Karpathos is the third largest island in the Dodecanese island group. This long and rugged island situated between Rhodes and Crete . Some of the best beaches in the Aegean are here on Karpathos . The island like many others has been under the rule of foreign invaders. The islands former name was “Porfiris” after the red dye made on the island. The modern name is a derived from “arpakatos” (robbery), because pirates used the island as a safe haven after their raids.
Pigadia is the main town and port, situated on the coast of Vrontis Bay. The town is modern with many concrete buildings that one does not associate with Greek island architecture. Many of these were built during the 60s and 70s, still the town has a charm of its own. Hotels and restaurants along the sea front offer good service to the tourist. The long beach is excellent for all types of watersports.
Ammopi 8km from the Pigadia offers wonderful beaches ideal for underwater swimming. Some tour operators have discovered this resort and it is becoming more popular. Some hotels are booked solid during the high season, but you may be able to find simpler accommodation.
Menetes is a very charming and picturesque village sitting on a steep cliff on Mt. Profitis (1,150m). With its charming houses painted in pastel colours, lining the steep narrow lanes is worth the trip. Stop awhile and refresh yourselves in the tavernas that serve tasty food.
Arkasa was traditional fishing villages, now transformed into a tourist resort, in the church of Agia Anastasia fine mosaics depicting two deer grazing, these are now on display in the museum on Rhodes .
Lefkos in the summer tourists flock to this resort, renowned for its five superb beaches. The islet of Sokastro with its ruined castle is a short boat trip away. Near to the beach are the catacombs, they offer a break from the beaches during the midday sun.
Olympos situated on a ridge of Mt. Profitis, this charming village once cut off from the rest of the island due to its location, the village today is a mix of old and modern. The large number of tourists, which is the major source of income, is slowly erasing the traditional way of life in the village. Even so, the village with its charming houses lining the steep and narrow lanes and even more gaily dressed inhabitants is worth the visit. Despite the encroaching modern lifestyle, some of the villagers retain their local dialect and way of life. On the 15 th of August the village is packed with visitors for the Festival of Assumption of the Virgin Mary, when the village celebrates with dance music and of course good food and drink.