The picturesque mountain village was the capital of Karpathos many years ago.
Aperi is situated just a few kilometres north from Pigadia. The village lies on the hills of the surrounding mountains, at an altitude 350 metres. It was built in the middle ages, when the inhabitants were looking for a safer place from pirate attacks. The residents are proud of the fact, that Aperi was the island's capital until 1892, so the village played a major role for centuries. The island's first high school was founded in Aperi too, in 1939.
The village is one of the largest villages of the island with 400 inhabitants, with rebuilt houses and colourful buildings - renewed by the Greek immigrants who came back a few years ago from the USA. There is an important religious role, because Aperi today is the seat of the Archbishop of Karpathos and Kasos.
There are several hiking paths in the area, the visitors can walk around the narrow streets, climb up higher points, or just sit down and enjoy the magical scenery of the village. On the streets are lemon trees, plane trees, bougainvilleas, and many other flowers and plants. In the centre of Aperi you can find free parking places.
The closest beach to Aperi is the beautiful Achata beach.
The main street
Aperi on the slopes
- 8 km to Pigadia
- coordinates: 35.549874, 27.169915
- mountain village
- population: approx. 400
- capital city: from 1700 to 1892