Karpathos Villages

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Starting from Pigadia or Karpathos town (Karpathos capitol) you can follow the way up to Aperi, pass from Volada, continue to Othos following the mountainside of the highest mountain of the island - Lastos.

Then passing from Pyles the street starts to descend and leads to the west side of the island and towards the west coast line.

Following the road south and passing through Finiki fisherman’s  village, we enter the village of Arkasa and head to Menetes high up the mountain.

This is the last stop before we return to Pigadia and complete the small circle.

The longer circle excludes the villages Volada, Othos and Pyles. From Aperi instead of turning left to Volada, Othos and Pyles, the visitor  can follow the road to the right and head to the north part of the island. He will surely enjoy the extraordinary view of the east part of the island having on his left impressive mountainsides and on his right the seaside.

Swimming to the beaches of Achata, Michliou Kipou, Christou Pigadi , Kyra Panagia, and well-known Apella will be an unforgettable experience! After this fascinating journey, the visitor will reach the beautiful village of Spoa.

Passing the windmills in Spoa the road leads us to the village of Mesochori heading to the west part of the island.

After Mesochori and turning to the right, one can make a stop to the beautiful beaches of Lefkos before he follows the main road to reach Fiiniki, Arkasa, Menetes and return to Pigadia again completing the longer circle of the tour of the island.

There are many remarkable places to make a stop. For example, it is worth stopping at  Mertonas (Aperi area)  to drink the water of this natural spring and visiting the picturesque chapel of Panagia Mertoniatissa of the 12th century A.D.

Following the main road and turning to the road leading to Apella beach one can pass near a hidden monument. In the left side of the road, the chapel of Osios Loukas in a cave (12th century) is a gift of history.

Many other historic chapels are situated near the main road of the longer circle, for example, the chapel of Saint George (12th-13th centuries) with its beautiful wall paintings as well as the chapel of Panagia Yalohorafitissa (14th century) bring out the history of Lefkos.

Near the road which leads from Arkasa to Menetes there is a great Byzantine monument, Agios Mamas, a chapel with a different architecture and wall paintings of unmatched beauty.

Before Arkasa, two beaches form Palaiokastro, the place where the ancient city of Arkesia was situated. Through a footpath, one can climb to the peak of the rock and enjoy the panoramic view to the sea especially the time of sunset.

Karpathos town or Pigadia, the capital of the island...

A thousand years after the Minoans, around 1000 A.D., the Dorians came here and founded the largest of the four ancient cities of the island in the place where Pigadia is situated today and was called Potidaio or Poseidio.
They might have used the place of the ancient Acropolis and probably they were the ones who built the sanctuary of Athena of Lindos, as they had done the same in the village Lindos in Rhodes.

Pigadia - the word means "wells" in Greek Language - took its name from the many wells which existed there and is a newer town with 1700 inhabitants. The Minoan Acropolis was possibly built on the rocky hill. Following an uphill newly-built road and passing through a mountainside full of pine trees one will reach the chapel of Panagia Larniotissa. From this place the visitor will enjoy the magnificent view of the port,
the whole town of Pigadia, the bay of Vrontis with the long beach and at the backround the mountain villages.

"To the Northwest Aperi, Volada and Othos and to the west Menetes".

Descending from the hill of the Acropolis and heading to the port, "Posi", as the local people call it, word which definitely comes from the ancient city "Poseidio" we can see the jetty where the ships moor and gaze at the sea. In the port is the Port Office.

A smaller jetty forms a little marine for  fish boats sailing boats and crafts. Following either the coastal or the central road there are many cafeterias, bars and restaurants where one can sit and enjoy the fascinating view of the port and the mountainsides around Pigadia.

The church of “Evangelistria” is situated in the centre of the town. Exiting the town of Pigadia and following the central road to Aperi to our right lays the long beach of Vrontis and one can see the ancient ruins of St.Fotini and Afoti of the late 5th century A.D. and the beginning of the 6th century: columns, marble and rock carvings and pieces.

The period between the First and the Second World War were built two impressive buildings: the building of the Province of Karpathos and Kasos near the centre of the town and the building which accommodates the Port and the Customs Office at the port, remind people of the Italian Occupation in the Dodekanese.

It is worth visiting the newly renovated historic square in front of the building of the Province of Karpathos.

Moreover, the visitor can attend many cultural events in the newly-built open theatre of the town which is situated near the Italian building of the Province of Karpathos and Kasos and enjoy the magnificent view to the sea. Pigadia consist the centre of tourist life in Karpathos Aperi.

Aperi is a wonderful mountainous village that it is distinguished from the rest of the Karpathian villages for its shine. It has existed as the capital of Karpathos island from 1700 until 1892.

When dangers from sea eliminated, the capital of the island was moved from Aperi - which could not be seen from the sea - to Pigadia which was situated on the seaside.

But nobility from those times still remained...

And Aperi is the seat - the smallest in Greece - of the Archbishop of Karpathos and Kasos.

Aperi can be found in a distance of 8 km. north-westerly from the city of Karpathos.

Take a walk in Aperi and you admire its beauties. Walk the streets of the village, the green narrow streets of Valantou, admire the imposing mansions, the church of Saint Charalampoy and Loron, and the immense full of trees extents of the southern part that surround the village.

Although the majority of the inhabitants of the village have migrated - mainly to the United States – it is remarkable how the people have maintained their houses according to tradition.

Nothing seems abandoned or deserted although most people don't live in the village all year round. On the contrary. A picturesque village lays on the  green hillsides.

Following the paths of the village you will reach in the splendid beaches of Ahata and the famous beach of Kyra Panagia.
Kyra Panagia is one of the most famous places of the island and one of the most photographed landscapes of Karpathos. You will swim in crystal clear waters and will relax in the immense sandy beach enjoying the sun and the splendid nature.

On the way to Kyra Panagia you will also find the green settlements of Mertonas and Katodio, coming from north or southern equivalents and you will taste the cool running water that flows naturaly.

In Aperi you will find available rented rooms and hotels. Most of them in the coastal settlement of Kyra Panagia.