About Karpathos island
Karpathos (Κάρπαθος) is located in Greece, it is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the Aegean Sea. Karpathos is famous from its traditions, untouched landscapes, crystal clear beaches. The island is located about 50 kilometres southwest of Rhodes and 50 kilometres northeast of Crete, in the Aegean Sea.
The landscape is mountanious, except in the south region. The highest point of the island is called Kali Limni (Mt. Lastos), at 1215 metres above sea level. The capital of Karpathos is Pigadia (or known as Karpathos town), which is the main port and the largest city of the island, is located in the southeast of Karpathos. Pigadia is a modern town with many tavernas, bars, apartments and hotels, most of the island's opportunities are based here. The other villages are traditional greek settlements, with picturesque streetviews and mountanious landscapes, spectacular hiking paths. The population of Karpathos island is about 6000 inhabitants, which number is multiplied in the summer months, as the sheduled charter flights arrive.
The island has an international airport with two runways since 1970, it is called Karpathos Island National Airport (AOK), located on the most southern side of the island. Karpathos is connected to other greek islands and to the mainland via ferries (primarily Crete and Rhodes) and airplanes. Domestic flights connect the island with the nearby Kasos, Crete Rhodes and Athens, and charter flights from European countries are scheduled during the summer.
The Karpathian people are proud of their ancient traditions, costumes and lifestyle. Many locals kept the local dialect and the traditional costumes due to the isolation of Karpathos from the other greek islands.
The island has many natural sights, such as high mountains, wild cliffs, pine forests, turquoise water colors. The beaches of Karpathos are well known by the tourists, many of them are classified among the best greek beaches.