . That’s also the reason why most
Karpathians speak English fluently.
Although not a party island,
Karpathos has a lot to offer especially to the more active ones. Thanks
to the strong winds, Karpathos is an ideal place for windsurfing. The
windsurfing area, close to the airport, has a bay for staters (“chicken
bay”) as well as a bay for professionals (“Devil bay”). Schools and
instructors are available here for people who like to learn windsurfing.
is also the best snorkeling destination in the Mediterranean. The
pebbly west coast attracts a lot of fish and the underwater nature is
amazing. If you like to dive or learn to dive, there is a diving school
in Karpathos.Hiking or mountain biking are some great choices too!
tourists get “addicted” to Karpathos. The so called “repeaters” are
coming back year after year, or even twice a year, because of the whole
relaxed atmosphere of the island.