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Coordinates: 35°35′N 27°08′E / 35.583°N 27.133°E / 35.583; 27.133
Island Chain: Dodecanese
Total Isles: 7
Area: 324.800 km² (125 sq.mi.)
Highest Mountain: Mt. Lastos (1,215 m (3,986 ft))
Greece Greece
Periphery: South Aegean
Prefecture: Dodecanese
Capital: Karpathos (town)
Population: 6,511 (as of 2001)
Density: 20 /km² (52 /sq.mi.)
Postal Code: 857 00
Area Code: 22450
License Code: ΚΧ, ΡΟ, PK

Karpathos (Greek: Κάρπαθος) is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The island includes the municipality of Karpathos plus the community of Olympos. Part of Olympos also extends north to the neighboring Saria Island. From its remote position Karpathos has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, the last resembling those of Crete and Cyprus. The island has also been called Latin: Carpathus, Italian: Scarpanto, Turkish: Kerpe.



Olymbos, the traditional "Chora" of Karpathos

The island is located about 47 kilometers southwest of Rhodes, in the part of the Mediterranean which is called, after it, the Carpathian Sea (Latin: Carpathium Mare). Karpathos comprises 10 villages. All villages preserve intensively the traditional style of the island. In the southeast of the island you can find Pigadia (Officially: Karpathos City), capital and main port of the island. The capital is surrounded by the villages of Menetes, Arkasa, Aperi, Volada, Othos, and Pyles. In the North one can find Mesochori, Spoa and Olymbos the last village in the North of the island, of great folkloric and architectural interest. There are two ports in the island; one is in the town of Karpathos and the other in the north of the island next to Olympos named Diafani.


The building of the district administration of the island of Karpathos in Pigadia

The island was both in ancient and medieval times closely connected with Rhodes. Its current name is mentioned, with a slight shift of one letter, in Homer's Iliad as Krapathos (Οι δ'αρα Νίσυρον τ'είχον Κράπαθον τε Κάσον τε). Besides, the island is mentioned by Virgil, Pliny the Elder and Strabo. Karpathians fought with Sparta in the Peloponnesian War in 431 BC and lost their independence to Rhodes in 400 BC. In 42 BC the island fell to Rome. After the division of the roman Empire the island joined the Byzantine Empire. By 1304 Karpathos was given as fief by the Emperor to the Genoese corsairs Andrea and Lodovico Moresco, but in 1306 it fell under Andrea Cornaro, a member of the noble Venetian Cornaro family. [1] The Cornaro controlled Karpathos until 1538, when it finally passed into the possession of the Ottoman Turks. Under the Ottomans the island decayed deeply. [1]

In the years 1821-22, during the Greek War of Independence, the island could free itself, but afterward it fell again under the Ottoman rule. [1] In 1835 Sultan Mahmud II conceded to the island the privilege of the Maktu tax system, that is its tax burden was calculated as an annual lump sum, and not on an household basis. [1] The Ottoman rule ended on May 12th, 1912, when the Italians conquered the island, together with the whole Dodecanese, during the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-12. On that day Sailors of the Regia Marina ship Vittorio Emanuele and the Destroyer Alpino landed in Karpathos. [1] With the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 Karpathos joined the other islands of the Dodecanese in the Italian possession of the Isole Italiane dell'Egeo, [1] and was ceded by Italy to Greece with the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947. The island formally joined the Greek State on 7 March 1948, together with the other Dodecanese islands.

Despite such a scattered past, the last half century has been pivotal in the development of the island's character. A war-ravaged economy sent many a Karpathian to the U.S. eastern seaboard cities; Karpathos today has a significant Greek-American constituency who have returned to their beloved island and invested heavily. As a result, Pigadia and other towns successfully infuse modern elements into a traditional setting. In the mountains to the north, a world unto itself, residents preserve tradition almost religiously.


Karpathos Island National Airport, with its relatively large runway, is located on the south side (Afiartis area). Karpathos is connected to neighboring islands and to the mainland via ferries and airplanes. The ferries provide transport to and from Piraeus (via Crete and Rhodes). Scheduled domestic flights connect the island with Rhodes, Kasos, Crete and Athens daily. Additionally, charter flights from various European cities are frequently scheduled during the high season (April through October).

Within the island, automobiles are the preferred mode of transportation. The port, the airport, the main villages and other popular locations are connected by an adequate system of municipal roads, most of which are paved. During the summer months, small private boats depart from Pigadia to various locations daily, including Olympos (via Diafani) and some inaccessible beaches. Fixed-rate taxis (agoraia) and municipal buses are also available all year long.


The island's 2001 census population was 6,511 inhabitants. This number more than doubles in the summer months as many Karpathian expatriates come to the island for their vacation with their families. Also, taking into consideration the number of tourists that visit, there can be up to 20,000 people on the island during the summer months. The population density is greatest during the 15th of August due to the Panagias festival (Assumption of Mary), which is considered the most important festival on the island. Individuals travel from around the world to attend the festival and view the many traditions that still remain on the island.

See also


  • Bertarelli, L.V. (1929). Guida d'Italia, Vol. XVII. Consociazione Turistica Italiana, Milano.  .


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bertarelli, 137

External links

Coordinates: 35°35′N 27°08′E / 35.583°N 27.133°E / 35.583; 27.133

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

map of Karpathos island
map of Karpathos island

Karpathos is an island in the Dodecanese. It is situated between Rhodes and Crete islands.

  • Pigadia in the east coast.,
  • Aperi in the mainland, isolated village.
  • Arkasa on the western coast, lies on the site of an ancient city.
  • Olympos
  • Menetes
  • Saria
  • Kasos
  • Avlona


Greek is the native language of the people of Karpathos. However, most people also speak passable English and many speak German or other European languages.

Get in

By boat

Karpathos is accessable via ferry from Piraeus, Kasos, Crete, and Rhodes.

By plane

Karpathos airport connects the island with Athens, Rhodes and Crete and many other European cities.

Get around

By bus

Public buses operate throughout the islands.

By taxi

There are taxis available until 2AM, then only one or two.

By car

You can rent a car or a motor scooter. Asphalt roads run across the west coast of the island. Roads in the interior turn out to be little more than dirt paths.

By motorcycle

Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of karpathos city. An additional advantage is that they are cheap to rent - 10 to 15 Euros a day is the usual price.

If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do so on a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves. When renting a moped, check if the profile of the tyres is ok and if the brakes work properly. If it is the last vehicle in store, be suspicious - it could be the one that needs a repair badly. Though helmets are not required on the streets, it might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one, especially if you intend to drive on streets with more traffic.

  • The villages: Avlona, Menetes, Olymbos, Aperi and Pyles. The islands: Saria and Kasos.
  • 15 AUGUST 3 days celebration in Menetes.
  • Karpathian weddings.
  • Karpathian easter in Menetes village.
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • wind surfing


There is a good variety of beaches on Karpathos. The south-west side of the island has sandy beaches with calm waters. The wind mostly comes in from the east and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the east.

  • Amopi 5 km from the town is the most popular and friendly place for all in karpathos island have 5 beaches where you can find everything from the party beach, the family beach, the quiet beach next to you. There are taveras, markets, bus every hour ? and taxi station. The prices for one umbrella and 2 chairs is 6 euro per day, the prices in tavernas are logical, all the beaches are free for all, and the beaches are Mikri (small) and Megal (large). Votsalakia beach in front of votsalakia beach hotel, Kastelia in front of Aegean village hotel, Maounas in front of Kastelia bay hotel.
  • Afiartis , 15 km from the town is a very good place for wind surfing.
  • Achata beach 15 km from town, further to the North, is a pebble beach ith deep waters.
  • Kyra Panaya beach 12 km from town, named after Madonna, is situated between rocks capes. To swim in its deep waters demands caution.
  • Apella 20 km from town.
  • Agios Mynas beach 20 km from town in the north of Karpathos, although isolated, has become more and more popular, however the prices of restaurants and chartering of deckchair and beach umbrellas have risen a lot.
  • ArkasaWell organized beach in Arkasa situated southwestern to Pigadia.

It is one of the best beaches of the island with sandy beach with nice white sand and shallow sea while it is very popular because of big wave. There are sun beds and umbrellas, showers, restaurants and it is reachable by car.

  • Lefkos it's on the east coast 25 km from the town.
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  • Jewelry stores are common low tax in the island
  • Colorful sea shells are a popular souvenir item,
  • Many brand name products for sale in the tourist shops.in karpathos there is tax 6% only !!!!!!!
  • Many thinks from locals handmade boots,olive oil,sweets,honey etc
  • dorana studios hotel, diafani karpathos, 2245023174ww, [1]. beach studios hotel in diafani karpathos 25 ero.  edit


You can eat local food like makarounes and other plates in many tavernas and restaurants, but it is not all original recipes. fresh fish at sokaki ambrosia restaurant is a must try

  • Paralia Joy Restaurant & Beach Bar. Paralia Joy Restaurant & Beach Bar is located right on the sand, St.Nicholas Beach in the village of Arkasa, Karpathos. An award winning beach. Great place to eat a salad or sandwich in between swimming and sun bathing!  edit


The tap water is drinkable and restaurants will serve glasses of ice water upon request. Local drinks include Mythos (beer) and Ouzo.The prices for alcohol are low.

  • Karpathos accomodationLuxurious Arkasa Bay, arkasa karpathos, 302245061410. The newly built Arkasa Bay hotel is a 4 star Hotel nested in the village of Arkasa, on the Southwest side of the island of Karpathos. In perfect harmony with the environment of Karpathos, located in close proximity to the stunning Saint Nicholas and Saint Sofia Beaches with the crystal clear waters. The slightly elevated building takes full advantage of the spectacular view of the of the deep blue of Karpathos Island and it's magical sunsets.  edit
  • KarpathosKyra Panagia Hotel, Kyra Panagia, 302245061410, [2]. A nice hotel in Kyra Panagia beach in Karpathos  edit
  • Royal Beach Resort KarpathosRoyal Beach Resort Karpathos, St.Nicholas Beach, Arkasa (St.Nicholas Beach, Arkasa, Karpathos), +30.22450.61360, [3]. Newly Built Royal Beach Resort, a sun-filled paradise of family vacation and relaxation. A great vacation spot with economy rates. Ready to accommodate your every wish within a newly built A-Class modern hotel complex leisurely spawned on 15 acres of beach front private property. Enjoy the golden sand at your feet of award winning St. Nicholas Beach. An invitation to enjoy bright days and exciting nights in its spacious suites and luxurious studios with an incredible uninterrupted panoramic sunset view of the Aegean sea. Offering various activities including tennis courts, spa services, wireless internet and onsite car rental for your convenience. Free car delivery to karpathos airport www.stnicholasbeachrentals.com (,Royal Beach Resort Karpathos) edit

Stay safe

Karpathos is a generally safe destination.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Kar·pa·thos or Kar·pa·thos

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  1. An island of the Dodecanese in Greece
  2. A village in the Dodecanese prefecture in Greece


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