In Amoopi village and also in Karpathos Votsalakia beach is one of the most interesting beaches, because this place is one of the best snorkeling sites on the island. In the region of Amoopi (Lakki) there are several amazing beaches, but due to its easy access this gem is a relatively wide known and well recognizable.
Votsalakia beach can be find on maps of Karpathos as Παραλία Βοτσαλάκια in Greek language, and it can be find easily. This interesting place is located between Pigadia and the airport, about 7 kilometers from the capital, on the east coast.
For its access just drive into the center of Amoopi, and you can’t miss this amazing beach, because it is situated where the large parking lot and the church of Agia Apostoli can be find. From Pigadia bus station there can be find also a local bus, which runs to Amoopi during the day.
Votsalakia beach guide and photos
Votsalakia is a quite large beach in Amoopi (Lakki) village with its length of 130 meters, just as long as the neighboring Mega Amoopi beach. These two beaches are separated by a small peninsula, where the small church of Agia Apostoli was built. If you are looking for the best panoramic views to Votsalakia beach, walk to the peninsula and you will see the entire beach with the hills of Amoopi village in the background.
The beachfront is quite narrow due to the cliffs which are just a few meters away from the sea, and despite this the area is filled with parasols and sunbeds. The seabed is shallow and altough the coast is covered by coarse sand and pebbles, in the sea there are a lot of rocks. Swimming shoes can be useful by visiting Votsalakia beach, if your soles are sensitive.
One of the specialities of Votsalakia beach (Παραλία Βοτσαλάκια) is its exceptional snorkeling and diving features, which make one of the best snorkeling sites all over Karpathos island and in Greece. The area of Amoopi is rich in beaches which are recommended for snorkel, but this place definitely outstanding among these.
On the sea in front of Votsalakia beach there are small islets in the sea, where the marine life is also usually vibrant, and if swim well, can discover these parts too.
The emerald and turquoise colours of Votsalakia beach with its crystal clear waters enchant most of the visitors, so this beach is one of the (not so hidden) gems in Karpathos. The parts which are near the peninsula are almost untouched, and the rocky seabed is also may offer surprises if you dive here.
The beach is not so spacious due to the 3-4 meters high steep cliffs in the background, but if you arrive in the morning hours, you have the chance to take a good place. It’s an important information that until late afternoon the cliffs behind Votsalakia beach don’t offer much natural shade, because the beachfront faces to southeast. These cliffs usually protect well the bay from the western winds, and the days are rare when the winds are significant on the beachfront.
Behind the beach there are some taverns and beach bars of Amoopi village, situated just a few steps from the beach. One of our favourite is Calypso Restaurant, and there can be find also Skala beach bar, Votsalakia Restaurant and Helios Taverna.
On the southern side of Votsalakia beach you can walk within 2 minutes to Kastelia beach, which is as good in snorkeling options as this beach.
Why visit Votsalakia beach in Karpathos island
Votsalakia is truly magnificent beach with turquoise and emerald water colours in Karpathos, which is one of the best snorkel sites. Amoopi village offers extremely varied beaches just a few minutes walk from each other, and near Votsalakia beach there can be find sandy beaches also for children, or other beaches for snorkel.
Where to stay in Amoopi village, near the beaches
Amoopi, or known as Lakki is always a great choice for a holiday Karpathos island. Check the apartments, studios and villas of the area below, take a look to the photos and guest reviews, and book your favourite! For all of the accommodations in the area of Amoopi just click here. (opens in new window)
In the central area of Amoopi village, near to the sandy beaches there some hotels and apartments which are waiting for guests.
Votsalakia beach additional info
- Also known as: Paralia Votsalakia, Παραλία Βοτσαλάκια, Amoopi / Ammopi beach
- Coordinates: 35.475725, 27.196680
- Location: 7 kilometers from Pigadia
- Sea water color: emerald, turquoise, blue
- Sand type: coarse sand, pebbles, rocks
- Depth: shallow
- Sea surface: usually calm
- Crowds: can be crowded
- Facilities: taverns, beach bars, parasols and sunbeds for rent, shower, parking lot
- Other Information: one of the best snorkeling and diving sites in Karpathos
- Accessibility: by car or by local bus
- Wind conditions: usually protected from strong winds