Karpathos is the second largest island in the Dodecanese after Rhodes, with an oblong shape. It is situated between Crete and Rhodes, in the Karpathian Sea. The location of the island is of strategic importance, since it is the natural bridge uniting Crete with Asia Minor.
Karpathos comprises ten villages, all preserving the traditional Greek style. The airport is located on the south side of the island in the area of Afiartis.
Karpathos and Saria, (the small island north of Karpathos), are defined, morphologically, by calcareous rock beds. The changes of colors and shapes do not let the visitor feel any monotony. In contrary, the high mountains compose a unique scenery, Lastos being the highest in the Dodecanese. Streams, caves with stalactites and green valleys are some of the many natural beauties to be found.
The villages of Karpathos form two circles which make the tour of the island. The beaches are of crystal clear waters with sand or tiny pebbles. Swimming at Achata, Kato Lakos, Kyra Panagia or Apella is an unforgettable experience for all visitors.
Only the south part of Karpathos has been open to the slowly increasing tourism, while the northern part is still totally unspoiled with various traditional villages.
Although is a small island, it has a rich tradition with strong roots from the past, thanks to the locals’ devotion in preserving their costumes. Of invaluable importance are the folklore studies of Manolakakis, Michailidis, Georgiou and Alexiadis. The visitor can attend a Karpathian festivity, («glenti»), in Greek Orthodox celebrations and in social events, such as weddings, baptisms etc.
Karpathos produces oil, honey, citrus fruits and grapes, making thus a high quality wine. The traditional folklore works of art, such as the Karpathian plates and woven fabrics, are also produced here.