Area Information

Geography

Karpathos is the second biggest island of Dedecanissa and is located between Crete and Rhodes. It stretches to 301 square emters and populatedy by around 6500 people. The island's capital, Pigadia, is a small pictoresque town, thriving with small hotels, restaurants and cafes ready to serve the most demanding visitor. Tourists can also have a quick glimpse of Karpathos history in the small Archaeological Museum or if they prefer to just enjoy the Aegean sea and mediterranean sun they can spend their days in the majestic Bronty beach  

Besides Pigadia, visitors can also visit the 12 villages which are scattered all over Karpathos. They still retain their unique traditional architecture and astonish their visitors with their beauty. Among them, one of the most spectacular is the village of Olympos. Built in steep cliffs, it never stops thrilling with its unique view in Aegean sea and the originality of its people.

Finally, Karpathos features a plethora of resorts and beaches waiting ready to satisfy even the most demanding visitors: Ammoopi, Kira Panagia, Achata, Lefkos, Foiniki, Apella and lots of others accessible either by car or by tourist ship excursions.  

Climate - Morphology

The island's climate is subtropical, temperate and dry, with great sunshine that lasts almost all year. During the summer the famous mistral "winds" keep the island cool even in summer days

The changes and conflicts in the pictures are frequent and unexpected leaving no room for monotony and boredom to your eyes. Tall and craggy mountains, steep slopes with ravines, meandering streams, deep caves, green valleys, and crystal clear springs are the main elements which form the mainland of Karpathos.

The pine-covered slopes descend to the beautiful sea whose blue and white waves guard over the golden sandy beaches. And, of course, these beaches are that best of Karpathos can offer: clean, beautiful, quiet and enchanting.

Variety, contrast and harmony of lines, shapes and colors make the unique charm of Karpathos, which emerges as one of the most beautiful islands of Greece

History

Greeks initially inhabited Karpathos around 4000-3000 BC. Archaeologists have also retrieved findings which show the presence of Minoans from Crete after 2000 BC .

Around 1400BC, Mycenaeans have arrived on the island, while at 1100 BC, gradually the dominance of the island is delivered to the Dorians. During this age the 4 most renouned states of Karpathos are established: Arkesia, (in the spot where the modern village Arkasa is located), Brikous, (in the spot of Brikounta, in NW Karpathos), Nisiros (possibly located in the Saria island) and Karpathos, (island capital, located near the Aperi village).

In the year 478BC, Karpathos becomes a member of the Athenian alliance. From 31BC to 400 AC Romans occupy Karpathos. As mentioned in various historic sources, Karpathos was the spot where the 3rd largest Roman dockyard was located, and thus, had great strategic importance to them. It is assumed that this dockyard was located near Lefko, north of Sokastro.

After 700AC, Byzantines rule the island, and around 800-1100AC it is plagued by pirates. This era is ended by the presence of Knights and Venetians in the island.

In 1538 AC, Karpathos is occuped by Turks, in 1912 by Italians and in 1941 by Germans.

Finally, in the October of 1944 the Italian authorities are giving in to the pressure of the Karpathos Revolutionary Committee At the same month British troops dock in the island and finally in the March of 1948 Karpathos joins Greece as a wonderful member of Dodecanese.

Folklore and Tradition

Modern life in Karpathos is still influenced by its Ancient Greek and Byzantine past. The folk architecture (the all renowned Karpathean house), the music (played by unique local instruments), the songs, dances and everyday customs keep the Karpathos unique throughout the centuries