Tall mountains, pristine scenery, traditional villages, turquoise waters and rich history makes this island - the second largest island of the Dodecanese complex - an ideal destination to fill your holidays with joy. The inhabitants of Karpathos know how to grasp the joys of life during their local festivals and live up to their long-lasting traditions.

Pigadia is the capital and main port of the island, where you’ll come across significant monuments. At the entrance of the port you’ll notice the the “Vouno” Hill where you can see the ruins of an Acropolis at an altitude of 23m. On your left, you’ll see a building with an impressive architecture dating back to the Venetian Rule. It used to house the district officer but today it is used as an information center for the mediterranean monk seal as well as a museum with exhibits from various periods of the island. Make sure to stop by Afoti where you can admire the ruins of the paleochristian Basilica of Agia Foteini and Myloi where Poseidon’s cave awaits you.

Beaches that suit all tastes

Crowded or secluded, sandy or pebbly, with or without facilities… the island of Karpathos has more than 20 beaches that await you with clear azure waters. Start by taking a tour boat around the island to discover the ones that best meet your needs.

The most renowned ones are the sandy Kyra Panagia and the bebbly Achata, with its breathtaking seabed (located 10km from Pigadia). Ammopi beach (6km from Pigadia) offers various facilities and is ideal for sea sport lovers. Apella has emerald coloured waters and a golden sandy beach. Visit the pristine beaches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios near the settlement of Arkasa. If you are a windsurfing aficionado head towards Diafani from where you can embark on a boat to explore the beauties of the islet of Saria.