Saria island Karpathos

Saria island a small but interesting island in the north, which was a part of Karpathos a few million years ago.

Saria island

Saria can be reached only by boat, because a small but deep gulf separates the island from Karpathos. If you are interested in visiting Saria, you can find some excursion boats in Pigadia and in Diafani villages, which offer a day trip to this island. 

Saria island is called as an island of the pirates, because in the medieval ages there was a large shelter for pirates and sea raiders. Before medieval era Saria was well known among sea merchants, there was two important cities of ancient times, Saros and Nisiros. Saria island is an uninhabitated island, only a few sheperds live here for a few months during the year.

The island has some nice beaches also, which are well protected natural bays, surrounded by steep cliffs. The most famous beach of Saria is the bay of Palatia (Palatia beach), characterized by turquoise and emerald colors, crystal clear waters and pebbly shore. From Palatia there is a great hiking trail to an abandonded village, with amazing views to the bay and to the island both.

 

Saria island boat excursions from Karpathos Pigadia and Diafani

Saria island has also some small chapels and churches, the most beautiful are Agios Panteleimonas and Agios Spyridonas in the south, and Agios Zacharias in the north. Some of these places are dated from 5th century A.D.! While hiking the trails of Saria you can discover several ruins of stone houses, and an another old city called Argos.

The geographical conditions of Saria island are similar to the northern part of Karpathos, which means steep barren mountains and hills. 

Saria additional info

  • coordinates: 35.865741, 27.222939 (only by boat from Pigadia and Diafani)
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