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How to get to Karpathos

Going on vacation to Karpathos is like having "a trip back in time". Karpathos, majestic and mountainous, is found in the Karpathian sea between Crete and Rhodes.

There are frequent ferry connections from Athens and the port of Piraieus for Karpathos, during the whole year. Before you begin your trip by ferry to Karpathos it is important to know that the island has 2 ports: the port of Karpathos at Pigadia and Diafani.

The duration of the trip Piraeus - Karpathos depends from the route, the stops and the port of destination but in general it takes around 20 hours. For a more comfortable and relaxing trip to Karpathos, we would suggest that you book a cabin.

Beaches in Karpathos

Karpathos disposes 160km long coastline offering countless beaches with diverse beauty. There are beaches for quiet and relaxation, but also organized beaches with umbrellas, restaurants and taverns. Via small boats you will visit the most picturesque beaches of the island and Diafani which is the island’s second port. There you can find a beach with big pebbles and 312 residents. On the north sea area of Karpathos lives the endangered species of the Mediterranean monk seal Μonachus-monachus.

A list with the best beaches in Karpathos:

What to do in Karpathos

Karpathos is an island with rich history and tradition. There are many museums and monuments on the island which are worth visiting. In addition, the island contains numerous hiking trails which will lead you to isolated sides of Karpathos!

The Cuisine of Karpathos is based on traditional recipes and taste and the island is famous for bread, makarounes (handmade pasta) and fresh fish.

After driving 65 km away from the port Pigadia, you will perhaps encounter the most important attraction on your trip to Karpathos. The many centuries old and mountainous village of Olympus is located «lying» on the peack of Profitis Ilias, isolated from civilization, in a landscape of great wilderness.