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The weather may not be particularly helpful so far, but summer is still in its infancy and is expected to last... until the end of September. If this year, dear reader, you are looking for an island for an authentic holiday, away from the crowds and the Mykonos style, then we have the best suggestion for you.
Karpathos is the ideal choice for many reasons.
It is the second largest island of the Dodecanese, located between Rhodes and Crete and has nearby Saria and Kassos to visit for a day trip. Saria of course is opposite the northernmost tip of the island, so prepare for a long trip.On this island of about 6,000 inhabitants, the place to stay is Pigadia, where one of the 2 ports is located, with the settlement having retained this Minoan layout and construction, set up in an acropolis. That is, it has an uphill climb until you reach the country.
Karpathos traditional and protected part
The northern part of Karpathos is a protected Natura area, which means that you will get your fill of nature's simplicity with a walk to the settlements there, such as Diafani and Olympos, which are among the most famous spots on the island and towards this side are the best waters, with emerald colour and a purity that is not easily found. Olympos even looks as if it is in another dimension, alone, with the women wearing traditional costumes. Karpathos has 100 beaches, with different characteristics, but the common place is the wonderful waters. Some are rugged and need a little adventure, others are not.
In the area of Arkasa you can find all the best of the island. The beach of Agios Nikolaos, with its golden sand, is called the Hawaii of the Mediterranean, as it attracts surfers from all over the world. It is organized with showers and restaurants to eat after swimming.
Other beaches worth going to are in Diakofti with the best waters you will possibly find on the island, reminiscent of the Caribbean. Kyra Panagia, Apella, Ahata and Lefkos are also 4 beaches with magnificent waters and a surrounding scenery to spend hours until sunset and go back for a second day.Apart from the above mentioned settlements, you will be tempted to go to Finiki, Othos, Menetes and Aperi. At each point there are churches to visit with impressive architecture, there are rocky spots, there is the castle in the country to enjoy the sunset, you will also find many hiking trails.
Surprising as it may seem, Karpathos has several bars suitable for drinks or cocktails, not of course staying open until the early hours of the morning. However, it offers enough choice for its standards. Pigadia and Arkasa are the two places with the most bars, such as Anoi, Eden and Akri or the more beat-oriented Heaven, Kozi and Stema.
Restaurants in Karpathos
For food you should definitely go to Glaros, Steki tou Markou and Sun Ray in Arkasa, Captain Yannis and Delfini in Finiki, Nymphes in Ammoopi, Poseidonas in Afiartis near the airport and Oraia Karpathos, Marigo, Al Porto, Uno and Ciao in Pigadia.
Local products of Karpathos:
Manouli (goat cheese)
Pumpkin stuffed pumpkin
Karpathos is generally an almost virgin island, which fortunately is not very famous and does not alter its character or the purity of its waters. One thing is for sure, if you choose it this year, you won't regret it!