Being the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Karpathos Island provides its travellers with a wide range of activities to do in nature. It has, among others, some of the best beaches to enjoy windsurfing, well-developed hiking trails to explore the beauties of the island as well as an impressive underwater world that awaits adventure seekers to discover its rare marine creatures.
The people of Karpathos show their commitment to their traditions under every occasion. With many festivals scattered throughout the year, the Karpathians give life in churches and chapels, dancing and singing, honouring their saints, in an informal competition of who will organise the best festival. Your visit to some of these festivals will allow you to experience a unique and authentic Karpathian feast.
The most effective way to meet the beauties of the island is on foot. Karpathos has a well-developed network of hiking routes (paths), through which you can visit all the points of interest in the region. Of particular interest are the old paths leading to excellent beaches, which are not accessible by other means.
The wind direction, its speed and constant power throughout the summer, along with the geomorphology, make Karpathos the ideal place for the sport of windsurfing. Especially the area of Afiartis is considered the most famous, advantageous and appropriate region of the world for this sport, which is why the Speed Windsurfing World Championship takes place here every year since 2006.
The nightlife of the island is mainly gathered in the capital town of Pigadia. For coffee, you can choose from the dozens of cafes on the waterfront of the port. In Pigadia there are also many bars playing Greek and foreign music, big clubs and clubs with live music. You will also be able to find several bars in the neighbouring Arkasa, indicated for those who want to move away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
What to taste
The famous menoula (pickled sprat) from Spoa village, the small pickled olives, the manouli (special cheese), the makarounes (handmade pasta), the skaros (grilled fish), the wild greens, the Karpathian baklava, the local honey, the several kinds of pies and the psilokouloura (buns) –made in older times during wedding feasts. These are just a few samples of the worthiness of the Karpathian housewife.