Greece: Karpathos Island

Long and narrow island Karpathos (Karpathos) lies between Rhodes and Crete.

Despite the fact that it is the third size of the island in the group, he was always unclosed and dick. Usually shrouded in clouds, the central ridge (height up to 1215 m) stretches along the entire island, almost no leaving space for arable land or good shores. Magnificent, but almost not protected from the wind coastline with numerous cliffs and capes attracts a lot of tourists – in the southern part of the island a lot of modern resort complexes. And the deserted north manits to itself lovers of a secluded rest. However, choosing recreation here, it should be borne in mind that food prices and accommodation (especially in the south) on the Carpathian are quite high even for and so rather large rates of southern spokes.

The capital of the island is the city of Pigada, or Carpathos – lies in the southern part of the Bay of Pigadia, or Vrondi (Vrondi), whose sandy "sickle" stretches for 3 km north-west port.

The southern tip of the island, near the airport, is the only more or less smooth part of it. There are constant winds here, and therefore several wild sandy beaches in the south-eastern shore are attractive for windsurres – at the end of June there is even a stage of the European Championship in this sport. There are several sports centers of different levels and a number of hotels oriented on fans of outdoor activities. However, just north lies and quite modern beach resort Amop (Ammopi, 7 km south of Pihadia), within which three bays with sandy gravel beaches spread out.

Western road rises from the capital to the mountains and after 9 km goes to the picturesque mountain village Menet (Menete, Menetes) with its beautiful old buildings and spectacularly located church. Then the road runs up to the West on the gorge to the seaside town Arkasa (Arkasa, Arkassa) with a cozy bay and beautiful views of Kasos Island. Protecting bay from the south Cape Paleokastro, on which the Ruins of the Byzantine Basilica and the picturesque chapel of Ayia Sofia are now, is a site of excavation of a Mycena city Arkessia. However, only several segments of serfs and less than a dozen dilapidated columns came from it to this day. Despite the presence of only one good beach, Arcasa has a completely modern rest infrastructure, often quite mediocre, however, and clearly-oriented massive tourism. And independent travelers prefer stretching south of Paleokastro Stometer Beach Agios Nikolaos with a pair of boarding houses and taverns.

Lying 2 km north fishing port Phienikon and protecting it from North Cape Phenic offering a tiny beach and four weekly excursions (per season) to the island of Casos. 7 km north of the village Adia (Adhia), begin pine forests, running on the slopes of Mount Kali-Limni (1215 m). It is pleasant here to wander under the arms of the forest (you can go up for 2.5 hours on the mountain itself), and twenty minutes walk from the village itself is a tiny beach Epiano And, a little further, somewhat more Leondas. Tight forest hides and lying a few norther attractive resort Paralia Lefki With his beaches Yalu-Horafi, Panayas and Limary. Further on the main road can be climbed through the pine forest damaged by recent fires in the northeast, to a small village Meochorion (Mesochori). His narrow alleys will bring to the rocky coastal cliff with three tiny ancient chapels and extensive gardens. Below the Church of Panayia-Wrisiani beats a lively spring (his water is considered the best on the island), and lying on a stepped street leading to the church, the Dhramoundana tavern is known for excellent local cuisine.

Greece Island Karpathos

The central areas of the Carpathose are replete with small mountain villages with their life-cool climate. Almost every resident here is a former emigrant (for the most part islanders fled from the Turks and Italians to North America), returning home with certain financial reserves. As a result, these edges are considered the most rich not only on the island, but in all Greece. It is worth visiting the famous village Odone (OTHOS) on the southern slope of Kali-Limni, lying a little northeast of the Wildath (Voladha) with a tiny Venetian citadel and two night taverns, the richest village area – averter (Aperion) with its own stadium and the beach Ahata (AHATA) 5 km east. Then the envelope East Coast road will lead to a beautiful beach Kato Lacos (Popular from nudists) and the beautiful pebble shore Kira-Panayia With his built-up villas gorges, and then go to the north, to the equally picturesque three-hundred-meter beach of the bay Apella (Apella) and more modest shore Santo Nikola.

In the northern part of the island, it is very interesting to reach the village of Land Olimym (Olymbos) with its dilapidated windmills – two of them restored and still charm wheat and barley. Founded in the Byzantine era as shelter from pirates, he has long attracted the ethnologists with his traditional crafts, an unusual dialect with elements of Frigian and Dorian adverbs, costumes and music that have long disappeared in other places in Greece. Now the picture is not so colorful – globalization penetrated and here, but many elements of ancient culture are visible and now. Women, for example, still play a prominent role in the life of the commune, containing beautiful gardens, grazing cattle and trading in the shops – the cause of this is almost a complete absence of men, most of the year of workers outside the island. West Village An Excellent Bay Beach FISES (FYSES), truth to get to it easier to jeep. And north and east there are many trails passing through picturesque wooded slopes and deep gorges. On them you can go to the half-lit-off mountain village Avlona (Avlona), Beach Vurkunda (Vrikunda) with the ruins of the Roman settlement Brikos, to the remote shrine Caves of John the Baptist At Cape Ayos-Joanis (Vurkunda), to Byzantine Fort Tristomone On the very north of the island (2.5 hours on foot from Avleon) or to the beach Vananda.

On the eastern shore, north of Cape Thalasso, lies the village Diafanion (Dhiafanion) from which you can go on a boat to uninhabited Island Sarya (SARIA), or Saros, a geological being a continuation of the Carpathians, to the Byzantine region Palasty, Stony beach Vananda or nudist beach Forokley (5.5 km below the SPOA Road – Olimbles). Yes, and the Diaphanion itself is quite picturesque, has several excellent taverns and a good yacht park.

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