Karpathos - tradition, culture and one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
The island of Karpathos is the ideal travel destination for everyone who is looking for beautiful beaches - some of which are very secluded bays, for nature fans, for adventurous explorers and sports enthusiasts, but also for people who are looking for peace and serenity.
A few tipps on vitising Karpathos
Karpathos, the second largest of the Dodecanese Islands, lies in the Southeast Aegean Sea in the middle of the stretch between Rhodes and Crete. With its many beautiful beaches - some of which can only be reached by boat - and a charming mountain landscape with a total of ten villages, where you can experience the unique warm hospitality of the residents, the island attracts tourists from all over the world.
What to eat:
The cuisine of Karpathos is generous and true to the motto: "Enjoy every day fully, because every day is a holiday!". In every single village on the island you can try the traditional dishes of Karpathos and get to know the way of life of the people. Some of them include i.e.: “Ofto”: (goat meat with filling prepared in a charcoal oven), “Psilokoulouro” (sesame ring), “Kremydopsomo” (onion bread) and “Skaros” (fish that is only available on Karpathos).
In the capital, in all the villages and in the settlements by the sea, the guest will find taverns and restaurants for every taste, whereby "Finiki" and "Lefkos" are particularly known for their rich offer of fish specialties.
The islands beaches
There are around 75 sandy and pebble beaches in total. The pebble beaches with a view of the pine forests in the mountains are mainly on the eastern side. The sandy beaches are in the west of the island.
The beach "Apella" is probably the most famous beach on the island and in 2003 it was recognized as the most beautiful beach in Europe.
For all the sports enthusiasts, Karpathos offers opportunities of all levels of difficulty in hiking, climbing, mountain bike trails, but also there are ideal conditions for swimming and diving and plenty of different windsurfing areas. Keen surfers will find a strong wind area in the south of the island - Devil’s Bay - which also meets the highest demands and is one of the best surfing areas in the world.
Sights and attractions:
A worthwhile excursion destination is the mountain village of Olympos, located in the north of the island, with its 75 ancient windmills, whose inhabitants affectionately adhere to the traditions handed down over the centuries and proudly wear their local costumes - often even on weekdays - and thus a unique example of the traditional Contribute to living in a Greek village. Olympos is a living museum of traditional architecture, ethnology, linguistics and musicology. For those, who seek entertainment, Pigadia has a number of cafes, bars and two large night clubs (with Greek and international music). In the area of "Athiarti": weekly beach parties. Also, in the last few years the International Bagpipe Festival has taken place annually in Karpathos.