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The second largest island in the Dodecanese, Karpathos, stands out for its charming contrasts - lush mountains and dozens of beaches, magical sea views and picturesque villages full of traditions, colours and customs, homemade food and lively bars and cafes. Wild, remote and unique, Karpathos is an ideal destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts and visitors looking for a remote paradise, ideal to relax away from the hustle and bustle. Karpathos stands out for one thing in particular, its amazing beaches! Kyra Panagia and Apella are the most beautiful and popular beaches of Karpathos. If you like water sports, then go to the south coast of Karpathos, which is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing! The island is scattered by picturesque villages, which exude a traditional charm! The most beautiful is undoubtedly Mount Olympus, a picturesque mountain village. Olympus is the ideal place to take a look at the island's tradition: every house has its windmill and its church, while women still wear traditional costumes in their daily lives. Some archaeological sites, museums and churches are landmarks of the island. Moreover, one of the best things to do in Karpathos is to make a quick trip to the remote Saria. This island may be uninhabited, but it boasts amazing beaches! So don't hold it up any longer! Visit Karpathos and let it enchant you!


The history

According to Greek mythology, the first inhabitant of Karpathos was Titan Iapetos, son of Heaven and Gaia. However, the archaeological findings proved that the island was inhabited during the Neolithic period and that the Minoans had a great influence on the culture and history of Karpathos. The Acropolis of Arkasa was built by the Mycenaeans after their arrival on the island in the 14th century BC. Then came the Phoenicians, followed by the Dorians, who settled in Karpathos around 1,000 BC and brought great prosperity to the island. In 478 BC, Karpathos participated in the First Athenian Alliance. He was an ally of Athens during the Peloponnesian Wars that took place from 431 to 404 BC, but after the defeat of the Athenians, the island succumbed to the Spartans. It again became part of the Athenian Alliance in 397 BC and became independent. Karpathos passed after various invaders, such as Romans, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans and others. Karpathos participated in the Greek Revolution of 1821, became independent in 1823, was given to the Turks in 1830, suffered an Italian invasion in 1912, a German invasion in 1943 and eventually joined the independent Greek State in 1948.

District & Archaeological Museum

The District is a complex of buildings in the Pigadia of Karpathos, which was built during the Italian occupation to house the administrative headquarters of the Italians. The District consists of three buildings and has a square outside. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum of Karpathos, which dates back to the Italian occupation of the island before the Second World War and will take you back thousands of years, through a collection of objects from prehistoric to Neolithic times. Many cultural events are also organized in its courtyard.


Makarounes is a traditional pasta of the island of Karpathos. They're usually made with flour and water - no eggs. There are no strict measurements of ingredients, even the preparation process of pasta often varies from family to family. The pasta dough is first opened and cut into long and thin threads, then into smaller pieces which are wrapped and shaped into small shells with fingers. Boiled makarounes are the main ingredient of a local specialty that combines pasta with sautéed onions, garlic, butter and a generous amount of grated local sheep or goat cheese, such as mizithra.


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Karpathos Airport (AOK)