Karpathos Island in Greece is known for its charming and picturesque villages, each offering its own unique character, traditional architecture, and cultural heritage. Exploring these villages is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the island's authentic charm.

The villages in the north

Olympos is a traditional village nestled in the northern part of the island. It is known for its preserved customs, traditional architecture, and cultural traditions. The village is characterized by its stone houses, colorful facades, and windmills. Olympos provides a glimpse into the island’s rich folklore, with locals often dressed in traditional costumes and practicing traditional crafts.

Diafani is a picturesque fishing village located on the northern coast of Karpathos. It offers a serene and relaxed atmosphere, with charming waterfront taverns and cafes. Diafani is a popular starting point for hiking trails and boat trips to nearby beaches and islets.

Pigadia (Karpathos town)

Pigadia, also known as Karpathos Town, is the capital and main port of the island of Karpathos in Greece. Located on the southeastern coast of the island, Pigadia serves as the bustling hub and commercial center of Karpathos. 

Pigadia’s waterfront promenade is a popular spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll, lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars offering stunning views of the sea. 

Pigadia features a 4 km sandy beach stretch, conveniently located near the town center. Visitors can relax on its shores, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or engage in water sports activities. 

Pigadia is also home to important cultural sites, such as the Archaeological Museum, where you can explore the island’s rich history and archaeological artifacts. 

With its vibrant atmosphere, modern amenities, and a mix of traditional and contemporary influences, Pigadia serves as a gateway to exploring the beauty and charm of Karpathos.

Mesochori and Lefkos

Nestled among the hills, Mesochori offers a charming and traditional atmosphere that reflects the island’s cultural heritage. Mesochori provides a tranquil and authentic experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the traditional way of life on Karpathos. With its scenic surroundings, traditional architecture, and warm hospitality, this village offers a memorable glimpse into the island’s cultural heritage.

Lefkos, located on the western coast of Karpathos, is a charming seaside village known for its picturesque setting and beautiful beaches. Lefkos also provides a range of amenities, including tavernas serving delicious local cuisine, accommodations, and shops, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Menetes and southern Karpathos

Menetes is a traditional mountain village situated in the heart of Karpathos. It is known for its panoramic views, stone houses, and narrow alleys. Explore the village’s churches, visit the folklore museum, and take in the stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape.

With its picturesque harbor and colorful waterfront houses, Lakki offers a postcard-worthy setting that captivates visitors. The village is bustling with activity, featuring a variety of shops, cafes, and tavernas where visitors can sample delicious local cuisine and immerse themselves in the island’s vibrant culture.

Known for its strong and consistent winds, Afiartis attracts windsurfers from around the world who come to take advantage of the ideal conditions for their sport. The village itself has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, with a few tavernas and accommodations catering to tourists. 

Arkasa and Finiki

Arkasa is a coastal village on the western side of Karpathos. It features beautiful sandy beaches, such as Agios Nikolaos Beach and Agios Theodoros Beach. Arkasa is known for its ancient ruins, including the remnants of the ancient city of Arkesia, as well as the Church of Agia Anastasia with its striking architecture.

Just a few kilometers to the North, the small, yet charming fishing village of Finiki offers a charming harbor lined with colorful fishing boats and traditional tavernas serving fresh seafood delicacies. With its small sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, Finiki provides a serene setting for swimming and sunbathing.

Aperi and Volada

Aperi is a historic village that was once the capital of Karpathos. It is located on a hillside, just north of Pigadia, offering beautiful views of the valley and the sea. Explore the ruins of the medieval castle, visit the church of the Karpathos and Kasos Orthodox archdiocese, and wander through the winding streets to admire the traditional houses.

Volada is a quaint mountain village located in the interior of Karpathos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Situated at an elevation of approximately 350 meters, Volada offers a serene and picturesque escape from the coastal areas. The village is characterized by its traditional stone houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and charming squares adorned with colorful flowers.

Othos, Pyles and beyond

Othos is a traditional mountain village located in the interior of the island of Karpathos in Greece. Situated at an altitude of around 500 meters, Othos offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Aegean Sea in the distance. Othos is also home to the Folklore Museum, where visitors can learn about the island’s history, traditions, and local customs.

Nestled amidst the island’s rugged landscapes, Pyles offers a tranquil and picturesque retreat away from the bustling coastal areas. The village is known for its traditional architecture, featuring stone houses with red-tiled roofs and narrow cobblestone streets. As you wander through the village, you’ll discover quaint squares and hidden corners, providing a sense of stepping back in time.

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