Karpathos in General
Karpathos Island is in the district of the Dodecanese Islands, Greece they are located in the south-eastern part of the Aegean Sea. The islands are characterized by their wonderful historical sites particularly from the Venetian Era, exquisite religious monuments and impressive natural features and worldwide famous golden sand beaches.
The Dodecanese Islands have an exceptionally well-developed tourist infrastructure that includes hotels, travel agents, car rentals agencies, nightlife and dining venues and shops that cater to all types of holidaymakers. While planning your holidays in the Dodecanese Islands, you will find a plethora of available Dodecanese hotels, luxury hotels, luxury resorts, studios, apartments, villas and rooms for rent. The hotels on the Dodecanese Islands are ideal for romantic getaways for two, exciting vacations for groups of friends and provide some of the best relaxing family holidays anywhere.
The Dodecanese complex is combined of 14 main islands and many other smaller islets. The main islands are Astypalea, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos and Halki. They are situated close together and are connected with each other by ferry boat, high-speed boat and airplane, making visitors get around very easy from island to island in the Dodecanese, Greece.
Karpathos is the second largest island in the Dodecanese – first being Rhodes. It is situated between Crete and Rhodes, in the “Karpathian Sea”. Karpathos has a total of 301,2 sq. klm , and 160 klm. Of coast line in total.
In aspect of geomorphology, Karpathos and Saria - the small island north of Karpathos - are two of the most gifted Greek islands. Calcareous rock beds define its morphological character. Over the rock beds of lime stones lie more recent beds of stones such as plaster and others. The variety of scenery of the island is very unique. The transition from scenery to another and the changes of colors and shapes are frequent and unexpected and never make the visitor feel boredom or monotony. In contrary, high and steep mountains (Lastos, 1215 m. high –the highest peak mountain in the Dodecanese complex of islands) compose unforgettable scenery.
On the mountain tops once covered by a wealthy forest, one will see steep dingles, rocky dashing streams, deep caves with stalactites (in Ahata area), green valleys and crystal clear waters which spread their melody and breeze everywhere. Moreover, one can find himself in mountain sides, full of pine trees which are spread nearby golden, or pebble and sandy beaches.
The beaches of Karpathos are something a visitor cannot find in many islands of Greece , each beach in Karpathos combines a different scenery , beaches with crystal clear torques waters, with sand or tiny pebbles, which have remained untouched by time..
Today nearly all beaches are reachable by car or motorbike, new asphalt roads make your get around very easy. A daily boat trip to the eastern part of the island is another way to explore the coastline and enjoy a wonderful stay at one of the beaches. Many of the beaches in Karpathos have earned the Blue Flag from the Ministry of Greek Tourism. Of course there are beaches that you can reach only by boat or by taking a nice long walk.. Monuments and pre historic churches (Agia Anastasia Arkasa –Agia Fotini Karpathos town) are only some of the site seeing a visitor must visit on his stay.. Karpathian local people await to make sure your holidays will be unforgettable…
The climate of Karpathos is definitely Mediterranean. One main characteristic of the Mediterranean climate are the strong winds during summer well-known as “Meltemia”(“etisian winds”), whereas during wintertime there are low levels of rain and mild temperatures.