All the literature and guides will tell you that the inhabitants of Karpathos withdrew into the mountains to avoid the pirates that plagued the shores in the middle ages, hence the village of Olympos. It is a striking location, set high in the mountains and originally clinging to the protected inner valley. It has grown a little since then, and...more
Car, scooter, or other motorbike rental is the best way to get around Karpathos and it is very affordable there too. I was afraid to drive a two wheeler there, so this is what we had and we had an exciting time with it too! If you want to go to the north and all the way to Olympos you will need a 4wd. And be prepared that driving on those winding...more
A small and serene town on the side of a mountain. The road to Olympos was built in the 70's, so it still is a very traditional small town with an interesting history to go with. So going there I recommend an arranged tour to get all the small details of the town. Several tours leave from Pigadia. Usually they take you closer first on a boat ride...more
Good for: Families
Loved Karpathos, the island itself was beautiful, a paradisiacal island with all kind of activities....more
11 Aghiou Nikolaou Street, P.O. Box 93, 85700, Greece
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Good for: Families
Located next to the harbour on the boulevard, where most of the bars and restaurants are. It is a very popular restaurant with good food, allthough I wouldn't say it was the best food we had during our vist, but then again all the food we had was so good in Karpathos.more
If you are in Karpathos, don't miss to stop at the Esperida (in Amoopi) to have a great dinner. The fish is obviously fresh, but I suggest you to try the makarunes, fresh pasta with onions and cheese. Just fantastic! Fruits at the end of the dinner are offered by the restaurant.Esperida is cheap, and is worth a dinner out, even if you are on a...more
I flew back to Rhodes with Olympic in one of their flying coffins. Huge fun! The airport has been improved since then, but at the time you took off directly into the mountains and the pilot twisted and turned his way upwards through the valleys and gorges. In such a small plane you can see out both sides, so it was scareeee...PS "flying coffin" is...more
There was a service to/from Piraeus (via Crete, I think) but I arrived from Rhodes. From memory it was not a daily service - maybe twice or three times a week. It was a relatively small ship - not one of the big car ferry type vessels you associate with inter-island ferries in Greece.Great trip - about 7 hours - so its not a short hop!Superb views...more
19 Reviews and Opinions
In Olympos there are plenty of - of course - tourist shops with various souvenirs. But, you can find also some interesting things like handmade soft leather boots or shoes.
Not really that dangerous, but might upset a weaker mind. Dozens of stray cats inhibit Karpathos and they are not allways in such a good condition so it was quite terrible to watch them. We even witnessed on get killed by a car.
Miscellaneous: The combination of sun and (sometimes very) strong wind can cause sunburn. (In Pigadia I met older locals with burnt skin) Always take a hat, sunglasses and a longsleeved shirt with you when you go suntanning. When its windy, don't stay too long on the beach.
Rent a bike or a motorbike and drive around the island. We found various bays without tourists and enjoyed turqouise clean water.