Arkasa is one of the 12 villages of the Karpathian district Province of Karpathos - Prefecture of the Dodecanese Islands located on the Southwest part of the Island 15 klm from karpathos capitol town and 8 klm from Karpathos international airport and maintains almost pure the once ancient name of Arkesia ( one of the 4 ancient cities of Tetrapolis).
Situated along the Mediterranean coastline, the village of Arkasa is built in a fertile region, and impresses visitors with its green nature, beautiful beaches, steep mountain sides, but also the important historical sites available throughout the village. The village is amphitheatric cut in two by the stream or a small river (that once used to flow abundant – witness today the once running watermills). The main Church of Ypapanti nestled in the center stands with pride protecting its people, while in the area of Agia Sofia church and Paleocastro (meaning old castle -Acropolis of ancient Arkesia) is overlooking bravely the village of Arkasa and you will feel the prehistoric times once standing here… and it appears that they have never left. This of course can be proved by the monuments throughout the area of the village- the mosaics of Agia Anastasia of 5th century and the church of Agia Sofia today.
Today Arkasa is one of the most developing tourist areas of Karpathos - here modern - traditional and folklore life bind together with very old memories from the past making Arkasa a top destination in the Mediterranean.
Arkasa consists of a quite beautiful, peaceful little village (population nearly 650) with top rated tourist infrastructure ready to make the best for all its visitors. There are accommodations today rating from 5 star hotels to the most simple and traditional rooms , high quality restaurants and tavernas await you to give the best of the Greek and karpathian local gastronomy . Relaxing yourself on one the beaches within the area of Arkasa and Finiki is a dream come true and discover the crystal clear blue colors of the Agean. Agios Nicolaos beach is an award winning beach and a official Blue Flag Beach of the Greek Tourist Association (E.O.T.) The unbelievable sunset of the Aegean will capture you and just sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view in one of the cafes and bars available. Go sightseeing or just take a walk through the village and feel the hospitality the locals will offer you… Car rental, shopping, super markets , Farmacy and many other tourist services are available within the village. This is the only area in Karpathos that a visitor can live and feel the life of the a local and this because Arkasa is the only village with tourist infrastructure, all visitors here feel like home - socializing among the locals. We hope to see you soon and we are sure to make the best of your stay...
As Jules Verne once wrote:
Jules Verne -- How and why the pages of "Greek novel" the always popular French author of "The Aegean in flames", released versions of the Cloth "Castalia" translation Dimitris Pantelodimou with wonderful prints of Benett. Those who do not know the book of Jules Verne, look. Philhellenic is full of historical, geographical and anthropological detail, you're in the Berne Convention for all sites for which he wrote. It refers to the decade of 1820 when the Greek archipelago was on fire! The trip ends in the Aegean Karpathos namely Arkasa where slavery was famous bazaar! Karpathos called the poet Jules Verne, "the last pearl in the crown of the Sporades (understands the Southern Sporades, was also known as the Dodecanese islands) ... And Arkasa, 122 years after the publication of the novel in French honors Jules Verne because it might be the first foreign writer who has put this settlement of Karpathos in the world literature. The "Aegean in flames" was released in France in 1884 in serial form and translated directly into Greek serial published in the Athens newspaper "Times" ….
Now that Arkasa acquired and Jules Verne route is time to build and to advertise to the thousands of loyal foreign books of Jules Verne. A bookstore with versions in several languages, a cafe full of prints of his works, leaflets and souvenirs to display web pages and information while the large travel guides and Arkasa can become a hub for meeting friends of Jules Verne! Everything starts somewhere!