Arkasa Karpathos

Arkasa is the largest village in the soutwestern part of Karpathos island. The town was built on the ruins of Arkesia, an ancient city which flourished thousands of years ago.

Arkasa is located next to the west coast in Karpathos, surrounded by barren hills. The houses of the village were built amphiteatrically on the hills. A small canal bisects the town into two parts, but there are small bridges for predestrians and for the  road traffic. Arkasa can be reached from the capital of Karpathos, Pigadia easily by public bus transport or by car, you have to drive only about 20' minutes. 

Arkasa

Arkasa is the largest town in the southwest, with a population about 600. This small town of Karpathos is a calm and quiet place most of the year, even in the summer months. As the summer comes, the number of the visitors increases, but the atmosphere of Arkasa remains calm. You can found here some traditional tavernas, coffee bars, souvenir shops, car rental agencies, so the village is well prepared for visitors. Take a walk on the paved streets, take a look to the sacred chapels, or just relax on the beach - enjoy the unique athmospheres of Arkasa! The town hasn't got a promenade at the beach, but the traditional houses of the center are well maintaned and have nice look.

Arkasa

Sights in Arkasa

One of the most important sights in Arkasa is a Byzantine temple called Agia Sophia, dating from the 5th century. It has well preserved mosaic floor, showing the fine art of the predecessors. The other important historical sight is located on the Paleokastro hill, next to Agios Nikolaos beach. The ruins of ancient Arkesia are situated here, one of the leading cities in the ancient times. Visitors can see the walls and some columns. The hiking trail up to the ruins of Arkesia starts from Agia Sophia. 

Arkasa, Palekoastro, Agia Sophia and Arkesia Karpathos

Paleokastro hill - on the right side (in the north) there lies Agia Sopha, at the left (in the south) there can be find the main beach of Arkasa

 

In the center of Arkasa is the largest church of the village, which is famous from its interesting bell tower.

Arkasa Karpathos

The best beach of Arkasa is called Agios Nikolaos, it is located at the southern side of the village, about one kilometer from the center. The beach is characterized by golden sand and emerald waters, it is fully organized, and definitely worth a visit.

When you visit the area, don't forget to discover Finiki, the tiny port of Arkasa. Finiki is famous from the fish taverns and the picturesque views, and it is located just about one kilometer in the north from Arkasa.

Why visit Arkasa

  • Nice sunsets
  • Interesting historical sights and hiking trails
  • Agios Nikolaos beach & Finiki

 

Arkasa additional info

  • location: 18 kilometers to Pigadia
  • coordinates: 35.477438, 27.118806
  • can be accessed via asphalt road

Arkasa

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